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Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems.
The Best Fixes for Garbage Disposal Problems
How to troubleshoot common garbage disposal problems and how to repair the disposer.
7 Common Gas Water Heater Problems and Easy Fixes
Tutorial on how to easily troubleshoot and repair a tank type gas water heater including common problems and how to fix them.
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.
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.
Window Mounted Room Air Conditioner Troubleshoo...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Handy Introduction to Circuit Breakers
Ever wondered what lurked under the cover of that electrical service panel? Now you can find out what makes up the electrical
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
How to Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
How to Maintain a Central Air Conditioning or...
Tutorial on maintaining the outside condensing unit of a central air conditioning or heat pump system.
Dryer Vent Safety - What You Need to Know
Tutorial describing safety issues surrounding gas and electric dryers including venting.
Here's How Your Home's Air Conditioning System...
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
How to Connect Wiring and Install a 240 Volt...
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
Quick Guides for DIY Yard and Garden Projects
This tutorial describes the technique of staining a wood deck with oil based stain.
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.
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.
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.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
Your Introduction to Repairing Damaged Vinyl...
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding
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
Types of Home Siding
Learn about the various siding house materials for the home, including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, and more.
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 Replace a Single Pole Toggle Light Switch
Learn how to replace a toggle light switch. Switches control power to light fixtures and power outlets or receptacles. This tutorial covers replacement of a single-pole switch.
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.
How to Unclog Your Bathtub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
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.
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 Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use
How to Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Visual guide showing the exploded view of a garbage disposal and its components
How to Maintain Your Window AC Unit
This article describes how to maintain a window mounted room air conditioner.
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.
Easy Way to Shut Off the Main Water Supply
Most plumbing repairs require water to be turned off. Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture.
How to Install Ceramic Wall Tile
This tutorial will lead you through the steps involved in preparing for and installing ceramic wall tile
How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity
This tutorial shows you how to remove a bathroom sink/vanity complete with detailed photos.
How to Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
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.
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.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
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 Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
Troubleshoot and Repair Wall Switches with This...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a wall switch controlling a light or electrical outlet.
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.
Learn to Easily Fix a Leaking Cartridge Faucet!
Tutorial describing how to replace a leaking faucet cartridge including photos and list of needed tools.
Removing Caulk Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
What You Need to Know about Vinyl Plank Flooring
Describes bathroom and kitchen flooring including sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, cork and linoleum.
How to Grout Ceramic Wall Tile
Introduction This tutorial will show you how to grout ceramic wall tile and picks up where the tutorial
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 Prep for Exterior House Painting
The most important step in painting your home does not involve a paintbrush but rather paint scraping tools. Learn how to prepare your home's exterior surface for painting.
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
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.
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Types of Vent Pipe Used in High Efficiency...
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).
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.
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.
Learn the Anatomy of a High Efficiency...
This tutorial describes the construction and components of the high efficiency condensing furnace and how it compares to a conventional furnace.
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.
Repairing a Compression Washer Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
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.
How to Select the Right Caulk and Dispenser for...
Caulking is not an easy home repair to do in a way that looks good. Most home caulk jobs use too much caulk or apply it unevenly. This tutorial shows you a easy way to have professional looking caulk results every time.
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.
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.
A Handy Guide to Removing a Garbage Disposal
Tutorial describes how to easily remove a garbage disposal or waste food disposer
Replacing a Deck Plank
This step by step guide walks you through how to replace a deck board
How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple or...
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a gas water heater thermocouple having an older style standing pilot or a new style electronic ignition.
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.
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.
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.
Replacing a Toggle Light Switch with a Rocker...
This photo rich tutorial shows how to upgrade and replace a single pole toggle style light switch with a rocker or paddle style switch and shows the use of an oversize cover plate.
How to Install an Electrical Box (Old Work) in...
This tutorial describes how to install an electrical box into an existing wall (old work box) along with detailed photos and tips.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.
Top 10 Exterior Paint Problems
Tutorial describes the top 10 most common paint problems found around the home, their cause and how to fix them.
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.
How to Install an Electronic Dimmer
This tutorial graphically describes how to easily install a dimmer in a single pole switch location for incandescent or halogen lighting. To use a CFL with a dimmer the use a dimmable CFL is required.
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.
How to Fix a Loose Doorknob (with set screw)
This tutorial shows you how to fix a doorknob fastened with set screws that seems to continually loosen. It describes how to increase the holding power of the set screws.
How to Diagnose and Fix a Wet Basement
This tutorial describes various basement water problems and describe how to diagnose and fix them.
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.
Your 3-Step Guide to Maintaining a Water Heater
This tutorial describes the 3 easy steps to proper water heater maintenance which will help reduce your energy costs and extend the life of the water heater.
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.
Screen Repair - Wood Frame
Describes technique for repairing screen in a wood frame
Upgrade a 2 Prong Outlet With a New GFI
This tutorial will guide you through a simple way to upgrade the safety of almost any 2 prong outlet to become a GFCI outlet.
How to Get Hot Water Instantly from Your...
Article describes how to improve water heater performance with simple add-on booster / recirculation pump system that allows faster hot water to appliances and faucets.
Nails 101: Learn the Basics of Types, Sizes,...
This tutorial describes the most common types of nails you will encounter and describes their use, terminology and sizing.
Everything You Need to Know about Allure Vinyl...
Describes the vinyl plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allureâ„¢ as sold by Home Depot.
How to Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
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 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.
How to Thaw 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.
Ice Dams: How to Beat Them
This tutorial describes ice dams, how an ice dam is formed, how to prevent and repair ice dams and methods of battling an ice dam before winter and during winter.
