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Home Repair: Most Popular Articles

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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.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
How to Drain a Flooded Basement - Pump Out
This tutorial describes what to do if your home's basement is flooded with water from a major storm. Safely cleaning up a flooded basement requires a special procedure so as to avoid structural damage.
Common Causes for Tripped Circuit Breakers
It is important to understand the possible reasons for a circuit breaker tripping (turning off). Fixing the cause of the electrical problem is essential before resetting the breaker a third time.
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.
Learn to Solve Common Toilet Problems
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
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 Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
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.
Power Wash Your Wood Deck: A Photo Tutorial
This tutorial reviews the steps and issues you need to know about safely cleaning your wood deck with a power washer without damaging the wood.
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.
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.
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 Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
Trip the Breaker? Reset it Quickly and Easily
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
How Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
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.
Types of Home Air Conditioning Systems and How...
Tutorial review the most commonly used air conditioning and cooling systems in the home including window air conditioner, portable air conditioner, ductless or split system air conditioners and central air conditioning.
Removing Caulk Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
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'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.
Quick and Easy Methods to Clear a Clogged Sink
Sinks often get clogged from any number of possible daily uses (and abuses). This tutorial walks you through the way to get rid of clogs in your sink.
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.
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 Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
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.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric 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.
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.
Window Mounted Room Air Conditioner Troubleshoo...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
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. Page 2.
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
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
Who Knew There Were So Many Types of Home Siding?
Learn about the various siding house materials for the home, including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, and more.
How to Prep for Exterior House Painting
Good paint preparation always involves removing loose paint and preparing the surface by hand scraping and sanding.
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.
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.
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
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 Unclog a Tub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
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.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
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.
Use a Jigsaw
How to use a jigsaw. Home Repair.
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.
Where to Connect the White and Black Wires When...
This tutorial gives you some great tips for successful connecting and wiring of electrical switches and outlets in your home including 3-way switches and GFCI outlets. Page 3.
Do You Have Hard Water? Here's How to Find Out
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.
How to Select the Right Caulk and Dispenser for...
Once the caulk is applied, the next step is to smooth the joint. Page 6.
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.
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 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.
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 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 Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
Your Introduction to Repairing Damaged Vinyl...
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding
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.
How to Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
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.
Adjusting Your Toilet's Flapper Ball Is Easier...
Tip on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball
How to Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use
Repairing a Compression Washer Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout. Page 2.
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.
Quick Guides for DIY Yard and Garden Projects
This tutorial describes the technique of staining a wood deck with oil based stain.
How to Replace a Single Pole Toggle Light Switch
This tutorial covers replacement of a single-pole switch.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Easy Outside Repairs for a Wet Basement
This tutorial describes various exterior causes of a wet basement or foundation. Not all basement waterproofing is required as a solution to a wet basement. Many times the cause of the problem is right at the corner of your house. Read on to learn how.
How to Tuckpoint Mortar Joints
Maintaining mortar joints in a brick wall is essential to keep water out of the wall and prevent brick failure. Learn how to maintain the mortar joints in a brick wall with a technique called tuckpointing.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
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).
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
How to Power Wash a Wood Deck
Does your wood deck need cleaning this Spring? Cleaning a wood deck and preparing it for staining can be a lot of work but the power washer can make short work
Deck Board Installation - Bark Side Up or Down?
Learn about the ways deck boards warp and whether you should install bark side up or bark side down.
How to Repair an Aluminum Frame Screen Door
Tutorial describes how to easily repair a screen door in an aluminum frame with professional looking results.
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.
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.
How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity
This tutorial shows you how to remove a bathroom sink/vanity complete with detailed photos.
How to Remove a Broken Screw With a Screw...
Screw extractors can remove broken screws with a few additional tools. Check out how to use screw extractors to get your home repairs underway.
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. Page 9.
Wood Deck Cleaning and Brightening
Wood decks require maintenance just like any other part of your home. This tutorial will walk you through the steps necessary for wood deck inspection and cleaning prior to refinishing.
Choosing the Right Type of Door Knob and Lock Set
Describes the different types of door knobs and lock set mechanisms and how to select the correct type.
How to Use a Zip Tool to Remove Vinyl Siding
Overview of how to use a vinyl siding removal hand tool commonly known as a zip tool.
Toilet - Pressure Assisted
Introduction to the water conserving pressure assisted toilet. Page 2.
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