Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Should I be worried about tears in my foundation wrap?

I recently moved into a newly built house in an area still in construction. My house was completed before my immediate neighbours. While they were excavating, they took large chunks of our foundation ...
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Replacing sill (bottom plate) of wall

I need to replace the sill of an exterior wall (load bearing wall that faces the outside the home). I ripped the sheet rock off and noticed some very old termite which was apparently treated years ago ...
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Does the estimated cost of this plumbing repair seem excessive?

My home was built in 1965. Recently, a slowly draining bathroom sink was found (on rotor-rooting) to be obstructed by soft mud, leading our plumber to conclude that drain pipe under foundation was ...
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Replace the Threshold of an exterior door

Last winter the lower hinge side of back door (which faces west and gets lots of wind) was freezing cold during our Northern Illinois winter. So I wanted to fill it with spray foam to seal it up. When ...
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Converting from Radiator to either Radiant or Vent

I am in the process of renovating our house and would like to know if we can convert to Radiant heat from radiator and still keep the same Hot Water Heater and the original piping...If not! which ...
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How do I fill a gap between my hearth and the hardwood frame around it?

What type of caulk or sealant should I use to fill a space on my fireplace hearth between the slate & the wood frame that surrounds it. The hardwood floor was refinished, but the wood framing ...
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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 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?
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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Steps for annual maintenance on a fuel oil furnace?

We have fuel oil and this year I'd like to try and maintenance the furnace myself: By "maintenance" I mean "clean it up so that it runs well throughout the winter." Just a basic tuneup and ...
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How do I go about filling a hole that's all the way through wood, for a new nut?

How do I go about filling the holes up so I can reset the nuts inplace for the handle. Also my tv cabinet, has two small holes but only one lines up, the other is right next to where I want to drill a ...
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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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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [closed]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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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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How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?

Our ovens (double-stacked Nutone Hotpoint circa 1960s) are old: About 2 months ago, we noticed that the bottom one - which had been running great for years - wouldn't get any hotter than just ...
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How to remove vent assembly from Kenmore 665.16262400 dishwasher

Can anyone tell me how to remove the vent assembly from a Kenmore 665.16262400 dishwasher. It looks like it should just turn, but I can't get mine to move.
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How can can I get replacement wood siding to match the existing siding?

I have some wood siding on my house that is rotting and crumbling away. Here are some pictures of what I am talking about: What kind of wood is this? If I buy new boards likely it is not ...
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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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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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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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What could cause my Craftsman push mower to die after running for a few minutes?

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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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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How can I straighten out a bent threaded rod?

I recently got a 1/2" acme screw for a project that has a deflection of approximately an eighth of an inch deflection. One would not think that it would be a big deal, but is is making alignment ...
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replace one tile bathroom floor

18" tile part adjacent to toilet and under the flange cracked during toilet install (plumber). first try result: replacement tile is too high, i I had to remove it. Complication: tile rocks due to ...
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How to repair the leg of a computer chair

I have an office computer chair whose leg broke, there is a huge crack along the plastic, and it bends, but its still attached. I tried using hot glue and duct tape, but it breaks apart again because ...
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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 to repair broken grout in shower tile?

Just moved into this house a few months ago, and noticed the stub wall in the shower that holds the controls has cracked grout. I'm guessing that somehow water got in behind the tiles and started to ...
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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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How can I remove this stuck nut on my riding mower?

I am attempting to repair a shattered housing mandrel on my Husqvarna riding mower. I have it largely disassembled however I am facing a common problem: a stuck nut on a piece that is moving. The only ...
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How do I fix a broken window in my aluminum framed sunroom?

A lower window is broken in my aluminum framed sunroom, as shown in this 33 second video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQfd0FPwYU Will I need to: drill out rivets take apart the whole ...
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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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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 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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Filling 1.5 inches wide gaps between newly fitted metal door frame surround and brick wall

I had a wooden back door removed and replaced with a metal door following burglary twice. The workmen have left an inch gap between the wall and the door frame both internally and externally. What is ...
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Repair/replacement of overdrilled wall

After taking down one of those cantilever "invisible fixing" Ikea LACK shelves, I discovered that there were twice as many holes in the wall as required and all of them were enlarged and ruined (the ...
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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 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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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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Bosch washer won't start. Some lights are blinking

I have a Bosch washer model WAS20160UC. After I turn the programming selector to the desired position, the Start/Pause light comes on, then after a moment Spin, Regular Spin, and End lights start ...
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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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What is the appropriate type of caulking around a kitchen sink?

The caulking around my sink has worn/rotted away and I've removed it properly, but I've been looking into what I kind of caulking to use, and there seem to be many different types, so I'm a bit unsure ...
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What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?

I have a built in microwave oven with a broken door open button (the hinge plastic was too thin by design). The plastic is somewhat pliable, waxy. There is no chasing arrow showing the plastic type, ...
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How can I cheaply refresh parquet in an apartment?

We've recently rented an apartment with seriously damaged parquet. Since the deal is "take it or leave it", we've decided to "mend" the parquet ourselves. Dictionary :) Sorry for my bad english, I ...
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How can I repair and repaint a deck whose planks were caulked?

So, parent's deck was looking ok, until for some reason some painters convinced my mother to "seal" the deck so water wouldn't fall down to the patio furniture below. They applied some sort of caulk ...
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How to identify the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a given thing is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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Why does the blade of my table saw stop?

I have a cheap, old (but, until recently, serviceable) direct-drive, table-top table saw, Skil 10" model 3400. Last week while cutting a 2x4, the blade stopped but the motor kept going. I finished ...
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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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How can I repair the agitator on my hotpoint washer?

Could anyone please advise me how to remove the agitator on a hotpoint washer model HTWP1200DOWW? The agitator is not spinning.
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Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?

I am renting a house that has no central air, instead we have to use window units. There is evidence that the house used to have a gas heater, and there is a 2 foot by 3 foot hole in the floor leading ...
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How can I secure a post to a conversion ball for a shower faucet?

I have a Delta single-handle faucet. I installed a conversion kit about half a year ago to update its trim from a knob to a lever. It's been great until yesterday when my wife complained that no ...