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.
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
This easy to understand tutorial describes how to light a gas furnace standing pilot and tips for troubleshooting the pilot light and thermocouple. Page 2.
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
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. Page 9.
Detailed description and graphic of the components making up a gas tank type hot water heater.
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
Tutorial describes the different types of switches found in the home including single-pole, double-pole, three-way and four-way switches. Page 3.
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.
Describes various siding house materials for the home including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, wood siding
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
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. Page 4.
Describes the vinyl panel or plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allure™ as sold by Home Depot.
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.
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 describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
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 show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.
Power comes directly from the electrical company's power line, through the electrical meter on the outside
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.
Describes how to turn a gas valve on and off such as when disconnecting or installing a gas dryer or gas stove.
Most plumbing repairs require water to be turned off. Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture.
Good paint preparation always involves removing loose paint and preparing the surface by hand scraping and sanding.
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace.
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
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.
Magnetic Stud Finder: Ahh. The way of our forefathers in home repair is by using a magnetic stud finder.
Tutorial describes the many types of wall and ceiling electrical boxes used for lighting, ceiling fan and junction box applications.
One of the most common and most frustrating toilet tank problems is the slow leaking of tank water through
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
If the clog did not clear by using the plunger, the next step is to try an auger designed for sink and waste lines. Page 4.
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. Page 8.
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of 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.
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. Page 7.
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.
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
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.
This tutorial describes the technique of staining a wood deck with oil based stain.
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
Tutorial describes the steps involved in removing and replacing an existing toilet or water closet including the closet flange and wax ring replacement.
This tutorial describes the most common types of nails you will encounter and describes their use. Described are nail types including cut, common, box, annular ring, masonry, brad, finish, casing, roofing and duplex. An overview of nail sizing and terminology is also provided.
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use. Page 7.
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).
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.
This tutorial describes what you can do to fix problems of a noisy or vibrating garbage disposal / disposer unit. Page 4.
This Step By Step guide will walk you through the common household repair of unclogging a toilet fixture. Page 6.
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.
Tip on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball
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 will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
Learn how to repair and maintain a water heater.
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.
Tutorial describes how to adjust different types of toilet fill valves or ballcocks including plunger, diaphragm, floating cup and floatless.
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.
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. Page 2.
This step by step guide walks you through how to replace a deck board
Learn about the ways deck boards warp and whether you should install bark side up or bark side down.
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.
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home. Page 6.
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a gas water heater thermocouple having an older style standing pilot or a new style electronic ignition.
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
Describes the vinyl plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allure™ as sold by Home Depot.
Quick tip on how to measure the specific flow rate from your faucet or shower head measured in gallons per minute (GPM).
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.
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.
Tutorial describes how to inspect and repair a standing pilot light flame in a gas furnace.
Tutorial describes how to easily repair a screen door in an aluminum frame with professional looking results.