Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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Correctly dealing with crumbling basement walls

I have an older home with stone foundation and some type of crumbling lath covering it. After doing some rearranging in my basement I cleared a wall which I'm going to put shelves against. Before ...
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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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repair of foundation of a crawl space

My house has a crawl space, with concrete foundation on the perimeter of the house. It has been settling quite a bit. I am trying to see whether I could leveling it myself. I have researched the ...
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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 ...
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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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How to fix this water damage to ceiling?

Please see the picture, what's the best strategy to fix this? The skin which is quite thick is peeling off but the back end is quote solid. I have stopped further water leakage. Should I be cutting ...
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Dry Rot (?) in Exterior Trim, patch or replace?

There is some moderate deterioration and cracking in part of the exterior trim of my house. I believe the trim in question is cedar. Looking for repair advice. My thoughts were: 1) Get some epoxy ...
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Reinforcing concrete parapet?

One small section of our roof's parapet looks like this. We will be installing one 3/8" x 3" havy-duty concrete screw anchor in that area. The ideal solution is to remove and replace with new ...
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Too many wires coming out of ceiling fixture

Wiring in ceiling.1I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling light fixture but... coming out of the ceiling I have 3 black wires, 3 white wires, a red wire and a ground! I didn't take a picture of how ...
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How do I fix a faucet that turns all the way around?

The hot water faucet in my bathroom sink turns in circles instead of stopping at the fully closed/open positions. It gives slight resistance at some points. This annoying as I can't tell where the ...
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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I didn't find it here. I've read a number of websites and there always seem to be a little fluff and maybe this favorite tool or that. I'm thinking ...
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How can I repair a leak in my anti-siphon spigot?

My outside hose pressure relief valve leaks when the water is on. It comes out near the top of the valve where it connects to the facet. I have been unable to remove it, the set screw is shot after ...
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Fixing Chimney leak and ceiling damage

I got a quote from contractor to fix chimney leaking water during rain to ceiling. There is drywall damage to ceiling too as result. What he is recommending is ripping off the roof 2 feet around the ...
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Chillling a bolt to remove it

Years ago I had a stuck bolt that would not budge. I applied electronic component chiller, and then some creeping penetrant, and bolt came out. I thought I was a genius, until somebody pointed out ...
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How to open a GE Hotpoint HTW200 washer?

I'm attempting to disassemble a GE Hotpoint washer (model# htw200ask2ww) in order to check (and likely replace) the suspension rod. Every video, guide, and manual online says that to open all top-...
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Cold fridge, warm freezer

We have a Whirlpool fridge with french doors, similar to this model that is around 2 years old. We have both the fridge and freezer parts sets as cold as they will get. This is -5F for the freezer ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the shower/tub ...
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How do I remove a 4x4 fence post that is snapped off at ground level?

I'm trying to come up with a cheap and easy way to remove a broken-off fence post. It's a 4x4 lumber post that's snapped off flush to the ground, without any concrete around it.* I'd like to pull it ...
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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer dripping water after fixing agitator. How to find and fix leak?

The washer was not leaking any water before I fixed the agitator. Now agitator works fine, but some water drips on top of transmission. So I am backtracking the work I did to understand what is ...
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How do I fix my “OLD” glass door knobs?

In my 100+ year old house, every interior door is made of solid wood. Their locksets have glass knobs connected by a square threaded rod which actuates the latch. I have found replacement parts at ...
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Frigidaire washing machine's agitator does not spin, but the drum spins. What could be the issue?

Have a Frigidaire fex831fs4 washer and dryer combo where washer has following symptoms: when washing machine is off, the agitator can be freely turned by hand both directions. when washing machine is ...
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What is this material on my interior foundation walls?

I have a poured concrete foundation. A portion of my basement is unfinished. It looks like a white plaster has been sprayed onto the foundation wall inside my house: I suspect spraying as there are ...
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What to do after wood paneling is removed?

So I have recently moved into a (new to us) home built in 1948. There was a master bedroom addition that is on the backside of the living room wall which was once exterior and the kitchen wall also ...
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Preferred solution for leak on a 90 degree pvc corner

Some context: first time home owner with no idea what I’m doing outside of google. In January, this happened: It turned out there is a leak occurring near the elbow. 1) the elbow itself did not ...
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Is it a bad idea to tie output of hot water heater to sump pump drain?

