Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?

I have a bathroom sink in my old house that looks authentic for the time period, but is very old and chipped. I thought this might be a good way to give it a new lease on life: Patch up the chips ...
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How do I know if my wiring is aluminium or copper?

In this answer, Chris has mentioned that, before replacing a worn-out electric outlet, it is important to know whether the building has an aluminium or copper wiring. How can I get this information? ...
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Legal requirements regarding 100% asbestos duct work [closed]

I am renting a condo. After starting the heater, dusty air came out of the registers, so I called out a company to clean the ducts. They verified the ducts are 100% asbestos and cannot be cleaned. ...
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Are there span tables published for repairing a cut roof joist?

A roofing company mistakenly cut a 2 foot section out of a roof joist, on my home. I'm seeking a reference to what would constitute a proper repair, preferably a prescriptive code or a load table. ...
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Electricians came in last week to drill and install pot lights.. are they in charge of plastering and making sure all is OK for painting? [closed]

So Electricans came in to install some pot lights. 8 per room. Some of the pot lights have cracks around the drywall where the hole was drilled. Some cracks they created while drilling the holes were ...
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How to repair garage ceiling?

The attic of my house is unfinished. My son accidentally fell to the filing and caused the garage ceiling broken. Please see the images. Can you advise me how to repair this?
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How to repair this cabinet door?

We had a small kitchen fire, which licked the cabinet door, creating small bubbles in the stain. I sanded the stain off, purchased a close-enough stain, and did this. The question is, how to make ...
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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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How can I repair the start button on my LG washing machine that is hard to press?

The start button on my LG washine machine WD14700RD is very hard to press, and getting worse. I need to lean on it with my whole body weight in order for the program to start. All the other buttons ...
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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 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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How can I repair a fiberglass ladder?

I have a 10 ft fiberglass step ladder that was damaged when someone used it on unstable ground. This ended up ripping one of the rivets on the middle locking brace out of the fiberglass. Anyone have ...
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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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Why doesn't my gas furnace ignite?

I had a Lennox slp98dfv installed last year - it has a surelight ignition - it now just blows cold air - so I assume the pilot light is out - but not sure how to light it - as u cannot manually ignite ...
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How do I fix my “OLD” glass door knobs?

In my 100+ year old house, every interior door is made of solid wood. Their locksets have glass knobs connected by a square threaded rod which actuates the latch. I have found replacement parts at ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 can I repair a crack in my fireplace hearth?

We have just purchased a house, and upon the inspection noticed the the fireplace hearth has a crack in it. It's a clean crack, but it goes from the front to the back, and pretty much right through ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Sticky and glossy paint touch up

I used the Command brand of picture hanging strips to hang a picture. When I took it down, it peeled off a small spot of paint. I tried to touch it up using a small paint brush. The area that ripped ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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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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Breaker being tripped - Oven or wiring?

Recently, our oven was left on all day, and sometime during the day it tripped the breaker. Now, whenever the oven is used (only for heating pizza, so 10-15 minute timeframe), the breaker trips ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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Best option to fix cracks in ceiling with radiant heat?

One of friends recently purchased a house with electric radiant heat in the ceiling. Several rooms have cracks in the ceiling. Currently they are redoing the kitchen which has a large crack which is ...
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How can I replace the star-shaped base of an office chair?

I've got to office chairs, one whose base (the one that is start-shaped, holds all the wheels together and join them with the bar/gas compressor) is broken, and another that is just fine. How can I ...