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Be Excellent To Each Other.

From eyeglasses, to office chairs, cherished childhood stuffed animals, and trinkets and toys. Doors, walls, furniture and floors, popcorn ceilings and ceiling fans. Appliances, kitchen utensils, drills, chainsaws, and machines of all ilk. Someone here is going to try to help you fix it when it's busted.


What we do

We strive above all to be a sub that provides a community service, and as such we hold ourselves to certain standards. Keep the comments on-topic, you can make jokes, it's fine, just don't go off the rails. Do not market anything here without asking the mods first (spoiler, we're gonna say no), don't be posting links to Amazon.com with affiliate codes in them either. Don't post about things you've already solved or made, /r/DIY is a better place for that.

Passing good fixes forward

Further to this goal of providing a service; If someone's comment provides you with a working solution to your issue (or if you just plain figure it out for yourself) post a comment singling out what the solution ultimately was and please flair your post as Fixed. Hopefully this will let future readers learn from our collective successes.


Posting for Maximum Effect

When you make your submission, post a detailed description of your issue and the friendly users here will do their best to sort you out.

Do your best to include:

  • A detailed description of the problem.

  • Detailed photos are often a plus. This can mean, for example, close up photos of a part as well as photos from farther back, and/or different angles, which give significant context.

  • If there is a part number or a model number on something you suspect or know to be at issue definitely include that.

  • A description of the event(s) or circumstances that lead up to or were present at the time the issue arose.


Safety

There are things that are too dangerous for us to handle here. This can include certain electrical jobs, or natural gas plumbing jobs for example. Rule of thumb, if there's any reasonable chance you could get hurt or killed if something went awry you'll probably be directed to find yourself an expert.


Basic Decorum

Don't engage in racism, sexism, creeedism, homophobia, transphobia, or general assholery. The banhammer is swift and unforgiving.


Last but not least. The Prime Directive

Above all else: Be Excellent to Each Other


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/r/whatisthisthing -- sometimes you don't even know what it is that broke!

/r/easyfix
/r/howto
/r/DIY
/r/auto
/r/techsupport

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Fixing heels

I’ve worn these twice, mind you i got them idk how long ago. and the inside some is already peeling (which started today). how can i fix this

1 Comment
2024/06/25
01:50 UTC

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Can someone give advice in how to fix a boot loop problem?

I have an Acer laptop and it's stuck in boot loop. I can't change the date and time because the mouse pad and keyboard are unresponsive. Do I have to change the CMOS battery or the SSD?

0 Comments
2024/06/25
01:23 UTC

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Help with repairing Ikea Dresser drawer

I have a dresser from Ikea and the part where the screws attach to the front of the drawer seems to have chipped off. They have unfortunately discontinued this item so I cannot get a replacement part.

I have no experience with woodworking but I was wondering if there is any way it can still be salvaged? I would hate to get a whole new dresser just for this. I could also try screwing it in again but not sure if that will break it further.

For reference it is this item but in a color they don't make anymore:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/hemnes-8-drawer-dresser-black-brown-30576190/

https://preview.redd.it/hfl7fmy5am8d1.jpg?width=3000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c66d5724d5b6586c5355730eebbf39b27c353353

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2024/06/25
01:01 UTC

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Is this good?

Frost forming on the copper coils of this refrigerator. Does this mean freon is getting blocked up?

0 Comments
2024/06/25
00:44 UTC

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Advice on fixing a steamer?

I have had this steamer for about 4 years

https://pursteam.com/products/heavy-duty-steamer

It was working fine but recently stopped working. I can hear the steamer running but no steam so I don't think anything is fundamentally broken.

I have been using tap water which causes minerals to get stuck in it which I would upkeep with a routine cleaning of removing the hose and getting the minerals out with water and using distilled white vinegar in the water tanks.

The issue I am having now is no water is transferring from the tank to whatever heats it. Usually you put water in and it goes into the steamer but now I noticed the water just gets stuck. My guess is there is some hard to get minerals from that end and the hole that the water goes into is so tiny it's difficult for me to get in there and clean it.

So for situations like this is there other stuff you can use other than distilled white vinegar? Maybe something more powerful? What can I buy that's tiny and flexible to go down the water tank hole and maybe unclog the minerals? Could a mini plunger help?

