Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Replacing toilet shut-off valve and need to turn off water; Need to turn gas water heater to pilot?

I'm replacing a toilet shut-off valve (clean water flowing into tank) on the first floor of my (100-year old) home. I'm reading that I need to shut off the water, then drain the lines, before making ...
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Removing clip that's securing rubber hose in washing machine

Our washing machine developed a massive leak that caused a flood. We flipped the machine, and traced it back to two holes in a black rubber hose that appears to be attached to the output of the pump. ...
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Old B&D Miter Saw rehab - Blade Guard

I've inherited an old Black & Decker miter saw that works great but is missing it's blade guard. I've tried finding a replacement part specifically for this model (3091/1) but can't locate the ...
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Upright Freezer won’t come back on once it shuts off

Replaced controller and capacitor on compressor, still won’t cycle on. Banged on door slightly and it came on. Does this every time it goes off. Any ideas on what I should check?
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Handling unavoidable rust (probably?) contamination in arc welds

I've been working on repairing my front gate, which got hit by a car. It's also been a good opportunity to get better at welding (FCAW). I'm having an issue doing some patch repair welds on the 2x2x3/...
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Do I need to add support to hold second floor joists while working?

I need to replace the header above a 1sr floor window. It is 2 2x10# at 48 inches across with a piece of osb sandwiched on top of a 2*4. I am curious if I need to build a support "jig" while ...
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Basement Bedroom Repair to Original Configuration (Does this count as a bedroom again?)

We purchased a 1978 multi-story house that stated it was 3 bedroom (BR) and 3.5 bathrooms (BA) with a partially unfinished basement. There is a room in the basement partially finished with a closet ...
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How to repair this scratch in laminated countertop?

I made a silly mistake and scratched the countertop of my kitchen. Is there any way to fix this?
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Home Heater Ignition Failure

My house’s heater uses a hot surface ignitor. The ignitor won’t come on. All I hear is the motor running and no attempt at ignition. A professional checked it out and said electronics are good. This ...
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How to fix this dent/crack/chip at the edge of the door of laminated wardrobe?

I accidentally caused a chip/crack in my student accommodations wardrobe which I would like to repair rather than paying my accommodation for the whole wardrobe. I would like to fix it. Can anyone ...
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Dull Chime on doorbell

I have a doorbell chime that seems to be too low and dull to be heard with the chime cover on the unit. I have tested the transformer and it is putting out 18 V at the transformer, chime wire side. ...
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Replacing flow switch on Titan water heater

I need to replace the magnetic flow switch on my Titan tankless water heater...Do I insert it from the side like the diagram shows, or do I need to open the panel?
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Why is my desk still sticky?

I recently applied a varathane bar and table finish to a desk of mine. It said it would be ready to touch after eight hours and fully cured after seventy two hours. its been three days and its still ...
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How can I remove craft acrylic paint that has been mixed with silicone oil from multiple surfaces?

I was making a layered cup of various acrylic paint mixed with floetral and silicone oil to do a acrylic pour/ flip cup painting. The cup slipped out of my hand and hit the edge of the bathtub, ...
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Frigidaire works after shaking?

Have a frigidaire refrigerator that's a few years old. Noticed and odd problem - the refrigerator is dead when the door is opened (light off and compressor silent, not cooling) - almost like it's ...
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ID of unknown can in shed

It is in a shed I am helping to clean out. When I know what it is, then I can pass on or dispose properly. I suspect some sort of anti rust or paint for metalwork. Location :Australia. The company is ...
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What screw size can I go to when re-tapping an M6 bore?

I purchased a used jointer. The fence should've been held by two M6x20 bolts (according to the manual) to the body of the jointer. When I went to attach the fence, I noticed two wood screws and the ...
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Repair ripped carpet

We bought a contemporary newly designed carpet. But it has only been a week now, and the carpet has started to show some damage even though we haven't used it. There was a particular blackish yellow ...
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Fixing sub-optimal Tempstar furnace vent installation but can't find part numbers

I have a Tempstar N9MSE0601714A furnace with 2" PCV vent pipes (that mate to 2.5" pipes). Whoever installed it didn't fallow the installation manual and I'm also reducing the number of ...
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Should the panel in my mobile home be set up as a sub-panel?

My bobile home has a disconnect at meter and three 6 AWG wires leaving the outside disconnect. There are 3 wires coming up under the house into a 50amp cataleptic box and the panel in the home plugs ...
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Snowblower auger spins easily and does not turn impeller

I live in the northeastern US which just got pummeled with 3+ feet of snow. I was out snowblowing all morning using my Cub Cadet and it did a great job. However when I turned it off and started gently ...
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How to fix broken/loose clips in the holding bracket of Conair 134 wall-mounted hair dryer

I have a Conair 134 wall-mounted hair dryer, which is working perfectly but has two broken clips in the holding bracket so now the dryer is very loose when put back in the bracket. Is there a way to ...
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Why is black grease oozing from my Makita circular saw?

I have a Makita 5007MG circular saw. I noticed black grease oozing out of it and I believe it is coming from the arbor bearing but am not sure.
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How can I fill in an interior hole in a block wall?

