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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Why did my roller luggage's wheels stop turning smoothly? [closed]

Two weeks ago, my carry on worked perfectly. But last week the detachable wheels stopped rotating smoothly, when I tried to glide my carry on. The wheels budge JUST A TAD when you push them hard, but ...
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How can I fix ripped wall paint?

I accidentally ripped the wall paint on the concrete because I placed my mesh Wi-Fi on the wrong spot. The paint was only done a week ago and I'm wondering how can I fix this the right way without ...
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What part needs replacing on this Whirlpool Gas Dryer

This old dryer still works great, but, makes a noise that is a combination of freight train derailing and thunder. See video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DUB8zAg45vE5a1XE7 Pressing on the rotating ...
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How to replace a leaking PVC elbow?

The 2" PVC elbow shown in these pictures is leaking at the joint where it connects with a PVC pipe coming through the foundation stem wall at the right. What's the best procedure for replacing ...
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Epoxy Recos for Door Fix

I have an old door original to my house with a bit of rot at the top. I'm going to clean out the rot and want to use epoxy for the fill but haven't used this technique before myself and there are a ...
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Foam/Poly Jacking Garage Floor?

The door jambs on the two exterior hinged doors for my garage are becoming an issue with being out of square. The floor is otherwise pretty much OK (no cracks, etc.) The floor is part of a 6" ...
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How to cosmetically improve surface of newly done concrete slab

I am looking for advice on how to smooth out the surface of my newly done concrete slab. I used 2x6 studs to make a raised slab for a concrete fountain that will be placed in the center. Only about 10&...
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Auto air vent above boiler hydronic expansion tank dripping/leaking

I have a boiler + indirect water heater system. Above the boiler on the hot water outlet side there are a water expansion tank and an auto air vent and on the return side there is another auto air ...
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Repairing t 111 siding that was installed without housewrap

We have a tiny house in NW Florida that we are doing repairs on. It's about 3-4 years old. It was built without house wrap. The outside plywood t 111 is nailed straight to the frame. The builders didn'...
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How do I remove the light cover from an Indesit I55VM 1110 W Fridge

Hi I have bought an almost new Indesit Indesit I55VM 1110 W UK Fridge. Unfortunately the light isn't working. I can't work out how to get the light cover off to try to replace the bulb. It looks ...
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Warranty for HVAC replacement parts?

I had a problem with my Trane furnace, and a technician from Trane-certified service company had to replace the blower motor. When I asked him about warranty on this motor, he told me that replacement ...
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(Temporary?) remedy for crack in poured concrete foundation

Suggestions on how to "winterize" this cracking in the poured concrete foundation? We're having some masonry work done elsewhere and when shown this crack they didn't want to touch ...
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Tightening brass piano lamp arms—no obvious method

This was a very expensive lamp 35 years ago. The two rotating pivot points have to adjustment screw or nut. They were held by friction but now won’t hold at all. There is a brass “cap” which I ...
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Dealing with water between concrete basement floor and wood 2x4 framing

New homeowner here, just had our first sewer drain backup. There is a wall separating the finished part of our basement from the unfinished part. The wall rests on a 2x4 on top of the concrete ...
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Can I repair a broken cubic/patterned breeze block with plaster or something similar?

At my place there is a feature wall with those patterened cubic breeze blocks. A couple of them are broken (eg some of the "spokes" are missing). Is it possible to repair these with some ...
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Why don't my lights work after a loose wire tripped the circuit?

While replacing a LED recessed light, I received a shock and the circuit breaker popped. The black wire coming out of the housing had come out of the connector. I found it stuck to the plastic trim of ...
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Face of brick fell off. Can I glue/cement it back on? How?

The face of one brick fell off while I was removing spalled concrete below it. Can I glue/cement the face back on? How? The face is fairly thick (1/4 " maybe). The yellow hammer is holding it so ...
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Should I cut off loose rusty rebar before patching concrete foundation (spalling)?

I have patched a lot of concrete foundation that is spalling. I encountered a loose piece of rebar (6'long) that I can try to stick back in the old concrete before I patch over it, or I can cut it ...
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How do I repair damage to wood on cabinet from glue?

I unfortunately stuck a door stop holder onto my cabinet and when I removed it. It took some of the wood with it. Is there a way to repair this?
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Repair cracks/splits in wooden vanity unit leg

We have noticed cracks appearing in a leg of our bathroom vanity unit (run right through the leg). May have been caused by water damage. I had presumed it was MDF but not sure if I can confirm this. I ...
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Why would a Whirlpool dryer only blow hot air?

This question is for a Whirlpool Model WED5840SW0 dryer. My dryer stopped working altogether after running hot for an entire cycle. I replaced the thermal fuse and then tried to run a cycle. No matter ...
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Fixing / treating wood surface in kitchen

I recently moved into a new house and the wooden kitchen work surface looks like it has some marks / damage where it has either been wet for an extended period of time or something has been left on it ...
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First time changing a faucet and i am stuck

I am a complete novice in terms of changing faucets (and DIY generally), but you have to start somewhere right? I need to change my kitchen faucet and of course I am already getting stuck with the ...
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How can I remove these shelves without damaging the drywall?

