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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

I dropped something heavy and mildly pointed onto the bathroom floor. The Bathroom is tiled with ~30cm square black "slate like" tiles, but where I dropped this thing, the surface has been badly (2-3 ...
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How can I repair battery acid damage on a Caesar-stone counter?

A regular alkaline AA battery apparently leaked on our Caesar-stone (similar to Silestone) island counter top. If this is indeed the case, it has been left there for several weeks. It left a battery ...
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What animal are these coffee-ground-like leavings around my doorframe from?

We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much ...
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How to fix office chair worn hardwood floor

I currently have a hardwood floor that is worn down by an office chair and it needs to be fixed, optimally without having to do the whole floor with a floor sander. As you can see in this photo: the ...
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How can I repair a granite countertop where multpile chunks have broken off?

A mirror door on the bathroom medicine cabinet broke off and took out a good chunk of granite countertop on the bathroom sink fixture. We're not talking about a crack or chip, not something small. We'...
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Renovations after years of hookah smoke

I am looking a two-storey house in which the current owners have smoked hookah for a number of years, and the interior has a strong smell. What kind of repairs would need to be done to restore the ...
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How to find heater wire cut?

I have an old and damage sidewalk with a heater wire inside it. The wire is cut somewhere but I don't know how to find where. Is there any electrical tool or way to find where is it cut? This is ...
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How can I prevent my refrigerator door from hitting the wall?

I have a stainless steel counter-depth refrigerator door (LG LFXC24726S). The right wall sticks out a bit further than the frame, and if the right door swings too far, it hits the wall and will ...
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Can hail-damaged shingles be repaired, or should they be replaced?

We had a nasty hail storm recently and while none of the shingles are pierced or broken there is extensive damage to the top layer but so far we had no indication that the roof is leaking. Based on ...
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Staining over water marks?

I’m guessing this is water damage, right? I was sanding down and this white mark appeared. After sanding I applied prestain and spot checked with a dark stain but it didn’t help at all. How can I fix ...
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How to repair solid wood cabinet finish after fire?

After a small kitchen fire in which the cabinets got fire damage, but did not actually catch fire, we repaired the walls, but are now left with a cabinet that looks (not too) bad. The black spots are ...
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What should I do about soaked particle board under my kitchen sink?

I recently discovered I have a leaky garbage disposal (that i have yet to fix). I think it had been leaking for a while, and it has caused the particle board beneath the kitchen sink to sag. I have ...
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How to FIX RAIN LEAKAGE

Hello i have a problem when it rains the dirt and rocks stay wet and the foundation of the house is starting to leak. Does anyone know how to properly fix this and what exactly do i need to do? Here ...
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How do I assess what to replace during repairs after a severe roof leak? [closed]

Evening! Long story short. Bad roof leak. Leaked from the roof to the exterior wall. I do not know the extent of the damage (yet) but obviously I am not too worried since I plan on, once the roof is ...
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What should I do immediately after a clean water flood to minimize damage?

Today, we went out of the house for about an hour and when we came back the whole kitchen was flooded. Turned out the cold water soft connection for the kitchen sink had somehow disconnected (?). We ...
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a. c. nielsen equipment causing damage to outlets

I became a member of the Nielsen tv monitoring group, The tv is is in my living room on a back-to-back wall in my kitchen. Only the tv was on when I tried to make a cup of coffee with my Keurig ...
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Is it OK that my circuit breaker panel does not latch closed

I plan on doing some work and having it inspected. As part of the work I will be switching some normal breakers to AFCI. Before I get started I notice my panel does not fully latch closed. The latch ...
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How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
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Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?

While trying to pry loose a stubborn cable staple that fastens a 14-gauge electrical cable to a stud, I accidentally tore a very small hole through both the outer jacket and the insulation around the ...
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How long can I shower with tub chips?

My tub has recently developed some 1" to 1 1/2" tub chips. I've already purchased the porcelain repair touch-up solution, but haven't gotten around to applying it yet. See the following photo. How ...
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Ac Induction or Broken Wire?

I'm making a DIY wall mounted pull-up bar (I'm too tall for the normal kind, and can't fit a commercial wall bar due to a sloped ceiling) and I just mounted the heavy duty brackets I'm using, but I've ...
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How do I repair damage to this ‘paneling’?

just hoping for some advice on how to repair this? Not sure what the material even is but is paneling of some sort on the stairs. Was drunk and stumbled down my elbow few out and went through rather ...
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How can I stop sap from seeping out?

I have some sap seeping out of a fur/pine door I installed and stained last year, how do I stop that from coming out?
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Will it damage my washing machine and tumble dryer to be left in a shed for storage

I have a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer, each worth around £600, that I bought last year. I just moved houses and my new already has a washing machine and dryer. Would it be safe to wrap ...
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Can I lay 1/2" plywood over existing subfloor that has some damage

Due to water damage I am having to replace about 1200 sq ft of flooring which was all newly installed. However, the way my floor is I'm confused on how to do this without removing the bottom subfloor. ...
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What cause the wall damage?

