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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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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 ...
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Why do Instructions to Leviton nylon plugs and connectors say “DO NOT use with solid wire”?

I bought Leviton “black and white professional” 20 amp 125V nylon connector(#5369 NEMA 5-20R) and plug(#5366 NEMA 5-20P)for my dishwasher. Both the dishwasher powerline from the panel box and the ...
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Quartzite counter installation progress Feedback [closed]

Just last year I had concrete counter tops that turned out bad. So not we are fully redoing the project and I got a contractor. The contractor said he does countertop I stalls all the time. He also ...
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What material to use for cosmetic red brick touch ups outside?

There are some holes in the brickwork on the outside of my house from unneeded cable clips, anchors and DIY jobs gone bad. Nothing structurally significant but I do want to achieve a cleaner look. ...
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Why do the screws on my fence snap after install?

I have installed a wooden fence in my yard using outdoor use decking screws. I've noticed that some of the screws in the boards I've installed last year are starting to snap in half and I'm having to ...
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How to prevent water jumping from upper lintel to the lower lintel? [closed]

Water jumping from upper lintel to lower lintel and water jump to lower window (https://i.stack.imgur.com/u8FCr.jpg)
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Detect Home wiring breakage [closed]

I am having a problem with my home concealed wiring . In two rooms i am having delay of 3-4 seconds to get power once the switch is on ( whether it is light, fan or power plug ) . Both these rooms are ...
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Do I have to remove asbestos tiles in my house before applying epoxy floor coating?

I have the old style VCT asbestos tiles in my den and want to install an epoxy coating. Do I have to pay someone to remove the tiles first? Is there an alternative?
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Asphalt patching

I want to build a fence on one edge of a parking place beside my house, which is paved with asphalt. The parking place is sloped and uneven on its edge where the fence is to be installed. I'm thinking ...
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How can I stop sap from seeping out?

I have some sap seeping out of a fur/pine door I installed and stained last year, how do I stop that from coming out?
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Divot repair in laminate flooring

I have a 5/16" bomb crater in my laminate floor. NO idea how it got there. Yes, I know I can replace the whole board, but it occurs to me that it might be possible to repair it using a drill and a ...
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Electric oven: Bake and Broil not Working

isherwood: Same oven as prior question, but new issue. In bake mode, the broil and bake elements get warm. Neither element gets hot. In broil mode, neither element gets warm. The cycle lamp is on ...
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Clogged toilet that gurgles when sink water drains

Toilet in powder room became clogged, but water slowly goes down. At the same time, When water drsund from sink, it toilet gurgles and water bubbles in toilet bowl
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Washer makes humming noise, does not agitate, but can drain and fill water?

This is the same Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer and dryer combo which few weeks ago due to unbalanced load the switch wire had snapped. I spliced the wire back together and washer worked again for a ...
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Repair Lamp with intermittent problem

We have a lamp in our bedroom which has a wheel switch on the power cord to turn the lamp on or off. Recently, the lamp has been flickering if the cord wheel switch is touched. When the switch & ...
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re coating a patch of wooden flooring

my lease is about to come up and i have to patch up my floor if i want to see my deposit back. the coating on the floor feels like polyurethane, or a thin lacquer, i cannot tell which. you can see ...
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Need help to identify part from Frigidaire/Electrolux laundry dryer?

I was replacing rear bearing of my Frigidaire fex831fs4 dryer and now there is this extra black, plastic piece that I can't figure out, where it should go: I checked all the parts for my model on ...
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Fixing sloping hardwood floor in rental apartment

I just moved into a rental apartment in the top floor of a 1900 building with a very old hardwood floor. The floor looks attractive, except the whole room is on a slant. I estimate that one side of ...
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Air Conditioner Compressor Inoperative

My home air conditioning / heat only blows ambient temperature air through the vents, there is no temperature change through the unit. Inspecting it, the condensor fan is spinning, as is the ...
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Open Limit Switch on Trane Furnace: How to fix?

My 8 year old Trane Model tuh2d120a9v5va furnace is not giving out heat. The service people are all busy due to the recent storms. Through the little glass viewing window I see red and green flashing ...
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How to understand the red and green blinking lights in Trane gas furnace?

My 8 year old Trane Model tuh2d120a9v5va furnace is not giving out heat, but the blower is on. The service people are all busy due to the recent storms. I imagine the ignition is not working. ...
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Laundry dryer's thermal fuse keeps blowing off every few months. What could be the cause?

Here is what I have done for my 10 year old LG dryer that resides outdoors: checked the exhaust pipe and there was good air flow with no lint stuck in it. checked for continuity between heating ...
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How to repair scratches by utility knife on wooden dinner table?

The wood is the fake kind, not actual wood, found in cheap furnture. The scratches were made by a cutter knife.
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Fridge coil won't get cold

History: A year or 2 ago, my fridge started leaking from the freezer (bottom freezer) so I tried to fix it myself, assuming that the drain was clogged. I discovered that a large ball of ice had build ...
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Chimney cleanout full of water. Basement leaking

My basement takes on water from time to time. Usually during/after rain, and sometimes snow. It's a slow trickle, but it can last for days. It appears to be coming through the wall, right under the ...
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How can I enlarge a doorknob bore with common tools?

Okay, so I need to replace an old door knob for my mom. I guess she had tried to do it and wound up losing all packaging and the installation instructions, so I have no template for how much larger ...
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How can I fix/replace this cracked step?

My 1960 Massachusetts home has red oak flooring, and one of the treads on the first to second floor staircase has started splitting: The crack is almost unnoticeable, and I'd love to fix it by just ...
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Repair Small Holes In Brown Coat & Plaster

Removing nails from a plaster wall results in much of the surrounding plaster cracking and falling away. The brown coat under the plaster is a sand aggregate that also starts to crumble easily since ...
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Washing machined bounced from original position and stopped to work. What could be broken?

Frigidaire stackable washer stopped to work one day in the middle of cycle. It had also bounced off from it's original position making loud noise - this has never happened before. It does not even ...
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How can I repair a cracked water tank?

I have a rowing machine (a WaterRower) with a water tank (picture). The tank has a few cracks on the top. I'm thinking of gluing a piece of plexiglass on it as a patch but was wondering if anyone ...
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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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What steps to take in painting this damaged wall?

Water leak from above windows created bubbles. I stripped the damaged section with putty knife, did I go too far? What steps should I take next? I'm new at this, I think I'm supposed to add primer ...