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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Walls: Protect from scratches, dents, dirt, etc

I have a contractor fixing/repainting my ceilings and doing repair work around my place. I want to protect the walls, not only from dirt, but scratches, dents, etc. if the contractor's ladder etc rubs ...
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punky window destroyed by woodpecker: minimally acceptable fix so it's watertight

This window is 30 years old. The wood siding abuts the window casing. There is no apron beneath the sill. On both sides of the window the casing wood is punky where it meets the sill, and on the right ...
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How do I replace the seats and springs in this Delta kitchen faucet?

My Delta kitchen faucet has gotten really difficult to turn off. It will drip unless you turn it off just right. I am trying to take it apart and replace the seats and springs. But this is as far as ...
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How do I fix this paint rip?

Accidentally ripped a piece of paint off the wall when trying to hang something up and now need to fix it ASAP. I have the sample to color match but I don’t quite know what to do to patch this… The ...
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Drilled thru end of web floor truss

Attempting to run conduit from exterior of house for a hottub. After drilling I noticed I went thru the vertical end of a open end floor truss and far end triangulation. 1 inch hole. This was not the ...
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Ceiling fan replacement

I need help please. I want to hook this: to this:
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How do I fix this countertop with a permanent solution?

I've never worked with countertops before. I want to provide a permanent fix to this problem. Any suggestions?
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How to disassemble this hinge?

I have a shed of which the doors are not closing correctly anymore because the doors are hanging. I would like to disassemble the hinges in order to correct this problem, however I do not know how to ...
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How to adjust butt hinge that won't close all the way?

An old piece of furniture I have has some kind of butt hinge that doesn't close all the way. When I try to close it, the outer part collides with the corner of the inner hinge piece, something that's ...
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Can I do anything to make this look better? [closed]

Would caulk hide chips in veneer from an MDF panel? Click for full size It's a fitted wardrobe with a plastic covering which had been chipped during the cutting process. From what I have read, this ...
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How can I repair a washed out asphalt driveway culvert area?

Asphalt driveway washed out up to the edge of the asphalt due to heavy rains. Previously put 2 to 4 inch rocks and hard red clay soil at road edge and around top and sides of 36” covert but all of it ...
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Can this pipe be repaired?

There is a pipe in my house that has endured extensive corrosion. I have talked with inspectors and plumbers and everyone agrees that something should be done about it. I have had trouble getting a ...
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Long crack in I joist flange

Found a nasty crack in one of our I joists and need advice. Should I get a structural engineer over here asap or try to repair it? It’s over a foot long. Our shop was built in 2020, so I’m surprised ...
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Dehumidifier (Whirlpool SS226) doesn't even turn on now

Hope someone can help me so I know whether to bother trying to fix it. I have a Whirlpool SS226 dehumidifier. I used it quite often last year. I just dug it out last week to use again. When I turned ...
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Rooftop deck repair questions

I'm in the process of restaining rooftop deck. I first washed it with a deck cleaner product. I'm now in the process of sanding. I was hoping to ask a few questions: I noticed a few areas where ...
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Which replacement water supply line shut off valve will work under my laundry room sink?

I noticed a leak under my laundry room sink today and was trying to fix the plumbing connection myself. I already turned off the house water main valve. I managed to pull the metal mesh tube (braided ...
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Do buzzing and chirping noises indicate a failing refrigerator?

My refrigerator was starting to run loud a few months ago. It was very over due for a cleaning - afterwards it wasn't as loud. Today it started to chirp at me and make a general high pitched noise. It ...
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How to repair this hole in our bath?

We bought our house about 6 months ago, and there was already a reasonable hole in the enamel (?) of the bathtub. It looks like this: [Edge to edge, the whole thing is about 3cm] I'm afraid I don't ...
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How to wire multiple 12w pot lights w/boxes & wall switches onto a single 20 amp circuit?

Hello I have a RV using a 30 amp distribution panel/system. I want to install 5 120V prepackaged pot lights with receptacle boxes. and wire in 5 light switches. I am a novice electrician and I'm not ...
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Roof Leak without any Visible Shingle Damage or Issue

We recently discovered a leak manifesting itself with stains in our ceiling. It likely happened a few days ago when we had about 2-3" of rain overnight. We have never had a leak before, and the ...
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Is it possible to repair damage to a radiators coating?

One of our brand new radiators got damaged while having some other work done. Is there anything that can be done to repair the patch where the coating has been taken off?
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How can I patch low-voltage, landscape lighting cable underground?

We have some underground wires for low voltage lighting in our front yard. Note they are just wires buried in the ground and not inserted in tubes. I want to remove some of the lights and need to ...
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can i replace a 15 amp transfer switch with a 30 amp transfer switch?

My motorhome came with a 15 amp transfer switch, i have 30 amp service, can i replace with a 30 amp transfer switch, as cannot find a 15 amp switch on market?
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How can I repair this water damage area in my "laminate"(?) countertop near my sink?

I'm renting and don't want to have to pay my landlord for an expensive countertop replacement, so I'd like to know how this can be fixed. Also, there is some potential replacement material hidden ...
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Brad nailer will shoot shorter nails, but not longer ones

I have a Porter Cable PCC790 battery powered 18 gauge brad nailer. It will reliably shoot 1-1/2 nails. However, when I try to shoot 2" nails (its max nail length) is consistently fails (very ...
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What is the difference between washing machine belts: 1287 8PHE and 1287 8PH?

