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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.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
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.
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.
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
How to troubleshoot common garbage disposal problems and how to repair the disposer.
Common Causes for Tripped Circuit Breakers
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.
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.
Dryer Vent Safety - What You Need to Know
Tutorial describing safety issues surrounding gas and electric dryers including venting.
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
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.
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.
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.
How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
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.
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 Fix a High Efficiency Furnace
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a high efficiency direct vent condensing furnace.
Everything You Need to Know about Furnace...
Tutorial describing the function and operation of a furnace pressure switch used on conventional and condensing furnaces.
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 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.
Repairing a Leaky Two Handle Cartridge Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking two handle cartridge faucet with illustrating faucet repair photos.
How to Recharge Your Hot Water Boiler Expansion...
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.
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.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
How to Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
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 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.
How to Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
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 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.
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 and Repair a Thermostat
Trying to fix your thermostat and not quite sure what the problem is or how to remedy it? We've been there! Check out this About.com video to see how to do it successfully.
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 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.
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.
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.
Learn to Troubleshoot and Repair That...
Tips on how to diagnose problems and fix your electric heater.
Learn the Inner Workings of Your Home Furnace...
Tutorial explaining and graphically depicting the various components of the home furnace mounted humidifier.
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 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 Adjust Your Thermostat's Heat Anticipator
Learn how to adjust this device that fine tunes the point at which the thermostat turns off the furnace burners.
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.
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.
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.
Exterior Home Repair: DIY Tips and Step-by-Step...
Fall checklist for getting your home ready for winter
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Visual guide showing the exploded view of a garbage disposal and its components
Thermostat and Furnace Compatibility
You must make sure to use the proper type of thermostat for your furnace. Mismatching equipment is dangerous. Learn the differences between millivoltage, low and high or line voltage systems and how to identify what type of system you have.
How to Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
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 Prevent an Outside Faucet from Freezing
Describes products and techniques to reduce freezing risk of an outside faucet or sill-cock.
Review of 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.
Troubleshoot and Repair Wall Switches with This...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a wall switch controlling a light or electrical outlet.
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
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 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.
You, Too, Can Install a Home Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on how to install a home thermostat for heating or cooling for gas forced air or hot water heating systems.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or electric water heater.
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 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.
DIY Heating and Cooling Repair: Tutorial and Tips
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a steam radiator including air valve or air vent.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems.
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.
Learn to Easily Fix a Leaking Cartridge Faucet!
Tutorial describing how to replace a leaking faucet cartridge including photos and list of needed tools.
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.
How to Repair Your Electronic Ignition Furnace
Overview of standing pilot versus electronic ignition furnace.
How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple or...
This tutorial describes how to easily replace a gas water heater thermocouple having an older style standing pilot or a new style electronic ignition.
How to Maintain a Central Air Conditioning or...
Tutorial on maintaining the outside condensing unit of a central air conditioning or heat pump system.
How to Replace a Wall Outlet With a GFCI
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.
How to Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use
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.
How to Replace an Old 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 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 Unclog Your Bathtub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
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.
Removing Caulk Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
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.
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.
How to Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
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.
Types of Electronic Furnace Ignition
Describes the two main types of electronic furnace ignition, Furnace Intermittent Pilot and Furnace Hot Surface Ignition.
How to Grout Ceramic Wall Tile
Introduction This tutorial will show you how to grout ceramic wall tile and picks up where the tutorial
Do You Have Hard Water? Here's How to Find Out
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.
Easy tips to follow to ready your furnace for...
Follow these simple tips for seasonal maintenance on your furnace to help keep it running efficiently and safely.
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
Adjusting Your Toilet's Flapper Ball Is Easier...
Tutorial on how to stop annoying toilet flushing problems related to the flush valve or toilet flapper ball.
How to Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
How to Repair a Compression Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
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.
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.
How to replace a humidifier solenoid
This photo rich tutorial describes how to replace a faulty solenoid on a flow-through style furnace humidifier.
Cold Rooms and How to Warm Them
Tutorial describes why rooms may be cold in your home and what you can do to warm them up.
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
Easy Ways to Locate a Wall Stud
This tutorial guides you through the tips on finding a hidden wood wall stud in a wall.
How to Get Hot Water Instantly from Your...
Article describes how to improve water heater performance with simple add-on booster / recirculation pump system that allows faster hot water to appliances and faucets.
Cool Toilet Bowl Stain Removal Tip
Describes a great tip on how to use water softener resin bed cleaner to remove toilet stains.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.
What Is an Electric Baseboard Heater, Anyway?
Tutorial describing the types of electric heaters typically found in a home including cove, wall, toe kick and baseboard.
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Here's How Your Home's Air Conditioning System...
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
How to Install Ceramic Wall Tile
This tutorial will lead you through the steps involved in preparing for and installing ceramic wall tile
Types of Home Siding
Learn about the various siding house materials for the home, including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cement fiber siding, and more.
Top High Efficiency Furnace Troubleshooting...
This tutorial highlights the most common and weekend warrior friendly repairs you can make on your high efficiency condensing furnace (Efficiency of +92%).
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.
Replacing a Toggle Light Switch with a Rocker...
This photo rich tutorial shows how to upgrade and replace a single pole toggle style light switch with a rocker or paddle style switch and shows the use of an oversize cover plate.
A Handy Guide to Removing a Garbage Disposal
Tutorial describes how to easily remove a garbage disposal or waste food disposer

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