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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Repairing eroded plywood window casing

The interior side casing of my window has been scratched/chewed away a bit, destroying the paint and outer two layers of plywood: What's the best way to repair this? PS the source of the problem ...
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What can be done to fix a squeak in stairs?

This might be better suited as a community wiki, what do you think? My parents house has very squeaky stairs. The house is over 100 years old, so it's to be expected. What can be done to fix a squeak ...
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How do I hang shelves on poor quality brick/concrete walls?

I'm trying to install some shelves in my apartment (brick/concrete) but when I drill holes the walls almost seem like they're made of sand. I'm not able to securely fix the screws (I'm using wall ...
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How do I repair screw holes in a brick wall?

I have screw holes which were put in to support a curtain rail. The curtain's been pulled out a few times by accident, and now the screw holes are crumbling and I don't know how to repair that portion ...
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How do I know if a firewall and mortar contain asbestos?

I want to remove a rock wall behind my pellet stove that was put in in 1980. I have already removed some of the rock and cement that holds the rocks together where the pellet stove is sitting. Then ...
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How do I keep water from getting in and out of a dishwasher drain air gap?

I have no idea what this is called, so I apologize for the vague title. If someone knows what it is, feel free to edit it. When I turned on my dishwasher (just moved in), water started spewing from ...
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What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?

I have a built in microwave oven with a broken door open button (the hinge plastic was too thin by design). The plastic is somewhat pliable, waxy. There is no chasing arrow showing the plastic type, ...
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What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?

I have a Kenmore washing machine (model 110.92273100) that doesn't spin. I've taken the gearbox off, and when I spin the input shaft (motor coupler), it seems to act the way I would expect. When I ...
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How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?

In an older home, due to layers of paint, I have several doors that close too tight to the stop molding. If left closed the paint binds up and "pops" (it must be left closed for two or three hours ...
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How should I use a plumber's snake?

How should I use a plumber's snake if my kitchen sink drain got clogged? Are there any suggestions on when this device is applicable and how to use it?
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How to diminish the appearance of a stain on hardwood floor?

A few years ago, some liquid (red wine or water from a plant) leaked on my hardwood floor (cherry). It took several months before we noticed it because it was under a carpet. This little incident left ...
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How can I repair a nicked wire without adding a junction box?

I had to open up a wall for a plumbing repair and accidentally nicked the jacket of a NM electrical wire with my drywall saw. From what I can see, only the outer jacket was affected, but I admittedly ...
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What compound should I use to fill drilled holes in cinder block?

I have some holes drilled previously on my house that I would like to fill in. Do they make a liquid concrete in a tube compound that I can squeeze into the holes to fill them in and keep wasps out? ...
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How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?

I am having some plumbing repaired in my 1913 house that will result in a large access hole (2' x 16") on the first floor. The wall is currently plaster and lath and I'm trying to get a handle on the ...
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How do I remove drip marks in flat paint on smooth interior walls?

I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I ...
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How can I build a support onto a stud in order to support a handrail?

I need to repair a stair handrail that has come out of my plaster wall. One end of the rail was not connected to a stud, so has come lose. It is a nice railing, so I would prefer not to buy a new ...
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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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What is the best way to fill in the holes in aluminum siding?

In about 2 weeks I'm doing a little cathartic destruction of a deck on the back of my house. The deck came with the house and has suffered YEARS of neglect, it's beyond repair, built incorrectly, and ...
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Laminate floor sliding out of place

I learned the hard way not to plank on floating laminate floor when the board my feet were on slid toward the wall. I fixed it initially by just applying force in the other direction, but now it ...
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Is it possible to patch a crack in a toilet?

We have a medicine cabinet placed above the toilet. Not the best place but not a lot of choice. Anyway, while fumbling for some Sudafed in the dark, I managed to knock a cough mixture bottle out of ...
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Need Sprinkler Cracked PVC Pipe Repair Suggestions

The issue is this sprinkler was placed in a very bad location. It's next to a large stone and 1 foot away from a 40 foot tall tree. Over the years, the tree grew on top of the sprinkler pipes. I had ...
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AC Unit Blow Warm Air Indoor But Colder Air Outdoor

I have two AC Units. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one works just fine but not the downstairs. So, i did a test by turning both units on and went outside to compare the two ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

The previous owner did a bad patch job all over the house. The patching is a lot higher than the rest of my wall. How do I go about fixing this?
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Door replacement - will door still be solid after cutting?

