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Dispute with Contractor on extra fee. Nothing written. How to resolve?

At the end of a 3 month project, the general contractor brings up an extra $1200 charge for work done by a sub that we thought was included. The contractor said he or his sub (he's unclear on this!) told us it would cost more and we agreed. We do not agree. There's no written documentation on this specific issue at all. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Dec 2, 2016 - 24 answers

Homeowner needs help with exterior repair

I've spent months trying to get any contractor in this very small town to come button up a damaged area on my home's exterior before winter, without success. I'm resigned to a best-I-can-manage DIY solution, and tomorrow may be my last best chance before the snows begin. Help? [more inside]
posted by peakcomm on Nov 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Cracks in drywall: who do we call?

We recently noticed some cracks in the drywall around a little alcove in our kitchen. The cracks appear right on the seam of the drywall where the wall angles away from the main kitchen wall. They're on both sides of the alcove. It looks to me like a patch job was done before, and I am concerned this is pointing to something more serious. Is it just a patch job over some poor drywalling, or should I be calling somebody in? If so, who? Photos are here. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 22, 2016 - 7 answers

Given my water pump timing needs, is this the right device for me?

After three water pump failures in 5 years, I need a way to control the behavior of my radiant heat system's water pump during summer and winter months. I think I know what kind of timer device I need, but before I buy something, I'd welcome some advice from plumber MeFites. (Lengthy, possibly unnecessary details inside.) [more inside]
posted by woot on Sep 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me rebuild my flooded house with an eye towards selling it.

I own a house in Louisiana that was heavily damaged in the recent flooding, and was gutted to the studs. Now I've got to start making decisions about putting it back together, and the intention is to immediately put it on the market to sell. I am overwhelmed by the thought of picking ALL THE THINGS, and I don't know where to start. Any advice or resources are welcome! [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Message Boards for Home Repair

What are some good message boards or online communities for home repair advice? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits on Sep 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Is it unethical to threaten bad reviews in a dispute with a contractor?

A home repair project has turned into a disaster and now we're at odds with our contractor over payment. [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Sep 5, 2016 - 19 answers

I want to use my living room again! Who do I call?

I have a general question and a related specific one. General: Is there a generalist person akin to a primary care physician that I can contact for house repair/maintenance who can then tell me what kind of specialist I need? Specific: who do I call to figure out what is going on in my living room, if anything? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 2, 2016 - 12 answers

The fridge says, "HRRMMWMMMWMMMWMM"

Help me make a noisy evaporator fan . . . less so. [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast on Jun 20, 2016 - 7 answers

Replacing old thermostat -- two problems

I'm trying to replace an old analog, mercury tube Carrier thermostat with a programmable one. I'm having two problems. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jun 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Where to buy Milliput in NYC?

Bathtub project -- signs point to Milliput, but I can't find any fast enough. [more inside]
posted by mahorn on May 24, 2016 - 3 answers

Severe storm damage, what now?

Our house was hit with softball size hail, and possibly a localized tornado. Windows shattered, glass everywhere, huge holes in roof, more rain coming. Mitigation team is on the way, but what all should I be aware of, as we start trying to put things back together? [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet on Apr 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Water, water everywhere.

We have a leak somewhere above our garage, and nobody seems to be able to figure out where it is coming from. I've heard a few stories from different contractors, but I'm clueless when it comes to home improvement and I don't know how to tell what to actually believe. Help? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Contractor without Mandatory Binding Arbitration?

Is it even possible to find a contractor that will do home repairs without having a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the contract?
posted by slavlin on Mar 17, 2016 - 3 answers

How much leaking during roof repair is to be expected?

Perspective/Reality check, please: We're having our building's roof repaired and so far there's been some substantial leaking into some apartments. How much leaking is to be expected in this kind of situation? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I identify a cabinet hinge to order replacement?

