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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. Page 2.
7 Common Gas Water Heater Problems and Fixes
Tutorial on how to easily troubleshoot and repair a tank type gas water heater including common problems and how to fix them.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. Page 2.
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.
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
Learn to Solve Common Toilet Problems
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
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 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.
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 Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
10 Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair Tutorials
Furnace repair tips covering standard and high efficiency furnaces and ignition systems such as standing pilot light and electronic ignition.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
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. Page 2.
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.
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 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 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 Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
Your Guide to Troubleshooting a High Efficiency...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace. Page 6.
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. Page 6.
How Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
Easy Way to Shut Off the Main Water Supply
Learn how to shutoff water at the main or locally at the plumbing fixture.
How to Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
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.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
Your Handy Introduction to Circuit Breakers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
Exterior Home Repair: DIY Tips and Step-by-Step...
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter
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
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.
How to Prep for Exterior House Painting
Good paint preparation always involves removing loose paint and preparing the surface by hand scraping and sanding.
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.
Who Knew There Were So Many Types of Home Siding?
Learn about the various siding house materials for the home, including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, and more.
Get to Know the Types of Vent Pipe Used in High...
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).
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.
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.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
Everything You Need to Know about Furnace...
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
How to Fix a Tank Type Water Heater: Rotten Egg...
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.
How to Connect the Wiring to a 240 Volt Circuit...
This detailed tutorial will show you how to easily install a 240 volt circuit breaker. Complete with detailed photos.
Window Mounted Room Air Conditioner Troubleshoo...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
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.
How to Select the Right Caulk and Dispenser for...
Once the caulk is applied, the next step is to smooth the joint. Page 6.
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.
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.
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. Page 6.
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.
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
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. Page 4.
Ice Dam
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 Fix a Gas Furnace: Furnace Blower Does...
If the blower in your gas furnace won't turn off, it can cause major problems with your home heating system. Here's a video with instructions for fixing a gas furnace where the blower won't turn off.
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.
Your Introduction to Repairing Damaged Vinyl...
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding. Page 2.
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.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout. Page 2.
Adjusting Your Toilet's Flapper Ball Is Easier...
Tip on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball
Preventing and Thawing 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.
How to Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use. Page 7.
How to Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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