Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Should I refinish Spanish stucco in winter or wait until Spring?

The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and ...
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How would you fix this cabinet not opening all the way?

I’d like to see what I can do to fix this very annoying problem I have with one of the cabinets in my kitchen. Whoever installed it didn’t take into account the pillar behind the hinge, so it’s only ...
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How can I repair my stainless dishwasher interior?

My dishwasher has a stainless steel interior. To hold the rubber door seal in place the manufacturer attached a stainless strip along the edge forming a channel for the gasket. It's held on with spot ...
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Restoring exterior door frame at latch?

Tenants have broken out wood where an exterior door should receive the doorknob latch. There's nowhere to attach the strike plate. What's the right way to fix this? The depth of this piece of wood ...
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stanley garage door opener model 2200 will not run

my mid 1980,s stanley garage opener problem started when the 2 motor mounting bolts came out and the motor hung from gearbox when door opened - door completely opened but would not close - i replaced ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet cut off when turned more than halfway on?

A while back, I was running my kitchen faucet while the the dishwasher was on. While the dishwasher was filling up, there was a sudden spike in pressure in my pipes, and the faucet cut off. Ever since ...
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How can I fix a table top that I spilled air freshener on?

I spilled air freshener on the top my dining table. It is a veneer top with urethane finish. The area is sticky to touch. How can I fix this?
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How can I repair/replace this swollen section of countertop?

This countertop appears to be laminated particle board. I suspect the damage shown in these photos happened likely due to excess water being present on the countertop and seeping in between the ...
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Two wall switches and remote ceiling fan/light questions

I am installing a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan with light and wanting to use two wall switches and the remote to adjust the fan speed. Looking at the ceiling, I see the following for an old ceiling fan/...
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Ridge Beam Crack?

My wife and I are roofing our home, we are retired and living on a budget. I came across a rather deep and long crack on what I believe is the ridge beam and I am wondering if it's something I should ...
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Restore small section of OSB behind inner wall

Repairing Oriented strand board (OSB) finishing joinery wood-repair I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of Oriented strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. ...
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Where to aquire rubber bushings?

Where can one order unusually-sized rubber bushings? A washing machine uses a 17mm OD, 4mm ID, 10mm length rubber bushing that is not available locally. I am aware of McMaster but once I select any of ...
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How can I prevent water from flowing into my carport under the wall plate?

The carport was enclosed but no additional concrete was poured. The sill was screwed directly into the concrete. As a result of being so close to to ground, water has come in under it about 2-3 inches....
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Hollow door repair and hook rehang

looking to see if it's feasible to repair a baseball sized hole in a hollow wooden door in a way that would allow a towel hook to be drilled onto it. I've seen many guides for hollow door repair that ...
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How can I remove the stem on my leaking IKEA faucet?

I have an IKEA LOVIKEN AA-291347-1 faucet. It leaks between the 2 handles at the connection. I removed the screw behind, but I cannot remove the top center part. Do you have any idea how I can open it ...
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Heat and water safe material for internal dishwasher repair

On the inside of my dishwasher is a plastic tube that transports water to a spinning piece in order to clean the upper rack. Part of the plastic tube has melted through and the top rack is no longer ...
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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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Replaced Door Knobs, How to Fill Extra Space

I replaced some old door knobs with new ones. The doors are perfectly fine. The new plates that went into the door frame are not a perfect fit. There's gap on one side of it that goes down into the ...
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Installing Roof - What else should be done?

When installing a new roof, what other work would be convenient to do? Since I'm having a new roof installed, I'm curious if there is something I would regret not doing in a few years. Potentially ...
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Repairing damaged fiberglass

I know this doesn't necessarily apply to home improvement, but I figured the bit about fiberglass repair might be useful to others here. I have a paddle board that has several cracks or damaged areas ...
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How can I repair my fish tape?

I've had a 50' fish tape for close to 30 years. (It's been used lightly.) On my last use, as I was rolling it back up, it got to be really, really difficult to roll back into its case with about 10' ...
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Will surface scuffs be a long-term issue in a new concrete walkway?

I'm probably being paranoid but would like to get some expert opinions as this is my first time dealing with concrete. I had a concrete path laid in the garden, around 80-100mm thick. It was laid and ...
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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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How long do evaporator coils last in a home AC system?

I was going through my blog roll this morning when I saw that someone had asked this elsewhere. I figured it would be a good question to ask. In general, how long do evaporator coils last in a home ...
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What do I need to do to fix stripped door hinge screw holes?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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Squeaky Fan, Unknown Model/Make

We bought our house 4 years ago with this fan in our bedroom. Over the past year, it has developed a whirring noise, it doesn't sound like loose a loose screw or other fastener, but rather electrical ...
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How to fix a chipped door frame

I knocked a small cabinet over after waking up in the middle of the night and it fell and hit my door frame, chipping it. As this is a rental I need to fix it, although I have very little diy ...
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How to reduce or clean up vegetable oil that spilled on books?

