Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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Ceiling fan fixture's lights flicker then the whole unit fails completely

I have two remote controlled ceiling fan fixtures in my living room. The individual units are the same, three speed fans with three lights on each. One day, one of them began flickering after I ...
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Toilet leaks 4-6 months after wax ring replacement

We have a toilet in a spare bathroom which was added onto the house (converted from a pantry, we suspect) by the previous owners, and not really done very well. In particular, the floor was probably ...
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How do I fix a squeaky/whiny ceiling fan?

I have a four year old Monte Carlo ceiling fan, similar to this now-discontinued model 5OBR52BSD-L in style. It has a light that points up towards the ceiling and another towards the floor. The fan ...
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How do I balance a ceiling fan?

About a year ago I installed a new ceiling fan in my living room and when it was installed it was balanced nicely, but it has a little wobble. How do I bring it back in to balance?
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How can I replace the star-shaped base of an office chair?

I've got two office chairs, one whose base (the one that is star-shaped, holds all the wheels together and joins them with the bar/gas compressor) is broken, and another that is just fine. How can I ...
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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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Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two it ...
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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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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concrete pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and painted. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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test if dryer motor is broken

My dryer won't turn. When I push the start button, I hear a hum. If I hold it down, it will hum for a moment and then stop with a click. I've checked the door switch and the belt, and tested for ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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AC Motor Oil Wick Replacement

Not sure if this is the correct forum to asking such a question, but I am tearing down an old AC motor that has seen better days. Essentially through to clean each component and replaced any frayed ...
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Repairing ceramic tile

A small chunk has broken out of this white ceramic tile (see photos), from impact. It is on a wall in a bathroom. Are there any good ways to fill in/cover up the hole?
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How can I properly secure these tarps?

I'm in the process of building my home and need some way to temporarily cover the garage door openings. I purchased a couple of tarps and secured them from the inside using some #10 ½" wood screws. ...
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How do I make my house allergy proof?

Two members of our household are prone for allergies. For quite some time we are trying to make the house as allergy proof as possibile. Our cat found a new house with good friends. All carpentry was ...
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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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What type of wood panels could replace the glass in a storm door?

A couple of days ago I opened the inside door and the full view window in my storm door shattered and fell onto the living room floor. I have been considering replacing the window with a wood panel. I ...
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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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Why am I having trouble starting my gas hedge trimmer?

I was running the trimmer I had just bought 2nd hand. I ran it great for about 10 minutes when it suddenly throttled high. I released the gas right away and it died and hasn't started again since ...
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IKEA Furniture in Conservatory

I have had an IKEA LACK Side Table in the conservatory for about eight months and it has started splitting (see below picture). My guess is this is due to the fluctuating temperatures in a south ...
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How to bid a job repairing hidden damage in stages to avoid a “time and materials” job

My bathroom has some water damage from a poorly designed tile job. The window sill is low enough to get wet but is simply tiled rather than a solid shelf. It's also not properly sloped. This has ...
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Oven Hood Light Fixture Borked - Help Please

Country: Canada I was replacing my oven hood light fixtures with LED bulbs. One of the LED bulbs swapped in no problem. The other LED bulb was having trouble getting contact and subsequently a ...
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How can I fix a garage door motor that runs but doesn't move the chain?

I have a Craftsman 1/2 HP garage door opener. It's always been a little finicky, but tonight it stopped working. In the middle of going up as tonight, the door halted, leaving a gap between the door ...
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Vanity faucet spout leaking

I just replaced both cartridges on my leaking peerless vanity thinking this would solve the drip, BUT oh no. I discovered when I removed the spout that the plastic ring/washer is cracked than this is ...
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How to repair door trim that was chewed by dog

My brother's dog chewed/scratched my door frame in our apartment and I was looking for tips on how to fix this ourselves without hiring someone before we decide to move out, the apartment is pretty ...
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How do I sweat pipes in an enclosed area?

I need to repair a leak in the plumbing behind my shower. There is an access panel, and enough room for myself and my torch, but not much else. How do I apply the flame to the fittings (for the ...
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Cosmetic fix for a cracked wooden window sill

I live in an ancient apartment and last night I leaned on the window sill only to cause small cracks in the wood and paint to appear, as you can see in the photo. What would you recommend for ...
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How can I repair this ceiling mounted cloth drying rack? [closed]

I have a cloth drying stand (or cloth drying rack) which is of ceiling mounted type. What happen was that one of the edge fall off and another edge was like hanging up there, waiting to fall off ...
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Sellotape caused discoloration on the wooden surface

As seen in the picture it seems that the sellotape removed some of the color on the furniture surface. There doesn't seem to be any adhesive left on the surface. What are my options to repair this? ...
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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 to remove rotating bathroom sink drain cover

Our new apartment doesn't have the plunge style drain cover in our bathroom sink. Instead, it has a cover that hinges in the center, rotating around that point. So it physically has to be pushed in ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the shower/tub ...
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Can I repair a plaster ceiling with drywall?

I had a leak from my upstairs bathroom that came into my kitchen. The repairs for the leak can be done through the kitchen ceiling where the damage is. My ceiling is plaster that has been ...
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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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oven light bulb covers

I was trying to replace the light bulb in my oven. When I removed the light bulb cover (made of very thick glass)I dropped it and it broke. My question is..can I use my oven without a light bulb cover ...
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What do I do with a lighter that doesn't light? [closed]

This is a fairly "traditional" lighter that's about a foot long and has a guarded trigger with a thumb switch one must push forward in order to light. Even with the adjustment set all the way to "+" ...
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How to repair this couch?

I bought this leather (leatherette?) couch 1.5 years ago but recently noticed that the surface was damaged. Please see the photo below. How should I repair it? Since I bought an "extended warranty" ...
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filling holes in bathroom tile

When you walk in our bathroom on the tiles with high heels, it puts a hole in the tile. It seems likely the tiles were not meant to be for floor. Regardless, we'd like to find some way to fill in the ...
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How can I repair scratches on a coated stainless steel surface?

I have a coated stainless steel refrigerator that unfortunately was scratched. Every tip I've found for removing scratches says the coated ones cannot be fixed once scratched. Any suggestions?
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How do I remove drip marks in flat paint on smooth interior walls?

I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I ...