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How should I repair rotten load-bearing porch posts?

I have a backyard porch that has 2 load bearing posts (the other side are attached on the house). The wood base trims around the bottoms of the posts looked rotten so I wanted to replace these trims. ...
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Ceiling Fan turning off and not turning back on

I have a ceiling fan with lights and no pull chain. Recently when I would turn the lights on/off with the remote (two switches on the wall i think should control the fan/lights do nothing) the fan and ...
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What is the best way to fix a large rectangular shaped glass table top?

It's a 48in wide x 84 or 96in long x 1/2in thick. It broke pretty clean down the middle widthwise. Also it has an arched wooden base with 2 arms arching outwards (one on either side) in the outer ...
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How to determine if a Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is working properly

I've been trying to track down water pressure/flow issues throughout the plumbing in my entire house, but haven't found anything which made any significant difference. For example, I discovered that ...
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How do I patch a hole in concrete sidewalk over open tunnel?

There is a sidewalk running over an old tunnel. It's near a grade school, and is used often by faculty and students. The tunnel is completely open, but blocked at both ends so there is no access ...
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How do I repair a small nick in motor windings?

I accidentally put a nick in a washing machine motor's windings when I was removing it. The nick is shallow, with mostly just the varnish scraped off, and isn't as big as the picture makes it look. ...
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Fixing broken counter top - marble [duplicate]

I have a white marble countertop that has an approx 7 inch piece of the corner broken off with some splinters that I have recovered most of. What material do I use to repair this? What procedure do I ...
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Repairing broken marble countertop

I have a white marble countertop that has an approximately 6 inch piece of the corner broken off with some splintering having recovered some of the chips. What is the best way to repair this as in the ...
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Help Repair Chemical Damage to Dresser Surface

Okay, so I think this dresser came from Lazy Boy or Ashley Furniture, it isn't vintage or built like they used to make it. Nonetheless, I am getting ready to move, and this has been driving me crazy ...
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How to repair “textured” ceiling texture

I am in the process of making small improvements around the house prior to our starting to rent it out. A few months ago a bit of the paint on a small part of the ceiling in our master bedroom fell ...
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How to sabotage a lawn mower [closed]

We're having a "common man olympics" where we do dumb things like "unload groceries in one trip" or "hang a picture straight without a level." I want one of the events to be "Start a cranky lawn mower....
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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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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 to repair a table surface?

The table is a bean shaped hollow structure made of two 4mm hardboard panels and has a convex siding. The top surface and the sidings are coated seamlessly. It's 40mm thick and about 1.5 square ...
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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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How can I fill in a large hole in a granite kitchen countertop?

This isn't your regular faucet-change hole or a minor cavity - it's a really large hole someone made in this granite counter top. I'm renting this flat so replacing the whole counter is not an option. ...
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Help replacing the heating element for a yogurt maker [closed]

I'm trying to repair my mother's BEL yogurt maker (model B15) and although it would be easier, faster and probably cheaper to just buy a new one I know she really wants this one to work and thought it ...
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Can you diagnose coolant leak in a refrigerator by blowing hot air on the back?

An "engineer" has recently investigated my 10+ (that's my estimation - we bought it together with our apartment) year old Smeg FB30 refrigerator and claimed that the coolant gas is leaking from the ...
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How to repair subfloor softened by water damage

My kitchen floor has developed a soft spot in front of the sink. While we have no water leak at this time a few years ago the dishwasher leaked a bit of water on the floor because of a bladder crack. ...
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Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet

I have a leak in my single handle bathroom faucet. I can't find any stamp or marking on it to indicate the manufacturer. Turning off the hot water fixes the problem short term. I have found some ...
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Should there be a cap next to my furnace ac drain?

In the picture below, the left side has a good amount of airflow while the ac/blower is running. The tube on the right is the drain that the condensation flows out of to the floor. Should there be a ...
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Replacing piece of rotted wood trim

I have about 7 inches of rotted door trim where I want to hang a storm door. The part that rotted was apparently added to the trim when the house was built. I want to replace that piece without ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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whirlpool washing machine stops after rinse cycle, will not spin, and knob makes a noise

I have a Whirlpool Ultimate care 2 and it stopped draining water and entering the spin cycle. I initially thought it was the water pump and replaced it. The draining lines seemed clear(no issues with ...
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Fixing metal siding that is loose on garage

The metal siding on my garage (built in 2012) is coming off, leaving exposed wood. The only thing that was holding the metal down was the caulk which came off pretty easily within a few years. I don'...
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How long should refrigerator defrosting take?

