My beloved stand mixer has stripped its gears, and is in need of repair... but the official repair centers are far out in Brooklyn and Queens, and closed on Sundays -- rendering them inaccessible to me. [more inside]
[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
There is too much advice online. What's the best way to remove a small dent from my car? [more inside]
I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
Both our cars got hit by hail damage this summer. I've filed the claims and just got back from the adjuster's estimate for the newer car. We've never lived in an area with frequent hail damage before, so I'd appreciate advice on how best to proceed. [more inside]
So some wonderful individual in a parking lot has christened my new car with its first scrape. Photo here. Is it sufficiently serious/deep that I should get it repainted immediately to avoid rusting issues? And if so, is it at all feasible to attempt a patch job myself? The internet at large is inconclusive on both counts.
I have a lovely old L.E.Smith/Fenton moon and stars glass cookie jar. How can I seal the lid, which has broken and chipped? [more inside]
The dishwasher that came with the home we bought 9 years ago started making a crunching sound, and then it stopped making the sound, and now it doesn't drain. I suspect a bad drain pump. I know where to buy the replacement part online; is this a repair I can do myself or must I hire someone? [more inside]
I have a nice watch, an automatic Baume & Mercier. Can anyone recommend a reputable watch service place in New York City? Most of the watch repair places I find don't do much beyond replace bands or batteries... I need a proper overhaul. [more inside]
I recently obtained a used Anfim Best grinder for a great price, but the doser was not working and missing a few parts. I've bought the spare parts now and nearly have it back to working condition, but need some advice on the handle and gear mechanism which is causing me problems. [more inside]
What tradesman would I call to fix a busted (not just cracked) on-grade slab concrete floor in my garage? [more inside]
Hi MeFites, I have a furniture puzzle for you to solve. Riddle me this… [more inside]
So, I dug an old bike out of my parent's basement a while back. I know zip about bike maintenance. How can I tell whether it can be made safe to ride? (Janky photos here.) [more inside]
I took apart my MacBook Air to replace the keyboard. When I pulled the old keyboard off a lot of the rivets broke off and stayed behind, stuck in the little holes. So how do I remove them? I've tried a Phillips screwdriver, tweezers even but it doesn't work. Right now my computer is in 100 pieces with deadlines looming. Any ideas would be appreciated from those brave souls who have tried this and succeeded! [more inside]
Hi there. Everyone. I was hoping you all could help me with a question. It's time to sell my beloved 2005 LE (82K miles, good condition, new tires) and I wonder if it's worth doing a few things to help with the sale: It needs new bumper inserts, 1 new hubcap and has some scratches. If you were selling, would you make these fixes: is it worth it? Worth detailing, as well? Many thanks for any thoughts or ideas, CC
I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
It seems like there have been a lot of broken refrigerator questions here, but none really addresses what happened to mine, so here's another one! I /think/ my compressor broke, but the freezer and fridge are still cold. [more inside]
I am trying to find the best way to repair runs, snags, and a large, jagged hole in expensive sheer curtains. I am so upset about it and have probably one one shot to fix it and don't want to make matters worse. [more inside]
I need to repair a bean bag chair that has ripped vinyl edges (some of the "beans") are coming out. What is the best way to fix this? Picture inside. [more inside]
I got a poster from the comic con in Lexington but it has a couple of small cracks/wrinkles on it and stuff like that bothers me so i'd like to fix it. Is there anyway i could iron them out or do some sort of home remedy without having to find someone to fix them?
I own a wood Singer sewing machine table handed down to me by grandmother that is in otherwise decent shape except for the top, which is damaged (as you can see here). Seeking recommendations for someone in New York City who can restore the top. Thank you.
Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
My 2003 1.8T Volkswagen Jetta is randomly dying and no one seems to know why. What mystery illness might it have? Details inside. Anyone outsmart my mechanic(s). [more inside]
My favorite wooden spoon is starting to crack down the middle -- right down the middle of the bowl of the spoon. Is there a food-safe glue I can use to hold it together? Any other ideas?
