Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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What kind of thermometer do I use to check dryer temperature? Can same one be used to check stove temperature?

Is there a thermometer that can be used to check dryer temperature, and if so, what kind should be used? Should only a multimeter be used on the dryer's thermostat instead? I'm just wanting to ...
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Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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Closing refrigerator's door causes freezer's door to stay open

The problem with the freezer door is that when the refrigerator's door is pushed closed, the door of the freezer slightly opens and stays open without re-closing and sealing itself properly, leaving a ...
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How to fill crack in marble shower sill

Our shower has a has sill about 4" above floor level made from a single piece of marble, approximately 60" x 6" x 1". The shower surround runs down the center, and is well-sealed to it, with no ...
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Would painting the underside of plywood serve as a vapor barrier to protect the plywood from absorbing moisture?

I will strip the 3/4"tk x 3" wd t/g kitchen flooring and replace it with 3/4" t/g plywood. I will install solid vinyl planks (akin to laminate flooring) on top of the plywood. The question: Would ...
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Using wood filler on garden furniture

I want to repair some weather battered garden table, bench and chair set. It has had some in places, so I will be replacing the severely rotten sections, and scraping out the rot from the partially ...
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Laminate floor sliding out of place

I learned the hard way not to plank on floating laminate floor when the board my feet were on slid toward the wall. I fixed it initially by just applying force in the other direction, but now it ...
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How can I repair damaged gloss of hardwood floor due to spilled scented oil?

I spilled scented oil on my glossy hardwood floor and left it unattended for a few hours. After I cleaned up the spill, the spot had turned white. I researched online and found that applying a mixture ...
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How can I repair this sewer cap?

My home was built in 1959. The clean out cap in the basement is 2.5" ID but it doesn't have threads. It has 2 nubs (now it only has one) opposite each other that fit into two notches in the pipe. ...
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What could cause washing machine drum to bang against housing during spin cycle after a repair?

I just replaced the agitator cam and cogs and drive block in my Whirlpool top loading washing machine. I put everything back together exactly according to directions and now the outer drum seems to ...
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How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water without draining the tank?

I need help! How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water with out throwing away or draining the tank? My tank is made from steel.
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How to replace existing ethernet wiring in the house?

My house was built in 2007 with ethernet wiring in all the rooms upstairs and downstairs connected to a central fiber optic switch. It looks like they used low grade wiring and I get constant ...
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Is there any way to predict foundation problems?

I'm considering buying a historic home >100 years old on the Chicago north shore and am trying to quantify/budget for the most expensive risks. I assume the foundation is one of the most expensive ...
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How can I repair my hammer drill?

I have been using my bosch drill to power a small wood turning lathe. Now the drill is always in hammer drill mode even though it is not switched to hammer drill. I opened the drill up but it looks ...
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How do I replace foam seal on clothes dryer?

I was doing some unrelated work on my Frigidaire clothes dryer and noticed that the foam seal that is attached to the front panel and sits against the blower housing was bent on the bottom and burned ...
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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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Can this sheetrock be repaired or does it need to be replaced?

Removed formica backsplash made a huge mess. Can it be repaired, and if so, how?
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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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How to identify the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a given thing is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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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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how to fix rotten exterior wall

Due to moisture my outside wall is rotten in a small section of house. Picture attached. What is the best way to fix this.
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window sash lock broken

This window lock is broken and I don't know what tool to use to replace the lock. It's just round hole, not a screw. I can't even identify the window manufacturer. Any help?
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How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?

My expansion tank hangs vertical from a pipe. It leaks from where the tank connects to the pipe. I can see some pipe dope where it connects. What can I do?
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Is it ok to sister a joist to burnt joist?

I am about to purchase a house that was damaged in a fire and sitting for 4 years. The fire was mostly contained to a small area, but some joists were burned quite badly, while other just had some ...
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Should I replace my magnetron? Is there anything else upstream of the mode stirrer?

I have a very nice over-the-range microwave that died after 6 years of use (or after 8 months of renting to a very messy person). To replace with the same model used would be cost over $250, thus I ...
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How do I repair this old door lock?

An old knob on my bedroom door fails to retract to its normal position. I opened the lock in an attempt a repair it and discovered two loose springs. I suspect that the loose springs aided a third ...
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What should I use to patch curved surfaces over horse hair plastered lath?

