Home Repair: Most Popular Articles
How to troubleshoot common garbage disposal problems and how to repair the disposer.
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
Tutorial on how to easily troubleshoot and repair a tank type gas water heater including common problems and how to fix them.
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.
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.
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 and repair a tank type electric water heater.
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
Is your drywall pocked with unsightly screw holes? This video demonstrates how to fill in those holes and make your wall look new again.
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
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.
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.
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
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.
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.
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
Yes you can paint vinyl siding if you follow specific instructions and use specific paint. This tutorial explains how to paint vinyl siding.
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.
How to use a jigsaw. Home Repair.
Tutorial describes the different types of switches found in the home including single-pole, double-pole, three-way and four-way switches. Page 2.
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.
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.
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
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 describes various types of fuses used in the home
Magnetic Stud Finder: Ahh. The way of our forefathers in home repair is by using a magnetic stud finder.
Learn about the various siding house materials for the home, including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, and more.
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
One of the most common and most frustrating toilet tank problems is the slow leaking of tank water through
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.
Detailed description and graphic of the components making up a gas tank type hot water heater.
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
Most plumbing repairs require water to be turned off. Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture.
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.
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
Ever wondered what lurked under the cover of that electrical service panel? Now you can find out what makes up the electrical
The only thing less fun than hooking up a dryer is hooking it up in a tight confined space where there is no room for the dryer vent.Dryer connections are
Good paint preparation always involves removing loose paint and preparing the surface by hand scraping and sanding.
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
This tutorial describes the technique of staining a wood deck with oil based stain.
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding
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.
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.
This easy to understand tutorial describes how to light a gas furnace standing pilot and tips for troubleshooting the pilot light and thermocouple.
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.
Describes the vinyl panel or plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allure™ as sold by Home Depot.
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.
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
Tip on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball
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.
The real estate market continues to make modest improvements across the country with homes selling more quickly. The Spring is a popular time to sell a home so
Learn about the ways deck boards warp and whether you should install bark side up or bark side down.
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.
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.
What is the first power cutting tool you should buy for your toolbox? In my opinion it is the sabre saw or jigsaw. This tool is very versatile and, although
This tutorial describes what you can do to fix problems of a noisy or vibrating garbage disposal / disposer unit. Page 4.
Screw extractors can remove broken screws with a few additional tools. Check out how to use screw extractors to get your home repairs underway.
Tutorial describes how to easily repair a screen door in an aluminum frame with professional looking results.
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
This Step By Step guide will walk you through the common household repair of unclogging a toilet fixture.
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.
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.
Crack door frame molding can be very expensive to replace. See how to repair the damage on your own instead using a few simply supplies.
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.
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.
Tutorial describes the many types of wall and ceiling electrical boxes used for lighting, ceiling fan, and junction box applications.
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).
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.
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.
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 step by step guide walks you through how to replace a deck board
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
Tutorial describes how to adjust different types of toilet fill valves or ballcocks including plunger, diaphragm, floating cup and floatless.
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use
Describes the vinyl plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allureâ„¢ as sold by Home Depot.
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.
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.
Removing oil stains from your garage floor is easier than you think and helps prolong the life of your floor.
electrical circuit overload can be caused by a loose connection
Overview of how to use a vinyl siding removal hand tool commonly known as a zip tool.
Garbage disposals may malfunction occasionally. If you garbage disposal will not turn on, here are some tips for doing some home repair.
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.
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Introduction to the water conserving pressure assisted toilet. Page 2.
Description of the 3 way switch and how it is different from other switches wired differently from other switches
Quick tip on how to measure the specific flow rate from your faucet or shower head measured in gallons per minute (GPM).
This tutorial describes how to install an electrical box into an existing wall (old work box) along with detailed photos and tips.
Are you properly caring for your window air conditioner? Watch this About.com video to get tips for proper window AC unit maintenance.
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.
Tutorial on maintaining the outside condensing unit of a central air conditioning or heat pump system.
As the Summer starts to wind up you will feel muggy, humid air becoming more frequent. Not so much a problem if you have a central air conditioning system in
Tip on how to quickly stop a leaky ball type single lever faucet without having a new repair kit.
Describes the different types of door knobs and lock set mechanisms and how to select the correct type.
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
Spring can bring crazy weather where it is hot one day and cool another. I know that is the case here in Michigan this week. So what happens when you want
This article describes some tips and tricks for cooling several rooms with one window mounted air conditioner.
Describes the features and use of a hacksaw.
In the tutorial 2-Prong Outlet to GFCI Upgrade I show you how to easily modernize your old ungrounded electrical outlet into a safe Ground Fault Circuit
Describes the features and use of the glue gun
Your toilet basically has two main valves; a flush valve and a fill valve. When it comes to water related toilet problems the culprit is usually a faulty
This tutorial describes how to maintain a window mounted room air conditioner.
Water heater leaks can be fixed is you can identify the source. Check out these tips for finding and fixing leaks around the base of your tank type water heater.
Learn how to seal and protect your deck- everything from pressure wash to waterproof deck seal, so you can ensure your deck looks great and lasts as long as possible.
Tutorial describes how to easily remove a garbage disposal or waste food disposer
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
Describes the common problem of water hammer and how to solve it.
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a wall switch controlling a light or electrical outlet.
Sometimes the most powerful tool can come in the smallest package. That includes this little beauty known as a screw extractor which is used to remove stripped
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 describes the most common types of nails you will encounter and describes their use, terminology and sizing.
Looking to learn the steps for replacing a wall outlet with a GFCI? Doing the replacement correctly will alleviate future problems. Watch this About.com video to see how it is done.
This tutorial shows you how to remove a bathroom sink/vanity complete with detailed photos.
Quick tip on a common problem called a salt bridge which may appear when a water softener runs but does not soften the water and does not appear to use salt.
Doorknobs may not be on the cutting edge of decoration, but they certainly contribute to the look of your home. Update shabby doors and closets by replacing your old doorknobs.
Definition of the ballcock found in toilet tanks.
Tip on how to determine the right size electric room heater for your needs.
This tutorial will lead you through the steps involved in preparing for and installing ceramic wall tile
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a gas water heater thermocouple having an older style standing pilot or a new style electronic ignition.
Gas stove pilot lights may not stay lit. Learn how to safely light a gas stove pilot light with this video tutorial.
Step by step tutorial on how to install a hand held shower. Page 6.
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.
Shows how to safely dispose of flammable or oily rags
Describes how the home loses heat and what repairs bring the highest benefit.
Introduction This tutorial will show you how to grout ceramic wall tile and picks up where the tutorial
This helpful Step-By-Step tutorial will tell you how to repair a large hole in drywall.
Tutorial describing how to replace a leaking cartridge in a cartridge faucet.