Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Fireplace facing and heart - how do I repair chips in the hearth section?

My fireplace hearth is, I think, a facing in grey brick style. The hearth has chips in it - grandchildren, husband dropping tongs on it, etc., and I wish to repair and repaint the hearth section. No ...
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Hiding a sewer 'Candy Cane'

I'm in the process of buying a newly built house and today the builder had work done on the sewer. When I saw the house I couldn't believe that they placed the 3-4" high 'Candy Cane' smack dab in the ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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Should there be a cap next to my furnace ac drain?

In the picture below, the left side has a good amount of airflow while the ac/blower is running. The tube on the right is the drain that the condensation flows out of to the floor. Should there be a ...
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Replacing piece of rotted wood trim

I have about 7 inches of rotted door trim where I want to hang a storm door. The part that rotted was apparently added to the trim when the house was built. I want to replace that piece without ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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kraftsman lawn mower runs for 10 minutes, sputters and dies [migrated]

I have a Kraftsmann 550 series push lawn mower with Brigg and Stratton engine that runs for about 10 minutes and then sputters and dies. I can start it again after prime it again, but it will run for ...
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whirlpool washing machine stops after rinse cycle, will not spin, and knob makes a noise

I have a Whirlpool Ultimate care 2 and it stopped draining water and entering the spin cycle. I initially thought it was the water pump and replaced it. The draining lines seemed clear(no issues with ...
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Fixing metal siding that is loose on garage

The metal siding on my garage (built in 2012) is coming off, leaving exposed wood. The only thing that was holding the metal down was the caulk which came off pretty easily within a few years. I ...
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refrigerator defrosting

how long does it take for the tubing between the freezer and the refrigerator to unthaw? My freezer works just fine, but my refrigerator isn't keeping items cold. I unplugged it so it can thaw the ...
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How can I easily use a damaged hose bibb outlet?

The threads on my hose bibb outlet are damaged and in pretty bad shape. I have not done my own plumbing work before and am wondering if there is some type of solution that would not require opening up ...
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Cheap repair of hole in car paint [migrated]

Recently my car paint has been damaged, I suspect it got hit by a little stone and the paint bursted. The bursts is not very nice but is very hard to notice because they are just about 3 cm long and ...
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How to fix a stripped hole?

I have a hole that a head of as bolt goes into, but the hole is stripped and cannot get a good grip on the bolt head. The hole is attached to an agitator which spins. Any help? Remember, only the head ...
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filling holes in bathroom tile

When you walk in our bathroom on the tiles with high heels, it puts a hole in the tile. It seems likely the tiles were not meant to be for floor. Regardless, we'd like to find some way to fill in the ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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What's the proper way to fill this hole?

Recently a dip formed in our flooring inside our sports performance training facility. We discovered that the concrete job there had a good number of stones in it, and I believe that it was that ...
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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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Tackiness on a wood finished refrigerator door

I have a maple "front" on my sub zero that matches my cabinets which were all made in 2001. I thought it was a polyurethane finish but I just noticed that a tackiness and slight discoloration has ...
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Patch and Paint a Desk Surface

I'd like to patch the chip in this desk surface and paint the entire surface. The chip is on the back, so I can afford it not being perfect, just something to level out that wont be noticeable under ...
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Why did my angle grinder die?

I was recently using a Bosch angle grinder but it had been 'sputtering' intermittently; and then during one session, taking the burrs off an edge, it slowed down and just stopped. Now it won't turn ...
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Missing cap on ceiling sprinkler

I found this sprinkler head in the ceiling of my new place with a cover cap missing - later I found the cap in a drawer. How would I go about replacing this? Is there a way to attach the original ...
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Interior wall paint turned soft and gooey

A patch of paint next to the head of my bed has been slowly turning soft and gooey over the past several years and I don't understand why. There seem to be several coats involved, with a top layer of ...
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Refrigerator freezes contents, even when set to warmest setting

Our refrigerator, an Amana/Whirlpool ABB1921DEW5, works very well -- rather too well, even, as the contents of the refrigerator are freezing, even with the refrigerator thermostat on its warmest ...
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Cement Paint Peeling Off Exterior Cinder Block Wall

I have an exterior cinder block wall that creates a unfinished dirt floor exterior room to the house. The top of the wall is used as a footing for the deck joists above. So all weather elements ...
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How should I repair crumbling joist pockets in a brick wall?

