Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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How to fix or replace the timer button of a microwave oven?

I have a microwave oven which timer button is broken. I would like to fix it (by using glue?) or replace it (with a similar "key"). The oven is a Samsung M1714. However, I am afraid of making things ...
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What is this material on my interior foundation walls?

I have a poured concrete foundation. A portion of my basement is unfinished. It looks like a white plaster has been sprayed onto the foundation wall inside my house: I suspect spraying as there are ...
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How can I patch a hole in this brick wall?

I just pulled out the washing machine the old owners "kindly" left us to find a hole where the wall meets the floor. It's approximately 80mm x 50mm and goes down approx 100mm - below ground level - ...
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I did a bad job pouring a cement walkway, how can I fix it?

I poured three 4'x4' slabs to make a walkway beside my house. The first two look alright but the third one is a half inch lower than the one next to it and slopes up at the open end where I want to ...
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Any way to correct stain bleed after the fact?

I applied a very dark stain (actually calligraphy ink) to a sanded but otherwise untreated piece of plywood, and the stain has bled well past the edges of the design. (I had tested the stain on ...
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How do I repair laminate damage on a kitchen cabinet?

We have a kitchen cabinet that we accidentally attached a calendar to using tape. When removing the tape the surface came right off with it. My question is how to best repair this damage? It ...
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How to fix my sofa cushion that is coming apart at one of the seams? [closed]

I have a cheap leather couch that I really enjoy sitting on. The problem is that one of the seams on a cushion is coming apart. I know that my rear-end is heavy, so what's the best way to sew it ...
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Can I install drywall on the ceiling, without removing crown molding?

I'm in the process of replacing a failing plaster ceiling in my finished basement with drywall. I originally had intended only to scrape down the popcorn finish and have it skim coated, so I did not ...
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Wooden siding repair

I have some timber siding (planks of wood) that over lap. I've been told its shiplap but according to the place I got my wood the wood is shiplap but the style of overlaying it is something else. ...
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Should I remove dryer support roller residue and how?

I have a front-loading electric Whirlpool dryer (LER4634PQ0) that's got a sagging drum, making it noisy and causing it to soil clothes. I first noticed it via brown marks on my clothes caused by a ...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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How do I fix a good size gouge in my faux wood vinyl floor?

We have faux wood laminant through out our kitchen.We had to move the refridgerator and when doing so we gouged(with a crease) the flooring.We are trying to sell the house and would like to try to ...
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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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How can I determine the cause of a noisy spin cycle in my INDESIT washing machine?

My washing machine has suddenly started being much noisier during the spin cycle. It doesn't seem to be vibrating or knocking/banging. It's just got a much louder whine when spinning fast than it ...
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How can I figure out why my circular saw has stopped working?

I have a Hitachi C 7SB2 circular saw that has very few hours on it, but is perhaps 10 years old. I cut a piece of wood, put saw down, then tried to cut a second piece, but the saw would not run. I ...
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Re-Pointing Fieldstone Foundation [duplicate]

I purchased my 110 year old colonial house 6 months ago. It has a field stone foundation that looks completely original (with a few small repairs). The house is located in North Eastern Massachusetts ...
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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 a leaky outdoor faucet?

As you can see, the outdoor faucet in my backyard leaks when the water is turned on. It does not leak when the water is turned off. (For those who are wondering: Yes, there is some water going ...
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Why isn't my mini fridge getting cold?

I recently got a mini fridge from my neighbor. He said he didn't want it because it wasn't keeping his food cold. I examined it and it is a brand new mini refrigerator in good condition except for the ...
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Troubleshooting a circular saw that quit working

I have a circular saw that quit working for no obvious reason. I cut a board and sat the saw down to get another board. When I tried to cut the next board, the saw wouldn't work. Pull the trigger ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

So I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs ...
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How can I fix electrical outlets that don't “hold” plugs that are plugged in to them?

In short, most of the outlets in my house have one working receptacle and one that any cord plugged in will immediately slip out of. Some of my outlets don't have any working receptacles (I hope I'm ...
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How do I properly install a replacement thermostat in my refrigerator?

My fridge stopped cooling - compressor was always off - so I tested if the thermostat could be the culprit by bypassing it - bang, compressor powered on. So I bought a new thermostat. It is not ...
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Advice for replacement/repair of an HVAC with a cracked heat exchanger?

My townhouse has a downflow 1994 Rheem 2.5 ton HVAC unit on its roof (combines both A/C and heat). We have had two issues with the unit and have been in the townhouse for a little under two years. In ...
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How can I replace a sliding glass door with a broken seal?