I bought a house and I have a leaking hot water heater (appliance is from 2001). I'd say it fills up an 8 ounce cup after two hot 10-15 minute showers. I had a plumber come out and he replaced the ...
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Installing new light fixture with two sets of wires

I just moved into this house and there was no light fixture above the sink. Thankfully, they left the wires! So I bought a pendant to hang here. One set of wires is obviously for this light, and the ...
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How do I seal a cracked pipe using epoxy putty?

So, I have a broken pipe exactly on the L join on the wall. It's a huge crack but no big gap, just a curved crack along the pipe. At first I thought of replacing the pipe, but it means that I have to ...
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Scratch on wall - ceramic tile

by accident I scratch ceramic tile in my bathroom while cleaning. Do you have any idea how can I remove/(paint?)/fix this? I tried a lot of home products (at start I though its just a tech pencil), ...
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Besides welding, are there other ways to connect this gear to its axle?

This is washing machine's agitator axle and a gear from transmission. The weld that connected them both had failed. Since I don't have welder at my disposal, I am wondering, if besides welding there ...
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Freezer part of KitchenAid fridge not freezing

Freezer in Kitchenaid side by side fridge stopped making ice,, but will dispense water. Freezer has been emptied and cleaned. When open, I can hear and feel a fan blowing cool air. Have reset circuit ...
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Is the washer's transmission broken?

The drum spins fine during wash cycle. However, the agitator does not spin at all on my FEX831FS4 Frigidaire washer. So, I removed the plastic agitator and inspected this rod on which the agitator ...
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Temperature of water in the shower fluctuates - will a cheap thermostatic tap help?

I recently moved to an apartment where temperature of water in the shower fluctuates and we called for a plumber. He either cleaned up or replaced one part (I think it was the mixer - nothing visually ...
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What should be on my pre-purchase house self-inspection checklist?

I’m looking at several homes and may purchase one, but realized that I’m probably missing important details when trying to identify potential money-pits. I have a simple checklist so I can save the ...
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How to recharge a window unit air conditioner?

Can I recharge my window unit air conditioner or do I have to send it to a specialist? The AC unit that I have is about 15 years old (nothing lasts forever)... and I happen to have about 20 lbs of ...
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Level of repair for rotting outdoor stairs

I've got wooden stairs leading up to a porch that need repairs. The more I look into it, the more that I see needs to be done, so I'd like advice as to what I should do short term and what I can put ...
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Rewiring an rv that has been stripped of wires

I got a fixer upper and realized someone had cut most wires out. i need a wire diagram or something to help me decipher which wires and where.
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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Woodford faucet leaking in wall

I have a woodford frost free faucet that I just rebuilt I will not leak unless we turn it on. What part of the rebuild did I do wrong.
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gap in shoddily installed vinyl railing

I got railing of my front yard steps replaced. Due to bad installation gaps have appeared in the railing. What's the best way to fill those gaps? Will some kind of caulk work? (Silicone, for example) ...
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Chimenea/Outdoor Fireplace Crack Repair Mortar-type

I was trying to repair a cracked chiminea ( outdoor fireplace). I have "Quikkrete" quick-setting cement. I was wondering if this would be okay to use to patch and seal the cracks and hold against high ...
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Repair Ceiling Hole for Round old work ceiling box

I am replacing an old light that was above my sink and the box was so brittle it broke and I could not mount the new light. I removed the "new work" box and the drywall around it crumbled. Now the ...
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How to get agitator off for this Frigidaire washer?

I have seen plenty of youtube videos on how to release the agitator from rest of washing machine. Seems easy. However, for my FEX831FS4 washer the bolt is kinda surrounded by the agitator's plastic ...
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5 section bow window with one pane cloudy

My front 5-section bow window has one section where the seal is broken between the panes. It is now cloudy. Can the one pane be removed and a new window put in? The window should be covered by a ...
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whirpool washer turns on then before it can fill shuts off

My whirpool washer has a lid lock . The washer turns on and the fill light and lid lock light come on then after only 3 0r 4 seconds it shuts off. replaced the lid lock mechanism at a neighbors ...
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Old mobile home wiring, outlets stopped working

Yesterday 3 of my outlets stopped working. Earlier this winter 2 got burnt and I haven't replaced them yet, but they're on the other side of the house. The 3 that stopped working are all around each ...
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Well-pump gate valve replacement

I am replacing some of the galvanized plumbing in our basement and shut of the main supply line pictured below. After cutting away some of the cold water line I have a steady stream of water (filled 5+...
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How to remove ice maker from Miele / Liebherr freezer?

I have a Miele KFN 8701 SE freezer (also known as a Liebherr freezer) which has an ice-maker which has failed. A plastic part has come free, and also what looks like a temperature sensor: This is ...