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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 ...
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How to stop outside rainwater from coming in under the wall and through the concrete floor of my garage conversion?

I have got a problem with an attached garage converted den in a 1978 built brick home. The heavy spring rains are redirected to the two year old perforated drain system on the side of the house ...
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How to recharge a window unit air conditioner?

Can I recharge my window unit air conditioner or do I have to send it to a specialist? The AC unit that I have is about 15 years old (nothing lasts forever)... and I happen to have about 20 lbs of ...
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How can I remove this stuck nut on my riding mower?

I am attempting to repair a shattered housing mandrel on my Husqvarna riding mower. I have it largely disassembled however I am facing a common problem: a stuck nut on a piece that is moving. The only ...
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Nearly New Northern MN Slab In-Floor Heat Home Needs New Water Line

Built in 2010, I moved in to my 3-bedroom, 2 bath home in Jan. 2011. The house has radiant in-floor heat (natural gas) and sits on a slab. This past late fall the City notified me of an unusually ...
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Window air conditioner fan slows to a stop in about 2 minutes

I just bought a window A/C unit and turned it to "low fan" setting. Within I think a few seconds after it started, I could hear it slowing down, which it continued to do until it came to stop, which ...
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When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
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How to remove the bottom half of a PVC compression flange

I have a hall bathroom with cast iron piping. At some point the cast iron toilet flange was replaced with a PVC compression toilet flange. The top half of that PVC flange is broken and when I ...
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How can I repair my stainless dishwasher interior?

My dishwasher has a stainless steel interior. To hold the rubber door seal in place the manufacturer attached a stainless strip along the edge forming a channel for the gasket. It's held on with spot ...
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Brown, yellow, and orange wires in a wall switch

I understand that: Black wire = hot White wire = neutral Green wire = ground In the wall switch in my condo, there are 2 switches, one with red/brown wire, the other with yellow/yellow/orange ...
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How to measure head casing?

I have, what seems like a trivial question. How on earth do you measure the size of a head casing? I measured as it shows in this picture, going from the bottom side of the 45's. I measured my ...
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Fiberglass shower soap dish fell off — how can I reattach?

The soap dish on my shower/tub came off and while it dinged the tub, the dish itself is perfectly fine. What should I use to reattach it to the wall once I clean everything off?
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Living Room ceiling Fan

I bought a new Hunter 72"Ceiling Fan Fellinie in 2009. I have already replaced the reciever once, it seems to be broken again, and now Hunter said the receiver is no longer available. My wife loves ...
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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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Dryer is making a terrible sound

Recently our dryer started making terrible noises. It sounds to me like a belt is broken, but it makes a grinding sound when turning. The noise is not constant. There is a strong burnt smell ...
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Possible to repair this retaining wall?

My wife and I are replacing the deck at the back of our house, and after we demolished the existing structure found the retaining walls near our basement door have moved significantly. These are ...
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Patching Fieldstone Foundaton?

This is partly an extension of a prior question I had: Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out? With grading and some tarps (which I plan on covering with gravel) I think I have ...
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Is it possible to patch a crack in a toilet?

We have a medicine cabinet placed above the toilet. Not the best place but not a lot of choice. Anyway, while fumbling for some Sudafed in the dark, I managed to knock a cough mixture bottle out of ...
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Fixing a curtain rail to dry wall

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY, so I'm after some advice... I've recently bought a curtain rail for my living room, and I need to fix it to the wall. However, the wall is not brick -- it ...
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High water pressure after water heater is turned on or water isn't used for a while

I recently noticed my bathroom sink leaking occasionally and when I turn on the water, the pressure was much stronger than normal at first and went back to normal after a short time of letting the ...
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How do I secure a steel rod inside a blind hole of a silumin part?

A part of my hacksaw responsible for keeping the blade tensioned broke apart. One of the parts is a piece of silumin which has a blind hole 4 millimeters in diameter and about 15 millimeters deep. A ...
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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 to fix a garbage disposal with rubber caught in it?

I'm missing a small piece of flexible rubber that was approx 0.8" x 0.3" x 0.17". I think it went into the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. After turning off the breakers, and securing my cat ...
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How to repair solid wood cabinet finish after fire?

