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DIY REPAIRING AND IMPROVING YOUR HOME

This topic list is aimed at showing you how you can make simple repairs to accidental damage that can occur to your home. Using step by step photography, and jargon-free language, we show you how to maintain your home, and how to make those improvements that may have otherwise seemed …

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Pipe repair using Teflon tape

Joints with threaded sections can corrode over time, and small movements in the joint can eventually create a leak. The best solution is to take the joint apart and wrap Teflon tape around the thread before you retighten it. This will fill up any small gaps.   1 After you …

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Pipe repair using a compression fitting

If the pipe is not rigidly held in place and there is some vertical and horizontal movement allowed, the leak may be repaired with a standard compression fitting. The new section springs into position.   1 Turn off the water supply, then mark around the damaged section of pipe. Cut …

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Thawing a frozen pipe

If you suspect a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open so water will be able to flow through the frozen area as you treat it. Apply heat to a section of pipe, but never try to thaw it using a blowtorch or other open flame.   1 Using a hairdryer. If …

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Repair using a slip coupling

Slip couplings are useful for repairing damaged sections of pipe when the pipe is in a fixed position and space is restricted. If it is possible to move the pipe easily, you could make a sprung repair with compression fittings instead.   1 Turn off the water supply. Cut out …

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Replacing a sink sprayer

If the hose to your sink is leaking, you can replace just the hose, but you may find it easier to replace the entire assembly. Always shut off the water supply to the sink before you start working.   1 Check the sprayer hose for signs of water on the …

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Temporary repair of a hole or crack

If water is allowed to freeze in a pipe, it may lead to cracks or splits, which can cause a leak when the water thaws. This method of repair can temporarily cover a length of pipe.   1 Place hose clamps on the damaged pipe, on either side of the …

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Temporary repair of a leak

If water is allowed to freeze in a pipe, it may lead to cracks or splits, which can cause a leak when the water thaws. Putty (as shown here) is only a temporary fix, and should be followed up with a longer-term solution as soon as possible.   1 Shut …

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Replacing a broken receptacle

Damaged receptacles and receptacle covers are fairly easy to replace if you do not plan to make any modifications to the receptacle, and are just doing a simple repair.   1 Turn off the power and undo the retaining screw on the receptacle cover.   2 Disconnect the old receptacle …

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Changing a receptacle to GFCI

Bathrooms, garages, and other areas of the home are required to have GFCI (Ground Force Circuit Interrupter) circuits. Installing GFCI at the receptacles makes it easier for you to reset the circuit without having to go to the panel box.   1 Turn off the power to the receptacle and …

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