Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

3
votes
1answer
72 views

Flange recommendation needed. Old flange rusted. New floor higher than older pvc pipe lip

I recently removed the tile and a toilet for a bathroom reno to discover that the flange was completely rusted and the tile had been installed directly on the plywood subfloor. I removed the old ...
2
votes
1answer
389 views

Confused about CO/ALR devices versus AlumiConn and Copalum

Our 1960's house in California has aluminum wiring. When we bought it 15 years ago, I wanted the nicer Lutron receptacles and light switches, so I rewired all the outlets and switches using twist ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

What could be causing dampness in a bathroom wall?

The bottom section of the wall (other side is bathroom and a closet) has the following appearance - after prying out the planks that decorate the floor/wall interface. The wall (in a high rise) does ...
0
votes
2answers
444 views

Should a brand new AAV be able to leak water?

I know that ideally, an AAV (Air admittance valve) would not leak air or water out. But, should it be able to leak water under certain circumstances (such as running the garbage disposal) while still ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

Receptacle fire repair

Hot wire had burned through due to AC cranked on high. 15 amp Breaker did not trip. I added a jumper to the hot and replaced the receptacle, matching the original installation. When I tried to ...
1
vote
0answers
144 views

electric hot water heater high limit switch repeatedly opening

The problem I am in the southeast US and have an electric hot water heater that is 25 years old (as is the house). Two years ago, I diagnosed and successfully replaced the lower thermostat. Earlier ...
2
votes
3answers
191 views

Repairing Hole Drilled Vertically in Joist

I'm remodeling my kitchen and pulled up the old flooring down to the joists. I discovered that a hole was drilled down into one of the joists, nearly 3/4 of the entire height of the joist. The joist ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

Why is this panel like this and what should I do to fix this problem

I'm trying to rewire my house and I found this in the attic. What tips could everybody help me with so I can replace this or I can make it better toward the wires or not I'll run in here like this. ...
2
votes
2answers
211 views

How to remove broken light protector/cover from inside oven?

I bought a 6 year old house, and the Previous Owners did basically zero maintenance. The oven is a Bosch underbench electric unit, and it looks like the glass cap/protector for the interior light has ...
2
votes
2answers
609 views

Should I be concerned about rust on a post in my basement?

How long do support posts last? Any reason to be concerned with rust on them? Seem to be working fine.
1
vote
0answers
38 views

Why didn't reducing my water pressure regulator affect the outside spigot pressure?

My water pressure reading from outside water faucet reads 110-120. I reduced on my water pressure regulator and can feel inside the water pressure is decreased but the readings outside remain the same....
2
votes
2answers
847 views

Floor Joist Cracked

Crack along floor Joist in crawl space. Another similar on the same joist further down. Major issue or simple fix? Suggestions?
1
vote
0answers
107 views

Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Medium-term repair for spalled foundation with exposed mudsill

I have an old house (built in 1946) near the ocean. The foundation in the back has spalled off, exposing the mudsill in some places. The worst spalling is 4" deep - you can see the mudsill and a few ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Proper way to install Torch Down

On the recommendation of a gutter installer I hired a roofer to install torch down over the front porch awning. The gutter installer pointed out that the person who did the awning didn't do it right ...
2
votes
2answers
96 views

Reattach quarter-round molding under front door

The quarter-round molding under my front door came off recently when I opened the door. The molding was attached to the doorsill with two different kinds of adhesive. Apparently the rubber weather ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

How do you service a pocket door?

We have a pocket door where it appears that the suspension hardware needs service or replacement. I can't see a way to access it without a lot of deconstruction. I'm hoping there's another way. The ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Cleaning carpet after candle hot liquid

We got candle pot for scent which was dropped by a guest and the hot candle separated into the carpet. How can I take it off? It is like the candle it isfrozen onto carpet .
0
votes
1answer
68 views

How do I assess what to replace during repairs after a severe roof leak? [closed]

Evening! Long story short. Bad roof leak. Leaked from the roof to the exterior wall. I do not know the extent of the damage (yet) but obviously I am not too worried since I plan on, once the roof is ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

How to connect hard fabric? [closed]

I am trying to repair my backpack whose straps wore down. I decided to replace them with bands of heavy duty plastic-like fabric that I found. Unfortunately, it is very hard for me to push a sewing ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

Fix noisy washing machine spin cycle

I have a Whirlpool WWDC9440 Freestanding Washing Machine which I've had for 4 years. Recently (or gradually as I can't remember a step change) the spin cycle has become very noisy with the vibrations ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Stair tread partial repair

Apologies, but I currently do not have pictures. The stairwell in my house is carpeted, but has visible hardwood for any tread that overhangs wider than the stairwell hallway. Think bottom few ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Diagnosing faulty ignition coil on lawn tractor

Model: 13AM662F765 Engine Model: 283H07-0197-E1 I have an MTD lawn tractor, circa 2004, that hasn't been running quite right. The mower runs for about 10 minutes and suddenly stall. I would turn the ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Wooden storm window repair and painting

I have wooden storm windows circa 1943 that are still in good condition. I've had the panes re-puttied, and now need to do painting. A few of the storms have some minor wood damage as shown in the ...
1
vote
2answers
47 views

Crack in floor tile. Replacement possible? Or prevent further damage?

