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Fixing something after it gets damaged or broken.

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Door very stiff, how to fix?

My home's door has been replaced with a heavier fire door, however it's super stiff now and requires a lot of strength to open. I think the door itself is quite heavy, but I also think that the '...
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Proper way to install Torch Down

On the recommendation of a gutter installer I hired a roofer to install torch down over the front porch awning. The gutter installer pointed out that the person who did the awning didn't do it right ...
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Fix noisy washing machine spin cycle

I have a Whirlpool WWDC9440 Freestanding Washing Machine which I've had for 4 years. Recently (or gradually as I can't remember a step change) the spin cycle has become very noisy with the vibrations ...
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Is my floor unit AC actually dead?

I recently bought a floor-unit AC (the kind that sits on the floor and has a hose that goes out the window). It worked for one night really well! The air coming out was cold and the hose felt hot to ...
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Spot repair wood surface of dresser

We had a sock with those little rubber/sticky grips sitting on this dresser for a while now. This evening after a doing a whole house cleaning I happened to notice a small spot on the dresser and ...
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Option to strengthen foundation with posts around perimeter?

We are in earthquake country (Oregon), looking at seismic upgrade on our foundation, which is 115 years old and in dubious condition. Are there options for strengthening a dodgy foundation by ...
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Spilled paint thinner on fiberglass bathtub and took finish and color off

Dripped paint thinner on fiberglass / acrylic bathtub in several locations and left several “spots” ranging in size from 1” diameter to 4” diameter. Surface is smooth and appears to have only ...
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Drawer bottom repair - screw or nail?

What is the correct way to repair the bottom of a drawer that has fallen out - screw or nail? Both the bottom sheet of the drawer and the frame seem to be fiberboard. The bottom sheet was originally ...
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Grohe single handle kitchen faucet leak. Do I need to replace entire facet?

My Grohe single handle kitchen faucet is leaking. Water is coming to underneath. Is there anyway to fix this by myself? Can I fix this by replacing cartridge? Or should I replace entire facet? ...
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Reusing countersink holes

My son was hanging on the towel rack in the bathroom and tore it off the wall. Is it possible to fill and rehang the towl rack in the same place. I could move it down a few inches and hang into new ...
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Amana Prestige Air Con fan won't spin

I have an old Amana Air Con unit that stopped working. The fan won't spin. The condenser kicks in. I can manually spin the fan and it goes like a champ. I have replaced the cap already. Any ideas or ...
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How do I take apart and fix this shower head?

After not being used for 3 weeks, most of the nozzles in this shower head got clogged by limescale. When I turned on the shower, the plastic housing for the nozzles bulked up under pressure and blew ...
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How to Disassemble my microwave door?

We had an incident where boiling milk boiled over and spilt all over the counter and dripped onto the microwave where it seems to have entered a space in my microwave door. I would like to open it. ...
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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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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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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 to recover from a leak

I have had a leak in my flat. It came from my ceiling (from the upstairs neighbours), and went down my wooden floor. It was not gushing, but dripping for about two days. The surveyor came and with ...
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Repairing/Replacing Concrete Sidewalk Expansion Material

I have several expansion joints in my home’s concrete sidewalks that need to be repaired/refilled. There is a lot of info regarding this out on Internet…too much in fact. I can’t determine from ...
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gap in shoddily installed vinyl railing

I got railing of my front yard steps replaced. Due to bad installation gaps have appeared in the railing. What's the best way to fill those gaps? Will some kind of caulk work? (Silicone, for example) ...
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Bypassing the door sensor of a dish washer

My dishwasher refuses to start. At first this was intermittent, now it is a permanent fault. The dishwasher thinks the door is open, but it is not. Machine in question: DCS DD24DUT7 88645-A I'm ...
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Looking for drill bit tapered to match pencil sharpener

I saw this once years ago, but can't find it now. It's a drill bit that drills a conical hole whose taper matches the cone left by a pencil sharpener. The idea is that you can repair stripped screw ...
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Inside HVAC furnace, zero ohm between R wire and W wire, is that normal?

I have a Lennox system (G27M series). The transformer has a 3amp breaker. It trips time when the R wire and W wire are connected (heat is on). To find out where the circuit is short, I attempted to ...
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OLD Am Standard tank valve repair/replacement?

I have an old American Standard toilet and there is a slow leak between the tank and the bowl. I replaced the N-3055 feather valve and the slow leak remains. The metal seat feels smooth but looks ...
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Air compressor won't restart BTFP01012

When my dad's BTFP01012 air compressor reaches 150 PSI, he uses the relief valve, and the unit stops working i.e. turns off and does not restart to replenish the air. So he replaced the pressure ...
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How to reattach detached cable onto a drain hand auger?

