Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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Why won't the lower agitator on my washing machine spin?

I have a Whirlpool top load washing machine. I recently replaced the dogs on the agitator which was very easy. The top agitator works like it is supposed to, but the bottom doesn't move. It's like ...
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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 do I fix a faucet that turns all the way around?

The hot water faucet in my bathroom sink turns in circles instead of stopping at the fully closed/open positions. It gives slight resistance at some points. This annoying as I can't tell where the ...
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Fix bulging back wall in GE Monogram zdwr240 wine reserve

In my pantry I have a under the counter wine cellar. Suddenly the door wouldn't close anymore. A little investigation showed that the back wall was bulging significantly. I am tempted to just try use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
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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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How to fix falling out electric socket?

I've a Type C electric socket that not holds solidly in a wall slot. It uses metallic lateral ears and a pair of screws which controls their angle to hold itself into a wall socket. Wall socket is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Crack in plaster ceiling

Have lived in our 1957 ranch for 14 years. Sometime back, there was an errant step by someone working in the attic, and a bit of cracking occurred in the plaster ceiling in the master bedroom. The ...
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How do I remove teak oil from a granite kitchen counter top?

I mistakenly rubbed teak oil on my granite counter top. How do I remove it without damaging it? Thanks!
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Why did my freezer stop freezing after being unplugged for several days?

We lost our electricity for about a week. I unplugged the upright freezer so it wouldn't get a surge when power came back on. Food removed, no ice build up. When I plugged it back in it chilled ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Cement Paint Peeling Off Exterior Cinder Block Wall

I have an exterior cinder block wall that creates a unfinished dirt floor exterior room to the house. The top of the wall is used as a footing for the deck joists above. So all weather elements ...
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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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Ice Maker makes consistent clicking sound and doesn't make any ice

I have a GE french door refrigerator with freezer on the bottom. I have seen it make 2 batches of ice. I have seen it only when I left the fridge door open for awhile when I was trying to figure out ...
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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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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to fix a small chip in a wall's paint?

I'm not sure exactly with what I've bumped my wall and caused this this: Is there anything that can be done to fix this without repainting the entire room? I've been reading around a bit, and not ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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Ice Maker Slow at Making Ice

I just replaced the ice maker about a week ago. Now Im getting roughly 7-14 cubes (1 or 2 batches it seems) a day. We have a GE french door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. The freezer ...
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How can I repair damaged drywall?

I live in a rental house. My pit bull terrier ate the drywall and now I have a home inspection coming up. What can I do? I have a picture just don't know how to post it.
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing concrete walkway?

Parts of a concrete walkway leading up to the front of the house have sunk down over the years. We want to add a layer of new concrete over the old concrete to raise it and make it more even. What is ...
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How should I troubleshoot a refrigerator that is not cooling?

I am having an issue with an 3 month old Frigidaire refrigerator. Suddenly today, I noticed it was not cooling, there were no circuit breakers flipped and the unit was still running but just not ...
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How can I fix the guard on my mitre saw?

I've owned an Evolution Rage-3 mitre saw (http://www.evolutionpowertools.com/uk/build/rage3.php) for about fifteen months. About a week ago the guard that covers the blade started to stick, and now it ...
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Dryer isn't drying clothes. I've tried all of the common solutions (I think)

My wife and I just bought our first house. I think that we discovered that our dryer vent is going to require some regular maintenance to keep it clean and able to dry our clothes. When we moved in, ...
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How do I use the rubber strap with my drill's chuck key?

The instructions are rather obtuse on the matter, so what do I do with this rubber strap that, I believe, is intended to keep the chuck key with my drill? How do I apply it? Is the slot at the ...
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How can I fix this portion of sliding screen door track?

The track which my screen door slides on has weep holes. One of them finally gave way, leaving a gap ( see photos). I cannot find this track style anywhere that I, as a general consumer, have ...
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Repair A/C Evaporator Coil

The repair man says that leaks are most common in a place that is not repairable without using leak sealant, which would void a warranty and his company doesn't offer that service. My system is using ...
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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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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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What kind of repair do I need for water damage from second floor?

Last night, my second floor shower wouldn't turn off because the handle cartridge broke and water leaked from the shower handle opening to behind the shower walls and all the way down to the garage. ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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first time drywall repair

I need to fix a hole that is about 12x16. I am cutting it to the studs and plan to attach both sides of new piece to a stud. I am capable, but there is a lot of info out there. Nails or screws? Do I ...
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Fix a gap in flashing

We had a sun room added to the first floor. A few years later I noticed signs of a small water leakage causing bubbling in plaster on the inside beam in the house where the sun room meets the house. ...
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Why won't my side-by-side Whirlpool freezer freeze?

I have cleaned dust fom behind it, unplugged it, and taken the inside panel off and used a hairdryer defrost the coils. The bottom coils immediately freeze back, but not the top. What else do I need ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...