Questions tagged [repair]

Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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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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How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?

I was finishing the space above a garage. The space was buried in blown in cellulose insulation and we framed in some walls, laid a subfloor, and finished the room. During framing two different ...
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How can I repair damaged door casing?

We recently adopted a pup and are still getting to understand his separation anxiety triggers. Recently, he gouged the door frame pretty severely. I am hoping I can fix this myself, since this is a ...
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What is the name of this piece and where can I find a UL listed part

What is the name of this piece and where can I find a UL listed replacement part.
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Tub cracked side lip, replace or patch up?

I have a newly installed tub and unfortunately it has a crack down the outer edge or front lip about 1 to 2 inches and it also goes all the way to the edge. I am afraid of it running and getting ...
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Freezer keeps defrosting

I have a Liebherr freezer/wine fridge (SWTNES 3010-25A). After about a year of owning it, the freezer started to "defrost" itself. I would open it up, and it was wet inside. Checking the temperature ...
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What lubricant, if any, should be used for clothes dryer rollers?

It seems I may have used the wrong lubricant for my LG clothes dryer rollers because the rollers kept seizing up. Since these rollers are simple and there are no bearings I did not put much thought ...
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Lights dimming as I add lights or plug anything into any outlet

I have two 50 amp fuses that bring power from the main shutoff to my garage. When I flip the breaker in the garage all my readings seem to be normal. As I begin to turn just the lights on after I get ...
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How to repair damaged lining paper for painting?

I've stripped some old wallpaper in order to paint the walls and discovered painted lining paper beneath. I'm happy to paint over this paper as it's mainly in good condition (and I don't want to deal ...
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Can I put a fan control switch on a window air conditioner to quiet it down

Can I use something like this to control a window air conditioner so it will run quieter? Variable Speed Fan Control, Wall Mount, Rated 15.0 Amps @ 120 VAC for use with Shaded Pole and PSC Motors
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How do I fix this drill hole on countertop?

How should I go about fixing this mistake I made? The size of the hole is 5/32 in diameter and about a 1/16 deep. I’m thinking of cutting a piece of laminate from behind the fridge and hole punching ...
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How to remove Bosch 650 chuck

I forced my drill too much when using in a drill guide so something strange happened to the chuck. At first it didn't turn easily to lock and unlock there were click sounds when I was trying to turn ...
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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light

I was sitting at my desk in my home office and I wanted to turn on the room light, but I couldn't reach - I was off from the switch by about 3 inches. Being too lazy to get out of my chair, I picked ...
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Simple fix suggestions needed for damaged plywood paneling

In our laundry room a pet rabbit damaged the paneling in several places: There are no replacement panels available that I could find. I don't want to tear out and replace all the walls. Things I'...
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How to fix bathtub blemishes?

How can I take care of this bathtub blemish? It is as if a small part is missing, less than an inch in size. Also, I have a couple scratches that I'd like to hide, but I wasn't able to get a focused ...
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Repair Ceiling Hole for Round old work ceiling box

I am replacing an old light that was above my sink and the box was so brittle it broke and I could not mount the new light. I removed the "new work" box and the drywall around it crumbled. Now the ...
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New sliding door with stucco behind vinyl siding

Has anyone had experience treating old (1948) stucco (3/4” stucco, metal lath, tar paper, ship lap) as wall board when installing new sliding doors or windows? I have vinyl siding that is on furring ...
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Cam lock & dowel alternatives

I have a chest of small chest of drawers held together by metal cam lock & dowel pegs. The cam lock & dowel regularly come loose. I am looking for suggestions for alternatives? the cam lock ...
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Refurbish clothes dryer motor by greasing the bearings?

I have Frigidaire fex831fs4 dryer for which electric motor appears to be seized: I am unable to easily spin the rotor with fingers (after removing it from the dryer) and the dryer makes humming noise ...
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How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?

In my house, there are maybe three or four outlet boxes and switch boxes where there was damage done to the drywall surrounding the box at some point. There are no structural or electrical issues (...
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How to remove grating from bathroom sink

How can I remove this grating from my bathroom sink so that I can unclog that drain?
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User serviceable parts inside this CFL floor lamp?

I've been asked to look at a CFL floor lamp. It's many (5-10) years old and one day stopped working; it simply didn't turn on. The fluorescent bulb (four short (5 inch?) tubes extending from a plastic ...
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Ecuador grounding an ungrounded house

Hi so I’m an electrical engineer visiting some family in Ecuador and after some wiring has stopped working In the kitchen I have decided to rip out the 40 plus year old installation and reinstall. ...
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Is it a hazard to use spray foam around baseboard heater pipe?

