Home Repair: Most Popular Articles
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.
Tutorial on how to easily troubleshoot and repair a tank type gas water heater including common problems and how to fix them.
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
This easy to understand tutorial describes how to light a gas furnace standing pilot and tips for troubleshooting the pilot light and thermocouple.
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.
Describes how to fix common problems with toilets including a running toilet, not flushing at all, clogged toilet, etc.
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater. Page 2.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tutorial describes the different types of switches found in the home including single-pole, double-pole, three-way and four-way switches. Page 3.
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
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.
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.
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter
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.
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.
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.
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace. Page 6.
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
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.
Describes how to turn a gas valve on and off such as when disconnecting or installing a gas dryer or gas stove.
If the clog did not clear by using the plunger, the next step is to try an auger designed for sink and waste lines.
Is your drywall pocked with unsightly screw holes? This video demonstrates how to fill in those holes and make your wall look new again.
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
Detailed description and graphic of the components making up a gas tank type hot water heater.
Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture. Page 3.
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
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).
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
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.
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
One of the most common and most frustrating toilet tank problems is the slow leaking of tank water through
Tutorial on the most commonly used air conditioning systems in the home including window, portable, ductless or split system central air conditioning.
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.
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws. Page 3.
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
Magnetic Stud Finder: Ahh. The way of our forefathers in home repair is by using a magnetic stud finder.
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
Tutorial describes how to inspect and repair a standing pilot light flame in a gas furnace. Page 2.
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.
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.
Describes the vinyl panel or plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allure™ as sold by Home Depot.
Yes you can paint vinyl siding if you follow specific instructions and use specific paint. This tutorial explains how to paint vinyl siding.
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.
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water. Page 2.
This tutorial describes what you can do to fix problems of a noisy or vibrating garbage disposal / disposer unit. Page 4.
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.
Next steps in how to adjust the thermostat heat anticipator
From an overview of various siding house materials for the home, find out the aesthetics, characteristics, cost and maintenance of wood siding.
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.
This Step By Step guide will walk you through the common household repair of unclogging a toilet fixture.
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a steam radiator including air valve or air vent.
Overview of home furnace thermostat types including digital programmable, mercury and mechanical contact thermostats as manufactured by Honeywell, White Rodgers and others.
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
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.
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
Garbage disposals may malfunction occasionally. If you garbage disposal will not turn on, here are some tips for doing some home repair.
Once the caulk is applied, the next step is to smooth the joint. Page 6.
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.
This tutorial describes the construction and components of the high efficiency condensing furnace and how it compares to a conventional furnace.
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.
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.
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.
Tutorial describes how to adjust different types of toilet fill valves or ballcocks including plunger, diaphragm, floating cup and floatless. Page 5.
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.
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.
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
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.