Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Leaking waste pipe connector

I live in a semi-detached house in the UK (built in 1946). Until recently, one of the the upstairs bathroom's walls was the outside wall of the house (the side wall). The toilet is connected to an ...
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I have an answer, but Stack Exchange won't let me post [migrated]

So I stumbled across a question that had no good answers given. As it turns out, I stumbled across it because I was searching the Internet for an answer for the question myself. Then I continued to ...
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Original vaulted ceiling drywall mistake repair

I have a vaulted ceiling drywall joint crack that extends across two adjacent sides of a 4'x8' sheet of drywall and runs into another 1' section, across & perpendicular to the vaulted peak. The ...
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Splice or replace

Accidentally cut power cord while pruning shrub and needed to repair by splicing wires together without making contact or needing to repair again. Asked associate at local hardware store and he ...
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Fixing concrete

I've never worked with concrete. Is there an easy way for a concrete newbie to repair this wall? OR- How do I fix it? EDIT: Here is another view, further back.
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Crack in acrylic bath tub, but fiberglass is ok

I managed put a small crack in the corner of my acrylic bathtub. Looking underneath it looks like the crack is just to the acrylic, and the fiberglass shell is still in-tact. Is this enough to hold ...
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AC Compressor was not turning off

With a split unit aircon unit the compressor and fan would keep running even when the unit inside was turned off. I figured out it was probably the relay sticking, so I replaced it on the control ...
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Help, can I still fix this?

A few weeks ago, the door knob started to become loose with greyish wood/sand chunks falling out of the gap between the doorknob and the door. Currently thinking of getting a handyman in to have a ...
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Leaking - IKEA LOVIKEN AA-291347-1

I have an IKEA LOVIKEN AA-291347-1 faucet. It leaks between the 2 handles at the connection. I removed the screw behind, but I cannot remove the top center part. Do you have any idea how I can open it ...
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Kitchen Faucet shuts off both Hot and cold water whenever I try to use both

Kitchen faucet was replaced...now it wont allow both Hot and Cold mix to flow together always shuts off.
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Install Sump Pump Check Valve on Washing Machine

We just purchased a Everbuilt THD1020 (In-Line Sump Pump Check Valve) , and installed in the back hose of our washing machine. The original hose would leak detergent soap and water. Is it a good ...
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Change plastic bands in chair?

How can I change these plastic backing strips in this chair? I have another chair exactly like this one, but the white plastic strips are broken.
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how to stabilize a wobbly dining table

I have a antique dining table with pedestal type legs on each end. The table has no support piece across the length because it also has leaves and a drop leaf on each end. how can I stabilize this ...
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How to keep Gazebo from tipping?

What can I do to keep this Gazebo from tipping when wind comes? The sticks that come with it to dig into the ground is not strong enough to hold it in place.
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Vibrating attic fan

I recently replaced the motor in my PR3 Master Flow attic fan. The fan with the the new motor vibrates significantly more than the old one. I may have been a little too aggressive trying to get the ...
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How to diagnose a problem in a Jet AFS-1000B Air Filtration system

I've had a Jet Air Filtration unit (AFS 1000B) system for years and it's worked perfectly. Recently I took out the filters for cleaning. When I put them back the unit would not start. All of the ...
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How to repair a hole in exterior concrete foundation

We have had this hole in our exterior foundation for a few years. The way we discovered it was that water was leaking into our basement finished room, and when I looked outside, I discovered this hole ...
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Rim joist moisture behind chimney

Doing basement remodel, above fireplace (behind chimney) i noticed moisture at rim joist, on the exterior where the chimney butts up against the house there is aging and absent caulk/sealant. Should i ...
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Can I repair light scratches on a laminate countertop?

I was foolish and scratched my laminate countertop, which I would like to repair. Everything I have found online shows solutions for filling in chips (or deeper cuts), mainly in laminate that has a ...
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My John deere Riding mower isnt running at full speed

I have a John deere lx277 model and the other day it was running fine and I mowed the lawn no problem. I had the mower idling as I was weed trimming. The mower shut off. I out gas in it n i got it ...
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What is the name of this part of an old window?

I am in the process of restoring old windows. These are original to the house and hence from 1940. Windows have these plastic or metal ventilation plugs, here are two pictures: The problem is some ...
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Electrical wiring broken

I wanted to replace our under cabinet Halogen bulbs with LED. So I got the LED lights from Home Depot and when testing them from an electrical outlet, I accidentally had the two wires coming together ...
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Fixing an outdoor light: what did go wrong and how to fix it?

My outdoor garage light is connected(see note 2) to the house circuit via a three way switch. Garage has two switch boxes; each with a pair of three way switches. One switch in each box controls two ...
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slab heat pipes and radon reduction

My house has slab heat and the pipes come out of the dirt and go to the heating unit. This is located in my basement and I'm wondering how to seal it to help reduce radon entering the house.
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Reinforcing water damaged wooden fence posts, will it last, will it be strong enough?

Backgound On a wooden fence I have several posts that are water damaged at ground level and the fence isn't holding strong anymore. The remainder of the fence is in very good condition. I believe I ...
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Buckling notched jack studs - how to remedy?