The hallway running into my condo is unsightly. However, the association is saving for some structural work, and thus the hallway aesthetics have been put on the back burner. Typically I'd run out ...
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What should I use to fix chips in veneer plaster?

I had some water issues in my shower and finally got fed up enough to remove the miss-cut plastic back-splash that previous contractor had tried to install using thin-set. Upon removal I found a ...
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house cracking inside and out

have a three level house in the south suburbs of chicago. the house was built on marsh land in the late 70's . when we moved into the house the previous owner remodeled the lower level removing the ...
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NM-B insulation repair?

I'm doing some work up in my attic, installing plywood decking over my garage for storage. During installation, I accidentally rubbed the edge of one plank of plywood against a run of NM-B, tearing ...
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Filling 1.5 inches wide gaps between newly fitted metal door frame surround and brick wall

I had a wooden back door removed and replaced with a metal door following burglary twice. The workmen have left an inch gap between the wall and the door frame both internally and externally. What is ...
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How to replace office chair wheel? [closed]

Hello all you happy people. Kay, so I've got a star-based office chair, and one of the wheels has popped off. The attachment itself is still fixed to the chair, it's just the actual wheel discs that ...
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What tool is used for this tight plumbing situation?

Our tub drain is severely plugged. Cannot get a snake down into it. Our crawlspace is only about 18" tall (WHY?!?), and due to both the confined space and the angle we cannot leverage the wrench in ...
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How can I repair fiberglass wallpaper with holes in it?

I just bought a house that has fiberglass wallpaper in a couple of rooms. In one of the rooms the wallpaper was not properly applied and it's full of little holes. From what I read it means not ...
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Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?

The house dates back a billion years. Some parts older than others, and added as either obvious/not-so-obvious extension. One such structure is a stand-alone room whose rear-wall (upto about 3 feet ...
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How can I remove laminate flooring from an oddly shaped hallway without destroying it?

I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" ...
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How to fix or replace the arrow key of a laptop keyboard? [closed]

I have a laptop which right arrow key often gets unclipped. I believe the key is indeed broken (see right circle in the picture). I would like to fix it or replace it (with a similar "key"). The ...
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How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.

We have a new porch and new composite front door which fits well and shuts without difficulty when the inner door is open. If the inner door is shut, the outer door will not close without great ...
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How do I repair nail holes in cement board?

The transition strip between my tile bathroom floor and my carpeted bedroom floor is coming up. The nails that (should) hold the transition strip in place are nailed into what looks like concrete ...
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What type of wire should I use to repair a toaster oven? [closed]

The connector from one of the leads from my toaster oven's power supply to the top heating element broke off. The wire is too short to just add a new connector, so I need to replace the wire. The ...
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How can I repair my two sloping concrete slabs?

I have a home I'm working on that has been in the family for a while. I have two slabs ,one where the original home was built and another where it was added on. The two slabs run the entire length ...
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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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How do I fix hole on wood siding?

I installed a new outside light and took down the old light fixture. Now I have some holes on the wood siding. Some bigger area is about 1" to 1.5". What is the best way to patch them? More info: the ...
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Is beeswax ok to use to keep a screw tight?

I have purchased a table and chair set, and the screws holding it together consistently come loose (from pulling and dragging I assume). I have heard that beeswax will help hold things together, and ...
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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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Opening the cabinet on a Maytag Centennial Dryer

I need to replace the drum support rollers on a Maytag Centennial MGDC700VW0 dryer, but first I just need to get the cabinet open. Anyone know how to do this? This dryer has a toe panel, which may ...
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How do you access under a front loading washing machine drum to remove a trapped coin?

We had a coin trapped under our front loading washing machine drum (found out after it was removed). The washing machine engineer got it out by prising the lip of the inside of the drum upwards, ...
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How to repair a basement ceiling's old school interlocking tiles?

I'd like to repair this hole, but I am running into trouble as I've tried rotating the fallen tiles every which way, but nothing seems to work. Don't know if I have to start from or work back to the ...
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Can I repair a shower without pulling everything out?

We had a new shower put in (by a contractor who was in over his head) during a remodel a few years ago. About a year ago the built-in-bench starting to collapse. When we pulled out the bench we ...
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How should I fix this drywall hole for my bathroom paper towel holder?

The bathroom paper towel holder is loose and can't be hold anymore. It was anchored on the drywall I believe. This is caused by the hole was broken. Please see the images. Do I need to buy a ...