I'm renovating an old row house with wooden joist in masonry pockets. In many places, the mortar under the bearing point of the pockets has crumbled, cracking a few bricks and lowering the pocket. ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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How to cover old stair risers

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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Why won't the brake release the drum (tub) in my Simpson 950 Eziset?

When a full cycle is first started there is no "click" and the tub no longer turns as the machine does its "little bit of water here and a little bit there" routine before commencing the wash cycle. ...
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How can I complete these repairs to my sprinkler system?

I have two (hopefully small) repairs that I need to do for my system. Luckily most of it is in a control box, so it is easy to get at. Here's the setup: At the top was a valve that was broken, and ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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How can I cut cement sewer line to add cleanout?

I have a home built in 1950 with a cement sewer line. I have had to have the line cleared twice in the last two years. The last time they sent a camera down the line and the line seems root free with ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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Buying an old house. What NOT to “modernize?”

I'm buying my first house. It's an old early 1900's Edwardian-style semi-detached. In its present form, It is "livable" (hvac is new, roof is still good). I have $50,000 to fix everything (hopefully, ...
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My A/C Unit stopped working after replacing blower motor

Any idea what I may have done wrong here or how to check? I replaced my blower motor (it was 100% compatible and had the proper capactitor), and upon starting it up the blower did nothing and the ...
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Poured Cement wall repair and stucco

So I live in Ecuador and this house has been forgotten for 15 years. All of the walls are poured cement with stucco on them. This seems to work fine, except at times the water seeps in and ruins the ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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Ice Maker Slow at Making Ice

I just replaced the ice maker about a week ago. Now Im getting roughly 7-14 cubes (1 or 2 batches it seems) a day. We have a GE french door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. The freezer ...
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How can I repair damaged drywall?

I live in a rental house. My pit bull terrier ate the drywall and now I have a home inspection coming up. What can I do? I have a picture just don't know how to post it.
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How should I troubleshoot a refrigerator that is not cooling?

I am having an issue with an 3 month old Frigidaire refrigerator. Suddenly today, I noticed it was not cooling, there were no circuit breakers flipped and the unit was still running but just not ...
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Dryer isn't drying clothes. I've tried all of the common solutions (I think)

My wife and I just bought our first house. I think that we discovered that our dryer vent is going to require some regular maintenance to keep it clean and able to dry our clothes. When we moved in, ...
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How do I use the rubber strap with my drill's chuck key?

The instructions are rather obtuse on the matter, so what do I do with this rubber strap that, I believe, is intended to keep the chuck key with my drill? How do I apply it? Is the slot at the ...
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Repair A/C Evaporator Coil

The repair man says that leaks are most common in a place that is not repairable without using leak sealant, which would void a warranty and his company doesn't offer that service. My system is using ...
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Maytag Dryer LD69806AAE Doesn't Start

We have a Maytag Dryer Model # LDG9806AAE in our rental property. Our tenant said it stopped working so I checked it out today. When I pressed the "power" button. I hear a buzzing sound but the drum ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the ...
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What kind of repair do I need for water damage from second floor?

Last night, my second floor shower wouldn't turn off because the handle cartridge broke and water leaked from the shower handle opening to behind the shower walls and all the way down to the garage. ...
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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 black 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 concrete walkway?

Parts of a concrete walkway leading up to the front of the house have sunk down over the years. We want to add a layer of new concrete over the old concrete to raise it and make it more even. What is ...