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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

Cleaning a furnace flame sensor.

My furnace is cycling on and off continuously. I'm pretty sure I know why and think I can handle the repair (cleaning the flame sensor), but I want to be sure I'm doing it properly. [more inside]
posted by davebush on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Real-time plumbing question

There is a handyman in my home right now who is in his 3rd hour of installing a new kitchen sink and faucet. Part of that time was devoted to running out to the hardware store to get the right parts to replace the water shut off valve, which apparently was stripped. That took about a half hour (which was reasonable given the distance). He told me originally that he thought the sink replacement would take about an hour, so minus the hardware store run, it's taken 2 and a half times longer than he estimated. Is the amount of time he's spent so far excessive? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Got that sinking feeling

Our underhung kitchen sink detached itself from the countertop this afternoon - can I repair this myself? How? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 9, 2013 - 8 answers

My window jamb... is... crumbling! How do I fix it?

My mother's house has these recessed casement windows, and the mystery material the jamb (or maybe jamb extension?) is made of has started to crumble. Whole chunks come out when I put the air conditioners in each spring and take them out every fall, and forget about keeping the window shade hung -- I have yet to find an anchor that won't get pulled out. I'm going to take a stab at fixing it while I'm home for Thanksgiving, so I need help devising a plan of attack that can definitely be completed over a four-day weekend, even if that means it's just a stop-gap band-aid-type repair. [more inside]
posted by patnasty on Nov 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me build a basic apartment tool set!

I am at the stage of life when I need to move from a random collection of tools to an organized tool set that equips me for basic home/apartment maintenance. What do I need? Budget: just-finished-grad-school poor. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Aug 26, 2013 - 32 answers

The AC, she just can't take it, Jim.

Is there more consumer protection if I use a credit card to pay for a major purchase like an air conditioning unit? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you identify this mysterious building material?

Somebody left a piece of building material on our front porch this morning. We immediately assumed it had fallen off of our house somewhere but I can't see anything missing. Can AskMe identify what it is and where I should look? We're new homeowners and I'm growing paranoid that some critical piece of the weatherproofing has come off and I won't realize it until disaster strikes. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 2, 2013 - 6 answers

One part Bob Vila, two parts clueless

I'm looking to develop a good maintenance schedule for my new old home. It was built in 1930, radiator heat, newish boiler and water heater. Beyond the standard cleaning, what kinds of monthly, yearly, semi-yearly things should I be doing to make sure it doesn't fall apart?
posted by Think_Long on Jul 22, 2013 - 7 answers

who do I hire to replace damaged roof support beams

Outdoor beams supporting the roof have issues, but who should I call to replace them? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Jul 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Old storm window lock.. what is this called?

Does anyone know what this old storm window thumb screw lock is called? [more inside]
posted by Circumstands on Jun 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Washing machine - vibration vs. levelness

New LG washing machine vibrates more than desirable. It is level in both directions to within a degree of horizontal. How sensitive is vibration to levelness? Specifically, is it worth leveling it more precisely, say to within +/- .2 degrees? This is a project I would prefer to avoid if it will make no difference. One of the "feet" with the leveling screws is hard to get at. Thanks.
posted by Kevin S on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me fix a broken cabinet door/hinge

An unnamed member of my family leaned on an Ikea-type kitchen cabinet door and the screws in the top hinge ripped out a bit of the particle board. [more inside]
posted by gwint on May 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Our Old House

What are your recommendations for resources (online or in print) that specialize in repair and maintenance of older homes? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Neighbor rebuilding shared fence--do I have any responsibility?

My neighbor has expressed a desire to rebuild the wooden fence between our houses. We share one side of the fence with her, and it's definitely in need of repair--warped boards, aging, etc. Should she be fully responsible for paying for the fence, since it was her idea to fix it? Or should we contribute some money since we share one side of the fence? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 2, 2013 - 36 answers

Fix my mug

Extreme long-shot filter: The lid on my favorite travel mug partially melted in the dishwasher. Help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Mar 30, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I unbend a towel rack?

I have a cylindrical towel rack that is bent. I need to unbend it. How can I do this without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 37 answers

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