Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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What is this sanding disc and where could I find one?

As best I can tell, it's a 5" diameter, open-coat, all-metal (steel? tin?) arbor-mounted sanding disc. It's the only thing that will remove tar from brick on my house, and I really need to purchase ...
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Repairing small damage to outside corners. Plaster walls.

I'm thinking of using bondo. Is there a less-complex way to do it. I'm concerned that regular plaster material will fall off.
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Ist it possible to fix aluminum tubing in a freezer?

I own an upright freezer where I tried to drill a hole into the side wall. Unfortunately I hit one of the aluminium tubes that sit on the outside close to the metal frame of the freezer. Is there a ...
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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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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door

This question is similar to another one already on SE but this one focuses on the task as a repair issue rather than as a remodeling one. How can I cheaply and easily (I am a layperson) create a ...
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How to repair a deck?

We need to repair the underside of our deck that appears to be breaking apart. Does anyone have any ideas on how to repair this? What materials should we use for repair? Thank you :-)
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How do I remove this radiator cover?

I'm currently in the process of decorating and making my new home look nice and a big thing that is bothering me is the dust from inside the radiator vent, there is a lot! The radiator cover is ...
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How do I repair a broken polystyrene part?

I have a speaker whose mount broke. I previously tried to fix it using a common 2-part "5 minute" epoxy (I believe I did 2 or 3 separate applications, trying to get some thickness on it), but after a ...
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How do I reinforce an old mortise and tenon joint?

I have some old This End Up chairs with mortise and tenon joints that came reinforced with nails. They are generally pretty sturdy but have gotten quite the wiggle over their 33 years. My question is ...
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Repairing wall around a plug socket

The wall has broken quite badly around a plug socket in our bedroom and I don't know how to fix it. First time buyer as of yesterday and TOTAL DIY newby! Any help, gracefully appreciated. You can find ...
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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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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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What material provides semi-permanent, strong bonding with a concrete floor?

The professionals doing repairs at a workplace seem to be capable of patching stairs with material so tough, and make it stick to the existing cement with such strength, that the patching survives ...
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Wooden cabinet - Large crack

We acquired two of these cabinets from a friend a few years ago, and one of them has developed a large crack which we noticed while moving a few months ago, and it's grown to the point where most of ...
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How to adapt caster wheel to tubular table leg?

My kids destroyed one of their tennis table caster wheels. Parts of the wheel mount are stuck inside the leg. Is there a way to adapt another wheel? For instance, mounting the wheel externally? I don'...
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Replacing a cabinet face

I've just moved into a new house and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. Last night I took all the doors off and for the first time got a good look at the shape they're in. It's not so nice, ...
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Repair broken button from dishwasher controller plastic case

So recently my dishwasher stopped working. After disassembling, I found out that the problem was just the on/off button. It won't work because when you press it, it pushes a plastic piece that is ...
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How to repair hinge mounts in medium-density fiberboard

Can the wardrobe be repaired when the hinges are almost thrown out by the board ripping apart the skin of the MDF board?
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Table top damage

I just got a new coffee table. My boyfriend sat a tube of Icy Hot down on the table and it leaked! Now there is this goo on the table. I gently tried to clean it off, but the finish comes off with ...
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What should I do with the ground wire on a replacement bathroom fan motor?

I bought a new motor for my bathroom vent fan and it came with a ground wire. The old motor does not have a ground wire, or not that I can see. What should I do with the ground wire?
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How would I troubleshoot a faulty GE electric oven?

When in bake mode the bake element will start to function by heating up, but after a brief time, there will be 2 audible clicks and it will shut off well before reaching the designated temp. It ...
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What should I do about mold in the corner of a bedroom?

I have what I think is a cold corner in a bedroom. Before we moved in, there was wall paper up for a number of years (as per the house selling photos and when we moved in, house was for sale for 2 ...
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How can I prevent a ceiling fan light kit from wobbling?

I have a ceiling fan with a single light bulb attachment below the fan. This light bulb socket is loose and wiggles on the unit. Sometimes I can get the light bulb inserted in the socket in a ...
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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light

I was sitting at my desk in my home office and I wanted to turn on the room light, but I couldn't reach - I was off from the switch by about 3 inches. Being too lazy to get out of my chair, I picked ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Torn drywall surface from tile removal

Our home had a wall with stuck on tiled 12 inch mirrors. In removing the mirrors almost all of the underlying drywall surfaces were torn to some degree. I have very little experience with drywall and ...