I have this drain hand auger, But the cable is detached when I extend it out for cleaning, now I don't know how to attach and wind it back onto the device, I also can't find any manual or tutorial ...
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Stair newel post broken

Newel post at the top of the stairs was extremely wobbly so I took it upon myself to check it out. After taking a better look I have come to find out that not the post itself is broken, but the ...
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Brand of Handleset?

I need help to identify this handleset. Please do not suggest replacement because the homeowner's association will not allow that. I need to replace the thumb piece but cannot order it without ...
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How should this hole in concrete/stone be repaired?

While doing a routine home inspection I found this hole in the exterior wall of the home. If I understand the structure correctly, there is a concrete or stone foundation to the exterior walls and a ...
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Which control board can I put in my Whirlpool washing machine?

I have a Whirlpool washing machine, model number WFW8300SW03, which is 9 years old but in good condition except that it shows error code F-01 on the last drain of every cycle. The service manual ...
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Replace a cellular shade fabric but use existing hardware?

[Revised post] I want to try to replace a shade and use the existing hardware. But I am new to all things DIY shades (never installed a new one, let alone tackle a repair of new shade/old hardware). ...
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Broken Tile Repair

Is there a way to replace a toothbrush holder tile? This is ceramic or porcelain crica 1948. The attempt to glue made the situation worse.
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Fix a faucet that has a groove

I don't know the exact term for the part I'm referring to so I'll describe it. The faucet's actual closing is done by something similar to this but without the slits for water. I assume that's called ...
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Which components need replacing in my Frigidaire oven?

I've been having gradually worsening trouble with my electric double wall oven (Frigidaire model GLEB27T8ABA) for some time. The problems have become intolerable, and I intend to attempt a repair. ...
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whirpool washer turns on then before it can fill shuts off

My whirpool washer has a lid lock . The washer turns on and the fill light and lid lock light come on then after only 3 0r 4 seconds it shuts off. replaced the lid lock mechanism at a neighbors ...
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Rental - how to repair shower frame cleaned with bleach in error

I made a big mistake today when cleaning the shower. I used bleach on the frame, which I think is fibreglass but I'm not sure. As you can see from the pictures it appears to have taken the coating off ...
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How can I repair this damaged ceiling?

I've already scored the loose pieces of the crack with a utility knife. Now, it's just as simple (?) as making both sides of the ceiling even so I can repair it. What could I do to even out both ...
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Hotpoint double oven model identification

Can anyone identify this oven in the attached photo please. The stick on label seems to have gone missing.
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leveling a bedframe on a slanted floor

All: While I wait for my floor to cave and fall into the neighbor's house, I have an issue that I was hoping for some help with. I bought a bed for my back most recently, but the bed itself is tilted. ...
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Cleaning a Stored Kerosene Heater Fuel Tank

How do I clean a kerosene heater that has been stored for some years with kerosene in it
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remote closes but does not open garage door

I have a Linear LD003 garage door opener which is wired and I have remotes from one of two cars and some handheld remotes too. In all cases, using any of the remotes allows me to close one of our ...
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what type of sheet metal screws are harder than stainless steel?

I am trying to repair my dishwasher that has a stainless interior. I need to use stainless sheet metal screws so they wont corrode. I've got holes drilled and the screws go into the thin stainless ...
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Temperature of water in the shower fluctuates - will a cheap thermostatic tap help?

I recently moved to an apartment where temperature of water in the shower fluctuates and we called for a plumber. He either cleaned up or replaced one part (I think it was the mixer - nothing visually ...
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How do I remove this radiator cover?

I'm currently in the process of decorating and making my new home look nice and a big thing that is bothering me is the dust from inside the radiator vent, there is a lot! The radiator cover is ...
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How to repair “textured” ceiling texture

I am in the process of making small improvements around the house prior to our starting to rent it out. A few months ago a bit of the paint on a small part of the ceiling in our master bedroom fell ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Repair A/C Evaporator Coil

The repair man says that leaks are most common in a place that is not repairable without using leak sealant, which would void a warranty and his company doesn't offer that service. My system is using ...
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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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Steps for annual maintenance on a fuel oil furnace?

We have fuel oil and this year I'd like to try and maintenance the furnace myself: By "maintenance" I mean "clean it up so that it runs well throughout the winter." Just a basic tuneup and cleaning. ...
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Bosch washer won't start. Some lights are blinking

I have a Bosch washer model WAS20160UC. After I turn the programming selector to the desired position, the Start/Pause light comes on, then after a moment Spin, Regular Spin, and End lights start ...
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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...