How to Recharge Your Hot Water Boiler Expansion...
This tutorial describes the differences between the two types of hot water boiler expansion tanks (diaphragm and horizontal steel tank) and how to re-charge them with air for proper functioning of the hot water boiler system.
Replacing the AprilAire Space-Gard 2200 Furnace...
Detailed photo tutorial for installing the AprilAire Space-Gard or Spacegard 2200 whole house high efficiency air filter.
How to Fix a High Efficiency Furnace
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace.
Screen Repair - Metal Frame
Describes technique for repairing screen in a metal frame
Read These Top 10 Furnace Repair Tutorials
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
How to Install That Garbage Disposal: A Photo...
Tutorial explaining steps to install a garbage disposal
Hand Held Shower Head - How to Install a Hand...
Step by step tutorial on how to install a hand held shower head
Bathroom Vanity and Sink Types - Bathroom...
Describes bathroom vanity and sink types including wall mounted sink, pedestal sink, vessel sink vanities, framed sink, under-mount sink and drop-in sinks and cabinet vanities.Page 1 of 8.
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 Install a Wall Sconce or Wall Light...
How to Install Wall Light and Sconce Fixtures. Wall mounted light fixtures are often called a wall sconce, and are a great way to add character to general room lighting. In this tutorial we will review to replace a wall mounted light fixture or sconce, and replace it with a new fixture.
Learn the Inner Workings of Your Home Furnace...
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
Water Hammer 101: Learn All about This Noisy...
Describes the common problem of water hammer and how to solve it.
Selecting the Right Extension Cord for the Job
Tutorial describes how to select the proper extension cord for home use based on length of cord and amperage of device being powered.
Plumbing Repair: Step-by-Step DIY Guides and Tips
You can easily replace that grungy looking old sink in your kitchen with a nice new sink and I'll show you how to do it yourself. This tutorial explains how to replace and install a self-rimming surface mounted sink.
You, Too, Can Install a Home Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on how to install a home thermostat for heating or cooling for gas forced air or hot water heating systems.
Thermostat and Furnace Compatibility
You must make sure to use the proper type of thermostat for your furnace. Mismatching equipment is dangerous. Learn the differences between millivoltage, low and high or line voltage systems and how to identify what type of system you have.
Paint Disposal and Recycling
This tutorial describes ways to reuse, recycle or dispose of latex and oil based paints, paint cans and solvents.
How to Easily Replace and Install a Bathroom...
This detailed tutorial describes how to replace an install a bathroom vanity along with tips for a great installation!
Cool tricks to well, cheaply cool your home!
This article describes some tips and tricks for cooling several rooms with one window mounted air conditioner.
Hey! Get that wood deck looking like new!
This tutorial hub is your one-stop reference for all you need to know to refinish your wood deck and make it look like new!
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 Hook Up a Dryer Vent in a Tight Space
Tutorial describes how to connect a dryer in a tight space using an offset dryer vent.
Exterior Home Repair: DIY Tips and Step-by-Step...
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter
Here are tips on how to remove oil stains from...
Removing oil stains from your concrete garage floor or asphalt driveway is easier than you think and helps prolong the life of your floor or drive.
How to Remove Toilet Bowl Stains
Describes a great tip on how to use water softener resin bed cleaner to remove toilet stains.
Toilet - Pressure Assisted
Introduction to the water conserving pressure assisted toilet.
How to select a garbage disposal
Tutorial describes what to look for in a garbage disposal and provides some recommendations on garbage disposers.
Repairing a Small Hole in Drywall
Repairing small drywall holes up to about 4 inches is relatively easy with a newer repair material that has a self adhesive mesh drywall patch.
How to Quickly Determine Your Faucet or Shower...
Quick tip on how to measure the specific flow rate from your faucet or shower head measured in gallons per minute (GPM).
How to Replace a Damaged Brick
Brick replacement can be done by a homeowner under certain conditions. Learn when a brick can be replaced and how to do it yourself.
How to easily install a ceiling fan
This tutorial describes how to easily install a ceiling fan and provides you detailed color photos showing each step.
How to fix a large hole in drywall
This helpful Step-By-Step tutorial will tell you how to repair a large hole in drywall.
Quick Fix for a Single-Lever Ball Faucet
Tip on how to quickly stop a leaky ball type single lever faucet without having a new repair kit.
Recommended Shelf Spans and Spacing
Describes recommended spans of shelf supports for various shelving materials and shelf heights for different print and digital media.
How to safely dispose of oily rags
Learn tips on how to safely dispose of flammable or oily rags
Everything You Need to Know about Furnace...
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
Everything You Need to Know about Cork Flooring
This tutorial provides a comprehensive overview of cork flooring, what cork is, how the cork floor is constructed, its benefits, maintenance tips and other information you want to know.
How to Install a Wall Mounted Shower Head
Step by step tutorial on how to install or replace a wall mounted shower head
How to Measure a Cubic Foot of Concrete
Describes how to measure a cubic foot and cubic yard of concrete and how surface area is affected by depth of the concrete slab.
Repairing a Single Handle Disc Faucet
This tutorial describes how to repair a single handle ceramic disc faucet such as found in a kitchen or bath.
Troubleshooting Drinking Water Treatment...
Describes how to troubleshoot water treatment problems in the home including hard water, iron, tannins, rotten egg smell, etc.
How to clean your home's gutters
Tutorial describing proper way to clean gutters and downspouts.
How to Use a Sink Auger: A Step-by-Step Guide
The Sink Auger is a valuable and easy to use tool for breaking up and clearing clogs in sinks and tubs.

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