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How to Protect Your Fixtures


Welcome to our latest DIY plumbing guide, aiming to help you protect your existing fixtures.

As part of our DIY plumbing series, we’re excited to help our readers understand how they can easily solve most problems in their own homes.

With a little bit of instruction, some patience, and the right tools, you can keep your home running smoothly every day.

When you’re working on fixtures of any sort at home, you’re going to be as careful as you can about keeping them running smoothly. But what about aesthetics?

It’s important that your fixtures look their best, whether in the kitchen, the bathroom, or elsewhere. Even if you’re the only one who will see it, you’ll want to keep it looking tip-top for as long as you own your house.

This is especially true when it comes time to sell your home and move; you don’t want to be caught off-guard by scuffed fixtures that were forgotten years before.

So what we’ve got here is a very simple and direct solution to this problem.

With one simple step, you’ll be able to do all the plumbing work you are capable of without leaving a scratch!

This is a task easily suited for novices and will take at most a total of 30 minutes of your day. Most of the time involves waiting, so don’t sweat it if you’re busy!

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Materials needed:

  • Cloth tape
  • Pliers
  • Wrench

1. Wrap cloth around tool


As a seriously easy solution, you’ll simply have to wrap some cloth tape around the jaws of your wrench or the nose of your pliers. This grands the tool traction on smooth surfaces while minimizing any risk of scratching the finish on your fixtures. Make sure to replace the tape after every task, to ensure that your tool doesn’t wear through it.

That’s really it! This is just one easy and effective step to enable you to do better work on your own home plumbing.

If you’re like me, you might learn best by seeing someone actually do it. Here’s a video showing you the process we’ve covered above:

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