In an attempt to run Cat6 Ethernet cables to my living room, I cut a handy box sized hole in the the block, but was unable to run the cable down from the attic at the top of the wall (it was ...
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Radiator leaking from valve-less end

The radiator in my living room is slowly leaking from one of its ends; curiously it's not the end connected to the inlet or outlet pipe, nor the one where the vent valve is, but the fourth one. ...
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Why is my cottage wall bulging outwards? [closed]

Purchasing a cottage and trying to figure out how much work/money it'll be to repair an odd bulge in the wall. The south side wood wall is bulging out near the center. Although not clearly visible in ...
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Repair holes in galvanized sheet?

So far, I've only seen other questions around here about galvanized pipe or duct, so here's a new one for you all! I'm trying to patch up holes rusted through a telescope observatory's dome. The ...
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Basketball doesn't get pumped [closed]

I have a new basketball, I have owned it just several months. When trying to inflate it with the pump, it feels like it gets inflated and deflated at the same time, so I either end up with less ...
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Safe repair for electric shower casing

The previous tenant at the place I’m currently living deliberately damaged some fixings and fittings, including breaking the side panel off the electric shower. Is there a way to cover up this side ...
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Dishwasher is making screeching and whirring noises. What's wrong with it?

I have a Frigidaire FDBB2040FQ3 dishwasher. Someone started it when I was out (and accidentally put in in high-temp wash mode), and when I came home it had just started making some horrible noises: ...
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Why's my dishwasher making grinding noises during pre-wash?

We have an LG dishwasher that sat in storage brand new unboxed for 10 years, until we moved and installed it in the new house. Well, it's making an awful grinding noise only during the first 20 ...
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Help Identifying toilet tank make and model

I am trying to identify the make and model number of this toilet tank so I can replace the insides which is old and disintegrating and causing flushing and leaking issues. Based on the fill valve ...
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Is this plumber's putty?

Is this giant mess made of plumber's putty, and if so, what can I expect to find behind it if I chisel (or Dremel) it off? It has a slow leak so I'd like to fix it, but I'm not sure what it is, and I'...
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Additional drainspout installation

This gutter is overflowing during heavy rain and Id like to add an additional downspout to help, however im not sure if i should add it all the way at the far left and then adjust the gutter so it ...
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What is a good temporary seal for 1-2 inch gap between window pane and door frame?

I am a lodger in a large old house. My landlady, who is in her 60s, asked me to draft proof the rear door in the kitchen. There is a large gap between the top of the panel of double glazing in the ...
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What is this conservatory door part called?

There is draft of cold air coming into the house from my conservatory door. I have noticed that there is a small plastic part that is broken and has left a hole at the bottom of the door. I don't know ...
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Foundation Crack and Severity

My wife and I recently completed a house inspection. A little on the house: it was built in the late ‘40s, the grade is excellent and has been built up around the entire house, the drain spouts do not ...
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Where can I find a replacement bathroom fan with this uncommon electrical plug? [closed]

I’m replacing my bathroom exhaust fan. I planned to do this myself and watched a few how-tos. It looked easy. You basically just plug the new one in. The thing is that our bathroom fan seems to have a ...
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Fix crack in small blackboard

I had a small slate blackboard in a wooden frame that had a 1/4-1/2 crack in it-enough to see through the crack on other side. Any recommendations on best way to fix this.
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Repair broken desk lamp

I recently bought a desk lamp from the 70s at an auction site, but sadly it did not survive shipping. Even though I will most probably be compensated by the shipping company, I wonder if there are any ...
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What to look for

I have a door that is stuck closed and it looks like the frame of the door is getting pushed on from a shift in the opening. What should I be looking for when I open the drywall up to find the issue?
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I cannot remove bayonet bulb from a wall fitting. It keeps turning around and turning the copper bulb holder with it

I a light that has been put on a wall outside the kitchen to light up the back yard.It is connected directly to the electric supply. It stopped working. So I wonder what could have gone wrong,power is ...
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Remove or replace exhaust fan assembly

I am trying to remove old exhaust fan in my bathroom. I took the grill and motor apart but I do not know how to remove the housing assembly. The reason I want to replace it because the higher cfm fan ...
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How to stop paneling cracks around air vent

I bought an older home which has some wood paneling that I've been caulking, Spackling, and painting. I've recently had some issues however with an area of the paneling where it was cut to install an ...
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Window will not close

I have a single hung vinyl window that I can't get to close all the way. The the building was built in 2007 and I assume the window is that old. Nothing appears to be blocking the track. Can this be ...
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How to remove glass from old door and replace it with wood?

I have an old door that has glass panels and is covered with an ugly coating of white film. I would like to replace it with a wooden door. the problem is the door is a custom size and I can't just buy ...
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Oven spare parts - does serial code matter

I need to replace the heating element on my whirlpool oven. The model number is AKZ451/IX/01 and the serial code is 858545115073. When looking for spares online, I see heating elements listed as ...
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How can I close up a gap in the corner of the shower?

We hired a contractor some time ago to remodel our bathroom. We started noticing things that didn't stand up to use soon after the project was completed. Most of them were minor, so no headaches there....
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How to repair damaged fence to its original strenght

am farming with cattle. Lately my fences were cut by a team doing exploration. The fence consist of 2.24 fully galvanised steel wire, 4 strains of wire. Straining posts are 500m apart with poles ...
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Why is there gasoline in my generator's crankcase? [closed]

Briggs & Stratton portable generator blowing white smoke. when checking the oil level gas poured out.

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