Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Split plug gfci replacement

In my kitchen I have 2 countertop plugs, each is on its own circuit wired with 12/3 and top and bottom receptacles are split. Red going to top black to bottom and shared neutral. How would I replace ...
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Repairing Basement Wall Framing After Subpanel install notched to 75%

I have a home I bought a few months ago and I'm working on finishing out the basement space. The builder put in a 2x6 wall 12" on center. I quite certain it's a load bearing wall. 2 Story house with a ...
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I need help supporting and jacking up my attached, wood front porch

I live in Ohio in a home built in 1926. I do not believe the front porch is that old. The porch is L shape, wrapping around the house and is 24 X 8' in the front extending another 14' back, with ...
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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall…need troubleshooting advice!

I have been trying to find advice on how to do something similar to patch a rock lath plaster wall around my thermostat wires. It doesn't look like the original screws were screwed into anything ...
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Adding a “C” wire to an A/C unit with no circuit board [duplicate]

I have an old thermostat with only 4 wires and no "C" wire or Comm wire. I started fresh and bought 18/5 wire and wired everything up to my old thermostat still leaving out the C wire.Everything is ...
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Error Reporting Services [closed]

By accessing Reporting server I get the following error:
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Paint Peeling, maybe gypsum paper too?

We just bought a house and were pulling some nails left over from what was probably crown moulding. The nails had been painted over and some of the paint came off with the nails. I peeled off a ...
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How to repair flaked plaster surface

I recently moved and noticed this crack on the wall. When I tapped it lightly with a blunt knife it broke off. I've never plastered before but I assume I will need to re-plaster this section. Any ...
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Wooden deck butting up to retaining wall not square

My husband built a deck from our house out toward our retaining wall. The wall is not square with the house. We are on a budget and want to make this aesthetically pleasing now, and will redo the ...
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Can I raise a sagging shed roof by winching the walls back into place?

TL;DR Can I fix the sag by slowly jacking up the ridge, simultaneously tightening some steel cables attached to the top of each wall? Measuring between the top of the wall and the top of the ridge, ...
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White smoke coming from motor

I have a Black and Decker LST 136 grass trimmer. Its a 36 volt model and is apx. 4 years old. While using to trim,i noticed that the power was not as it usually is. them the unit would would start to ...
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how to wire a light with only 2 wires available?

I have some outdoor lights that are broken and need replacing. I have bought some new ones which I thought were suitable. However the problem I have is only 2 wires appear from wall recess (active and ...
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What can I do to repair my metal gazebo frame?

My friend gave my his old gazebo frame as the canvas has worn out and replacing it was equivalent to the cost of getting a new one. It is 10x10 feet. I bought a medium duty green brown tarp to cover ...
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Do vertical cracks in old plaster wall along studs indicate a structural problem

My house was built in 1908 and still has its original plaster walls. One of the upstairs bedroom's wall has vertical cracks from floor to ceiling along the studs-3 studs in a row in the center of the ...
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How to repair bent scissors?

I have a pair of scissors which I happen to like a lot. Unfortunately, one of the blades is bent towards the other blade, so that a gap forms when the scissors are closed. Bending the blade back with ...
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Plumber's Putty on outside of tub drain is cracking: Replace with same or something better?

This putty is starting to crack and leak onto my basement ceiling. Is this repair as simple as removing old putty and applying new? Or is this practice now (or always has been) frowned upon and is ...
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What should I fill drill holes in pvc window frames with?

A previous owner had drilled holes into the pvc frames to fit blinds, which have since been removed leaving small holes. I'm not expecting pvc can be filled flawlessly, but what would be the best ...
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Fixing a toilet deceptively complicated, where did I go wrong?

I have a toilet which was both running and leaking and I tried to fix it myself. I replaced the fill valve, the flush valve and the main gasket, all with items from Home Depot. Home Depot had one ...
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Can I use liquid nails to attach toe plate/sill plate to concrete floor?

Sorry for my choice of words yesterday. Hope this is better explained: ground water flooded two finished rooms in my basement. Took out rotting, mildewed drywall, studs, sill plate, insulation. ...
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what type of sheet metal screws are harder than stainless steel?

I am trying to repair my dishwasher that has a stainless interior. I need to use stainless sheet metal screws so they wont corrode. I've got holes drilled and the screws go into the thin stainless ...
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How to strengthen the plastic thread for repeated attaching/detaching of a garden hose?

My garden hose rack-mount, my shop-vac, etc.. all have a plastic thread to attach a garden hose. I try hard to hit the thread just right, but sometimes I miss. This leads me to wonder if I'm not ...
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Hot water and cold water switched in shower

I recently bought a house and in the master bathroom the hot and cold water seem to be reversed. When I turn the dial left, the hot water comes out first with very little pressure. As you continue ...
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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How to recharge a window unit air conditioner?

Can I recharge my window unit air conditioner or do I have to send it to a specialist? The AC unit that I have is about 15 years old (nothing lasts forever)... and I happen to have about 20 lbs of ...
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How to fix a through hole in stucco on the outside of the house?

