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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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"Why Does My Toilet Flush By Itself?" And Answers To Other Related Questions

by Luke Patterson

Have you ever heard your toilet flush by itself when no one was in the bathroom? This is called ghost flushing, but don't worry: ghost flushing isn't an indication that your bathroom is haunted. Ghost flushing is what happens when your toilet experiences a slow leak that empties the tank into the bowl. As soon as the water level in the toilet tank falls below a certain point, the toilet float triggers the fill valve and causes the toilet to flush. Ghost flushes are usually briefer than normal flushes because the tank hasn't emptied all the way. As soon as the toilet tank has refilled to its normal levels, the fill valve turns off and the flush stops.

What causes the leak?

The leak in your toilet tank is likely caused by a deteriorating flapper. Flappers are often made of rubber because the suppleness of rubber ensures a good seal between the toilet tank and the bowl. However, rubber can become brittle after being submerged in water for many years, and eventually may crack. When this happens, a slow leak develops.

How can I tell for sure if this is my problem?

If there is a leak between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl, you may actually hear water dripping in the area around your toilet. Upon opening the lid, you may see a small stream of water actually running down the side of the toilet bowl. 

You can also perform a test. Put a few drops of food dye into the toilet tank and wait a little while. After about 15 minutes or half an hour, if there is a leak between the tank and the bowl, the water in the bowl will be colored just like the water in the tank. 

What can I do to fix the leak?

Replacing the flapper is a relatively simple DIY project. To do this, turn off the local water to the toilet. There should be a valve on the wall behind your toilet, but if there isn't, it could be in a hidden panel on the outside of your bathroom. Next, flush the toilet until it empties and remove the old flapper by detaching the chain and pulling it off of the ears of the overflow tube. 

Take your flapper to the nearest hardware store and buy a matching replacement. Finally, install the new flapper by putting it on the chain and reattaching the flapper to the ears of the overflow tube. Turn on the water and let the tank fill. 

If you have questions or problems with this process, seek professional plumbing services in your area. A certified plumber should be able to help you with this task in a matter of minutes. To learn more visit a website like http://www.rakeman.com/.