I have a broken cabinet hinge that I've tried to identify via serial numbers on the hinge and by comparison to other hinges online, but everything I've found so far has been slightly off. Is there any reliable method to describe and locate a hinge that exactly matches the broken one? (Same spacing of screw holes, angle of opening, etc.)
posted by tobascodagama on Jan 25, 2016 - 4 answers

mysterious electricity

I am trying to help my mother...she is 66 years old and lives alone. She recently moved into a new house that was built mid 1950's. There appears to have been some updates done to the electrical outlets and some of them are giving us fits. Extended extended explanation to follow. [more inside]
posted by orangemacky on Jan 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Well that's not good

My washer on the second floor overflowed and water dripped through the ceiling to the first floor below. Now what? I'm concerned that the water went through the ceiling instead of staying on the second floor but what is even to be done about it? I'm vaguely concerned my house is falling apart. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Nov 1, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I patch these holes I made in my metal exterior door?

In order to hang curtains on this door a while ago I drilled some holes into the inside surface of a metal exterior door. The holes are about 3/16 inch diameter, and the door, which is a foam filled hollow core, does not have any foam filling in this area. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Nov 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Are all "French Door" style refrigerators inherently flawed?

When we close either door of our new French Door refrigerator, the opposite door often pops open, and doesn't close completely. The KitchenAid authorized repair guy who came in to look at it said that there's nothing he can do to fix it, because "ALL French Door refrigerators do that". [more inside]
posted by melorama on Oct 30, 2015 - 30 answers

Something something "moist" (regrettably, that's all I can think of)

Now that Mr. St. Hubbins and I own our own home, a whole-house humidifier (the kind that hook up to your furnace) sounds like the greatest thing since ice cream delivery. But I can't seem to find anything online except slightly spammy sites that shill for particular brands. Anyone have or know anything about them? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 answers

YouAreNotMyPlumberFilter: Replace Disgusting Washing Machine Outlet Box

Our Washing Machine Outlet Box was put in wrong and someone went a little crazy making it "work." I would like to fix it myself, but am coming up empty on instructions and finding an upside down version. Would love any info, including "you need to pay someone." [more inside]
posted by bohdel on Sep 25, 2015 - 6 answers

What makes electrical panel double taps so expensive to fix?

I have a "double tap" in my electrical panel. This seems easy to fix (even the most complicated fix simply involves adding a new breaker to the breaker box). But this task is supposed to only be performed by an electrician. I was quoted $265 for this fix by an electrician (Seattle, USA). Is this charge reasonable, or am I missing something here?
posted by splitpeasoup on Sep 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Re-Key or replace?

Should I attempt to re-key every lock in our new house, or buy new deadbolts and knobs? We're talking about two entry way doors, two external security doors, and one driveway gate with a deadbolt on it. There are a mix of different brands in the existing hardware. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 7, 2015 - 20 answers

I want someone to caulk my apartment

I want someone to come to my apartment, seal any gaps behind the sink, stove, etc. and caulk the entire baseboard. [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Aug 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Signed a contract to remodel house a few days ago. Can I back out?

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]
posted by Slinga on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I battle the parquet floor bulge?

What can I do about parquet floor squares that are bulging away from the floor because of water? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Jul 31, 2015 - 5 answers

bought portable dishwasher, trouble removing sink sprayer hose

I bought a portable dishwasher and the instructions recommend removing the sink sprayer and capping it off. I cannot budge the hex bolt. I have tried liquid wrench and I am using a basin wrench (pliers won't fit in that space). 1. Any other suggestions? 2. If I've turned off the water to the sprayer, do I really have to remove the hose? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you listen to my AC and tell me what's wrong with it?

We left our air conditioner in the window during a cold winter (stupidly uncovered). Now when we turn it on, it makes a ghastly scraping sort of sound for as long as we run it. I've recorded it and taken a photo; any idea what might be the culprit and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Amatuer redwood deck repair - is this even worth doing?

So I finally cracked a step on my mom's old, warped redwood decking. Really, this 3-tiered monstrosity that's been baking in the California sun for nearly four decades should be replaced, but should I even bother to get a spare board and fix it for now? [more inside]
posted by Drosera on Mar 10, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get Neighbor to Repair My Ceiling

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]
posted by Locative on Mar 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Gas oven control panel fried?