Some contractors drilled some holes on the outside of the house and I need to patch them up. One hole is about 1 to 1.5" in diameter. They drilled through so that they can put a piece of wire through ...
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Nearly New Northern MN Slab In-Floor Heat Home Needs New Water Line

Built in 2010, I moved in to my 3-bedroom, 2 bath home in Jan. 2011. The house has radiant in-floor heat (natural gas) and sits on a slab. This past late fall the City notified me of an unusually ...
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Window air conditioner fan slows to a stop in about 2 minutes

I just bought a window A/C unit and turned it to "low fan" setting. Within I think a few seconds after it started, I could hear it slowing down, which it continued to do until it came to stop, which ...
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When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

The previous owner did a bad patch job all over the house. The patching is a lot higher than the rest of my wall. How do I go about fixing this?
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How to remove the bottom half of a PVC compression flange

I have a hall bathroom with cast iron piping. At some point the cast iron toilet flange was replaced with a PVC compression toilet flange. The top half of that PVC flange is broken and when I ...
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How can I repair my stainless dishwasher interior?

My dishwasher has a stainless steel interior. To hold the rubber door seal in place the manufacturer attached a stainless strip along the edge forming a channel for the gasket. It's held on with spot ...
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HEPA Vacuums for Lead Renovate, Repair, and Paint

We are starting to clean out an old house that we purchased. It's a 1939 house so there's probably lead underneath the painted surface. I plan on doing some RRP (renovate, repair, and paint) on my ...
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Brown, yellow, and orange wires in a wall switch

I understand that: Black wire = hot White wire = neutral Green wire = ground In the wall switch in my condo, there are 2 switches, one with red/brown wire, the other with yellow/yellow/orange ...
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How to measure head casing?

I have, what seems like a trivial question. How on earth do you measure the size of a head casing? I measured as it shows in this picture, going from the bottom side of the 45's. I measured my ...
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Fiberglass shower soap dish fell off — how can I reattach?

The soap dish on my shower/tub came off and while it dinged the tub, the dish itself is perfectly fine. What should I use to reattach it to the wall once I clean everything off?
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Living Room ceiling Fan

I bought a new Hunter 72"Ceiling Fan Fellinie in 2009. I have already replaced the reciever once, it seems to be broken again, and now Hunter said the receiver is no longer available. My wife loves ...
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Possible to repair this retaining wall?

My wife and I are replacing the deck at the back of our house, and after we demolished the existing structure found the retaining walls near our basement door have moved significantly. These are ...
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Patching Fieldstone Foundaton?

This is partly an extension of a prior question I had: Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out? With grading and some tarps (which I plan on covering with gravel) I think I have ...
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Fixing a curtain rail to dry wall

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY, so I'm after some advice... I've recently bought a curtain rail for my living room, and I need to fix it to the wall. However, the wall is not brick -- it ...
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High water pressure after water heater is turned on or water isn't used for a while

I recently noticed my bathroom sink leaking occasionally and when I turn on the water, the pressure was much stronger than normal at first and went back to normal after a short time of letting the ...
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How to fix a garbage disposal with rubber caught in it?

I'm missing a small piece of flexible rubber that was approx 0.8" x 0.3" x 0.17". I think it went into the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. After turning off the breakers, and securing my cat ...
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Touching up black aluminium window frame

I have a set of folding doors (interior <-> exterior) that have been badly scraped and scratched during a renovation project. I have purchased the correct colour touch up paint from the ...
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how to repair garbage disposal plate

The grinding plate has rusted. Managed to get part out and it still runs but is it going to start leaking? Is it fixable? Can that plate be exchanged out? Thanks for answers. The model # is GG1000X.0 ...
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What product can I use to level an uneven garage floor?

I have an uneven garage floor that goes up to 1 inch deep from high to low level spots. I want to make the garage even. I was thinking of a self-leveling compound (watery). Which brand or type should ...
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Fixing (at least temporarily) roof damaged wooden beam (rafter?) in an outbuilding

Outside my house there is an outbuilding. I am not sure of the roofing terms in English, but trying. On of the roof beams, the center one on this picture (a rafter?) is heavily damaged at its base, ...
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Can I exchange a chimney flue for a larger diameter flue?

Thank you for the advice in advance. I have a 1 1/2 story home with a central chimney that has two flues installed. The main level has a gas log fireplace and the other flue runs to the basement ...
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Home Flat open roof Repair mortar

my house roof flat make RCC.roof has joints 30feet long,there is a crack 5cm wide,5cm deep,and 30feet long,How can i fillup it.what do i use cement sand concrete than water stop leak?
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Dishwasher not draining water

I have a Bosch dishwasher that is 4 years old. Lately it has been leaving water at the bottom at the end of the cycle. Tried running the cycle again and it cleans the dishes but leaves water in the ...
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How to tension toilet handle nut without handle sticking?

I have to replace toilet handle assemblies frequently. However, the frustrating part is if you tension the nut at all, the toilet handle will not return to its original position. I'm left leaving the ...