Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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 ...
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Damaged TV console

I picked up a tv console today knowing that it had some light damage. There’s hole punched out of the top of the piece. What would be the best way to fill in the hole? What’s the best way to ...
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Drywall repair problem

I am trying to hang window blinds, however when I drilled the hole to use wall anchors the whole space collapsed in and the space had obviously been repaired before. How can I repair this hole with ...
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Repair asphalt driveway damaged by transmission fluid leak

I am looking to repair a driveway damaged by transmission fluid (ATF) in the photo below. As you can see the driveway has pitted and cracked where the fluid was standing. Once winter comes I expect ...
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How to repair towel rack that was anchored in drywall

I live in an apartment and my towel rack was ripped out of the wall. I put some weight on it, and one of the sides came out. I looked into the hole and found that it was anchored into the drywall, so ...
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How to prevent the slats coming off the side beams of a baby's cot?

Recently somehow our son's cot was broken and I had to take out the frame to see and it had loose slats and other parts coming off. How can I keep the slats in the side beams and make sure they are ...
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Sticking a wooden frame to a mirror

I have a bathroom that needs to be gutted and re-done, but for now it has a mirror attached to the wall and someone has stuck wood around it that is supposed to look like barn wood. It is very thin ...
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Bookshelf back reinforcement

I was needing to reinforce 5 shelf bookcase that was leaning to one side and had sagging bookshelves. I had read about using 1/8 inch plywood/hardboard, but it seems to me that it would be too flimsy. ...
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Grohe single handle kitchen faucet leak. Do I need to replace entire facet?

My Grohe single handle kitchen faucet is leaking. Water is coming to underneath. Is there anyway to fix this by myself? Can I fix this by replacing cartridge? Or should I replace entire facet? ...
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Repairing a leaky valve stem

I'm replacing the valve stems for my 1960's bathtub handles. There's a hot and cold handle, and they both are leaking profusely from the stem (not drips, but streams of water). This picture generally ...
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Reusing countersink holes

My son was hanging on the towel rack in the bathroom and tore it off the wall. Is it possible to fill and rehang the towl rack in the same place. I could move it down a few inches and hang into new ...
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What is the best way for DIYer to buy HVAC equipment and supplies if EPA 608 certified but not contractor?

I'm a do-it-yourselfer who has three air conditioners that need to be maintained on the road. I have no interest in contracting-out my services to others. But I occasionally need minor AC repair ...
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Old Outside A/C Unit - replacement vs repair?

I recently had my home A/C system inspected and I am trying to decide how to act on the results. Can anyone offer guidance? Here are my notes from the A/C Inspection Amps on outside unit are ...
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How to diagnose and fix apartment AC that makes intermittent whooshing noise

My AC recently (I think, it's pretty new, possible I just didn't notice before) started making a whooshing noise. It sounds kind of like a sudden gust of wind, but it repeats every few seconds. ...
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How to fix a flashing roof leak?

I have a roof leak. Based on the images below I think it is in the flashing above a small overhang. Please speak up if you don't think that's correct. Can anyone provide some guidance on what to ...
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Why does my Goodman a/c blower motor randomly not work?

My blower motor stops working almost every night! I have no issues during the day. If the motor kicks on it works fine but when the thermostat reaches temperature and shuts the unit off it’s a 50/50 ...
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Amana Prestige Air Con fan won't spin

I have an old Amana Air Con unit that stopped working. The fan won't spin. The condenser kicks in. I can manually spin the fan and it goes like a champ. I have replaced the cap already. Any ideas or ...
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Repairing damaged marble veneer in kitchen

My kitchen counter has developed a 2cm wide bubble of the top layer of veneer. I've not really seen anything like this before and don't really know how to go about performing a fix; picture is ...
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Battery Acid on Quartz Countertop

I made the mistake of accidentally leaving a AAA battery on a quartz countertop. It was apparently slightly corroded and leaked. There was initially residue, which I removed, only to leave a bright ...
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What material is my damaged kitchen ceiling made of and how should I repair it?

I have a house built in the 1950's, 3 bedroom brick ranch in Michigan. I had a leak in my roof, which over a period of time caused the kitchen ceiling to start to fall apart, peel, and show water ...
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How to secure privacy lattice to top of existing fence gate?

I want to fix some privacy lattice installed along the fences at a property I maintain. Most of the lattice installed along the actual FENCE is solid - I’m assuming because the bottoms of the lattice ...
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How to correct burying cement board into shower pan concrete?

I made the big mistake of burying my cement board (Hardiebacker) into the concrete of my shower pan. I now understand the risks with water wicking up into my concrete boards, and causing a moisture/...
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Replacing wall plate with load bearing studs

I need to replace the wall plate under a window that itself supports half a dozen or so load bearing studs. I have a pair of post jacks that I plan on placing atop the horizontal stud immediately in ...
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Can a plastic fridge shelf be definitively repaired?

I have a fridge with a plastic shelf which first cracked, then finally split. Being short of cash and a replacement seemingly being not terribly easy to find, I thought I would see if it repairable. ...
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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 do I take apart and fix this shower head?

