Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
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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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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 black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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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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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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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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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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What's causing my washer to stop running during the wash cycle?

I have an Frigidaire Affinity washer that runs perfectly fine, (all the way through wash & rinse cycles), when empty, but as soon as you put even a small load of clothes in it, it stops working ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 repair my damaged kitchen counter?

I made a stupid mistake and placed a hot pan on the kitchen counter top directly, which made a small burn and a bigger bump filled with air that cracked after a little while. I don't know much about ...
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How much should replacing septic tank lids cost, and what is involved?

My wife and I may be possibly buying a house with a septic tank. We had it inspected and the report showed that the tank was in good condition however the "tank lids" would need to be replaced. I'm ...
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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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How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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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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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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Help to diagnose the washing machine issue

I have a Haier HLP23E washing machine. Last week it stops to spin. After draining all water, instead of start the spin cycle, it stops for a while and then start to pour in the water. I switch off 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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How can I repair the start button on my LG washing machine that is hard to press?

The start button on my LG washine machine WD14700RD is very hard to press, and getting worse. I need to lean on it with my whole body weight in order for the program to start. All the other buttons ...
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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 do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?

I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off. I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart ...
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What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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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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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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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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Why does my fluorescent lighting only work when it's not hot outside?

We have fluorescent lights in our kitchen and when it's over 75°F outside the lights turn on real dim like there might be a problem with the ballasts, but when the outside temperature drops the ...
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How do I repair/prevent woodpecker holes in cedar siding?

What is the best way to patch woodpecker holes and deter the woodpeckers from returning? I was thinking of filling the holes with Great Stuff, having the house sprayed inside/outside for insects and ...
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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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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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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 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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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 I repair terrazzo floors?

I just bought an older house and it has terrazzo floors the whole way through. The previous owner installed carpet using tack strips that were nailed to the floor, instead of using contact cement, so ...
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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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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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Timer on dryer stopped working

The timer on our Maytag dryer seems to have died/stopped working and I would like to replace it myself: What I mean by "died/stopped working" is that the timer no longer decrements and mechanically ...
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Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...