I probably should have asked this before doing it, but I will now anyways. I have noticed mice coming in and out of the (fairly large) hole where the baseboard heater pipes are. I removed the casing ...
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Correcting Navien Tankless Hot Water Heater Installation

A while ago we had a plumber/friend install a Navien tankless water heater. We trusted him and thought everything was just fine as we were getting hot water throughout the house. There is a ...
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Changing the pitch of a threaded hole

Can I change the pitch of a threaded hole that will accept the diameter of an M6 tap? The current pitch is some off the wall pitch that is not a metric 6 pitch nor the SAE equivalent pitch, the part ...
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What is this soft plastic like material that has been added to the window, and how best to remove it?

The previous owner added this soft, plastic like material to the window frame and I'd like to remove it. I can get parts off with a knife, and when I do it is flexible and soft. I believe this is ...
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How to quickly fix botched latex paint area on exterior door?

I need some help here. We recently primed and painted an exterior wood door. The second coat of latex paint was still semi-wet and I accidentally touched an area of the door with my fingertips which ...
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How to repair wall next to external door?

I did some repairs a while back, replacing a damaged door jamb. That repair left some damage to the neighboring wall, as shown in the photos below. I am getting a new pre-hung door soon, and want to ...
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Brand new AC unit makes whooshing sound and air “chokes”

My brand new AC recently started making a whooshing noise. It sounds kind of like a sudden gust of wind, but it repeats every few seconds. Another way I can think of to describe it: imagine a PC ...
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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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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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Why does this fluorescent ceiling light go out after a few seconds (every time)?

I have a strange problem with a fluorescent ceiling room light. There are four small fluorescent tubes. One day for no apparent reason they all just suddenly went out. When I turned the light switch ...
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How should I repair mounting holes drilled into pvc window frames?

A previous owner had drilled holes into the pvc frames to fit blinds, which have since been removed leaving small holes. I'm not expecting pvc can be filled flawlessly, but what would be the best ...
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Broken bed thin material

My kids bed broke. Apparently jumping on it caused the thin material on the connected surface to split. The special furniture side nut things just tore right through. https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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Range hood impeller slipping on rotor shaft

My range hood has a motor with an impeller on it. The impeller is attached to the rotor shaft by a nut that threads onto the impeller's... bushing I guess it's called, which is slotted, so that as the ...
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How to clean this sandstone wall?

The sandstone wall is turning brown and black in places and I’m not sure how to restore is back to original appearance. Are there any cleaners which can be used? A picture is attached. Thanks
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Can I fill a drywall hole with something and reuse the hole?

I made a mistake with drilling a hole in the drywall. It's off by about 1/4-1/2 inch. The new hole will be really close to the old hole, or knowing my poor drilling skills, it will overlap the old ...
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how to stabilize a wobbly dining table

I have a antique dining table with pedestal type legs on each end. The table has no support piece across the length because it also has leaves and a drop leaf on each end. how can I stabilize this ...
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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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Should my a/c have some sort of a drip pan (photo)

I've got water (condensation) dripping from this "radiator" in my a/c. It's slanted so MOST of the condensation drips along the radiator and into a drip pan. I'm wondering if I just need to ...
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What type of screws should I use in framing an area for a drywall patch?

As is evident in my previous posts, I'm in the process of framing an interior wall for drywall patch repair. I'd like to know what types of screws to use for connecting new 2x4's. When I visited our ...
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How can I repair the wood veneer on a 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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Gas furnace ignites but then makes large knocking sound

My gas furnace will ignite, but after the pilot goes on for a moment it creates a large periodic knocking sound over and over again instead of the fan starting. I have my suspicions, but I wanted to ...
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Can I repair this corroded shutoff valve on my own?

I just noticed that this valve is corroded and slowly leaking (arrows point to the leaks): I started looking online for information and found this page, which discusses different types of valve, but ...
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Patching cracked parging

What's the best method for filling in small cracks in interior foundation wall parging? I've heard using premade stucco patching. Thanks!
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covered exterior vents

Builders covered 3 exterior vents for finished basement bathroom fan, laundry room fan and dryer. How do we find the I ended gent space and how can it be fixed with the least mess and inconvenience. ...
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Samsung automatic washing machine going off and on automatically!

I have Samsung automatic washing machine just 3 years old. It is getting auto off during the washing cycle and again gets on in few seconds and again goes off. What should be the problem? We called ...
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How to fix old un-suppported basement wall in house that has had added basement?

I have an older house (circa 1919) that was built without a basement (just a crawl space). About 1965 a basement was added. Along one of the old concrete foundation walls there is a 7 foot section ...
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How to best clean unsealed kitchen grout so that it can be sealed and/or regrouting later

I have a problem with unsealed kitchen grout on ceramic tile as it has never been sealed and dirt has allowed to set in. In addition it probably needs regrouted later (pictures below) but sealing it ...

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