After a small kitchen fire in which the cabinets got fire damage, but did not actually catch fire, we repaired the walls, but are now left with a cabinet that looks (not too) bad. The black spots are ...
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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

The bag in the photo below stained my wood table (see the photos). The bag had held some heavy books an was laid face-down on the table. I don't know if this happened through basic time and pressure,...
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how to repair garbage disposal plate

The grinding plate has rusted. Managed to get part out and it still runs but is it going to start leaking? Is it fixable? Can that plate be exchanged out? Thanks for answers. The model # is GG1000X.0 ...
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Touching up black aluminium window frame

I have a set of folding doors (interior <-> exterior) that have been badly scraped and scratched during a renovation project. I have purchased the correct colour touch up paint from the ...
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Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open

The problem with the freezer door is that when the refrigerator's door is pushed closed, the door of the freezer slightly opens and stays open without re-closing and sealing itself properly, leaving a ...
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Key stuck in door lock

My key is stuck in the door lock and won't come out. I have tried numerous ways and it just won't. Any ideas on how to get it out or what can be done?
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What product can I use to level an uneven garage floor?

I have an uneven garage floor that goes up to 1 inch deep from high to low level spots. I want to make the garage even. I was thinking of a self-leveling compound (watery). Which brand or type should ...
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Fixing (at least temporarily) roof damaged wooden beam (rafter?) in an outbuilding

Outside my house there is an outbuilding. I am not sure of the roofing terms in English, but trying. On of the roof beams, the center one on this picture (a rafter?) is heavily damaged at its base, ...
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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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Home Repair of Refrigerator Waterline

I have an 10 year old LG refrigerator (model LRFD25850ST). The white polyethylene waterline running from the refrigerator water pump up the back of the refrigerator is leaking about half-way up. It ...
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Dishwasher not draining water

I have a Bosch dishwasher that is 4 years old. Lately it has been leaving water at the bottom at the end of the cycle. Tried running the cycle again and it cleans the dishes but leaves water in the ...
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Help identify this electric clothes dryer part from an Asko T701 dryer?

I just replaced the drum rollers on my Asko T701 electric clothes dryer. As I was removing the front frame to access the rollers, this metal part fell out (the Sharpie is just there for scale): I ...
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Why does the blade of my table saw stop?

I have a cheap, old (but, until recently, serviceable) direct-drive, table-top table saw, Skil 10" model 3400. Last week while cutting a 2x4, the blade stopped but the motor kept going. I finished ...
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Home Flat open roof Repair mortar

my house roof flat make RCC.roof has joints 30feet long,there is a crack 5cm wide,5cm deep,and 30feet long,How can i fillup it.what do i use cement sand concrete than water stop leak?
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How to tension toilet handle nut without handle sticking?

I have to replace toilet handle assemblies frequently. However, the frustrating part is if you tension the nut at all, the toilet handle will not return to its original position. I'm left leaving the ...
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Repair damaged kitchen cupboard door laminate

I have white gloss laminate on my kitchen doors. The cupboard next to oven has cracked and peeled on the corner quite badly. Is it possible to repair the covering or can I buy a sheet of the ...
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How to repair broken off wood from a chair?

I have an old chair that part of broke of some time ago and was lost. I've finally got round to fixing it as it's a bit of an eyesore. I started by using some woodfiller which I had lying around, but ...
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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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Is there any video demonstration for showing the major process of window replacement? [closed]

I want to repair an old window myself. I also know that window replacement is not an easy job for any non-professional in this field. If I could get a video on this - it would help me learn the ...
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ground water in old coal store

Hi my old coal store in cellar leaks ground water when it rains. Rest of my cellar is a converted kitchen and bathroom. House is over 100 years old. I have damp proofed with liquid rubber, tanking tar ...
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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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Easiest way to replace mortar around door?

I have a stone house and some of the mortar around one of my door frames has completely eroded away, there are big gaps and I can now see the screws that once screwed into the mortar too hold the door ...
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I have a number of sagging drawers due to broken rear brackets on sliding drawers. Can anyone help me find replacement brackets (pictured below)?

I have reversed some that have broken on the bottom to the other side, which is a temporary fix. These brackets are not flush with the back wood panel but fit over a 1" x 1/2" strip. Any help with ...
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New troy built mower b&s engine surges

My son called me told me that my brand new out of the box mower's engine surges. Yes I'm going to take it back to the store,when I get back in town, and have them fix it but in the mean time I am ...
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How to properly fix these cracks in exterior window sill

The inspector suggested that these are easy fixes but most of the searches for repairing window sills brings up rotten wood and that's not what I've got here. and also this one
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How long do evaporator coils last in a home AC system?

I was going through my blog roll this morning when I saw that someone had asked this elsewhere. I figured it would be a good question to ask. In general, how long do evaporator coils last in a home ...
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Screen Door Pneumatic Tube stopper: What are they called and why is mine not working?

We prefer to keep our screen doors (or "storm doors" as I guess they are also known by) open all the time. We only really want them shut when we keep the main door open for a breeze or to let our cats ...