After not being used for 3 weeks, most of the nozzles in this shower head got clogged by limescale. When I turned on the shower, the plastic housing for the nozzles bulked up under pressure and blew ...
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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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How can I remove broken pipe threads from inside a galvanized tee fitting?

As I was trying to break loose the galvanized pipe from a Tee joint, the pipe snapped at the joint. I applied PB blaster to the rusted connection and let it set for about 30-45 minutes before ...
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How to replace Blender's Drive Coupling? [closed]

I am in need to replace the drive coupling of a blender, Breville BBL605. The drive coupling looks some thing like this : I watched a video on youtube for a similar looking blender : https://www....
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How to Disassemble my microwave door?

We had an incident where boiling milk boiled over and spilt all over the counter and dripped onto the microwave where it seems to have entered a space in my microwave door. I would like to open it. ...
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Power Drill emits a bright spark and stops. Can fix?

I have one of these and I recently lent it to someone. Now when I tried it after a while, it runs for a second or two (if I press the trigger all the way), and then emits a bright spark or two from ...
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Alternatives to knobs for kitchen cabinets?

I have very old oak kitchen cabinets that I just can’t see replacing because they are in beautiful condition yet we never had any kind of knobs or hardware to open and close them with. Now that we are ...
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Door is hard to close when windows are closed

I have a small room where the walls are cement. There are also 2 sliding windows. When all the windows are closed the room's door is hard to close. But when either window is open the door would even ...
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How to fix Cinnamon Pebble concrete path?

My house's front path is made of Cinnamon Pebble and concrete. There are two issues: 1) Minor cracks as shown after the rain, and 2) More importantly, a small section (5 inch by 8 inch) was broken ...
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Is CD 12R 12 gage stranded wire suitable for use in an electric oven?

I have a spool of CD 12R 12 gage stranded wire, Standard Motor Products, spiffy spool. Is this wire suitable to replace the wire from L2 to the controller in an electric oven? The oven is the one ...
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Rudimentary tools (and process) for reshaping a small piece of steel?

Hello all and thanks in advance for reading. I have an old craftsman woodchipper, with small breaker plates that the blades have to fit between when spinning. A blade bent, smashed into 2 of the ...
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What is this toilet flush mechanism called?

I need to replace the flush handle on this toilet, but I don't know what the mechanism is called, and I couldn't find a handle that fit it at Home Depot. What is it called, and/or where can I find a ...
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Anybody know how to change my bathroom light bulb case/cover?

I just moved to a month ago and the bulb in my bathroom is dead. So I would like to change the bulb, but I cannot open the bulb case/cover. I try to find screw on the bowl-thingy that caging the bulb, ...
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Large Cracks & Depressions in Asphalt Driveway?

We have a driveway (Pictures below) that hasn't been maintained for a while and has developed large cracks and several depressions in the surface layer. I'm aware of DIY videos (Similar to https://...
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Vibration when lightly hitting one of the walls in an apartment?

I bought an apartment and I'm in the process of renovating it. One weird thing I noticed in one of the rooms is that when I hit the wall with my fist lightly, the entire wall and maybe even the room ...
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Why did this gas lift assist unit fail this way?

I woke up to find one of the cover lift assists on my hot tub broken, bowed outwards. This is the second time this has happened. When installed, both ends are fixed so if it "decided" to extend ...
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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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Repairing electrical oven - appears to be broekn thermostat, but is not

I have Whirlpool Bauknecht oven, bought via Ikea a few years back. Sadly I lost the receipt so the customer service won't help me ... Following problem: The oven heats, but does not turn of the ...
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Schalage deadbolt lock stuck

Is there anyway to open this lock? I tried a lot but it doesn't budge! Attaching some pics and a video of the lock. Appreciate your help
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Finding replacement parts for DIY home repairs [closed]

Not sure this is a good place for this question. Kindly, migrate if it is wrong. I am looking for parts for JBL E40BT. can't find part numbers or where to order them. In general, how do you find ...
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Replacing a piece of nailed tongue and grooved engineered hardwood located in the middle of a large room

I have a large room covered with engineered hardwood -- (specifically - Johnson hardwood forevertuff in canadian maple 1/2" thickness) It can't be refinished or sanded. A very visible piece in the ...
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Dual flush toilet woes

We've got an Ideal Standard Space corner toilet with a dual flush system. The flush button broke – it turns out as a result of the flush plate not being aligned with the button housing. In other words,...
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Repair of a split on a plastic water tank

My shamba man cut the water tank with a panga at the lower part, the tank is full of water. My son tried to stop the leakage by forcing in the split some polythene papers but the leakage is still much....
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How to choose drywall repair technique

Drywall fixing techniques - Which to use and when? I understand that there are several ways to fix drywall holes: Bigger holes need a piece of drywall replaced and use 2x4 for back support. Use ...
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Repair or Plug a rusted cleanout

I am selling a house, and am just about ready to put it on the market. Just yesterday I noticed the cleanout to the sewage line is rusted through just below the cap. Is there some way to repair ...