We just repainted the wall and fixed the plaster last November due to water damage. Recently, I discovered that there appears to have some water damage on the wall again. This damage is right below a ...
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Repairing holes in an interior door [duplicate]

Well, um, uh, long story short, I have holes in one of my interior doors. Full picture of door here: https://i.imgur.com/SUBbWY3.jpg What is the best way to go about repairing it? Should I go about ...
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How do I repair spots of damaged hardwood floor finish?

I have some hardwood floors that I refinished 5 years or so ago. They're mostly holding up pretty well, but around our breakfast bar the stools have taken up some of the varathane and have left ...
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Damage to the sub floor while scraping tile

I have a question about a hardi backer sub floor. I installed tile 8 years ago and my wife decided she wanted a diferent tile. The sub floor was laid over linoleum with a 1/4 in backer board that was ...
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How can I repair my damaged kitchen counter?

I made a stupid mistake and placed a hot pan on the kitchen counter top directly, which made a small burn and a bigger bump filled with air that cracked after a little while. I don't know much about ...
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Damaged my garage - how should I repair?

I did a stupid thing today, and clipped the side of my garage with my car pulling in from work. The house is only a month old, which compounds my frustration. Anyway, it looks like the vinyl trim ...
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Hot cup on wood made mark

I'm in trouble, I put this mark on an antique cupboard by putting a lot cup on it, is there anything I can try to make it go away?
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Mend steel door after break-in attempt

We had a failed break in attempt into a storage room with a quite thick steel door. See images. The lock itself if not damaged and mechanically sound, so even though it looks pretty bad, it's still ...
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Damaged wire while drilling wall caused power to go out. How to fix it properly?

I managed to damage two wires/cables: tv/internet and a power wire. There were three of power wires: a blue, a black and a green/yellow. I've damaged the black one, but just a little bit. When the ...
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Is wiring with melted insulation and exposed copper dangerous?

A plumber has melted the grey sleeve on a two core electrical cable in our kitchen whilst soldering a joint on an adjacent copper pipe. I can see exposed copper through a small hole the cable sleeve. ...
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Finding an Electrical — Break? Open? — Caused by a Rodent

I had a problem with squirrels in the eves of of my "built in 1905" (i.e. old) house. The squirrels ended up chewing through an electrical wire, and I lost power to my front porch light, and entire ...
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How to repair damage to finished fibreboard

Not sure exactly what happened, but there is now a dent in the bottom of one of my IKEA cabinet doors, which is Fibreboard covered with some kind of enamel or plastic. I'm wondering if there is any ...
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Polyurethane on damaged floor isn't creating smooth surface

I had the wood floor chipped from heavy object played on it, removing the varnish that covered that small area. I tried to fix it by first sanding, then polyurethane on a cotton swab as the affected ...
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wooden floor chipped from PC Case

Do I just leave it? PC case had rubber legs but it was stuck to the floor and when I tried to flip it, part of the wooden floor came off with it.
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Water Leaking From Upstairs Restroom Down to Basement Restroom

I live in a two story split entry home. It has an upstairs and a basement. My restroom upstairs is right above the basement restroom. There is water leaking from the upstairs restroom down to the ...
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Could a “missing phase” result in damage to electrical household equipment=

This question is related to a previous question of mine about what seemed to be a voltage drop after a night of heavy snowfall. A couple of weeks ago, heavy snowfall resulted in what appeared to be a ...
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Scratched finishing on IKEA furniture: how to fix

During assembly, we managed to damage some outer finish and expose the wood underneath: Is this fixable (say by putting some white "coating" on it)? If so, could you please point me to a solution? I ...
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Granite and water damage

I live in southern California. I have granite countertops and over the years I've noticed grout cracks between my granite and the tile splash on the sink side. Could the constant water from washing ...
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How do I repair this damage to my driveway?

After the brutal winter, my wife and I found several locations on our driveway where the concrete is crumbling. This is the worst of them: In the past, I have used self-leveling concrete caulk ...
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How to repair my concrete slab porch.

I bought this house a few years ago, built in 1926. Not long ago, what was a slight crack in the porch became much bigger when the concrete gave way. Now I have a serious safety situation and haven't ...
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Protecting solar panels from kids who may throw stones to get monkeys off roof

I have read this question - Solar panels and hail and my question is similar. I have the possibility that neighboring kids may throw stones at my roof top solar panels to scare off monkeys which are a ...
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Tile parquet is coming off the concrete surface

20 year old tile parquet that was polished and varnished in February has begun to rise off the concrete surface. The concrete is so dry that dust comes off it and the only source of humidity seems to ...
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Is ivy bad for your walls?

We have a front wall covered by ivy. We do like it very much, but keep getting remarks that ivy eventually destroys your wall. My usual response is that you often see ivy on century-old buildings and ...
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How to repair small area of damaged/loose plywood sheathe on roof?

I have a small section at a corner of my roof where the plywood has come lose and a gap has appeared. It is on a part of the roof that is not easy to see, and unfortunately some birds have started ...
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Fixing (at least temporarily) roof damaged wooden beam (rafter?) in an outbuilding

Outside my house there is an outbuilding. I am not sure of the roofing terms in English, but trying. On of the roof beams, the center one on this picture (a rafter?) is heavily damaged at its base, ...