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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Ecuador grounding an ungrounded house

Hi so I’m an electrical engineer visiting some family in Ecuador and after some wiring has stopped working In the kitchen I have decided to rip out the 40 plus year old installation and reinstall. ...
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User serviceable parts inside this CFL floor lamp?

I've been asked to look at a CFL floor lamp. It's many (5-10) years old and one day stopped working; it simply didn't turn on. The fluorescent bulb (four short (5 inch?) tubes extending from a plastic ...
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Changing the pitch of a threaded hole

Can I change the pitch of a threaded hole that will accept the diameter of an M6 tap? The current pitch is some off the wall pitch that is not a metric 6 pitch nor the SAE equivalent pitch, the part ...
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What is this soft plastic like material that has been added to the window, and how best to remove it?

The previous owner added this soft, plastic like material to the window frame and I'd like to remove it. I can get parts off with a knife, and when I do it is flexible and soft. I believe this is ...
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How to repair wall next to external door?

I did some repairs a while back, replacing a damaged door jamb. That repair left some damage to the neighboring wall, as shown in the photos below. I am getting a new pre-hung door soon, and want to ...
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Brand new AC unit makes whooshing sound and air “chokes”

My brand new AC recently started making a whooshing noise. It sounds kind of like a sudden gust of wind, but it repeats every few seconds. Another way I can think of to describe it: imagine a PC ...
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Dryer blows fuse instantly ! HELP

Dryer blows fuse instantly ! What's the cause? Plz help , I have changed 10 in two weeks already......
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Why does this fluorescent ceiling light go out after a few seconds (every time)?

I have a strange problem with a fluorescent ceiling room light. There are four small fluorescent tubes. One day for no apparent reason they all just suddenly went out. When I turned the light switch ...
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Range hood impeller slipping on rotor shaft

My range hood has a motor with an impeller on it. The impeller is attached to the rotor shaft by a nut that threads onto the impeller's... bushing I guess it's called, which is slotted, so that as the ...
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Broken bed thin material

My kids bed broke. Apparently jumping on it caused the thin material on the connected surface to split. The special furniture side nut things just tore right through. https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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Removing Pin Holding Planetary Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer

I'm having trouble removing the pin holding the planetary. I need to remove it in order to remove the top of the machine exposing the motor so I can troubleshoot the main problem with my KitchenAid ...
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Treadmill Repair

I have an old NewLife treadmill (model: NEWLIFE8642). Last week, it suddenly went off while I was training on it. After restarting its power, the screens came back on, but nothing was displayed. All ...
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Gas furnace ignites but then makes large knocking sound

My gas furnace will ignite, but after the pilot goes on for a moment it creates a large periodic knocking sound over and over again instead of the fan starting. I have my suspicions, but I wanted to ...
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Simple fix suggestions needed for damaged plywood paneling

In our laundry room a pet rabbit damaged the paneling in several places: There are no replacement panels available that I could find. I don't want to tear out and replace all the walls. Things I'...
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Patching cracked parging

What's the best method for filling in small cracks in interior foundation wall parging? I've heard using premade stucco patching. Thanks!
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Can I repair this corroded shutoff valve on my own?

I just noticed that this valve is corroded and slowly leaking (arrows point to the leaks): I started looking online for information and found this page, which discusses different types of valve, but ...
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covered exterior vents

Builders covered 3 exterior vents for finished basement bathroom fan, laundry room fan and dryer. How do we find the I ended gent space and how can it be fixed with the least mess and inconvenience. ...
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Storm door closer that “clicks” open and closed?

I have a storm door with closers at the top and bottom. The lower one had a unique locking system - when you opened the door far enough it would "click" and stay open. Pushing it a little further ...
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Fixing deep dents in floorboards

We have deep dents (5mm at deepest) in our hardwood floor caused by strong blows with a baseball bat (crackhead subtenant, psychotic episode). Those dents are bigger than the dents that I've seen ...
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Help - Kenmore Dryer (11086880100 ) Repair Assistance - No heat

The issue My kenmore dryer (model 11086880100) stopped heating. My hours of research lead me to believe that I should test the thermal fuse, heating element, hi limit thermostat and thermal cut off. ...
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Fixed Double pane window temporary repair

Shattered the exterior side of a fixed double pane window. Is it possible to remove the remaining pieces of the broken pane without the interior side falling out? Every glass company around is booked ...
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What is the name of this screwhead?

This is too weird to describe. (See below) What kind of driver will fit this screwhead?
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Fixing patch in the wall

I just moved in to a new apartment and somehow broke small platform near window (where you are supposed to put plants I guess). How can I fix this as I don't want my landlord to keep my deposit :(
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How to clean this sandstone wall?

The sandstone wall is turning brown and black in places and I’m not sure how to restore is back to original appearance. Are there any cleaners which can be used? A picture is attached. Thanks
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

I am shocked at the condition of this wire on a Crane humidifier. Would like to repair the wire to return the device to being 100% safe. With there being plenty of "spare" wire in the 6ft length, I ...
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I changed my thermostat and now my outside unit won’t turn on

I have a trane heat pump and A/C unit outside and a trane unit inside. I had to replace my thermostat because the one I had, didn’t have emergency heat option on it. I turned off the breaker and ...
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Removing side panel from dishwasher for part replacement - general advice

I am trying to replace a part (the dish rack holder) in an old Candy dishwasher (CDW 250). I have the replacement part, but it seems that replacing it will require removing the left panel. ...
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How to fix smashed wires in washing machine?