I have a sliding glass door and the glass is etched around side; the seal broke and dust has come in and I don't know how to fix it.
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How can I replace a ceiling light and repair the surrounding plaster?

The house was probably built in about 1900 (so Edwardian) and I would guess much of the plaster work is still original. We refurbished the house 3 years ago and suffered from lots of plaster falling ...
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How can I repair this damaged air compressor?

I have an 8 Gal CH air compressor (HM700099AV). Purchased about 3 years ago. Used for a few months, then stored behind other items in a shed and never drained until a year later. At that same time, ...
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How can I repair this garage door trim and weather stripping?

The weather stripping on the outside of my garage door is wavy, as is the metal trim its anchored through, which leads to a lot of air leakage. I could just caulk this as is, but I'm guessing the ...
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How to remove a tile with floor heating mat

Two weeks ago I laid 1 X 2 ft ceramic tiles in my bathroom using premix tile adhesive. After reading some reviews, I should have mixed my own - lesson learned. This weekend I added grout and all went ...
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Timer on GE dryer is hard to turn off

I accidentally turned the timer on our GE dryer (model DBXR463GG7WW) in reverse while the unit is off, and the timer now requires a lot of force to click into the OFF positions. It still seems to be ...
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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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Should I cancel our appointment with the repair tech for our washing machine?

I have a 6 1/2 months old washing machine. Last week, we started having issues it. It would drain some of the water out, but not all of it. It also made a horrible racket all the way through the ...
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deadbolt pins fell out when i try to take my broken key out

my key broke off in the deadbolt and I had to take it apart to get the key out but the pens in the springs fell out the lock how do I put them back in which order Do they go in
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Can a cracked toilet be permanently repaired?

So I broke the entire corner (top to bottom) off of the tank on my toilet. The toilet was inherited by me in house, which was a foreclosure. It is a one-piece that is valued at $1450. I was ...
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Oak doors stripped of paint - need to fill holes underneath before revarnishing/oiling

We've recently sent our doors for stripping of many years of gloss paint and lead based varnish. The oak doors came back looking largely fantastic. As the doors are very old, understandably they have ...
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What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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How should I waterproof a replacement shower floor?

I have to replace the tile floor in my shower because of mold. What should I use to waterproof the floor and turn up the wall?
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How can I further diagnose my central air conditioning compressor fan motor and capacitor?

I have a 15 year old Bryant Central Air unit in my house. Yesterday it stopped working. Here is what I have checked. The breaker in the basement is not tripped. The furnace works fine from the ...
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Is my heat pump's condenser fan motor bad? [duplicate]

The other day my AC stopped working. I'm thinking the condenser fan motor has gone bad (unit is ~10 years old). Here is what I did to troubleshoot which led me to believe it was the fan motor. ...
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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 do you call the clips for attaching a dado rail?

The dado rail in our living room is attached with plastic clips that have kind of grove on them. Researching online, it seems that most people have stuck these rails on with glue. Some of these are ...
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Is a permit required for replacing the front exterior light?

I live in California and checked my city's website for building permits requirements. One of the things it says requires a permit is an electrical upgrade. I want to change my front door light to a ...
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Repairing exterior cement wall

I have an exterior wall on one side of a brick building that appears to be stucco or cement. Some of it is starting to come off in sheets. Basically, there is one layer, maybe the thickness of orange ...
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How can I repair some broken patio stones?

The patio around my pool has shown some cracks recently, and today a piece about as big as my fist fell off. What is the best way to repair the broken piece, and what kind of preventative maintenance ...
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Should plumber's putty be placed on the sink or on the flange during a flange install?

I have seen this done both ways. I put my plumber's putty on the sink in a circle that meets the bottom of the sink or top of the ring. I have seen others attach the putty to the underside of the ...
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How can I access the lint duct assembly of a Maytag Centennial dryer?

We have a Maytag Centennial dryer (Model # MGDC700VW0) that has had its lint filter neglected too many times in-between runs. When the lint filter is over-full, pulling it out actually lets lint ...
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How powerful of a hammer drill do I need to make holes in a concrete ceiling?

I want to mount a cornice for curtains on a concrete ceiling. So I believe I need some kind of hammer drill. I would like to know, how powerful should it be for this kind of work?
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Installing a Sewer Cleanout

Recently I've been experiencing some backup with my toilet and tub due to some roots in our line. I've had Roto Rooter come out a couple times to do their thing and cut out some of the roots to ...
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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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Can I add cement glue and sand into my concrete mix to repair my cenent garden statue?

I have a leopard concrete garden statue that was given to me by my neighbor that has a broken foot and log. I want to repair it and paint it. It also has been weather eroded so I need to recover it as ...