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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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Cracks in deck supports

I have a deck supported by 6x6s. Two of which seem to be developing some sizable cracks. Should I be concerned? Can I repair / reinforce the posts?
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?

Unfortunately, I do not know the appropriate terminology but, there is a small hose that fits into a tube within a cylindrical container in the toilet tank. When this occurs, I can see initially hear ...
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

I've installed the new jamb, however the new jamb appears to bow a bit, and goes in quite a bit at the bottom. I haven't screwed it down yet, or shimmed it, I wanted a second set of eyes (and 3rd, ...
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Is there a masonry filler tough enough to drill into once it's set

Our new home has two old metal gates front and back where the screws mounting the locking points have chipped out of the brickwork leaving large holes (40 - 50mm tall/deep). Is there a masonry ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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What are my options for saving this building?

I have a small building on my property that is about 15ft by 10ft. The building sits on a slope that runs downhill sort of at an angle from one front corner to the opposite back corner. It sits on ...
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Split ladder legs for child's playset

Last year I assembled a playground kit for my son and noticed the one leg on the ladder is splitting where the step boards were pre notched to fit into. The wood is basically pre stained red cedar. I ...
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Can the dryer's heating element be saved?

I just read why you shouldn't mend a dryer's heating element or coil. What if the break just happens to be be two or three inches at the very end, or even just 1 inch from the end; can you stretch it ...
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How to remove rust and paint my barbecue?

I have a barbecue similar to the one in the image. It's still in good shape, but sun has taken out the shine and there are one or two spots or rust (really small) that would like to remove. I would ...
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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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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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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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door frame 1 inch smaller on each side of door opening

I had a custom wood door installed, but the door frame of this door was made 1 inch two small on each side of the door opening. The contractor used some wood screws to keep the door frame aligned with ...
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Whirlpool clothes washer won't continue to rinse cycle

My washer stops after washing and does not go to the rinse cycle, even with light loads. The machine is only 15 days old and it did not happen on the 2 or 3 first washes. It's a Whirlpool model ...
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How should I repair a cracked trough roof beam?

My garage has a 17' 2x8 ridge beam. The roof is a V, lowest in the center, with 2x4 rafters nailed to the sides of this ridge piece. At some point the roof drain clogged, the roof turned into a ...
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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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How can I determine why my whirlpool refrigerator has stopped running water?

We have a Whirlpool refrigerator that's 2 years old which suddenly stopped running water. What can I do?
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DeWalt circular saw stopped working, probably need to repair motor, can anyone confirm?

Okay, so I got a a circular saw from the family for Christmas for my burgeoning woodworking hobby, and I've been using it a light amount. It went out the other day while cutting some 1x4. I had a ...
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What causes washer to run normal without clothes, but stop after wash cycle with clothes?

I saw the post from august 28, 2013 with a couple of answers, but nothing definite on how the machine was repaired. I have a Frigidaire affinity washing machine that either completely stops after the ...
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string trimmer slits bottom screen door

I live in a condo with a back doorwall, but no patio. The doorwall opens directly onto lawn. In summer, the grounds crew comes through with a weed trimmer and (since no patio) trims right up the to ...
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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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Where can I find a replacement faucet sprayer hose? [closed]

My kitchen sink sprayer is broken and I need to replace the hose. The hose has an unusual connection that clips into a plastic piece; but doesn't seem standard compared to what I've seen as ...
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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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Should I try and repair my oven? [closed]

My old Baumatic fan oven recently developed a problem where the sparker for the hob was sparking continuously. I had to disconnect the power to stop the problem, but on reconnecting the clock reset ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

Shown below is an example of my exterior above my garage. I was wanting to look into painting/stucco/new siding work and wondered if what "bracing" you see as the same color of the house was purely ...
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How long should refrigerator defrosting take?

How long does it take for the tubing between the freezer and the refrigerator to thaw? 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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Bostich Finish nailer hanging up

My Finish nailer will shoot just fine. Afterwards, it hangs up or sticks. Doesn't reset immediately. There is always a 5- 10 second delay, unless I disconnect air hose. I don't like doing that because ...
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Can I shim the top of an 6x6 post that i supporting a beam?

I'll admit it - I cut a 6x6 fir post 7/8" too short. I don't relish buying a new one because of cost, it being the weekend, and the attachment to the base pier is with a knife-style simpson connection ...
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Freezer too warm - thermostat or leak?

Frigidaire FRS26LR5CW0 side by side fridge/freezer. Freezer side is cool, but not cold - things were slowly thawing and new stuff not freezing so I had to remove everything. Fridge side is just cool ...
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Electric blackout blinds

I've looked at the questions that have already been posed and they go some of the way to the situation I have. I will attempt to remove the cassette that houses an electric motor and the sidebars as ...
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How to repair subfloor softened by water damage

My kitchen floor has developed a soft spot in front of the sink. While we have no water leak at this time a few years ago the dishwasher leaked a bit of water on the floor because of a bladder crack. ...
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the chain came off and when i put it back on it won't go around the bar

The chain on a chainsaw I borrowed came off after I used it . I got in back on and it is tight but it will not go around the bar.It starts ok and the chain lock is not on.Why is this happening??
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Hiding a crack in glass

From time to time I'll find a crack in some glass item I own where the crack isn't a structural issue, but is only a visual issue. The crack is visible because of the air in the crack causing a sudden ...
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Where can I find drawings of a mobile home's construction?

I bought my very first trailer/mobile home last August. I've never lived in one, never spent significant time in one, know less than nothing about them. That said, I have a doublewide 90 Commodore. ...
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How do I repair this broken pipe?

We just bought a house and while digging in the yard using a pick axe, I broke a pipe. Per my research, I need to put a joint there. The broken part is right next to the joint, so not sure how can I ...
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What can I do about a spot of rotten floor where I need to put in one of my toilet bolts when replacing a wax ring?

I am replacing the wax ring on my toilet. I put one of the bolts in it's slot on the floor flange and it sunk in through the floor. The rest of the floor seems to be ok. It is in an older mobile home. ...
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Partly blocked PVC pipe

Is there any chemical to remove excess solvent that is partly blocking water flow in 3/4 inch PVC pipe ? (the exact location of the restriction/restrictions is not known)
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flat concrete roof with weathering course leaking in many places

It is about 30 yr old building with flat concrete roof with weathering course on top. It started leaking in many places during rainy season. The roof area is about 1200 sq.ft open.what is the remedy.
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Water not reaching the overhead tank from mains pipe- flow ground to top to the overhead tank

The water flows from underground pipe when the water in main pipe is released to 1st floor of the building but not to the overhead tank which is on 5th floor. The pressure seems to be not building up ...
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How to deal with clear flakes off my wooden headboard

Tonight I noticed quite a bit of clear flaking on my wood headboard. Can anyone let me know what this is and how I should deal with it?
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Multi-home Utillity Alley Potholes - fix it my self or is there someone to call?

Ive recently bought a house that has a service alley in the back leading to parking. Its a no outlet alley servicing about 4-6 houses (mostly rented) which is probably why it hasn't been properly ...