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How can I replace a board in floating wood floor?

I have a condo with a concrete subfloor so I floated an engineered wood floor above it. It's not a "click-lock" floor, it's a glued T&G install. A contractor recently did some work in the unit ...
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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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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 do I hang shelves on poor quality brick/concrete walls?

I'm trying to install some shelves in my apartment (brick/concrete) but when I drill holes the walls almost seem like they're made of sand. I'm not able to securely fix the screws (I'm using wall ...
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What can be done to fix a squeak in stairs?

This might be better suited as a community wiki, what do you think? My parents house has very squeaky stairs. The house is over 100 years old, so it's to be expected. What can be done to fix a squeak ...
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How can I smooth out a poor drywall repair?

I am a new 1st time home owner. The house I purchased is an older home, and has had some "renovations". The people who were there before me 'remodeled' the kitchen by taking out a wall that had ...
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What is a quick and temporary fix for a cracked toilet waste pipe?

Somehow the porcelain waste pipe of the toilet has cracked and has started leaking. We're about to replace the whole bathroom so I just need a quick fix. Will wrapping the crack in duck tape work?
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How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?

I'm in desperate need of assistance. I'm a tenant living in a rented apartment and one end of the towel bar just fell out of its socket! Can anyone tell me how, if possible, I can fix it myself ...
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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 cheaply paint walls that duct tape stripped and ruined?

I recently made the mistake of using duct tape to attach pictures and posters on my dorm room walls. When I took the pictures down today, the tape took some of the paint off the walls along with it. ...
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How do I fill a hole under a sidewalk?

The sidewalk leading up to my front door developed what looked like a sink hole under it about a year ago. Since then, an animal of some kind has made the hole even bigger and it now runs as a tunnel ...
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Is the back section of this house salvageable or should it be knocked down?

My grandfather's house is getting to be in bad shape after years of neglect and more so the back section of the house is falling apart. Now the back section of the house, if I remember correctly, was ...
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Can drywall be installed over lath?

We removed the plaster from several walls because they were friable and bulging, but chose to leave the lath attached to save time/work. We will screw 1/2 inch drywall onto the walls, but upon further ...
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How to fix drawer runners

I have a set of drawers (custom made) that have draw runners which are attached to the bottom of each drawer on both sides. Unfortunately, the small plastic wheels on part that attaches to the housing ...
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Do I have to remove all caulk before reapplication?

I re-caulked my bathroom a few months previous and there are a couple of gaps that have appeared. I have been caulking my own bathroom for about 7 years now but have never had damage this soon into ...
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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 do I repair spots of damaged hardwood floor finish?

I have some hardwood floors that I refinished 5 years or so ago. They're mostly holding up pretty well, but around our breakfast bar the stools have taken up some of the varathane and have left ...
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Should I repair floor joists that have cracks or holes?

The floor joists in my unfinished basement of a 1950s house have nails that the previous owner probably used to hang items on. Many of the nails have caused the floor joists to split. I've been ...
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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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Is there an approved way of fixing a cracked Fiberglass Tub/Shower?

I noticed a crack in the bottom of my tub, and noticed that it flexed when I stepped near it. I called in 2 companies to give me an estimate on repair. The first, proposed a more or less ...
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Would upgrading my basement with sandstone blocks be worthwhile?

Having a look at an old farmhouse that is for sale in the area, and as with most houses in the area of this age the foundation is built on red sandstone blocks, around five feet deep, with a dirt ...
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How do I fix a hole in a hollow door?

My son sometimes has a temper, and has been known to hit his door when sent to his room. He has actually done so enough to punch a bit of a hole in it. I'm trying to figure out what might be doable to ...
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Should I extend my house upward or knock down and build from scratch?

I want to expand my house upwards by adding another 1000ft2 level. I'm told that knocking the house down and build from scratch would be easier than dealing with all the issues. In my area I've been ...
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How do I repair a broken wooden door jamb?

Is there a cheap and simple way to repair this damaged bedroom door jamb? The result should look nice, but need not be very strong. Click any image for full size
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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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Replacing damaged shingles

In a recent storm a few shingles were damaged and need to be replaced, so I figured this might be a good question for the site. What's the proper procedure for replacing single asphalt shingles?
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Can water-damaged drywall be repaired, or does it have to be replaced?