My partner and I have been moving house recently, and in all the action of packing, some cooking oil has spilled over a few of the books. The books are irreplaceable, they are not made of any special ...
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What are these bathroom mirror lamp holders called?

I have two mirrors in different bathroom that looked like this: Now one of them looks like this: Now the problem is these sockets are old and loose and i would like to replace them and "fix" them in ...
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How should I go about replacing a cracked sanitary tee in a sink drain?

so I found a leak from my drain pipe inside the wall and the source of the leak is from a broken sanitary tee that connects the 2" vent from up top, horizontal 1.5" drain pipe from sink, and ...
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Outside outlet not working [duplicate]

Yesterday I was outside to do lawn weed eater to cut the grasses around the garden. So I had to plug it into the outlet at the top and bottom. It doesn't work at all. So, this morning I tried on one ...
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Is there any way to fix a hinge pulled out of particle board cabinet door?

I hit my head on the open door cabinet over the sink, yet again, and slammed the door shut in anger. Adding insult to injury, the whole hinge pulled out of the particle board and took a big chunk of ...
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How to open a PVC ball valve with a broken handle, stuck closed?

When attempting to close a valve to change the property-wide water filter, the valve closed but the plastic handle broke off. I tried to open it again with a wrench but the bit of plastic it was ...
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Porter Cable Finishing nailer FN250B

When using Porter Cable Finishing nailer FN250B multiple nails being fired at same time, how do you fix?
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Cub Cadet CCT-400 bump head component sequence on the shaft

Lookup Parts via Diagram for a Cub Cadet CCT-400 shows a high level exploded diagram. It is the closest I can find on how to re-install my bump head. I am not sure if I have all of the needed parts ...
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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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Dishwasher anti-flood alarm

I have a AEG pro intensiv favorit. It flooded my kitchen and the water is gone but the alarm doesn't stop. I tried to unplug it and push the buttons for more than 10 seconds. The motor is still ...
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Re-drilling into existing hole in plasterboard/breeze block

I live in the UK. I drilled a hole to hang a mirror and it’s slightly off, I’d like to shift it over to a new location, the new location will be half over the old hole. So I’d like to fill the ...
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New water supply lines continue to leak at toilet tank connection

I have tried two new water supply hoses on my toilet tank. Each time they have leaked at the tank. I was very careful to, at first hand tighten and then, gently, with a channel lock pliers, turn them ...
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How to unfix a pvc tube glued to another pvc tube?

I have the following drained pvc tube pipe. As you can see from the picture below, I want to detach the part that I've circled in green (the upper part). The pvc part has been glued. After many ...
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How do I repair decking where my screws have broken?

We installed a deck (various 2x and 4x PT lumber with 5/4 PT decking) two summers ago. As the wood dried, it warped and shrunk, so the deck's been squeaking with every step. I just took an hour or so ...
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How can I level and secure retaining wall steps?

We have some retaining wall steps that are in dire need of repair. We would like to re-level some of them and re-adhere all of the cap stones so they no longer rock. Is it possible to create a ...
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Acrylic bathtub small crack

I just found a small crack, about 1 inch, on my acrylic bathtub floor. The tub is a Kohler Devonshire 1357 about 14 years old. Tub looks almost new, crack looks superficial just the acrylic surface. I ...
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Fixing a gap with silicone on shower base

I recently discovered a problematic area in the shower base where the silicone peeled off and the gap was visible underneath the tiles. Now I removed a bit more silicone left and right from the ...
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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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Frigidaire freezer making intermittent grinding noise

My freezer has been making an intermittent grinding noise recently, and it seems like it is getting progressively worse. It seems that the noise gets really bad, with the grinding events occurring ...
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Outdoor concrete repair/resurface/sealing and painting

We have an outdoor patio at my house which was made of concrete, but I don't think it ever got the finishing coat (it was supposed to be tiled but never happened) nor sealed and it has been there for ...
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Kenmore: freezer working, refrigerator not due to frozen air return…replacement needed?

I have a Kenmore Coldspot (model 106.57022601) side-by-side refrigerator. About a couple of years ago, we had a problem with the freezer working great, but the refrigerator not working. We called a ...
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Kenmore washer spins/stops/spins/stops endlessly; replaced several parts, still no improvement

My washer is a 110.20722990 Kenmore 70 series. The problem is the washer spins and halts, spins and halts, endlessly on most dial settings, regardless whether the lid is open or the dial is pulled. ...
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How to remove broken freeze plug adapter in a spa pump

This is the wet end of the Emerson pump in my Jacuzzi spa. Pictured above is a broken freeze plug adapter. The freeze plug adapter threads into the pump (lower center of pic). It broke with part of ...

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