Is the control panel on my gas oven really completely fried after switching the breaker on and off? How can I prevent this in the future? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Ice Dam Leak

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]
posted by Calamity Jen on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Need to Drain Water from Steam Heat Radiators

Our heading system got flooded and now there's tons of water in a couple steam heat radiators that are in the wall (not sticking out like so many). Every time it starts heating the water bangs up against the metal and makes huge, scary banging noises. With a normal radiator I would shim up a side so the water runs out, but these are embedded in the wall. I need help identifying which part of the radiator to unscrew to drain it. [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on Jan 29, 2015 - 5 answers

I need a crash course on windows (house windows, not PC Windows)

We're planning on starting to replace some of our old windows this year and I realized that I know precious little about windows. Is there a brand or type that I should lean toward? Any to avoid? What things do I need to know before I start this process? My friend recommended a few high-end windows, but I'd like to get some more information from those with more knowledge in this area than I. Home (and homeowner) details within: [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Jan 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Lights out: Why did my overhead lights all fail at the same time?

Does anyone know anything about electricity? Here's the situation. About a week ago, the overhead lights in my dining room and living room went out simultaneously -- we saw it happen. There is another light (kitchen overhead) on that circuit that is now out as well. I think it was turned off at the time, so we only noticed it later, but I am guessing it went out at the same time as the others. [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots on Jan 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Help! How can I fix my leaky chimney?

During rainstorms, water runs inside my house, down the front of the chimney. I climbed up on the roof and took some pictures of the top of the chimney - it looks like the cause of the leak is the coating of black material covering the top. It is cracked and peeling in many spots. See picture 1, picture 2, and picture 3. [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Nov 3, 2014 - 11 answers

What's on your home maintenance calendar?

I have a Google Calendar set up for different home maintenance tasks that benefit from being scheduled out (i.e., things that aren't necessarily visible, like "mow the lawn"). It's been just a few months since I moved in to my house and I haven't filled out the list as much as I'd like. What's on your home maintenance calendars that I might not be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 31, 2014 - 24 answers

Sliding door caster replacement?

I have some very old (40 years?) sliding doors which run on casters (?) one of which broke and I'm trying to figure out how to replace it. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Oct 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Shower leaking- who you gonna call?

We live in a house that was built in 1927. One of our bathrooms has a tub with a shower head. If we don't close the shower curtain properly, water somehow gets through the floor into the foyer below. [more inside]
posted by Anne Neville on Aug 27, 2014 - 15 answers

How much "trouble" will an old home be?

Looking at moving into the city from the burbs. Most houses in the areas we're looking were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s (through 1930). Trying to understand what living in an older house entails. First house on the agenda - 1890s home, was a funeral home, some updates, some major repairs needed. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Cast Iron Radiators of Death

Mr. Kitty and I are pretty handy, but removing 100 layers of 100 year old paint from our cast iron radiators may kill us. Who can we pay to make this problem someone else's? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Measure twice, cut once: tool buying edition

With Father's Day fast approaching and the home improvement season upon us, I've been thinking about tools. Delicious, delicious tools. Let's talk about the tools I need for my toolatorium. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy thisoldhouse.com, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I fix this?

Can I fix this myself? It's mostly intact except for some smallish chips. I have zero experience with tile work.
posted by latkes on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

How to remove a stripped set-screw from a bathroom faucet handle

I did a stupid thing and I am so ashamed. One of our bathroom faucets has a minor leak. When a previous faucet had the same problem, I fixed it by replacing the stem, which worked like a charm, so I was planning on doing the same to this one. Unfortunately, I think I stripped the set-screw when trying to remove the handle, and now I am unable to remove the handle to make the repair. I am looking for suggestions on how to remove this set-screw. [more inside]
posted by blurker on Apr 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Keeping the rain out

We live on the bottom floor of a double-decker home. Our back decks are similarly stacked, so the upstairs deck provides some cover from the harsh summer sun. Unfortunately, it still lets rain in. Is there a way we can cover the "roof" of our deck so that we can use it even when it rains? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Question Re: Swamp Cooler Wiring

My swamp cooler is not working [previously], and after taking a closer look at the wiring, I see that one of the wires is not connected. Can anyone help me understand this situation? [more inside]
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Mar 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Summer is coming -- help me fix my swamp cooler?

I have a weird, vexing problem with my swamp cooler. Electricity is involved. Short version: when I turn it on, it blows the circuit breaker. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Is Serious Furnace Cleaning Necessary?

I have an old style furnace that has been cleaned (by vacuuming) on a mostly annual basis for about 20 years. Should I pay the big bucks to get it scraped out by a professional? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jan 21, 2014 - 9 answers

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