I have some old Birkenstocks where the leather is in good condition (it could use a light cleaning), but the soles and cork need to be replaced. Does anyone have recommendations for Birkenstock repair shops that I can mail my shoes to that do good work at a fair price? [more inside]
I just bought a 100-year old house in Seattle. The inspector had pointed out various things that need fixing with regard to the structure, plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. A very rough estimate for all of the important fixes put together would run about $20-30K, which is OK. I'm also OK with waiting a couple months before moving in to get the bulk of these repairs done. But I've never owned a house before and don't really know where to start. Should I use a general contractor to get these things done? [more inside]
I broke the screen on my cellphone (nexus 5/ LG D820) and need to purchase a replacement screen for it. Reviews on most sites that sell replacement cellphone parts complain about non-oem/shoddy/fake replacement parts. Are there any good sites to order high quality cellphone parts from?
Bought a car, and it didn't pass inspection, and it may need an expensive repair. What to do? [more inside]
We recently purchased a low capacity instant-on water heater for a small building we put up last summer. We left it pressurized during a freeze and had a blowout on the copper tubing. How can I get this repaired? [more inside]
I have a pair of wedge slingback shoes and the sole is separating from the wedge. I ADORE these shoes and want to fix them. [more inside]
My husband likes to take electronics apart and put them back together (cameras, smart phones etc.). Right now his setup is ridiculous: he works (mostly) over a big tupperware container to catch the screws that fall into it, unless they fall on the floor, and he holds the flashlight on his iPhone with one hand while trying to wrestle tiny screws into place with the other hand. There has to be a better way; this looks painful. what can i buy him to improve his setup (lights, magnifiers, other things i haven't thought about)? What do you use in your efficient and effective home repair shops?
I have a 3ish year old iMac desktop, and it's starting to feel sluggish. What can I do to spruce it up and make it run (more) like new again? [more inside]
Basically I'm looking for whoever the engineer or engineering company would be that creates some kind of specific tool for a one off specific job. Like the Space Needle is built and finished and then, out of nowhere, you need to change a nut and bolt out that was never supposed to be changed. And to do it you need a 40 foot, weirdly angled wrench. Who would build that? And is there a name for the kind of field or specialty this is?
We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
I have an old late 60's / early 70's console stereo system and the turntable is broken. The thing is a beast and it's impossible for me to bring in somewhere for repair. I've asked everyone I know, but no one knows of any place that makes house calls. [more inside]
I was using my roommates Profom 750cs Treadmill and now it's malfunctioning. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
Our house in Boston was built sometime around 1900. It has a stone foundation that is mostly intact and has been kept in fairly good repair. Unfortunately, there are some holes/gaps that need to be repaired along the front wall of the foundation, under our brand new deck. They can't access the holes properly without removing most of this new deck. As an alternative, the masons have suggested pouring a small thin layer of concrete in front of the stone wall. Is this a reasonable approach? Anything we should be considering? [more inside]
I own a home in UpState New York that will soon need a new roof, outside painting, repairing of gutters etc.and was wondering if anyone has heard of a Home Repair, Painting etc Party and would have thoughts or details.. [more inside]
When we moved into our house, we found an old Atlas 5HP snowblower in the basement. It looks like it hasn't moved in 20 years, and of course it doesn't start. I'm a bit of a tinkerer and would love to learn how combustion engines work while fixing (or attempting to fix) this one. [more inside]
Own a condo; extensive water damage to ceiling from upstairs renters and I need to get the elusive owner of that unit to pay for repairs. But he's a jerk, so how do I do it? [more inside]
The screen is "cracked" but actually only the glass in front is cracked. Asus won't fix it without replacing the LCD as well and they'll charge me like $200. Help me find someone who will only do what I want, and charge reasonably. [more inside]
Dear husband asked for advice about our ice dams last week. Our entreaties were ignored by the Ice Lord and we have a full on leaky ice dam that has really messed up our first floor bathroom ceiling and probably more. What now? Three specific questions inside. [more inside]
Hello, I am thinking of importing a car from Japan to Canada. To import to Canada, the vehicles must be 15 years old, but usually have very low mileage. I have done this before with Japanese models with great results. Now I am thinking of importing either a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156, or a 2000 BMW 3 series Wagon. Both have relatively low mileage of around 75K... [more inside]
Took our Subaru to the transmission shop recommended by the local Subaru mechanic. That was in October. It's still there, and we are at the end of our rope. [more inside]
I just bought a bike, and now I need a killer multitool. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations, tips and products for a small drywall repair job in our bedroom. [more inside]
My sainted mother shipped me a teapot, but the insert for the tea leaves broke in transit. How should I best repair it, considering that it will be sitting in hot water that I'll then drink? [more inside]
I did something stupid. I found the perfect pair of shoes and only got one pair. And now they're falling apart and the style is discontinued. [more inside]