I need to replace/repair a door in my rented apartment. During a rather rowdy party one of my guests managed to put a hole in my bathroom door. I don't think that there is probably anyway to ...
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What is the best product for repairing expanding gaps in a brick wall?

I am trying to do a structural repair to a brick wall that has some large gaps - 1-3" between some of the bricks due to some foundation movement over the last 300 years. The gaps are essentially ...
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Fixing an outdoor light: what did go wrong and how to fix it?

My outdoor garage light is connected(see note 2) to the house circuit via a three way switch. Garage has two switch boxes; each with a pair of three way switches. One switch in each box controls two ...
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Buckling notched jack studs - how to remedy?

Some past "plumber" decided it was OK to cut a notch for a 1-1/2" PVC pipe directly through all the 2x4 studs on one end of a window header. The result, shown in the photos, is a buckling wall. The ...
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How can I fix this broken connector piece on my Symmons shower Knob?

I was trying to get the knob off so I could potentially increase the amount of hot water getting mixed and it seemed to be coming off nicely but then snapped. By nicely, I mean it was a steady process;...
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Repair long narrow gap in plaster

I need to fill a tall narrow gap in a plaster wall as shown in the image below. My question is: what is the best way to repair this? I have cut some ~1 pieces of drywall to fill the gap then tape the ...
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Why would changing a light bulb cause the oven heat and control to fail?

I recently replaced the bulb on my oven. However I did put back the insulating looking ring. I pushed the oven light button while baking nachos. I heard a pop and the heat went out as did the light ...
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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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How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?

Our ovens (double-stacked Nutone Hotpoint circa 1960s) are old: About 2 months ago, we noticed that the bottom one - which had been running great for years - wouldn't get any hotter than just "kind ...
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Electric Fan not Working

I have a water distiller which the electric fan suddenly just stopped working (thankfully I was near by to shutdown everything, otherwise ...). Prior to the failure everything was working fine, there ...
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Repairing electrical outlet fin

I broke the tab off my electrical outlet connecting the two hot wires, and then realized that this was unnecessary. Is it a bad idea to solder the brass tab back and still use the outlet?
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How can remove this window screen to repair it?

My friend's dog tore through the window screen. I can't seem to get the screen off--it has no pullable tabs and no bottom levers to help pull it out. The house seems to be new and I'm hoping that this ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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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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Why won't one of my gas stove's burners ignite?

I have zero experience working on stoves. We have a 3-year-old Whirpool and the right-front burner won't ignite properly. When I turn the dial for that burner it sparks one or two times and then ...
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Possible to salvage bowed sandstone slabs for porch steps?

Are there are any techniques to flatten out bowed sandstone slabs in a relatively short period of time (e.g. laying them out in a flat spot of the driveway and keeping them wet for a few weeks)? Or, ...
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Unfasten unfamiliar springs that fix an old mirror to its frame

I have obtained an old mirror that needs restoration. Its design suggests to me it may be from the 1950s and there is a French-language label on the back side, so maybe its provenance is French as ...
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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer dripping water after fixing agitator. How to find and fix leak?

The washer was not leaking any water before I fixed the agitator. Now agitator works fine, but some water drips on top of transmission. So I am backtracking the work I did to understand what is ...
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How to repair broken bed

One side of the bed has totally come off. See pictures for the broken side plus the screws that are attached to it . My question is that is there any scope of repairing this bed so that in the future ...
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What should I use to fix chips in veneer plaster?

I had some water issues in my shower and finally got fed up enough to remove the miss-cut plastic back-splash that previous contractor had tried to install using thin-set. Upon removal I found a ...
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How do I seal overlapping sections of flashing around the perimeter of my house?

I have a wall profile that looks similar to this: but where the flashing is shown, the horizontal distance is much larger. The structural engineer I contacted said that my house should have been ...
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Open electrical circuits?

Old house. Some wiring is knob-and-tube. All connections to circuit box is Romex. Here is what I can't figure out. I'd like advice on what it might be and how to fix it. I shut off the breaker to ...
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How to fix cracked roof joist?

I cut open my ceiling drywall to take a peek in my "attic" (about 20" of vertical space) before I go about having a skylight installed. I have a flat roof and I noticed one of the rafter/joists is ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...

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