Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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How can I fix a garbage disposal with crushed glass in it?

I have a garbage disposal that had a shot glass fall in. It got ground up. The disposal got jammed; I unjammed it and now it makes a glass grinding noise because of the shards inside. How do I clear ...
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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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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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Fixing metal grille on a wooden radiator enclosure

My kids tend to be rough when playing in the living room and have banged up the metal mesh grille on our wooden radiator enclosure. Does anyone have any tricks to bang out the dents? Or will it be ...
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How do I repair screw holes in a brick wall?

I have screw holes which were put in to support a curtain rail. The curtain's been pulled out a few times by accident, and now the screw holes are crumbling and I don't know how to repair that portion ...
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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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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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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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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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Is my kitchen cabinet door beyond repair?

My cabinet door became damaged as my sister put all her weight on it to pull herself up :-) Repairing the door is very tricky as these cabinet doors are on the kitchen island and the particle board ...
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How should I fill in decorative “gashes” in wood siding?

Our house has old siding with decorative holes: At first I thought this might be termite damage but a house inspector examined it and confirmed that this is purely decorative style. I'd like to ...
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What type of mortar for slate patio over sand?

Need to repair some mortar joints on a slate patio set in sand. Not sure what the recommended mortar is for this application. What's currently there doesn't look like mortar, more like a regular ...
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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 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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Should I repaint this dryer part?

on a combination washer/dryer, there's one metal part called the dryer duct, where water vapor right out of the drum is heated some more before going to cold water bath to condensate. That vapor ...
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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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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 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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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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How do I repair the bottom lip of a concrete slab?

(My issue is kind of like this question but more of a missing chunk than a thin crack.) I have a concrete patio in the front of my house that was fixed by a previous owner after a bottom chunk broke ...
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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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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What is the best method of filling the gaps in wooden floors?

Two years ago we had wooden flooring installed. We had the wood sit out for 4 weeks to acclimatize as much as possible before we installed. About 6 months later (fall) we started to notice gaps ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Repairing bubbling (blown) plaster on an interior wall

I have no idea what kind of wall this is. Both my walls that are near radiators have this bubbling plaster look. I have read that painting with temperature differences may cause the bubbling (such as ...
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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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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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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 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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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 consistency should drywall mud be?

I've been reviewing various drywall videos and documentation but I haven't found clear details on what kind of thickness the joint compound should be. Is there a definitive answer for this? Or does ...
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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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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 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 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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How do I fix a broken microwave door hook latch?

I accidentally snapped off one of the hook latches on my microwave door - the door will shut, since the other latch is still there, but the safety mechanism of the oven prevents it from operating ...