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The Best Fixes for Garbage Disposal Problems
How to troubleshoot common garbage disposal problems and how to repair the disposer.
Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioning...
Tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair common central air conditioning system problems. 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.
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.
Learn to Solve Common Toilet Problems
Describes how to fix common causes problems with toilets including toilet running, not flushing at all, clogged, etc.
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.
Common Electric Water Heater Problems: How to...
How to troubleshoot and repair a tank type electric water heater.
How Your Home Air Conditioning System Works
Overview of the home air conditioning system and how it works.
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.
Window Mounted Room Air Conditioner Troubleshoo...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot a window mounted room air conditioner.
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.
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 Use a Screw Extractor
Describes how screw extractor works and how to extract a broken screw
Types of Home Air Conditioning Systems and How...
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.
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.
Trip the Breaker? Reset it Quickly and Easily
How to reset a tripped circuit breaker is a common home repair that is easy when done right.
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.
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 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.
Use a Jigsaw
How to use a jigsaw. Home Repair.
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 2.
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.
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.
How to Tighten a Loose Lever Doorknob with...
This tutorial shows you how to tighten a doorknob or lever door handle having hidden screws.
Removing Caulk Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
Tips for easy removal of dried latex or silicone caulk from your tub or sink.
Install a New Water Heater in 10 Steps
Tutorial describing how to install a replacement gas or 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.
Homeowner's Guide to the Fuse Box
This tutorial describes various types of fuses used in the home
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.
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.
How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Furnace Thermostat
Tutorial on thermostat troubleshooting for mechanical thermostats such as Honeywell, White Rodgers, Lux
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
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.
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 Repair a Broken Heating Element on an...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and replace heating elements in an electric water heater.
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.
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 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 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.
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
Hooking Up a Dryer in a Tight Space
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
How to Prep for Exterior House Painting
Good paint preparation always involves removing loose paint and preparing the surface by hand scraping and sanding.
Visual Guide to Garbage Disposals
Construction of a Garbage Disposal
How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Introduction on how to replace a ceiling light fixture.
Quick Guides for DIY Yard and Garden Projects
This tutorial describes the technique of staining a wood deck with oil based stain.
Your Introduction to Repairing Damaged Vinyl...
Step by step tutorial on how to replace or patch a damaged section of vinyl siding
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 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.
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.
Do You Have Hard Water? Here's How to Find Out
This tutorial describes a home test to determine if you have hard water.
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 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 Unclog a Tub Drain
This tutorial describes how to repair a clog in a bath tub using a cup plunger and duct tape.
How to Repair Orange Peel Textured Walls
This tutorial will walk you through how to repair a damaged textured wall
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
Wood Deck Cleaning and Brightening
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.
Selling Your Home? Top 10 Interior Repair Tips...
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
Deck Board Installation - Bark Side Up or Down?
Learn about the ways deck boards warp and whether you should install bark side up or bark side down.
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.
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 Use a Jigsaw
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
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.
How to Remove a Broken Screw With a Screw...
Screw extractors can remove broken screws with a few additional tools. Check out how to use screw extractors to get your home repairs underway.
How to Repair an Aluminum Frame Screen Door
Tutorial describes how to easily repair a screen door in an aluminum frame with professional looking results.
Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace - Furnace Repair
Identifies common problems, causes and fixes for various gas furnace problems
Repairing a Compression Washer Faucet
This tutorial will show you how to repair a leaking compression washer faucet.
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 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.
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.
How to Repair a Cracked Door Frame
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.
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.
Your Quick Guide to Understanding How Tub...
This step by step tutorial describes how to remove a bath tub spout.
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.
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).
How to Replace a Single Pole Toggle 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.
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 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.
Replacing a Deck Plank
This step by step guide walks you through how to replace a deck board
How to Shut Off a Natural Gas Supply Valve
How to shut off the main natural gas supply valve in your home.
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.
How to Use Wall Anchors to Hang Stuff in Your...
Description of different types of wall fasteners and their use
Everything You Need to Know about Allure Vinyl...
Describes the vinyl plank resilient flooring system including the product known as TrafficMaster Allureâ„¢ as sold by Home Depot.
How to Tuckpoint Mortar Joints
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.
Troubleshooting Wet Basement Problems
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.
Remove Oil Stains from Concrete
Removing oil stains from your garage floor is easier than you think and helps prolong the life of your floor.
