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Shower faucet stiil drips, despite new washers, stems, etc:

We have a shower where both the faucets drip. We have replaced internal washers, and replaced stems. Replacing either one helps, but not perfectly (usually there's still a slow drip after fixing). The drip gets worse over a period of weeks until it's nearly a trickle, at which point we take the faucets apart and do it all over again. It's gotten a little bit boring. [more inside]
posted by mattu on Jan 12, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I eliminate a draft under my front door?

Getting a draft despite having weather stripping and a door sweep. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

The Watercourse Way

Should we tell our landlord we're smelling wood rot after a leak he already knows about? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Am I going to nee dto move this ground wire?

I have a question about my house's ground wire, and may need recommendations for an electrician in Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Recommend an arborist in south Minneapolis?

I'm looking for recommendations for arborists in south Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Waterproofing: What to Expect

Waterproofing: we just got an estimate for our basement. What's best for us, and is this a good estimate? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Is this deck frame salvageable?

This deck needs help (See here!) This deck was very neglected for a long while, and there are some boards rotting away or bending up, etc. The top boards all need to be replaced, that is a no brainer. The real question is about the frame. A few friends have suggested to just replace the top boards, and then sand/weatherproof the existing frame part of it. My first thought when I saw it was just to get rid of the whole thing. Is the frame salvageable, or am I better off scrapping it all and starting anew?
posted by Mr.X on Jul 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Divest or encourage me with my fantasy!

Lickety-split, down and dirty house-buying advice needed. [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 29, 2012 - 15 answers

How do we keep a house from falling apart?

Can you recommend a good book (or website or other resource) about home maintenance? We are buying our first home this summer and need guidance on all sorts of things. [more inside]
posted by sutel on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

You are my electrician. Will I ever blow dry my hair again?

Home electrical mystery: Why did tripping a circuit cause all of the GCFI outlets within the circuit to fail (ie none of them can be reset now)? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on May 10, 2012 - 15 answers

What Should We Be Looking For In A Mason?

What should I know before finding a mason/masonry company to do brick repointing and foundation repair? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Fixed my faucet and now the water tastes gross.

Fixed the dripping sink faucet. Now the first water after I turn it on tastes nasty. What can I do? How long will it last? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I unlatch a casement window with a broken latch?

The locking latch is broken on one of the casement windows in our home. Can you help us get it open? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Mar 18, 2012 - 3 answers

I have a plumbing leak (??), help!!

Hi I think I might have a plumbing problem, can you confirm what the next step is...? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Mar 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Where's the water coming from?

How to identify, fix, and clean up after a water leak without destroying my walls and ceilings (any more than I have to)? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Feb 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I remove Gorilla Glue from my counter-top?

How do I remove Gorilla Glue from my kitchen counter-top? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Dec 26, 2011 - 8 answers

My kingdom for a ladder.

I need a bit of extremely minor home repair... but can't do it myself. Who in the L.A. area would handle this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Dec 9, 2011 - 19 answers

How hard is this DIY replacement?

Handyman Help: How do you replace a shower handle? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Oct 28, 2011 - 9 answers

How to realign clothesline from up high?

How can I realign a clothesline on a pulley 30 feet off the ground without a ladder or the handyperson? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Oct 18, 2011 - 8 answers

replacing tile window sills

We had the aluminum windows replaced in our 1968 brick veneer rambler. The replacement windows are vinyl. In the process we had the storm windows and ceramic tile sills ripped out. Now the original framing and drywall is exposed. What is the best way to finish the sills? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Window falling out - who's responsible and what to do?

My window is falling out. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Irene wrecked my drywall

Contractor for drywall and stud repair in / around DC? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I learn to become a handyman?

How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I repair this void underneath the steps to our basement? (Long)

How do I repair this void underneath the steps to our basement? (Long) [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me fix my evaporative cooler without being electrocuted.