How long does it take for the tubing between the freezer and the refrigerator to thaw? My freezer works just fine, but my refrigerator isn't keeping items cold. I unplugged it so it can thaw the ...
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How can I easily use a damaged hose bibb outlet?

The threads on my hose bibb outlet are damaged and in pretty bad shape. I have not done my own plumbing work before and am wondering if there is some type of solution that would not require opening up ...
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How to fix a stripped hole?

I have a hole that a head of as bolt goes into, but the hole is stripped and cannot get a good grip on the bolt head. The hole is attached to an agitator which spins. Any help? Remember, only the head ...
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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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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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What's the proper way to fill this hole?

Recently a dip formed in our flooring inside our sports performance training facility. We discovered that the concrete job there had a good number of stones in it, and I believe that it was that ...
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Fountain maintenance / Repair

I have an outdoor in-ground concrete fountain. How can you tell if water is evaporating fast or if I have a leak? I do not see any visible cracks in the concrete basin. However, water seems to ...
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Tackiness on a wood finished refrigerator door

I have a maple "front" on my sub zero that matches my cabinets which were all made in 2001. I thought it was a polyurethane finish but I just noticed that a tackiness and slight discoloration has ...
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Patch and Paint a Desk Surface

I'd like to patch the chip in this desk surface and paint the entire surface. The chip is on the back, so I can afford it not being perfect, just something to level out that wont be noticeable under ...
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Why did my angle grinder die?

I was recently using a Bosch angle grinder but it had been 'sputtering' intermittently; and then during one session, taking the burrs off an edge, it slowed down and just stopped. Now it won't turn on....
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Missing cap on ceiling sprinkler

I found this sprinkler head in the ceiling of my new place with a cover cap missing - later I found the cap in a drawer. How would I go about replacing this? Is there a way to attach the original ...
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Interior wall paint turned soft and gooey

A patch of paint next to the head of my bed has been slowly turning soft and gooey over the past several years and I don't understand why. There seem to be several coats involved, with a top layer of ...
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Refrigerator freezes contents, even when set to warmest setting

Our refrigerator, an Amana/Whirlpool ABB1921DEW5, works very well -- rather too well, even, as the contents of the refrigerator are freezing, even with the refrigerator thermostat on its warmest ...
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How should I repair crumbling joist pockets in a brick wall?

I'm renovating an old row house with wooden joist in masonry pockets. In many places, the mortar under the bearing point of the pockets has crumbled, cracking a few bricks and lowering the pocket. ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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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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Why won't the brake release the drum (tub) in my Simpson 950 Eziset?

When a full cycle is first started there is no "click" and the tub no longer turns as the machine does its "little bit of water here and a little bit there" routine before commencing the wash cycle. ...
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How can I complete these repairs to my sprinkler system?

I have two (hopefully small) repairs that I need to do for my system. Luckily most of it is in a control box, so it is easy to get at. Here's the setup: At the top was a valve that was broken, and ...
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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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How can I cut cement sewer line to add cleanout?

I have a home built in 1950 with a cement sewer line. I have had to have the line cleared twice in the last two years. The last time they sent a camera down the line and the line seems root free with ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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Buying an old house. What NOT to “modernize?”

I'm buying my first house. It's an old early 1900's Edwardian-style semi-detached. In its present form, It is "livable" (hvac is new, roof is still good). I have $50,000 to fix everything (hopefully, ...
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My A/C Unit stopped working after replacing blower motor

Any idea what I may have done wrong here or how to check? I replaced my blower motor (it was 100% compatible and had the proper capactitor), and upon starting it up the blower did nothing and the A/...
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Poured Cement wall repair and stucco

So I live in Ecuador and this house has been forgotten for 15 years. All of the walls are poured cement with stucco on them. This seems to work fine, except at times the water seeps in and ruins the ...