I believe the motor capacitor with its bracket fell down and pinched two wires going to the motor. I spliced them back with two blue wire nuts. The motor works again. However, this made me thinking, ...
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Why would the mud crack and fall off a ceiling repair?

I closed a skylight and floated the ceiling level. A few months later it started cracking and falling, why? I don't think it was too thick.
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How do I repair this rot/insect damage on my wall plate?

I am removing the lath and plaster (to add insulation) in my 1929 bungalow that I just bought in Portland, Oregon. Along an exterior wall, the last piece of lath and a little bit of the plate were ...
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Repairing above-ground gaps and holes in foundation

I am moving into a house (built 1911) that had a few things turn up on the inspection. One corner of the basement has an indoor cistern, and there are some gaps and a hole in the cinder blocks just ...
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Crack in fireplace, can i repair with fire clay/cement?

I recently bought a house ( about 15 years old) but just noticed that the back of the fireplace is cracked, it's about 1cm wide in the worst place. Can I repair this with fire clay/ cement? If i ...
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How to polish porcelain?

Used a dremel to clean up a broken edge on a porcelain piece. The grinding wheel was pretty rough, what should I use to smooth it out? Also, any way to get it super smooth and polished like the rest ...
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How can I fill these holes?

Previous owner of our house left some large-ish holes in the wall. The biggest one is 8cm in diameter and the smaller ones are from dry wall anchor (Molly) bolts that I removed. They are about an inch ...
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Electric water heater stopped working when I adjusted the thermostat

I have a Craftsmaster 40 gallon electric water heater that is approximately 13 years old. Once it got cold outside and we started taking more hot showers, I felt like we were prematurely running out ...
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How to fix this corroded zipper?

This is more general repair than home DIY, hopefully right place for it. I tried getting something out of a snowboard bag and found it was sealed by corroded zippers. I'm not sure why this happened ...
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Causes of a framing nailer driver stuck in down position?

I have an Hitachi NR90AC5. It's oiled and has adequate pressure. There's something that's gone wrong with it recently, where it sometimes double fires (in single fire mode) and then the piston gets ...
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My freezer won't go more than 5 degrees below freezing. Thermostat seems OK so what's up?

My Samsung fridge-freezer won't go more than 5 degrees below freezing. The thermostat seems fine and has the correct resistance for its current temperature. What else could be wrong? The display on ...
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How to repair shower p-trap

The P-trap in our master shower has apparently broken. We were getting a sewer gas smell coming out of it when we used the guest shower so we had a plumber come out and have a look. He did a "smoke ...
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GE front load washing machine; emptying filter at least once a week

I have a GE 4.5cu ft front load Energy Star washing machine. I am constantly draining and cleaning the filter/pump. I’ve had this one for a year. The one I had before I had for about 8 years and never ...
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How easy is it to remove polystyrene tiles in a house?

A survey report from the house states this: Ceilings throughout the property appear complete and are a mixture of plasterboard construction with a plaster skim and decorative finish and lath ...
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Hardwood loose, has gap over radiant floor

Just bought a new place with white oak hardwood and radiant heating. The hardwood is 3/4" (verified). Floor has developed gaps in certain areas. One area in particular is loose when I walk on it, so ...
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Repairing wall near shower and floor - drywall repair

We recently moved into an older house with a pretty rough master bathroom with a walk in shower. The corner of the shower door appears to be a little leaky so I was going to sit down and replace caulk ...
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Feasible to repair oven door?

This weekend, the door of our oven (a gas oven, FWIW) fell apart. The bottom of the outer part of the door was glued to its hinges and somehow lost cohesion. The top is connected to the inner part of ...
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Insulation from electric meter to panel is rotting

The electric line in from my meter to my panel is rotting, or rather the insulation is. See this picture (below). Is there some product I can purchase to temporarily wrap it until I can get it ...
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What material is this fake wood? How can I fix what's been chipped off?

What material is this fake wood? How can I fix the crap that's been chipped off?
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Correcting Navien Tankless Hot Water Heater Installation

A while ago we had a plumber/friend install a Navien tankless water heater. We trusted him and thought everything was just fine as we were getting hot water throughout the house. There is a ...
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Repairing a leaking 1/2" shut off gate valve under kitchen sink

Which is the proper washer to repair a 1/2" shut off gate valve: rubber, fiber or nylon? The valve is a cheap home depot product. I tried a flat thick rubber washer; it held for about 5 minutes then ...
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garage door handle disconnected from lock

My garage door is manual at the moment. I’ve had to lock it manually. Today, I realized I can’t lock it from the outside anymore. The handle connected to the lock moves freely and doesn’t move the ...
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How can I repair a pinhole leak in a washing machine drain hose?

I've just reconnected my washing machine and tested it, and there's a tiny hole in the out-flow pipe. The hole is in red circle in the images below ... in the fairly-rigid, ribbed plastic, rather than ...

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