Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Should all charred wood be replaced in a home fire restoration?

My home was struck by ligtning and caught fire via the satcable going into the home; the vapour barrier became ablaze and started the home on fire;the fire company arrived and put the fire out. the ...
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OHM reading for dryer element? Bad thermal cutoff fuse indication of element overheating?

So I've read that I should get about 10-50 ohm reading on my dryer element. I do get a reading of around 10(jumps around alot) on my element, but this is with the multimeter set to 200(the lowest ...
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How can I repair a hole in my subfloor?

I found this hole a while back when removing my old carpet: It was filled with a bunch of nice razor blades and nails, you know, the kind of stuff you just want to roll around in. I need to find a ...
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Why won't my ice maker eject ice?

I have a component-style ice maker, by which I mean it's not one of the modular kinds with holes for probe tests. It's similar to that style in that the water fills the mold, then the thermostat ...
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Wood chipper/shredder engine won't start [closed]

I recently replaced the fuel tank, fuel line, and carburetor on a 8HP wood chipper/shredder. The first time I tried to pull start it after completing the work, it started right up. A few weeks later ...
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Do Old Houses Have a Pre-determined Lifespan?

Taking into consideration the building supplies that were available in that time period for that particular geographic area (say, a major metropolitan city in the mid-western United States), do homes ...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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How do I fix a hole in drywall?

There is a hole in my drywall from a doorknob repeatedly hitting it, is there a straightforward way to fix it?
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How can I repair damage to an engineered floor caused by cleaning products?

A product 'Mop & Glo' was used on my engineered floor. An employee of the company from whom I purchased my floor recommended that I use Armstrong Hardwood Floor cleaner to attempt to remove the ...
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How can I fix my entry door that is not deep enough?

I had my front door replace, I got the right measurment and the door fit, but it was not deep enough. Now from the inside the edges of the door do not even out with the wall. Is there a way I can fix ...
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How can I solder a wire onto a piece of metal?

I am replacing the antenna on my radio. I removed the old antenna to find that a wire had been soldered directly onto the bottom of the antenna. I attempted to solder the wire onto the new antenna ...
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How should I repair damaged enamel in a clothes washer?

We have noticed recently that when clothes are left in the washer for more than the "usual" waiting time that they sometimes pick up rust spots. On inspection of the wash tub, I found that several of ...
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How to patch this PVC elbow connection?

I bought a home about 3 months back, and recently discovered a slow leak under a wall in my utility room. I ended up removing that part of the wall to get to it, and the leak is coming from the feed ...
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How do I fix a stuck toilet tap that hasn't been turned in 3+ years?

I am trying to close the tap which connects to my toilet tank but the tap will not budge. I don't think that this tap has been touched in more than 3 years. Is there a way to fix it so that I can ...
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Can I replace the wax gasket without lifting the whole toilet?

I am a woman who cannot lift the back tank of a toilet. To replace the wax gaskets, can't I just turn off the water, remove the bolts from one side and replace with the new gaskets - then do the ...
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What will I need if I remove a broken garbage disposal from my kitchen sink?

I have a dual sink tub, with a broken garbage disposal attached to one drain. I just want to take the disposal off, and hook the dishwasher to the sink drain. Will I need to buy any extra tubing and ...
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How do I repair a flaking finish on my wood windows?

I have a few windows around the house which all have a funny flaky appearance. It looks pretty superficial; the wood under the flaking looks okay. It's on windows that were here when I bought the ...
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Where can I find a replacement 3" drilled split spindle with a hook at the the end? [closed]

I have an old RH&CO mortise entry lock and the drilled, split spindle is broken. I cannot seem to find the 3" drilled split spindle with a hook at the end anywhere. I have tried local hardware ...
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How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber?

I have a hand tool - Needle-nose plier that had a rubber that is used as the handle. Currently, I managed to clean up all the rust on the metal and would like to clean up the rubber handle as it is ...
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How should I repair flaking paint?

I have just removed some frog tape from a painted wall and it has taken the paint off down to the plasterboard (4 layers, 2 undercoat and 2 topcoat). How should I go about repairing the damaged ...
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How do I fix a leak in this roof?

A few days ago we had a good amount of rain that fell over a 36 hour period. During this time, a leak showed its ugly face. I got up into the attic, found the water stream and traced it back outside ...
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How to repair a door with patches of stripped-off finish?

I was trying to replace the door knob on the bathroom door and for some reason the existing hole was too small so I enlarged the hole by clamping a piece of wood to the door and drilling though. I ...
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How can I repair rusty tools?

Should I use sandpaper to clean the rust from the tools (e.g. Needle-nose pliers), or can I soak them in vinegar or lemon juice? Would I be better off just buying new tools (which can be an ...
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What's the best way to reattach a piece of siding?

I just noticed I have a piece of HardiePlankĀ® that is coming off the side of my house. What would be the best way to reattach it? I have no experience with the stuff, but it seems like a simple diy ...
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Why won't my gas dryer stay lit?

