Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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 to fix an exposed wire on my headphones [closed]

I'm not the savviest when it comes to electrical problems so I apologize if there's an easy fix that I have not thought of! One side of my headphones has completely broken off, leaving behind exposed ...
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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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Boiler Vaillant ecotec 831 R1 plate heat exchanger compability

I have a Vaillant ecotec 831 R1 boiler with original plate heat exchanger(hot tap water). My heat exchanger got damaged and I would like to replace it. On ebay I have found a there is a bigger(more ...
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Spring protruding from office chair?

I've had this chair for a few months and the other day I came around to get on the computer and noticed a decently sized lump in the chair. Upon sitting on the chair it feels springy on parts (which ...
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How to remove a rusty screw and cap from a toilet

The toilet seat has rusted away the screw holes that connects itself to the iron hinges, making the seat removable while the lid and the hinges stays connected to the toilet bowl. I want to remove the ...
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Water distiller reset button malfunction?

I have a countertop water distiller ( brand: Waterwise, model: 4000 ) with a reset button that has to be pressed for the distiller to start working when it has been refilled with water. While the ...
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weird table slide dimensions?

We have a round table that can take two leaves, however, the two table extension slides (I think that's what they're called?) are irreparably broken, and seem to be a non-standard size, but I'm not ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

There is a nor'Easter coming today. What's a quick fix? My first home and just closed a few days ago! Help please. The hole is 8 inches in diameter or so.
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What, if anything, can I do to fix this treadmill?

A 10s video of my loud, squeaky treadmill operating is shown here. As the video shows, it squeaks and makes a grinding sound, and it is much louder when a person is running on it. I have to wear ...
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Round Metal Gate Fence Post is Spinning When Gate is Opened

I need to correct a small problem with a metal gate post. When the gate is opened to its full opening, the leverage of the gate pulling against the gate post causes the post to spin inside the post ...
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Is my pressure regulator broken?

I had an Ar CO2 pressure gauge (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X3XWVYM/) hooked up to a valve that I was using to control the flow of 95:5 Ar:H mixture. After some overflows (i.e., the needle went to ...
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WDT710PAYM4 Whirlpool Dishwasher part needed

I am looking to replace a part on my dishwasher. It's called the cover latch in the manual. I can't seem to find the part number listed anywhere.
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How to fix Samet SmartSlide desk drawer slider?

Long story short, I yanked on a drawer too hard and it got displaced on the sliders, I ended up getting it off them completely, in the process some parts fell out and I believe the right slider is ...
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Is there a safe way to check for a short in a motor (garbage disposal)?

Quick version: Is there a way to reliably identify a short in a motor, such as a garbage disposal? Such as measuring resistance? Less quick version: My first thought was that since there shouldn't ...
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Air vent on the wall big gap

Hi I have a huge gap between my air vent and to my wall and I can’t screw jt into the wall because there is brick there. Is there a way I can seal it and paint it... thanks
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Remove plastic bag logo

How do I remove the plastic bag a logo that was in bedded in my leather car seats. My car is brand new and I can't get it out. I tried rubbing alcohol, now Polish remover. Please help
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Can I repair a stone step?

I have a 1911 property with a stone? back door step which is worn and either crumbled or cracked. A few years back a plasterer did a repair and think skimmed it, but needs doing again. I had a ...
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Stain Grade Door - piece of veneer missing - how best to repair?

I have a brand new door stain grade vertical grain fir or hemlock. Any thoughts on how best to handle this damage? I am not sure if the door came like this or if it was damaged by the door installer....
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Is it a hazard to use spray foam around baseboard heater pipe?

I probably should have asked this before doing it, but I will now anyways. I have noticed mice coming in and out of the (fairly large) hole where the baseboard heater pipes are. I removed the casing ...
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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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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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How can I repair the degraded surface of a concrete slab and wall?

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? Here is another view, further back. =================== Found these in a ...
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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.