Author(s): Norma Vally
The DIY vibe for women involves more than knitting and quilting: today more women are tending to their homes, and they're not just sewing curtains and arranging flowers. They're installing new toilets, adding ceramic floors to the kitchen, and drywalling the den. With 23 percent of all power tool purchases in 2004 made by women, and the number of unmarried females owning homes climbing by nearly 4 million owners from 1994 to 2002, when it comes to home repair, maintenance, and improvement, these sisters are doing it for themselves. At the same time, a survey by Home Depot found that 73 percent of women would like to learn more about tackling home improvements. But who has the brains, brawn, and beauty to really understand a woman's perspective and give her the confidence to conquer what had traditionally been men's territory? Norma Vally. Norma Vally is a rare combination: construction worker, former model, television and radio host. As the host of Discovery Home's show Toolbelt Diva, Norma showed women how to throw out the Honey Do lists and 'Honey, do it yourself'.
A seasoned veteran of home improvement, both on and off camera, Norma Vally's media career boasts four seasons as host of Discovery Home Channel's Emmy-nominated series Toolbelt Diva and a radio show on Sirius Satellite by the same name. Norma is a published author and sought-after speaker who has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and MSNBC; and has been featured in Family Circle, Women's Health, People, Woman's Day, Glamour, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the New York Times. Norma founded Chix Can Fix, a Web site and product line devoted to empowering women to take control of their homes and their lives.
Express Facelift. 1Sinks. Clean a Pop-up. Faucet Aerator Maintenance. Tighten a Loose Faucet. Resurface a Sink Finish. 2 Showers. Clean a Shower Stall Drain. Clean a Showerhead. Replace a Standard Shower Rod with a Curved Rod. Fix a Leaky Showerhead. Secure or Replace a Loose or Cracked Tile. 3 Bathtubs. Re-Caulk a Tub or Faucet. Unclog a Tub. Restore Tile and Grout. Secure or Replace a Loose or Cracked Soap Dish. 4 Toilets. Replace a Toilet Seat. DVD: Replace a Flush Handle. Toilet Maintenance. Plunge a Toilet. 5 Walls and Floors. Patch Holes in Drywall. Tighten a Loose Towel Bar or Toilet-Paper Holder. Secure a Loose or Hollow Floor Tile. Replace a Broken Floor Tile. Stain and Seal Floor Grout. Corrective Treatment. 6 Sinks. Repair a Leaky Faucet. Renew a Cultured Marble Vanity Countertop. Hang an Adjustable Tilt Mirror. Replace a Vanity Light Fixture. Frame a Vanity Mirror. 7 Showers. Replace a Showerhead. Repair a Leaky Showerhead. Add a Handheld Showerhead with a Slide Bar. 8 Bathtubs. Replace a Tub Spout. Replace a Damaged Tile Section. 9 Toilets. Unclog a Toilet with an Auger. DVD: Replace a Flapper. Repair a Leaky Flush Valve. Replace a Flush Valve. Replace a Fill Valve (or Float Cup). 10 Walls and Floors. Install Grab Bars or Hand Grips. Hang an Over-the-Toilet Cabinet. Install a GFCI. Install a Wall-Mounted Towel Warmer. Intensive Treatment. 11Sinks. Install a New Faucet and Pop-up. Install a New Drop-in Sink. Install a Pedestal Sink. Install a New Vanity and Vessel Sink. 12 Showers. Install a Shower Door. Replace a Leaky Shower Pan. 13 Bathtubs. Tile a Tub Surround. Replace a Three-Handle Tub/Shower Faucet. 14 Toilets. Replace a Shut-off Valve. Install a New Toilet. 15 Walls and Floors. Tile a Floor. Install an Exhaust Fan. Total Indulgence. 16 Footprint and Layout: What Works for You. Exploring the Possibilities. Master Bathroom. Kids' Bathroom. Guest Bathroom. Wheelchair-Accessible Bathrooms. 17 Design: Creating the Ideal Look and Feel for Your Bathroom. Where to Get Started. Flooring. Walls. Cabinetry. Fixtures, Faucets, and Accessories. Lighting. Index.