My Amana gas clothes dryer is not heating properly. The gas ignites when the dryer is first started, but after the gas turns off the igniter glows and then turns off, without relighting the gas. Many ...
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My dryer heating element broke in two: Can I just wrap the ends together?

I have a Whirlpool Estate dryer that recently quit drying. I narrowed the problem down to the heating element, then removed the element assembly and found a clean break in the coil at one end. A ...
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How do I fill holes around a light switch?

I have a light switch where the plaster board around the edges of the face plate have broken away. I was thinking of using some kind of filler like Polycell to fill the holes but I'm not really ...
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Does flaw in asphalt driveway need to be repaired; and if so, how?

I put in a new asphalt driveway a couple of years ago. There is a visible "joint" where they stopped laying asphalt while waiting for a second load to arrive. At this joint a chunk of asphalt has ...
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First time home owner - books to introduce different systems and things to know (Closing in another 2 weeks)

We are closing on our first home (townhome built in 2000 in NJ) purchase in another 2 weeks, we are very excited at the same time concerned about not knowing anything about homes. Is there any books ...
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How do I replace an axe handle?

I have an axe with a damaged handle that needs replacing, but I don't know how to do it. What tools and techniques should I use to get the job done?
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What is the best removable insulation material?

There is a crack in a wall that I would like to fill with some removable insulation. It must be removable, as such it should just be a temporary solution. I know of rockwool and glasswool, but don't ...
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What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?

We are in the process of purchasing a home that is over 20 years old. What are some of the most important things we should check/patch/do right away to make sure the home is running correctly and ...
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How do I get a yellow stain out of a marble sink?

I saw a similar question but it didn't give me an answer that helped. I recently began to replace the faucets and spout in one of out bathroom sinks. The marble that was covered by the previous chrome ...
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How can I determine the cause of a noisy spin cycle in my INDESIT washing machine?

My washing machine has suddenly started being much noisier during the spin cycle. It doesn't seem to be vibrating or knocking/banging. It's just got a much louder whine when spinning fast than it ...
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How do I replace a Zanussi washing machine's front door seal?

I have a zanussi jet system 1200, model wjd1257w. It is a washing and drying machine. It leaks water, I guess at the spin cycle or perhaps before it. I searched and found out that it could be either ...
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How can I build a support onto a stud in order to support a handrail?

I need to repair a stair handrail that has come out of my plaster wall. One end of the rail was not connected to a stud, so has come lose. It is a nice railing, so I would prefer not to buy a new ...
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How can I replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door?

I am trying to replace the seal on the bottom of my shower door. Any ideas what it is called and/or what I could replace it with? The "Shower Door Company" of Atlanta, Georgia made the door, which is ...
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How can I repair a chip in partical board table top?

I got this table from IKEA, and it was delivered with damage in it, unfortunately I did not recognize it as I had to check 10 packages but this is another story. As you can see in the picture there ...
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What is needed to fix or replace a cracked old seal on a refrigerator door?

I'd like to replace or maybe just gum up the seal of my 1990's Maytag refrigerator. It's really quite a beast and the last time a repair man came (to extract a receipt which made its way into the ...
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What can I use to repair a crack in a plastic AC Condenser Drip pan?

I've currently got an oldish furnace (early '90s Lennox), with an A/C system. The blower motor burnt up on me last week, and I just had it replaced. It turns out that the reason for the motor going, ...
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How can I repair a particle-board dresser after sanding part of it?

I have a dresser that is painted white with water stains on one end. I sanded and found particle board underneath. I can not get the damage to smooth out over the water stained end. What can I do to ...
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Would it be safe to leave charred wood on a deck until repairs can be made?

Had a small fire incident outside on our wood deck. There didn't appear to be any structural damage to any of the supporting material, just a few surface boards which need to be replaced. Can the ...
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How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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How can I fix a toilet that flushes incompletely?

The toilet in one of our bathrooms routinely flushes incompletely. It does not clog or back up, but it takes several fill/flush cycles to get all the "material" to go down. It just seems to be weak ...
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How can I repair a section of carpet that a cat scratched up?

Much to my displeasure, my (wife's) cat has torn up a large section (2'x6') of carpet. Eventually we would like to sell the house and this would definitely be noticed. Is there any way to repair the ...
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How can I repair a door that a dog chewed on?

My dog is an escape artist and managed to get out of her crate today. She then tried to chew her way through my bedroom door to escape confinement. Though unsuccessful, she did damage a significant ...
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How do I cover up small holes in plaster ceiling?

I accidentally punched these on the ceiling while moving stuff around. They're around half a centimeter in diameter, and the ceiling seems to be plaster. How can I mask/cover these up the most ...
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What do I need to do to restore a wooden entry door?

I'm going to give it a try rather then buying a new door. I have a wooden door (veneer on both sides) with some decorative mouldings. My plan is to use a heat gun to get as much paint off as possible ...
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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How can I cheaply refresh parquet in an apartment?

We've recently rented an apartment with seriously damaged parquet. Since the deal is "take it or leave it", we've decided to "mend" the parquet ourselves. Dictionary :) Sorry for my bad english, I ...