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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. Page 2.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
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.
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.
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fix a High Efficiency Furnace
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace. Page 6.
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 Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
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 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 Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know about Furnace...
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
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 Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
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 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.
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
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.
How to Prevent an Outside Faucet from Freezing
Describes products and techniques to reduce freezing risk of an outside faucet or sill-cock.
Learn the Inner Workings of Your Home Furnace...
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
How to Adjust Your Thermostat's Heat Anticipator
Next steps in how to adjust the thermostat heat anticipator
How to Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
How to Fix a Gas Furnace: Furnace Goes On and...
If your gas furnace is turning on and off too frequently, there are a few things you can do to fix it. Here is a video explaining how to repair a gas furnace that turns on and off too frequently.
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 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.
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 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.
How to Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Fix a Gas Furnace: Furnace Has a Noisy...
Your gas furnace should be operating with a minimal amount of noise. If it starts getting too noisy, it's time to fix it. Here's a video detailing how to fix a noisy gas furnace.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
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.
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.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
DIY Heating and Cooling Repair: Tutorial and Tips
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a steam radiator including air valve or air vent.
How to Clean a Steam Radiator Air Valve
Tutorial describes how to easily clean a clogged radiator air valve that is stuck open.
How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe
Don't let your frozen pipes become a major issue and expense! Watch this About.com video to learn how to thaw them so that you avoid costly problems.
Heating and Cooling Repair: Step-by-Step DIY...
Tutorial describing safety issues surrounding gas and electric dryers including venting.
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.
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.
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 Fix a Gas Furnace: Electronic Ignition...
A gas furnace's electronic ignition is necessary to keep it burning, so it's a good idea to know how to fix it. Here is a video with tips for fixing the electronic ignition on your gas 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.
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 Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.

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