January 2016 (53 )

Overhaul For A Hero:
The Patterson Project
Our new video series is here!
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Hear the Patterson's story and find out why they are the ideal candidate for a complete overhaul to their home by the THI team.

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Your Questions
Jim's Answers

Garbage Disposal Install
Shannon is hoping to do the job himself. Jim tells him what to look for and when it might be time to call the plumber.

Is It Time To Look At A Heat Pump?
Dan Leising of Advent Air explains why today's heat pumps can be an excellent option for homeowners.

Mildew On Exterior Brick
Listener has mildew growing on her white brick. Jim gives the steps he would take to eliminate the problem.

Built-in vs. Freestanding Tubs
When upgrading a bathroom, one of the major decisions is whether to install a built-in tub or a freestanding one. The answer will depend upon preference; however, there are a few things to consider before making that final decision. 

Cost comparison: Because of new materials being used, freestanding tubs are a bit more affordable. For the stand-alone tub also factor in any plumbing cost that may be associated. Built-in tub surrounds or enclosures can be simple or elaborate and expensive.

Required Space ComparisonTypically, built-in tubs require less space. Freestanding tubs require more space around them and they need more space for faucets. Built-in tubs can have the shower feature, so this definitely saves space when you want both tub and shower.

Flexibility in PlacementFreestanding tubs win hands down on this issue. They are like a piece of furniture, they can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of the bathroom. Obviously, re-constructing the plumbing is necessary. Built-in tubs need to go in a corner or along a wall.

Storage AccessibilityFreestanding tubs do not offer much in the way of storage accessibility. There are no drawers on the sides where you can store towels, soap, etc. Built-ins on the other hand can have these features included. 

Installation IssuesFreestanding tubs can be extremely heavy. Floor reinforcements may be necessary. The plumbing may also be an issue, depending on where the tub is placed. Built-ins come with their own installation issues, but generally, they are easier to install.

Information provided by the Bath & Kitchen Showplace. Visit their website for more information and inspiration.

Join Us On The Road In 2016
Texas Home Improvement is coming to an event near you! Come out and see Jim and bend his ear about your latest project.

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Feb 13
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Feb 13
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March 5
George R Brown Center
April 16

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