Circuit Overload Caused By Loose Connection
electrical circuit overload can be caused by a loose connection
How to Use a Zip Tool to Remove Vinyl Siding
Overview of how to use a vinyl siding removal hand tool commonly known as a zip tool.
How to Fix a Garbage Disposal: Disposal Will...
Garbage disposals may malfunction occasionally. If you garbage disposal will not turn on, here are some tips for doing some home repair.
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.
Top 10 Plumbing Tools
This tutorial shows you the essential top 10 tools / items you'll need for plumbing repairs around the home.
Toilet - Pressure Assisted
Introduction to the water conserving pressure assisted toilet. Page 2.
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
How to Quickly Determine Your Faucet or Shower...
Quick tip on how to measure the specific flow rate from your faucet or shower head measured in gallons per minute (GPM).
How to Install an Electrical Box (Old Work) in...
This tutorial describes how to install an electrical box into an existing wall (old work box) along with detailed photos and tips.
Top Tips for Window Air Conditioner Maintenance
Are you properly caring for your window air conditioner? Watch this About.com video to get tips for proper window AC unit maintenance.
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.
Central Air Conditioning Unit and Heat Pump...
Tutorial on maintaining the outside condensing unit of a central air conditioning or heat pump system.
Here are Some Tips for Cooling your Home With a...
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
Quick Fix for a Single-Lever Ball Faucet
Tip on how to quickly stop a leaky ball type single lever faucet without having a new repair kit.
Choosing the Right Type of Door Knob and Lock Set
Describes the different types of door knobs and lock set mechanisms and how to select the correct type.
Deckology 101: What You Need to Know When...
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
Maintaining Your Home's Central Air Conditioning
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
Cool tricks to well, cheaply cool your home!
This article describes some tips and tricks for cooling several rooms with one window mounted air conditioner.
How to Use a Hacksaw
Describes the features and use of a hacksaw.
Install a USB Built-In Wall Charger
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
Choosing and Using a Glue Gun
Describes the features and use of the glue gun
Toilet Tank Basics
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
Window Air Conditioner Maintenance
This tutorial describes how to maintain a window mounted room air conditioner.
How to Fix a Tank Type Water Heater: Water Leak...
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.
Seal and Protect Your Deck
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.
Your Handy Guide to Removing a Garbage Disposal
Tutorial describes how to easily remove a garbage disposal or waste food disposer
How to Power Wash a Wood Deck
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
Water Hammer 101: Learn All about This Noisy...
Describes the common problem of water hammer and how to solve it.
Troubleshoot and Repair Wall Switches with This...
This tutorial describes how to troubleshoot and repair a wall switch controlling a light or electrical outlet.
Broken Screw? Here's How to Get It Out.
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
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.
Nails 101: Learn the Basics of Types, Sizes,...
This tutorial describes the most common types of nails you will encounter and describes their use, terminology and sizing.
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 Remove a Bathroom Vanity
This tutorial shows you how to remove a bathroom sink/vanity complete with detailed photos.
How to Repair a Salt Bridge in Your Tank
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.
How To Replace A Doorknob
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.
Ballcock / Fill Valve
Definition of the ballcock found in toilet tanks.
What Size Electric Room Heater Do You Need?
Tip on how to determine the right size electric room heater for your needs.
How to Install Ceramic Wall Tile
This tutorial will lead you through the steps involved in preparing for and installing ceramic wall tile
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 Light a Gas Stove Pilot Light
Gas stove pilot lights may not stay lit. Learn how to safely light a gas stove pilot light with this video tutorial.
Hand Held Shower Head - How to Install a Hand...
Step by step tutorial on how to install a hand held shower. Page 6.
Easy Outside Repairs for a Wet Basement
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.
Safely Disposing of Oily or Flammable Rags
Shows how to safely dispose of flammable or oily rags
Do You Know the 5 Ways Your Home Loses Heat?
Describes how the home loses heat and what repairs bring the highest benefit.
How to Grout Ceramic Wall Tile
Introduction This tutorial will show you how to grout ceramic wall tile and picks up where the tutorial
Repairing a Large Hole in Drywall
This helpful Step-By-Step tutorial will tell you how to repair a large hole in drywall.
How to Repair a Leaky Single Handle Cartridge...
Tutorial describing how to replace a leaking cartridge in a cartridge faucet.
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