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The Best Fixes for Garbage Disposal Problems
If the garbage disposal won't turn on but makes a humming sound when you flip the switch and it means you have a stuck flywheel. Page 2.
7 Common Gas Water Heater Problems and Fixes
Tutorial on how to easily troubleshoot and repair a tank type gas water heater including common problems and how to fix them.
Did the Pilot Light on Your Furnace Go Out?...
This easy to understand tutorial describes how to light a gas furnace standing pilot and tips for troubleshooting the pilot light and thermocouple.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
Common Causes for Tripped Circuit Breakers
It is important to understand the possible reasons for a circuit breaker tripping. Fixing the cause of the electrical problem is essential before resetting the breaker a third time.
How to Easily Fix Annoying Toilet Problems
Describes how to fix common problems with toilets including a running toilet, not flushing at all, clogged toilet, etc.
How to Keep Your Electronic Ignition Furnace...
The gas electronic ignition furnace is the most common type of new furnace but requires a special understanding of its components for repair of hot surface ignition and intermittent pilot systems.
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater. Page 2.
4 Ways to Remove Tough Bathroom Rust Stains
Removing unsightly rust and other stains from porcelain in toilets and sinks can be difficult. This tutorial will guide you through several ways to make this repair
What You Should Know About the 6 Most Common...
Describes the most common types of home heating systems including forced air, hydronic hot water baseboard, radiant in floor heat, steam heat radiation and geothermal.
Electrical Switches 101: What Homeowners Need...
Tutorial describes the different types of switches found in the home including single-pole, double-pole, three-way and four-way switches. Page 3.
Exterior Home Repair: DIY Tips and Step-by-Step...
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter
10 Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair Tutorials
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
Quick Guide to a Faulty Gas Boiler
This tutorial describes and covers the troubleshooting and repair of gas fired boilers that heat water for hot water or hydronic home heating systems. These boilers can be fired with gas or oil, but the components are similar. Page 6.
What's Causing Your Garbage Disposal to Clog?
This tutorial gives you tips and describes how to avoid a clog and what to do if your garbage disposer or disposal unit has a clogged drain.
How to Replace Your Furnace Thermocouple or...
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a furnace thermocouple in an older style standing pilot furnace or an electronic flame sensor in a newer style electronic ignition furnace.
What to do when your electrical circuit breaker...
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
How to Remove the Cover Plate When Repairing a...
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
How to Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
What, Exactly, Is a Compression Washer Faucet?
Faucets come in several types including compression, ball, cartridge and disc. Identifying what type you have is the first step in doing any repair. The type of faucet determines how it gets repaired and what tools or special kits are required.
Quick and Easy Methods to Clear a Clogged Sink
If the clog did not clear by using the plunger, the next step is to try an auger designed for sink and waste lines.
How to Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
How to Thoroughly Clean a Dryer Vent for...
This tutorial explains the important dryer repair involving cleaning your dryer of dangerous lint build up, a major source of dryer fires. It photo documents the steps involved in cleaning your dryer of lint in the lint trap and in dryer ducts and hoses.
How to Recharge Your Hot Water Boiler Expansion...
This tutorial describes the differences between the two types of hot water boiler expansion tanks and how to re-charge them with air for proper functioning.
How to Fill Drywall Screw Holes
Is your drywall pocked with unsightly screw holes? This video demonstrates how to fill in those holes and make your wall look new again.
How to Safely Turn a Gas Valve On and Off
Describes how to turn a gas valve on and off such as when disconnecting or installing a gas dryer or gas stove.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
Your Guide to Troubleshooting a High Efficiency...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace. Page 6.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Your Gas Water Heater
Detailed description and graphic of the components making up a gas tank type hot water heater.
Your Handy Introduction to Circuit Breakers
The main circuit breaker is often called a Double Pole Service Disconnect and is what controls the live power from energizing the circuits in the electrical panel.
Easy Way to Shut Off the Main Water Supply
Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture. Page 3.
How Different Home Air Conditioning Systems Work
Tutorial on the most commonly used air conditioning systems in the home including window, portable, ductless or split system central air conditioning.
Easy Ways to Locate a Wall Stud
Magnetic Stud Finder: Ahh. The way of our forefathers in home repair is by using a magnetic stud finder.
How to Unclog a Tub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
How to Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
Get to Know the Types of Vent Pipe Used in High...
Tutorial describes types of plastic high efficiency furnace vent piping (ABS, PVC, CPVC) and types of furnace vent systems such as direct vent (2 pipe) and non-direct vent (1 pipe).
Repairing a Leaky Toilet Flush Valve Is Easy...
One of the most common and most frustrating toilet tank problems is the slow leaking of tank water through
Removing Caulk Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
Drain Your Home's Plumbing System with This...
This tutorial describes an easy process for draining your home's plumbing system. Step by step description on how to drain your home's plumbing water line and then turn everything back on.
Everything You Need to Know about Furnace...
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
How to Connect the Wiring to a 240 Volt Circuit...
