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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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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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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How to fill crack in marble shower sill

Our shower has a has sill about 4" above floor level made from a single piece of marble, approximately 60" x 6" x 1". The shower surround runs down the center, and is well-sealed to it, with no ...
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I need to anchor a standard where there is a one-inch hole in the drywall

While I was putting in anchors to hold a shelf standard I had one that didn't install right and I was left with a one-inch hole. Some kind of anchor or support absolutely has to go there. It's too ...
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How can I repair my Bosch dishwasher that won't drain?

My Bosch dishwasher stopped draining. At the end of the cycle, it gets stuck at 1 minute remaining. When I open the door, there's water that hasn't drained. Here's what I've tried: Following the ...
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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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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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Fixing minor tape blemishes/bubbling after a fresh paint job

Unfortunately 1 week after a new paint job was done with a decent job of skimming and all, there was a small flood in a laundry room above. Some water came down, but we averted disaster. It's very ...
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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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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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Do I remove cornice when I'm getting rid of horse hair plasterboard walls?

I'm removing old plasterboard walls and getting someone to help by cutting along the top edge. I did this so I don't have to remove the cornices (which seem fairly good condition). However, I'm ...
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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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What could be causing my furnace burners to fire up, then shut off due to partially open door?

I have a 10 year old Carrier gas furnace that keeps shutting off every 24-48 hrs. First I thought it might be the flare sensor but then I checked the bottom door and it wasn't completely closed. I ...
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Spanish stucco refinish

The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and ...
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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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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 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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Replace Worn Rubber Cover Over Grohe Ladylux Cafe 33 755 Kitchen Sink Spray Head

My 11-year old Grohe Ladylux Cafe Model 33 755 kitchen sink faucet still works well but the rubber cover over the spray head button is torn and needs to be replaced. Grohe and other suppliers sell 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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Why isn't my mini fridge staying cold?

My mini fridge has full power, but I come home after a couple of days to find that the compressor has shut off and everything has defrosted and the fridge isn't cold anymore. I can turn the knob and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to repair wood furniture surface from chemical blemish?

I left a can of Raid insect spray on top of a piece of furniture and unbeknown to me there was some sort of chemical goo that dripped off the can overnight and it seemingly ate through the surface and ...
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How can I replace failing ballasts in recessed CFL housings if I don't have access to the attic?

I have a set of recessed CFL (4-pin) lights and a few of the ballasts are failing (CFLs fail to start randomly, even after replacing them with new sets). They are NHPSIC-626ELAT, CFL (4-pin) fixtures....
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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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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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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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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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How can I fix a table top that I spilled air freshener on?

I spilled air freshener on the top my dining table. It is a veneer top with urethane finish. The area is sticky to touch. How can I fix this?
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How to remove the screw adapter from glass

I have this round steel color metal attached to my coffee table glass..I'm trying to use the glass to make coffee table with wood log.Does anyone know to remove the metal screw adapter(I think so it's ...
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Preparing walls for plastering

Hi I'm pulling down wallpaper in front room as I want to paint it but I've found that the old plastering is coming off with the wallpaper, and on last wall I've found they painted under it as well! ...
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Threads in brass floor lamp post have been stripped. No longer twists and stays in place. How can I fix the threads?

I have a floor lamp that comes in sections that you twist to screw together. the threads on one section have become stripped and the sections no longer stay together. Is there a way I can fix these ...
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Temperature of water in the shower fluctuates - will a cheap thermostatic tap help?

I recently moved to an apartment where temperature of water in the shower fluctuates and we called for a plumber. He either cleaned up or replaced one part (I think it was the mixer - nothing visually ...
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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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How to determine if a Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is working properly

I've been trying to track down water pressure/flow issues throughout the plumbing in my entire house, but haven't found anything which made any significant difference. For example, I discovered that ...
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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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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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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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Microwave door switch comparison

I have a built in Viking microwave that works but does not heat. I took it apart and tested the door switches and sure enough one of them is no good. My question is the following: the part listed ...
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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 ...