Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Parging foundation in Rain

We are looking to buy a house. The Home Insurance has given us a month to parge the outside foundation in some spots. It is late March and we will get the keys in early April. Is it possible to parge ...
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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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How can I replace patio cover columns?

My patio cover has wood columns (that support the over hang) that actually go into the ground and are rotten. I really need to fix this but not sure how to go about it. It has 4 columns. I'm ...
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How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

The bag in the photo below stained my wood table (see the photos). The bag had held some heavy books an was laid face-down on the table. I don't know if this happened through basic time and ...
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Should I use longer screws or cardboard shims for fixing skewed doors?

I have several interior doors on all three floors of a house that are skewed to the point that the latch no longer slides into the strike plate. If the door has a lock, this means I cannot use the ...
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How do I repair terrazzo floors?

I just bought an older house and it has terrazzo floors the whole way through. The previous owner installed carpet using tack strips that were nailed to the floor, instead of using contact cement, so ...
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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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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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How do we polish an old damaged bathtub?

We have a circa 1940 porcelain bathtub in a rental that has mild pitting and moderate discoloration. Is there an effective way to buff and polish the surface to make it look significantly better? ...
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What could be causing my furnace burners to fire up, then shut off due to partially open door?

I have a 10 year old Carrier gas furnace that keeps shutting off every 24-48 hrs. First I thought it might be the flare sensor but then I checked the bottom door and it wasn't completely closed. I ...
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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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Timer on dryer stopped working

The timer on our Maytag dryer seems to have died/stopped working and I would like to replace it myself: What I mean by "died/stopped working" is that the timer no longer decrements and mechanically ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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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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Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...
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Plaster repair mistake fixing hairline cracks

I have some walls (brick and plaster) with some plaster in poor condition. Mainly hairline cracks. I dug out the hairline cracks to a V shape groove and filled them with a repair compound. However, I ...
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How can I fix pinewood flooring that got skewed after oiling?

I oiled my pinewood flooring a few days ago, and now after it has dried up the flooring is skewed. It bends up close to the edges, on both sides of the room. Each plank is straight lengthwise. It's ...
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Some ideas on how to block a wheel on a metallic rod?

I manage somehow to put some old inline roller wheel to some old trolleys I use in my house for shopping (and trekking). The average weight is about 20-30 kg. I am looking for a way to fix those ...
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How do I fix a sunken floorboard?

I broke this floorboard the other week and tried to pop it back up to mend with no success. How do I cut and slide this board out to put in a new one? EDIT: I was able to take the floorboard out, ...
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Help to diagnose the washing machine issue

I have a Haier HLP23E washing machine. Last week it stops to spin. After draining all water, instead of start the spin cycle, it stops for a while and then start to pour in the water. I switch off the ...
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Glue Kohler flush valve together?

I have a Kohler toilet with a canister flush valve (part 1084017-6-A). The top of the "guide" piece in the flush valve assembly (where the hose attaches) broke off, so the toilet functions but very ...
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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What can I do about this deteriorating staircase?

The side entrance stairs to my home are deteriorating. They appear to be several different patches, coats and possibly capped concrete. I have a temporary fix lined up to make it safe for travel. My ...
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What should I realistically expect after having my floors professionally refinished?

We recently bought a house that has white oak hardwood floors. The floors looked decent in some places, while others were REALLY scratched. I don't even know how someone would scratch them that bad. ...
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concert pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and pained. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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Wash Machine wont fill only during rinse cycle

I have a 3 year old Estate brand washing machine. Everything works fine except at the beginning of the rinse cycle it will not draw water into the machine. When I run a load of clothes it runs ...
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How to eliminate water in crawlspace

I would like to install 4" perforated drain pipe along the footer on the inside of a crawlspace. The bottom of the footer is at the height of the existing crawlspace floor. Should I lay the pipe along ...
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Looking for suggestions on securing floor tiles

I have an 8"x8" ceramic tile floor in my kitchen. It was not well installed. There is no backer board. A few months ago, the water supply to the ice maker in my fridge leaked, the plywood ...
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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 can I fix a table top that I spilled air freshener on?

I spilled air freshener on the top my dining table. It is a veneer top with urethane finish. The area is sticky to touch. How can I fix this?
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How can I determine why my whirlpool refrigerator has stopped running water?

We have a Whirlpool refrigerator that's 2 years old which suddenly stopped running water. What can I do?
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Why does my fluorescent lighting only work when it's not hot outside?

We have fluorescent lights in our kitchen and when it's over 75°F outside the lights turn on real dim like there might be a problem with the ballasts, but when the outside temperature drops the ...
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How do I repair a glass cooker hob (glass top stove)?

We have a glass cooker hob (glass top stove) where the black glass has chipped at one edge. Is there a repair system that will hide the damage? I am looking for something that is gloss block that ...
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Fix single hung window glass that is cracked

My question is somewhat similar to this question - How can I fix a window with cracked glass?. The difference is that my window is single hung. The windows are double pane and the inside pane has a ...
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AEG “micromat_combi 635” halts with error E14. What to do?

My AEG MICROMAT_COMBI 635 often halts with a beep and an error E14. I then need to temporarily unplug it from the mains power. I remember this annoying error occurring since years (it first made me ...
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How do I replace a Zanussi washing machine's front door seal?

I have a zanussi jet system 1200, model wjd1257w. It is a washing and drying machine. It leaks water, I guess at the spin cycle or perhaps before it. I searched and found out that it could be either ...
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How do I repair a small chip in a laminate floor?

I had a company come in and clean my carpets recently, and while they were in the house they managed to chip a part of my laminate flooring. I went down to the local home improvement megamart, ...
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My dryer heating element broke in two: Can I just wrap the ends together?

I have a Whirlpool Estate dryer that recently quit drying. I narrowed the problem down to the heating element, then removed the element assembly and found a clean break in the coil at one end. A ...
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Removing old mortar

I found parge coating falling away from my fieldstone foundation(1906). I used a hammer to tap on the remaining parge of the first section I am going to repair. Some of the coating sounds very solid ...
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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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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In vertical blinds, what is the part called that attaches a slat to the rail?

A few days ago, our dog clipped our vertical blinds, taking one slat down. I was going to re-attach the single fallen slat to the mounting clip that's connected to the rail, but a small gear inside ...
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Troubleshooting a circular saw that quit working

I have a circular saw that quit working for no obvious reason. I cut a board and sat the saw down to get another board. When I tried to cut the next board, the saw wouldn't work. Pull the trigger ...
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How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?

Unfortunately, I do not know the appropriate terminology but, there is a small hose that fits into a tube within a cylindrical container in the toilet tank. When this occurs, I can see initially hear ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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Why does my ice maker make a knocking sound and not produce ice?

My ice maker is making knocking noises every few hours and rarely produces ice. Every now and then (once a month or so) it actually starts making ice and the noises stop for a day. It's a GE french ...
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How much should replacing septic tank lids cost, and what is involved?

My wife and I may be possibly buying a house with a septic tank. We had it inspected and the report showed that the tank was in good condition however the "tank lids" would need to be replaced. I'm ...
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French doors are falling apart and don't close

I have a pair of french doors in my place not much unlike these The seams at the top of the door are coming apart and now they overlap when they shut and you have to open them both a bit, line them ...
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How do I repair my Crawlspace Door?

I have a crawl-space door that is starting to look rather beat-up. I would rather repair the door rather then replace it as it has thick foam insulation on the other side. What can I do to fix the ...