It looks like these shelves are mounted onto the wall, but I don’t know how. There are no visible screws so I can’t figure out how to get the shelves off. I’m assuming they are hidden on the inside, ...
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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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Fixing/stopping crack in vinyl plank flooring

We have "luxury vinyl plank flooring" that was installed about 18 months ago by a the previous owner. I believe it's installed over the bare concrete slab are some cracks/ridges in the slab ...
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Can the seams on vinyl windows be smoothed out

I am in the middle of having 18 windows replaced with what are supposed to be Pella Series 250 windows1, by a large US national based home remodeling firm. In inspecting the new windows I see that ...
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Have I ruined the wood burning capacity of my metal fireplace by running a gas line into it?

We have just moved into a house built in 1977 with a metal lined wood burning fireplace. We thought we wanted to install a gas insert and so had a gas line run into the firebox. We realized we had ...
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Should I replace existing 4x4 posts?

I currently have a high 20x14 deck attached to the back of my house on a very sloped yard. It is 13 ft off the ground and in great shape. However, It is currently supported by 4x4 posts that are in ...
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How do I self-repair a section of crumbling basement wall, or should I hire a professional?

How do I self-repair a section of crumbling basement wall, or should I hire a professional? Background: How I discovered it: I removed some exposed blue foam insulation from my basement walls to ...
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Dealing with build up from galvanic corrosion in supply tees

I opened up the wall behind my kitchen sink during a major remodel to find iron nipples in threaded brass fittings. Here is an image with labels: I removed the iron nipples from both cold water ...
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How do I temporarily fix the hole in a porcelain sink?

How do I temporarily fix this hole in sink? I need it to hold at least for a few days.
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How do you make a Maytag Bravos XL washer drain?

My Maytag Bravos XL washer stops in its spin cycle and won't continue. I unplugged the power and looked in. Lot of un-drained water and clothes. I tried to start it in Rinse Spin cycle but won't. ...
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How can I remove and reuse axle cap push-nuts?

What's the best way to remove axle cap push-nuts (from a little dolly or grocery cart) so they can be reused? I think the new wheels came with replacements, but--for the life of me--they seem to have ...
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Ceiling drywall repair with poorly installed joist hangers

I'm trying to do drywall repair on a ceiling where the joist hangers were poorly installed, with the worst offender hanging 1/4" below the joist it is supposed to hold. The intention is to place ...
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Wall damage above window

We have a house built in the 1950s that has no overhang on the front (above the front door and window). This has led to water damage above the window from ice building up on the roof. We will be ...
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How bad is this damage and how do i repair it?

I live in a house owned by a housing association that is absolutely terrible with maintainance and so I wish to take matters into my own hands with a bathroom that is in truly a terrible state. We are ...
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New ice machine grinding noise

Just got a brand new Marvel ice machine. It is making noises loud enough to be heard on other floors of our home. The main noise is a grinding or or metal vibrating sound. We've got another ice maker ...
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Replace Unloader Line on Air Compressor

I am trying to replace a broken unloader line on an air compressor I received from a family friend. After pulling off the cover it looks like a mouse may have chewed through the teflon line. I have ...
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Why did the dryer stop working shortly after moving and changing cord to four prong?

I have a Whirlpool LER7646EQ2 dryer. We moved recently and I had to change the cord from three prong to four prong to match the new outlet. It seemed to heat at first, but then four hours later I ...
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Cracked formica backsplash 'curve' repair/reinforcement

Due to a massive and sudden water leak it was necessary to remove the cabinets. In doing so (removing the sink) I discovered the Previous Owner (PO) used an entire tube of caulk to secure it. The ...
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How can I repair a cracked inground pool step?

The top step into my inground pool is cracked. I saw Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps but it references "years old" technique without a useful link. If someone can point me to that ...
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Writing desk/bureau slide arm repair

I'm trying to repair an old writing desk and I can't work out how to get to the screws that attach the sliding wooden support for the writing desk. Any ideas? The metal slide on one side was broken so ...
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Should this toilet flange be replaced, repaired, or is it acceptable?

The toilet in my kids bathroom started wobbling so I pulled it off to put a new wax ring on and retighten the floor bolts. Once I pulled the toilet I noticed that the pipe and the inner portion of the ...
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Leaky Windows caused drywall discoloration / damage - how to approach repair?

After a heavy rainfall I noticed that an area of the drywall was discolored and cold/soft and managed to push it in (woops). This area is usually behind a curtain so we never noticed it before. I ...
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Voltage drops so low that PC/Monitor doesnt even turns on?

This all happened today. I turned on my power switch to which my 3 monitors and 1 PC are connected via extension but nothing turned on. Wondering whats the reason i started my diagnosis on the switch. ...
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How can I short a circuit (connect wires) in this tight space?

My dishwasher's button assembly is causing problems. Replacing it costs $200 and I've read that it's a common failure (so it might just happen again). I can bypass the button assembly and just run the ...
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What is the real name of this tool? It's used to fix dupont lighter valves

This tool is used to fix DuPont lighter but that is not its real name please you can help me a lot if you know the real name
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Are these interior doors that have split apart salvageable?

Most of the interior doors in my house are these plywood hollow-core things, pretty cheap-looking. Today I saw that two of my closet doors are starting to come apart, as in the photo below: Is it ...
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Resources for sizing and spacing for dock pilings

I have a lot of aging dock built on top of pressure treated 4x4s pilings driven into the lakebed for a permanent dock. I'm looking to understand some of the design around docks; namely sizing, spacing,...

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