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
Got a Gas Furnace? Here's How to Inspect That...
Tutorial describes how to inspect and repair a standing pilot light flame in a gas furnace. Page 2.
How Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
Do You Have Hard Water? Here's How to Find Out
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water. Page 2.
How to Paint Vinyl Siding
Yes you can paint vinyl siding if you follow specific instructions and use specific paint. This tutorial explains how to paint vinyl siding.
What Does It Mean When Your Garbage Disposal Is...
This tutorial describes what you can do to fix problems of a noisy or vibrating garbage disposal / disposer unit. Page 4.
Plunging 101: Learn the Right Way to Unclog a...
This Step By Step guide will walk you through the common household repair of unclogging a toilet fixture.
How Does a Brine Tank Soften Your Water?
Tutorial describes in plain English how water softeners work, the types of softeners and how they eliminate hard water and the differences between using salt and potassium.
What You Need to Know about Vinyl Plank Flooring
Describes the vinyl panel or plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allure™ as sold by Home Depot.
How to Fix a Tank Type Water Heater: Rotten Egg...
Rotten egg smells in your water may be due to your hot water heater. Check out these tips for getting ride of that rotten egg smell in your water heater tank.
How to Fit the Wax Ring When Replacing a Toilet
Tutorial describes the steps involved in removing and replacing an existing toilet or water closet including the closet flange and wax ring replacement. Page 6.
How to Safely Turn Off the Power on Your...
This tutorial describes how to turn off a circuit breaker or fuse controlling all power to the home or to just a branch circuit controlling just one circuit. This knowledge is essential for any electrical home repair projects.
How to Select the Right Caulk and Dispenser for...
Once the caulk is applied, the next step is to smooth the joint. Page 6.
Who Knew There Were So Many Types of Home Siding?
From an overview of various siding house materials for the home, find out the aesthetics, characteristics, cost and maintenance of wood siding.
Learn the Inner Workings of Your Home Furnace...
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
Your Handy Guide to Steam Radiator Air Vents
Describes how venting air valves work on a steam radiator, the sizes of the valves and where they are used in a residential steam boiler heating system.
In the Market for a Tankless Water Heater?...
This tutorial describes tankless water heaters, how they work, different fuel sources and types of tankless hot water heaters, how to size the unit and issues associated with this technology.
The Three Way Switch - How It Is Different
Description of the 3 way switch and how it is different from other switches wired differently from other switches
Learn the Anatomy of a Mercury Bimetallic...
Overview of home furnace thermostat types including digital programmable, mercury and mechanical contact thermostats as manufactured by Honeywell, White Rodgers and others.
How to Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Gas Furnace Types and Efficiencies
This tutorial describes the various types and efficiencies of gas furnaces found in the home including high efficiency, standard or mid efficiency, low efficiency, single stage, two stage and modulating furnaces.
Your Handy Introduction to Electrical Boxes
Tutorial describes the many types of wall and ceiling electrical boxes used for lighting, ceiling fan and junction box applications.
Deck Sanding
This tutorial will describe how to sand a wood deck after power washing where wood grain may have been raised and in preparation of final staining and finishing. Page 2.
How to Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use. Page 7.
How to Clean and Refinish Your Wood Deck
Wood decks provide increased outdoor living area but require periodic maintenance including refinishing. Refinishing a wood deck involves a few steps such as inspection, cleaning and wood brightening, power washing, sanding, staining and sealing. This detailed tutorial will walk you through all the major steps of refinishing your wood deck successfully and beautifully.
How to Adjust Different Types of Toilet Ballcocks
Tutorial describes how to adjust different types of toilet fill valves or ballcocks including plunger, diaphragm, floating cup and floatless.
Repairing a Compression Washer Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
Types of Home Piping Materials
Tutorial describes the various types of materials used in home plumbing systems and outlines the most common types of piping materials found in homes of different ages, what they are used for and how to cut and fasten them together.
How To Repair a Leaking Ball Faucet
Tutorial describing how to repair a single lever ball faucet such as made by Peerless or Delta and which is commonly found in the kitchen and bath.
Adjusting Your Toilet's Flapper Ball Is Easier...
Tutorial on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball.
Deckology 101: What You Need to Know When...
You have holiday barbeques and family and friend gatherings planned this summer so make sure that deck is looking great! In this tutorial called All You Need
How to Fix a Gas Furnace: Furnace Blower Does...
If the blower in your gas furnace won't turn off, it can cause major problems with your home heating system. Here's a video with instructions for fixing a gas furnace where the blower won't turn off.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout. Page 2.
Troubleshooting Wet Basement Problems
Wetness in the home basement is a common problem that can be caused by a number of issues, some simple to repair and others are more complicated. This tutorial will describe various basement water problems and describe how to diagnose and fix them. Page 5.
How to Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
Preventing and Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe
Water pipes freezing in the winter are dangerous and expensive. Read how to thaw a frozen pipe and stop them from freezing in the future.
Your Introduction to Repairing Damaged Vinyl...
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding
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