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  1. Painting
    I’m repairing cracks in my plaster ceiling (gypsum lathe, brown coat, veneer) before I repaint. After scraping out the cracks and anchoring back to joists I primed the cracks with Gardz, filled with durabind, finished with 2 thin coats of proform 90 minute quick set, then sealed again with...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    I never post on these but my family cannot sleep at night due to our issue. Since we bought this house in 2019, we have heard a rattling/vibrating sound coming from what we can only imagine is the roof. It happens only on very windy days but when it does happen, it goes on every 5 minutes...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    Hi guys, first timer here. I've finally decided to do something about my stairs. They've been squeaking ever since i moved in. Almost every steps is doing it! Now since im real beginner here who doesn't know a dime of what he is doing, i need some real help here. i'll post some pictures in the...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi All! We have a deck, 25 years old, built with the house. its about 10' x 12'. There is a staircase leading from the deck to the back yard, the drop is about 10 feet. The staircase is in good condition, as is most of the deck. But the connection from the back of the top of the...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I have several home improvements jobs I would like to start planning for around the house (some more urgent repairs and some "nice to have" improvements). I would not, under any circumstances, believe I could do all the work myself; I would have to hire a plumber, electrician, roofer, etc., but...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hey Guys Just moved into a home, and it seems every time we run the sprinklers, there seems to be some water coming in to the basement. What should we do? Who do we call - A contractor? An Engineer? Im a noob so i have no diea
  7. Automotive Repairs
    Bought a 1996 Mitsubishi 3000gt SL, starts up good but has a problem i noticed already. Id like to address these before i get it inspected. PROBLEMS 1.)Idling problem, turn car on and its fine for 5 minutes or so, then starts to jump from low to high idle. 700RPM-1400RPM and does not stop till...
  8. Plumbing
    Attached are a couple of photos showing the present state of my shower valve (tap) system. I'm in Costa Rica and things get built piece meal by various different people and with whatever materials happen to be available locally. I have a solar hot water heater on my roof that feeds the whole...
  9. Electrical
    Hi, this is my first post here, so please be gentle. I am in a situation where I am buying a foreclosure house for dirt cheap. I need it to live in it for a while I work during the week. In my work, I do a lot of industrial-type electrical work and I've done a little home wiring, so I do have...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    Hello, I'd really appreciate any advice any of you more knowledgeable guys can give me with this problem. I bought a retirement home a few years ago which was build back in the 1960s. It is stick framed with a Hip shaped roof. The basic structure is about 85 feet long and 28 feet wide. An...
  11. Appliances
    I have a 2001 Whirlpool (Model # gc5shgxks00) side by side refrigerator that the ice maker works on, but the water and ice crusher for the door do not. We are not getting power to the wires in the door. We took the control panel off the door to get to the wires, but no power. We tried to take...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    I need to replace the "flap" that is leaking air. Where can I buy a flap, and where can I see a diagram to pull it apart?
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I have a dilemma, and need some advice. I have a bi-level home with full size basement windows (4x4). They are wood windows, and the sills are in bad condition due to moisture. They are in a concrete foundation. The grade on the home has sunken and needs to come up 3-5 inches where the windows...
  14. HVAC
    Over the last 2 years, I have had a couple of blown run capacitors on my unit. If I am not mistaken one was on the air handler, (inside) and one was on the outside unit. It is only four years old. My repairman, has told me repeatedly to get rid of my pleated allergen filters, and replace...
  15. Automotive Repairs
    I just bought a 78 280z datsun. The dashboard has several cracks in it. I'm wanting to take the dash out and restore it myself. I would love some pointers on how to fill and repair these cracks so i can repaint the dash to just like new. Thanks.
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