My kitchen floor has been down 4 years and suddenly one of the tiles has cracked. Either it happened by itself (movement between extension and old house? Or someone dropped something very heavy and ...
0
votes
1answer
152 views

Toilet leaking at lock nut

today I installed a new Kohler Wellworth and new supply line. There’s a leak at the locknut where it meets the porcelain. I used a piece of cloth to make sure the leak is here and not the new supply ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

How to reassemble this folding table

The top of this folding table was rotted. I have replacements for the two pieces. There are no pins holding the parts together, so once the top was removed the original arrangement fell apart. The ...
2
votes
2answers
229 views

How can I repair a tiny puncture in leather? [closed]

I rolled the back of my leather chair into the corner of a table and ended up with a tiny puncture maybe a millimetre or two across. Normally, damage like this wouldn't bother me but my chair is ...
-1
votes
1answer
84 views

Who should I call to service my gas line?

I think I have a small LP gas leak at my new gas range. I don't know if it's the appliance or the new gas line. Who should I call that can check and service this? I was previously told to call an HVAC ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Why is my water heater leaking from the relief valve on the top?

Why is my water heater still leaking at the relief valve on top? I've changed it twice. Also I have 160lbs of pressure and have changed the regulators three times. Doesn't make sense. Please help!
0
votes
2answers
70 views

How can I reattach sliding drawers which have damaged their screw holes?

We have a set of sliding kitchen drawers which came loose, probably due to overloading, damaging the holes which they screwed into, as in this image: The screws themselves look like this: (...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

What material should I use to hold a live lamp piece in place?

I am repairing a lamp whose plastic rotary knob has degraded and broken (as seen on the right of the photo below). The knob originally moved a small metal pin, which conducted the electricity for the ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

How to fix laminated wardrobe door?

Two chips have come off from the edge of our wardrobe door. I think it's some kind of laminated plywood, and was wondering if it would be possible to fix it in place, or at least without having to get ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Repairing 2 long cuts in vinyl flooring

I need to repair 2 long cuts in the vinyl flooring in my kitchen. The 2 cuts are near each other and probably take up about 8 inches in length. Everything I've read has talked about patching but I'm ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Driveway eroding

I have a gully 2-3 ft wide and about 2ft deep running down the side of my drivewsy down near the bottom of a hill. Someone told me to put some bags of unopened cement in these gullies . Will this work?...
0
votes
1answer
17 views

How to fix front door that needs to be pulled for latch to open?

My front door lever/latch feels as if locked from the outside when unlocked, either you have pull the door a bit and then press the lever or press down really hard and the lever opens the latch. Is ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Unfasten unfamiliar springs that fix an old mirror to its frame

I have obtained an old mirror that needs restoration. Its design suggests to me it may be from the 1950s and there is a French-language label on the back side, so maybe its provenance is French as ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Sleeper sofa plastic guide track repair

I have a sleeper sofa that has always been difficult up open. I took it apart and found the plastic guide track, linked below, to be broken. Replacement parts aren't available. Guide track photo One ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Cause for an Amana electric dryer overheating

We noticed our Amana electric dryer making a rattling noise as well as overheating (top of the appliance, air duct and clothes in the dryer are very hot). Here are things I checked for: Air vent is ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Is my floor unit AC actually dead?

I recently bought a floor-unit AC (the kind that sits on the floor and has a hose that goes out the window). It worked for one night really well! The air coming out was cold and the hose felt hot to ...
0
votes
2answers
70 views

Spot repair wood surface of dresser

We had a sock with those little rubber/sticky grips sitting on this dresser for a while now. This evening after a doing a whole house cleaning I happened to notice a small spot on the dresser and ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Option to strengthen foundation with posts around perimeter?

We are in earthquake country (Oregon), looking at seismic upgrade on our foundation, which is 115 years old and in dubious condition. Are there options for strengthening a dodgy foundation by ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Spilled paint thinner on fiberglass bathtub and took finish and color off

Dripped paint thinner on fiberglass / acrylic bathtub in several locations and left several “spots” ranging in size from 1” diameter to 4” diameter. Surface is smooth and appears to have only ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Carrier inside unit blower won't turn off

Inside ac is about 2 years old. Inside blower will not shut off. I have since then replaced thermostat with no change. Started turning on and off on it's own even when AC was off then now it always ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

Drawer bottom repair - screw or nail?

What is the correct way to repair the bottom of a drawer that has fallen out - screw or nail? Both the bottom sheet of the drawer and the frame seem to be fiberboard. The bottom sheet was originally ...
0
votes
3answers
195 views

How to repair this hefty wooden fence gate?

Our place has a large wooden fence and gate. There's a gate for people, and then the fence itself can actually be opened by pulling up a latch from the ground. The gate for people ("door"?) has become ...
1
vote
2answers
228 views

Dart in the radiator… How do I fix it without replacing the radiator?

So I was playing darts with my friend, and below the dartboard is a radiator. Anyway long story short the dart went into the radiator and now water is spraying everywhere out of it. I managed to ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Proper material or method for making water tight seal on ceramic soap dispenser?

Background: Hi all, I have this ceramic soap dispenser seen below. After using it for a bit, it has started to leak soap where the plastic pump is screwed onto the ceramic body. I've tried screwing it ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

drywall gap again after foundation repair

My foundation (crawl space) was repaired recently, huge job, home not level. There had been a gap in a corner where the sheetrock had dropped down but that side (plus adjoining 90 degree) was reframed ...