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Oct
20
comment Lubricant for squeaky doors
Clean the pins and hinges before lubricating. Black brass oxides and other ugly stuff builds up in hinges over the years. Get rid of it and your lubricant will at least start out its life squeaky clean, and less likely to squeak.
Oct
18
comment How can I determine what's behind a wall?
No crawlspace at all on the mystery side? There should at least be vents you can shine a flashlight through on the outside of the house.
Oct
18
comment What could be the reason for the Microwave door to have burning spots and smell after use?
When did you last thoroughly dlean the door? A little grease spatter in the wrong place can heat up mighty fast. At 9 years, it's also possible the microwave stirrer fan has stopped working, resulting in hotspots. google.com/…
Oct
15
comment Microwave not heating - replaced magnetron; now what?
Thermal fuses on microwaves are often one-shot. There was probably one located directly on the old magnetron. Did you replace it? Some manufacturers have also been known to hide the things in other places as well. Look for them.
Oct
3
comment How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer?
Is the latch well lubricated? They can get dirty/sticky over time. That makes the closing noise louder. A little cleaning and a spritz of silicone lubricant might reduce noise to a more acceptable level.
Oct
2
comment Refrigerator leaks
Frost free? Freezer drain line is probably blocked w minerals or mold. They can tell you how to clean it over at Home Improvement Stack. Brand model and year of fridge would be helpful information.
Oct
2
comment What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?
You need a sharp drill bit to get through that old hard pine. Go to the store and buy several brad point bits in the diameter you need. Expect to break a bit or two, and to have to change out the bits when they get dull.
Oct
1
comment Is there any way I can use regular dremel bits on a dremel trio?
A picture of the collet would be helpful. Is it a variant on a standard 1/4" collet, some weird variant on same, or built in and unremovable?
Sep
29
comment How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?
You've pushed the little red thermal reset button that some garbage disposals have on their side or bottom?
Sep
16
answered Is there an cheaper alternative to plexiglass?
Sep
14
comment Furnace reset problem
You may not be waiting long enough for the thermostat's hysteresis setting. See: google.com/…
Sep
10
answered How to remove markings from laundry sink
Sep
2
comment All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line
Have you tryed cleaning the flow channels with muriatic acid? diy.stackexchange.com/questions/1780/… Mineral build up over time can render any toilet unflushable.
Aug
25
comment Can I do anything to make my gas oven better?
What are you using to measure temperature? When was it last calibrated? Does the oven have a 500° setting that's not being reached, or does the knob, or whatever, only go to 450°?
Aug
25
comment What tools and techniques do I need to recreate this piece of furniture? (pic in description)
Screwed, not tacked; and the metal can't be too thin as the edges in the close ups do not appear to be razor sharp. Perhaps 12 to 14 gauge.
Aug
23
comment What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?
If squarish part is inset, a properly sized screwdriver, standard tip, will jam in there and allow removal. If part is protruding then it is needlenose time. Either way, replace the screws with something reasonable when you put the thing back together. You may have to go in again.
Aug
14
comment How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?
@Tester101 Quite possibly, but some chairs do have wheels that are made of harder stuff than is desirable. If that's the case here, wheel modification could be helpful.
Aug
14
comment How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?
If the chair wheels are too hard, or small diameter, a layer of duct tape around their circumference will lessen their impact on the floor. Replacing hard plastic or metal wheels w rubber is also an option, but will obviously be far more labor/cost intensive than tape.
Aug
6
comment How can I cut aluminum angle stock without damaging my tools?
Unless it's a very good one, you'll find it wanders when you try to cut the thick stuff.
Aug
5
comment What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?
Motor windings will put out white smoke as they overheat and burn off their insulation. Sometimes a motor will survive a little overheating, but if you keep asking the motor to do more than it can handle, you'll eventually burn off enough insulation to cause a direct short, and a dead motor.