Some past "plumber" decided it was OK to cut a notch for a 1-1/2" PVC pipe directly through all the 2x4 studs on one end of a window header. The result, shown in the photos, is a buckling wall. The ...
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Filling fence post holes

Poured cement in holes on Thursday evening. Didn’t have enough to top holes off. Used a pretty wet mix but feels pretty dry by Saturday early am. Will concrete bond if I fill them now?
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Replacing tongue and groove floorboards: but can't find a match

A room in an old farmhouse, formerly a porch, now enclosed, has floors made of tongue and groove lumber. I need to repair those floors by replacing at least some sections of floorboards - somewhere ...
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Milwaukee M18 hammer drill: whining noise, doesn't break when releasing trigger and seems to run hot

The title pretty much sums it up. I've had it for about 4 years. Best tool I own by far. Heavily used, but I always try and take care of it. I few months ago I noticed that it doesn't seem to ...
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How can I repair the metal cover on my exterior door trim?

How do I fix it?! 😫 Its a thin metal material that's nailed onto a wood frame. I live on a rental property and am hoping to be able to get my deposit back with this repair. The guy at home depot ...
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How to apply drain cleaner to A/C drain

A while back I asked a question in a thread (The top A/C drain in my attic is leaking. Why?), and I wanted to know how to apply drain cleaner to the bottom drain on my A/C system. Could someone answer ...
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How to replace bottom plate on non-load bearing wall

I recently purchased a house and am trying to DIY as much as I can so that I can learn how to do things correctly. I'm looking to replace the bottom plate in my bathroom and just want to make sure I'...
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Replacing A Two-Pronged Window Sash Thumb Button

Everything seems to be in order although the new thumb button is slightly smaller, the prongs that fit into the window sash are exactly the same measurement's. Is there a trick to replacing these ...
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Does the application of a new layer of lacquer dissolve pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing on lacquering to 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will ...
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In order to repair these do I need to use primer and paint?

I am in the middle of repairing these cracks. As you can see I have worked on the two on the sides, but I am not really happy with the result I am getting so far. I used 3M fiber enhanced compound as ...
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(re)plumbing trap for double basin sink

One of the p-traps under my sink was corroded and leaking. When I looked into replacing it, I saw that it was recommended to just have the garbage disposal and non disposal side of the sink come ...
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UV protection on window now purply in colour and scratched. How to remove?

On one window the glass is etched and off colour. No idea what damaged it. Can it be removed with any kind of product? it is factory installed. Not a DIY covering.
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The new AC doesn't cool the house down like old unit, what can be the problem?

I had to replace my old HVAC because it was old and had a freon leak. The new unit doesn't cool down the house like the old system. The ac runs all day and it takes hours to get down to 72 degrees and ...
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Add support to existing acrylic shower unit

When we had acrylic shower units installed in our house apparently our employee did not know that they require concrete support under their floors. We learned about this the hard way when one of them ...
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What can be done to mitigate risk when buying a very old home? [closed]

Im looking to buy a house and I have found a house that I really like and want to buy. There are a couple issues though. While the house cosmetically looks awesome because it has been entirely ...
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What should I use to replace extra thick (1.75") sill plate? Should I shim 2x dimensional lumber?

My house was built in 1956 and I have come across some sections of sill plate on the cinder block foundation wall that need to be replaced due to termite damage or rot. It seems that they used some ...
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Top load washer fills and drains immediately

We replaced the transmission in our Amana top load washer, model NTW4516FW. Machine was running through all the cycles before the transmission was replaced. Now the washer fills but immediately drains ...
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how to repair bi-fold door with fallen slats?

A piece of this bi-fold closet door has warped, and as a result many of the slats have pulled out of one or both of their end-points. It seems like it should be possible to repair this with clamps, ...
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Can combing bent evaporator coil fins damage it?

I have recently purchased a new AC. I opened it to clean air filters and found that an entire row of fins were bent. I asked the manufacturer about this and they said that it won't affect the ...
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Replacing an oddly sized French Patio Door

Purchased a new home and working through the litany of issues with the place. Nothing undisclosed but just a royal pain in the ass. I have a leaky exterior door that needs to be replaced. It is a ...
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Whirlpool freezer not getting cold enough

I have a Whirlpool freezer (model EV171NYMS03) that is not getting cold enough. It is currently below freezing, but just barely. I replaced the fan motor earlier and that is still running. When I took ...
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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 transmission leaked oil. Should I refill? With what?

While rebuilding the Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer's transmission, I did not remake the gasket between both transmission halves. So, for the next few days there was a little bit of oil splattering going ...
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How can I repair scratches on a painted French door?

A dog chewed up our solid wood, painted french doors. The tricky part is he got the trim between the glass panes and along the edge where the doors meet. If we want to repair ourselves can someone ...
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Possible to repair pressed wood?

The legs of a pressed wood cabinet have swollen in size and are shredding. Are there successful methods and/or products for reinforcing them?
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Is it really a good idea to buy an old house which needs some rework? [closed]

Long ago I read somewhere that it is best to buy houses that need some amount of rework rather than those in tip-top condition. The reasons given were: There is less competition from other buyers so ...