My washing machine belt has broken. I have found two belts, sellers of which say in description that they compatible with my appliance (Electrolux EWT9125W). 8PHE belt is 3 times more expensive than ...
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How to reattach flashing to the fascia board on a gable?

This piece fell from the front of our house and I need to get up there to nail it back into place. I do okay on ladders just not sure if my idea will work: Fully extend the extension ladder and have a ...
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Caster wheel inserts and tube failiure on bar cart

recently received a new bar cart as a gift, and assembled and loaded it up. Unfortunately as I was pushing it along my carpet the tubes the inserts were in bent and the inserts fell out. How should I ...
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Fiber cement fascia cracked at joint - how do I patch this?

I have a cracked corner of fascia where two fiber cement boards meet. How would I go about fixing this? I tried "DAP Platinum Patch" spackling compound, just to find out that it's supposed ...
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repair a leak for an electrical oil heating radiator

I have a radiator that has started leaking oil, by its bolt. I assume that cause can be that metal is a bit rusty around the bolt, as it is easy to remove the paint when scratching and a bit of rust ...
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How to install this replacement plug?

How is the strain relief supposed to be done on this replacement plug? There is no way to tighten the clamp enough for it to actually securely hold onto the power cord. The threads on one of the ...
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Sourcing a replacement trestle table locking pin (metal)

I have a folding trestle table which has two metal L-shaped pins that lock it into place when it's opened out. I loaned the table to someone who returned it with only one pin and I'm struggling to ...
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Why does my fridge turn itself off?

My KitchenAid fridge intermittently turns off, and the only way to turn it back on is to turn off thermostat to off and then back to on (setting 1/2/3/4/5). Any idea what is the issue?
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How to connect pvc to cast iron pipe that broke off right beneath concrete slab?

I was planning on adding a donut to the cast iron hub, but when I was removing the lead seal, the hub broke off entirely. Now I have a broken off 2 inch cast iron pipe right beneath the slab. How do I ...
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GE stackable Washer/Dryer Combo wont stop spinning

I have a GE stackable washer/Dryer Combo (GUD24ESSMWW). During the regular wash cycle, it continues until the drain and spin cycle and then it doesn't stop spinning until you hit the pause/stop ...
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Basement floor crack [duplicate]

I've lived in this house since April 2021. It was built in 1970. I don't know if it's just the lighting, but I never noticed this bump in the floor under the carpet before now. It looks like a crack. ...
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What should I do if new breaker buzzes like the old one?

Power went out in two of our bedrooms. Went to the box and found that that breaker was buzzing when turned on (but no power to rooms). So, I replaced the breaker with an identical one, but it still ...
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Can I keep the old Kerdi drain flange when rebuilding a shower?

My 1 yr old shower built by the contractor started leaking like a sieve. In my efforts to remedy the problem, I ended up demolishing the whole thing to the stud while throwing out moldy drywall and ...
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Re-attaching hinge to brickwork

What's the best mortar/filler/glue to re-attach an iron hinge into a brick wall? I have a garden gate hinged onto a brick wall. My guess is the hinge was cemented into the wall when it was built. ...
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How can I fix this hole I accidentally made with a screw?

I mistakenly used a longer screw to my chair when I assembled the legs and messed up my chair. I attached some photos and what do you think I should do? I'm considering to buy the cushion but I'm ...
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How can I fix peeling floorboard caused by friction of office chair?

I have attached photos of the floorboard where the peeling is visible. It is caused by the friction of the wheels of the office chair since working from home for the past year. I should probably have ...
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How can you repair split wood that cannot be moved?

My goal is to install a new set of blinds in an existing window. It looks like a former owner tried to do the same thing and split the wood on the side of the window casing. Unfortunately the location ...
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Wear bar on snow shovel: whether and how to replace?

Any tips on replacing the worn out metal wear bar on a snow shovel? Should I simply buy a $4 flat aluminum bar and some pop rivets? About $8 total, vs $40 for a new shovel. Seems obvious, just ...
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How can I fix a hole near an outside corner of my plaster wall?

I have this hole in my kitchen. The whole paint layer is gone and you can see the metal support beneath it. Here's a picture also showing the "culprit": I've never fixed a wall before, I'm ...
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How do I crack chase concrete using an oscillating tool?

I am looking to chase out cracks in my basement floors/walls using my oscillating tool (Ryobi 18v ONE+). What is the best way to do this with my tool? Is there a crack chasing oscillating tool blade, ...
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Bosch Nexxt 100 Washer wires damaged while replacing motor brushes

I have a Bosch Nexxt 100 washer, model WFMC1001UC. The carbon brushes in the motor need replacing every so often, which is relatively easy. However, this time, while removing the motor from the ...
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Siemens Replacement Parts to Refurbish old ITE EQ Load Center

I am re-wiring some areas of my new home to install new outlets, receptacles, and replace some fun (by fun I mean terrifying & dangerous) wiring that was installed since the house was built in the ...
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Remove built-in bookshelves prior to plastering

I'm looking for any advice as to how to go about removing a built-in bookshelf (8cm deep, 173cm tall, 26cm wide), prior to skim plastering the wall completely flat (by a professional.) The interior of ...
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Embedded mail box

I am the proud owner of an 80 year old 4 unit building in Los Angeles. One of the units has a mail box that is embedded in the wall. The mailbox can be accessed from a door or grille on the inside ...
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Glue or other solution to repair broken plastic (polymer) part inside oven door

On Christmas, when we were at a friends house, a piece of a plastic (or rather polymer based) part from the inside the oven door broke off (that is, a piece of a larger part broke off, not a single ...
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