We have a basement bathroom that has water damage from the bathroom above. The damage is old, so it has completely dried, however it has bubbled the paint so the damage is obvious. Mold is not a ...
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Should I redo my bathroom shower or try to waterproof it?

We just had our bathroom redone (including built-in tiled shower). The shower tiles are now leaking through the wall into our living area. Our contractor suggested to just apply a waterproofing ...
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What material to use to patch a hole near a heater?

The previous owner installed a base-board heater in the bathroom, but did a really poor job. Below the heater, there is a hole in the drywall where the wiring goes into the wall about the size of ...
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How to fix a through hole in a concrete step?

Here're two photos of a through hole in a step in an enforced concrete staircase in an apartment building. The step is about one inch thick, the hole is about three inches wide and appeared many years ...
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How to repair fallen tile near kitchen floor?

One of the tiles adjacent to my kitchen floor fell down. The tile itself is still in good condition but I'm not sure how to properly reattach it. I'm guessing it would be something like: ...
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What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?

I have a built in microwave oven with a broken door open button (the hinge plastic was too thin by design). The plastic is somewhat pliable, waxy. There is no chasing arrow showing the plastic type, ...
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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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What is a good tutorial on the use of a multimeter?

I am ashamed to admit, that despite my many electrical (mis?)adventures.. I have no idea how to use a multimeter. I have installed automobile sound systems, central air air-conditioners, and every ...
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How do I repair a chain link fence?

A wind storm took down one of the trees on our property and it landed across a chain link fence Given the height of the tree, the overall damage was fairly limited. I have attached pictures with ...
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Fixing broken fence posts with Simpson Strong-Tie E-Z Mender and concrete

With a recent wind storm, most of backyard fence fell over in the adjoining school yard. The fence posts were set in dirt I believe and snapped; we didn't build the fence... In the past, I have used ...
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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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What is good advice for a beginner layng insulation?

Background I have a manufactured home from the 70's with metal siding, wood studded walls and fiberglass insulation on the inside. I had a clogged gutter, which caused water to run behind the siding, ...
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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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What kind of repairs are prudent for a ridge board damaged by a falling tree?

The limbs of the tree punctured the roof in at least two spots, so we're already looking at repairs. Upon closer inspection within the attic, I noticed that the ridge beam is just slightly splintered ...
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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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What's the best approach to repair a wedge/corner crack in my foundation?

I've got a wedge/corner crack on one corner of my foundation. I'll try to post a picture of it as soon as I can, but here's a sample image of what I'm talking about: However, my crack is more ...
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In vertical blinds, what is the part called that attaches a slat to the rail?

A few days ago, our dog clipped our vertical blinds, taking one slat down. I was going to re-attach the single fallen slat to the mounting clip that's connected to the rail, but a small gear inside ...
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What is causing the SUPER loud noise from my dryer

I have a maytag gas dryer. It is about 20 years old. Model number DG7500 It sounds like an jet engine taking off. I've noticed that it starts off quiet than builds up to a very lour roar. I googled ...
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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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Why is my (white) painted plaster going brown on the borders of the underlying plasterboard?

We've recently had our spare bedroom ceiling plastered, and there was a loosish bit of plasterboard that was secured by the plasterer before skimming the entire ceiling. After painting it I observed ...
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Why is my shower faucet turning itself off?

My shower has a wall mount single lever faucet similar to this: http://www.cn-faucet.com/Wall-Mount-Single-Lever-Faucets-141.html Over time, it has become more sensitive and now, in most angles, ...
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How can I repair a Palruf roof?

I've installed a couple of transparent Palruf PVC sheets for a treehouse roof. I've gotten some small (several inch) holes in it that I'd like to patch up. I have some small pieces of Palruf left over ...
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How can I remove this piece of metal from my garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal was turned on with something that shouldn't be in it in there. It all got destroyed and ground up except for this metal piece, which got wedged under the "teeth" of the disposal. ...
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How can I replace the plywood under my air handler?

Sunday morning I walked out into my garage to find two huge water spots in the ceiling. The condensate drain line that comes out of my air handler in the attic had clogged up, and it turns out the ...