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Do It Yourself – SWAP A TUB FOR A SHOWER – Or Not

A few years ago we saw a new shower receptor unit from Sterling Plumbing that seemed right on the mark for many homeowners wanting to replace a bathtub with a shower, a popular switch for aging Boomers who want to stay in their home. For empty nesters with two bathrooms one bathtub is enough, what’s needed is the convenience and safety of a walk-in shower stall. The new receptor unit lets you use the same 5-foot tub alcove so it’s not a major remodeling project. You remove the tub and replace it with the receptor that comes in both left-or-right drain configurations depending on the location of the plumbing line. It’s installed directly into the wall studs at the subfloor. To complete the project, install tile or a solid surface on the three surrounding walls to create a comfortable walk-in shower.

A plumber will charge $2,782 to remove the old bathtub and fixtures and install a new receptor, wall surfaces. If you have experience with plumbing projects, you can dismantle and remove the old bathtub and fixtures, and buy the receptor wall surround kit for $925 and install it. Here’s the cost analysis for this job Convert a tub to a shower.

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Do It Yourself – Outdoor Lighting – Or Not

When friends added some basic landscape lighting they said they never thought of their trees as being such a beautiful part of the landscape. The addition of a few low voltage lights beaming up into the foliage created a lovely view of the leafy cover of the trees that became the focal point of their garden.

When we added path lighting to a garden walkway from the rear of the property to the back door it made for safe-footing and a sense of security when we returned late at night.

In years path homeowners had a few basic black fixtures to choose from but today there’s a nice selection of outdoor lighting fixtures that complement a landscape.

If you’re considering adding outdoor lighting to your yard wait until it’s dark, give the kids a flashlight and use them as spotters to determine the best location for lighting. A lighting center or home center will give you product information. For inspiration and ideas go to the American Lighting Association at
Click on “Outdoor Lighting” in the Lighting Your Home section.

If you add outdoor lighting I bet you’ll spend a lot more time enjoying the evening in your own backyard.

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