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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing a sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing walkway?

Parts of our concrete walkway have sunk down over the years, and we want to add a layer of new concrete over it to raise it ~ some areas will be as much as 3" and other areas only 1". What is the ...
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Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working

Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working,I guess its probably short circuited.How can I repair it by myself? What all tools do I need?
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How do I remove teak oil from a granite kitchen counter top?

I mistakenly rubbed teak oil on my granite counter top. How do I remove it without damaging it? Thanks!
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Ice Maker makes consistent clicking sound and doesn't make any ice

I have a GE french door refrigerator with freezer on the bottom. I have seen it make 2 batches of ice. I have seen it only when I left the fridge door open for awhile when I was trying to figure out ...
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Fix a gap in flashing

We had a sun room added to the first floor. A few years later I noticed signs of a small water leakage causing bubbling in plaster on the inside beam in the house where the sun room meets the house. ...
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first time drywall repair

I need to fix a hole that is about 12x16. I am cutting it to the studs and plan to attach both sides of new piece to a stud. I am capable, but there is a lot of info out there. Nails or screws? Do I ...
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Why won't my side-by-side Whirlpool freezer freeze?

I have cleaned dust fom behind it, unplugged it, and taken the inside panel off and used a hairdryer defrost the coils. The bottom coils immediately freeze back, but not the top. What else do I need ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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My dog chewed the surface of my doors, how should I go about fixing this?

My dog was kept in the bathroom and ended up chewing the surfaces of my 2 doors. What's a good way to go about fixing this to make it look at least decent again? This is the damage:
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How do I fix where cat scratched and tore carpet from threshold?

My cat got trapped in my home office overnight and made the mess as shown in the picture trying to dig her way out. The sharp tack strip is exposed. There is not enough carpet to stretch. Is there a ...
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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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internal fuse on air handler blows every time it shuts off

air handler for air conditioner has worked fine since I moved into the house but this year both times the air conditioner has turned on it has not restarted. Both times so far the problem has been ...
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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I have a leaky faucet

The faucet is the one from my main cold water supply to my furnace humidifier. When it is opened, it leaks very badly. Since it is sodered, it can not be replaced very easily. How do I repair in ...
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Repairing dimmer switch

I have an IKEA lamp with dimmer switch which took a knock and immediately started outputting full brightness. I've read a little about how dimmer switches work and that this is likely caused by the ...
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Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe? [closed]

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
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How can I remove a toilet brush that is deeply stuck in a shower drain?

I was trying to clean my shower drain with a toilet brush and the toilet brush broke inside the pipe. Now, the head of the toilet brush is stuck about 2 feet down in the pipe. Water will not pass, the ...
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MayTag Legacy Series Top of Dryer Won't Open

I can not open the top of my Maytag Legacy Series Dryer. There is a screw on each side of the top of the dryer pinning it down to the base? What do I do now to get to the rest of the dryer since the ...
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compressor running constantly but ice not dropping

the compressor on our refrigerator freezer quit running so we replaced the relay. now the compressor has been running for over 21 hours. the ice maker has made ice but has not dropped the ice. what is ...
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Can I just replace the heating coil in my dryer, or do I have to do the whole element?

My dryer heating coil in my heating element broke in two. It seems like it'll be simple enough to just put a new coil in and be on my way. The part is available and this move would save me about $40. ...
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How to remove grating from bathroom sink

How can I remove this grating from my bathroom sink so that I can unclog that drain?
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I have a light dent in my wooden door, what is the best way to fix it? [duplicate]

I had created this small dent in my door and I am wondering how to fix it.
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How can I repair a granite countertop where multpile chunks have broken off?

A mirror door on the bathroom medicine cabinet broke off and took out a good chunk of granite countertop on the bathroom sink fixture. We're not talking about a crack or chip, not something small. ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony. I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different lengths (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I ...
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How can I repair a vinyl window that is not staying up?

I moved into a house. There is one vinyl window with a problem. If you unlatch the window, the top half drops like a guillotine. Smash. I'm surprised it isn't broken yet. None of the other ...
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Foundation Cinderblock Chipped Repair

I seem to have a fairly large chip in one of my foundation cinderblocks. Is this type of damage repairable as a DIY project?
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How can I patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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How to fix falling out electric socket?

I've a Type C electric socket that not holds solidly in a wall slot. It uses metallic lateral ears and a pair of screws which controls their angle to hold itself into a wall socket. Wall socket is ...
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Parging foundation in Rain

We are looking to buy a house. The Home Insurance has given us a month to parge the outside foundation in some spots. It is late March and we will get the keys in early April. Is it possible to parge ...
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How can I replace patio cover columns?

My patio cover has wood columns (that support the over hang) that actually go into the ground and are rotten. I really need to fix this but not sure how to go about it. It has 4 columns. I'm ...
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Should I use longer screws or cardboard shims for fixing skewed doors?

I have several interior doors on all three floors of a house that are skewed to the point that the latch no longer slides into the strike plate. If the door has a lock, this means I cannot use the ...
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How do we polish an old damaged bathtub?

We have a circa 1940 porcelain bathtub in a rental that has mild pitting and moderate discoloration. Is there an effective way to buff and polish the surface to make it look significantly better? ...
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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...
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Some ideas on how to block a wheel on a metallic rod?

I manage somehow to put some old inline roller wheel to some old trolleys I use in my house for shopping (and trekking). The average weight is about 20-30 kg. I am looking for a way to fix those ...
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Glue Kohler flush valve together?

I have a Kohler toilet with a canister flush valve (part 1084017-6-A). The top of the "guide" piece in the flush valve assembly (where the hose attaches) broke off, so the toilet functions but very ...
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What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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What should I realistically expect after having my floors professionally refinished?

We recently bought a house that has white oak hardwood floors. The floors looked decent in some places, while others were REALLY scratched. I don't even know how someone would scratch them that bad. ...
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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Why will my wash machine only fill during the rinse cycle?

I have a 3 year old Estate brand washing machine. Everything works fine except at the beginning of the rinse cycle it will not draw water into the machine. When I run a load of clothes it runs ...
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Looking for suggestions on securing floor tiles

I have an 8"x8" ceramic tile floor in my kitchen. It was not well installed. There is no backer board. A few months ago, the water supply to the ice maker in my fridge leaked, the plywood ...
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Fix bulging back wall in GE Monogram zdwr240 wine reserve

In my pantry I have a under the counter wine cellar. Suddenly the door wouldn't close anymore. A little investigation showed that the back wall was bulging significantly. I am tempted to just try use ...
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How do I repair my Crawlspace Door?

I have a crawl-space door that is starting to look rather beat-up. I would rather repair the door rather then replace it as it has thick foam insulation on the other side. What can I do to fix the ...
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French doors are falling apart and don't close

I have a pair of french doors in my place not much unlike these The seams at the top of the door are coming apart and now they overlap when they shut and you have to open them both a bit, line them ...
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In vertical blinds, what is the part called that attaches a slat to the rail?

A few days ago, our dog clipped our vertical blinds, taking one slat down. I was going to re-attach the single fallen slat to the mounting clip that's connected to the rail, but a small gear inside ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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Need to unstick stuck shower divider valve

The shower divider value (which chooses between letting water flow into the tub or up into the shower) is stuck. I can't spin it with the installed plastic handle. Here's some pictures: With the ...