Is it OK to perform exploratory surgery on an evaporative cooler? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Painting a primed shed after some months?

Last fall, I painted primer onto a newly-built shed, and have not gotten to painting it beyond that until now. It's been a rainy winter. The primed shed has some dirt on it. What do I need to do to get it ready to paint? [more inside]
posted by everichon on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Replacing wooden fence posts.

I need some advice for DIY replacement of a wooden fence. [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Apr 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Any stucco masters out there?

I am planning on replacing one exterior wall of my garage, now covered in vinyl siding, with stucco. [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Mar 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the best way to seal a hole through stucco?

What is the preferred way to waterproof/seal a hole through stucco for the purposes of mounting lighting and the like? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

So Many Estimates So Little Time

Help Me Choose an Electrician. [more inside]
posted by brookeb on Jan 30, 2011 - 8 answers

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger.

A lingering aroma after drywall repairs, mysteriously getting stronger. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jul 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Need some advice about home repair

So, Mr. Sunny and I need to get some work done on our house. We need to replace the sliding glass door, probably with another sliding door. There is condensation in-between the panes. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

blam. all over the wall.

Please help me identify the make / model and place to buy this shower component. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on May 29, 2010 - 7 answers

how to keep cat from opening latchless door durin ghte day

Please help me figure out how to keep the cat from opening the latch-less bedroom door during the day when we are gone and/or not paying attention. [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty on May 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Sagging gable ends

I'm planning on re-roofing my house and I'm reasonably comfortable with most aspects of the work. One thing that I'm not sure about though is how to repair the sagging gable ends of the roof. [more inside]
posted by Ickster on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me replace my shower door "thingie"

On the bottom of our shower door, there is a plastic squeegee-like attachment presumably meant to help keep water inside the shower. See these two pics. The plastic is getting pretty nasty and is cracking. I've taken it to two local Home Depots to try to find a replacement, and tried Googling it. No success. The part in question just slides right off. The part that attaches to the shower door is hard plastic. The "squeegee" part is somewhat flexible. Can anyone help me find a replacement?
posted by edjusted on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House?

Am I to Fix The Broken Pipe Beneath the House? [more inside]
posted by scunning on Apr 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me bathe. No wait. Help me have enough hot water. Yea, that.

2 days to decide on a tankless water heater. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Dec 30, 2009 - 27 answers

How to treat a basement sewage backup?

What treatments, if any, are available to a homeowner whose basement has been flooded with sewage? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Why is my sump pump bone dry?

Why is my sump pump bone dry? [more inside]
posted by Waldo Jeffers on Nov 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Can you fix my fridge?

Got home from work, found my fridge is not working. Any troubleshooting I can do while waiting for the landlord? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Nov 10, 2009 - 9 answers

How to repair a leaking water valve?

I have a cast iron valve on a basement water (cold supply) line that is leaking. It's an antique so there is no repacking it and in a fairly inaccessible location so cutting it out and replacing it is bound to be an expensive nightmare involving a real. This valve is redundant and does not need to be functional. I was wondering if there is a product (I'm thinking a gooey oakum type thing) that I can wrap around the valve stem to form a seal? This will have to work in a wet environment as there is no way to turn the water off before the leaky valve.
posted by cedar on Oct 6, 2009 - 13 answers

How should I fix this towel bar?

How should I fix this Towel Bar that's coming off the wall in my bathroom? [more inside]
posted by Bokononist on Aug 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Rusty Roof, Rusted.

House help! What kind of metal; and how do I stop it from rusting? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Aug 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Slow faucet needs more pressure.

I need some plumbing help with regards to a slow faucet. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jul 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Ghost faucet

Plumbing filter: When I'm running the shower, the cold water handle creeps up by itself until the water is tepid. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Jun 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Shaka, When the Walls Fell

Leaking something in an upstairs bathroom leads to ceiling falling in. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anti social order on Jun 9, 2009 - 12 answers

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