So again the way I think the steamer works is, you fill the tank, put the tank in, water drains into the heating component, it heats, makes steam come out of the hose and we are good. I cleaned the part from where the water gets heated up and turns into steam and exits out of the hose but I think there is a clog from when you load the tank and the water flows to the heating component. I can't disassemble anything here just a hole the water goes to maybe the width of a pencil.

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2024/06/25
00:14 UTC

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How do I seal around a window AC? Also, why is there a towel kept under the AC?

I'm renting a unit with a window AC for the first time. The landlord installed it. The unit is screwed into the window. There were a bunch of gaps between the AC and the sleeves, which the landlord later (poorly) covered with white duct tape. He also put a towel underneath. How do I fix this and keep out bats? Bats already got in once, and I don't want to catch-and-release those buggers again.

As a renter, I can't do anything too permanent. Some ideas:

  1. Foam and weatherproofing tape, based on this post from 10 years ago. Why does the type of tape matter, i.e. why not duct tape, gaffer's tape, or painter's tape?
  2. Corrugated plastic cardboard (like for making signs) cutout and tape.
  3. Plexiglass (or polycarb) cutout. This post from 9 years ago mentions the need to seal the plexiglass on all four sides, e.g. a molding. What does this mean?!? All my google searches are about mold growing inside the AC.

Also, any ideas for why my landlord has put a rolled up towel underneath the AC?

TL;DR - gaps around AC let in bats. Landlord put a towel under the AC.

Front of AC

Front of AC

Bottom of AC without towel

Bottom of AC without towel

6 Comments
2024/06/24
23:28 UTC

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Stripped finish off kitchen counter

Hey all,

There were some really stubborn coffee stains on our counter I was trying to get out. I used a baking soda paste followed by rubbing alcohol and now the area where I was trying to lift the stains out is lighter in colour compared to the rest of the counter. There is a noticeable texture change, too. I think I stripped some of the finish off. I believe it is a laminate counter.

Is there anything I can do to refinish or otherwise fix the counter? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

3 Comments
2024/06/24
23:14 UTC

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Stuck caps

does anyone know what i can use to take these off ? i’ve tried an assortment of tools and it won’t budge

2 Comments
2024/06/24
23:05 UTC

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Help pls

How can i fix this? Can i fix this? Pls help

2 Comments
2024/06/24
23:03 UTC

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How do I fix the blinds?

The blinds are between the glass. Any help is appreciated.

1 Comment
2024/06/24
22:15 UTC

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Casement Window Jammed Open

This window was opened to the max, and now it's jammed open. The hinge and operator are made by Truth Hardware. I've tried the operator crank and it's not budging. I've also tried grabbing the window and forcing it closed, and it's not budging.

I'm looking for tips on how to un-jam it. I think that the solution may be it to pry off one end of the hinge, or separate the Operator Bar from the window. But, I'm nervous about creating a bigger problem.

I'm also wondering if anyone knows what the black piece of plastic near the window pin (see second to last photo) is for. It looks like some kind of adjuster.

Thanks in advance.

https://preview.redd.it/d8sf98dmxk8d1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a4dd46f1a28420860d84036fdbf73e1e15af1283

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2024/06/24
20:26 UTC

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Need help figuring out this rod hanger

I regret buying a cheap curtain rod from Walmart, but here we are. The space between the angles is only 3", so impossible to get a drill or screwdriver to drive in at a straight angle. It's going into 100-year-old wood. Per the instructions, I drilled 3/32" pilot holes, but they didn't really help. Seems like more of an allen wrench situation. I got this far by hand screwing with as little angle as possible, but the wood is so dense I can't go any further and it's not yet tight against the wall. Hoping someone can help so I don't have to waste a curtain rod by finding one that's actually easy to hang. Many thanks.

https://preview.redd.it/ndeayo11pk8d1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9d22b38cdd5a5fb8f1257d4a732be48d0895a414

8 Comments
2024/06/24
19:41 UTC

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I'm trying to find replacement parts for a sliding door

Hello, I am trying to find the name of this part so I can buy more. This is from a newly installed, within 1 year, Winkhaus sliding patio door. The part is on the bottom rail for the door to slide into and stop. Can you help me find it and where to get more? Thank you!

5 Comments
2024/06/24
19:14 UTC

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[tenant,us,il] I fucked up a chrome or stainless steel appliance

2 Comments
2024/06/24
18:50 UTC

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Zipper won’t go down

The zipper on my top won’t go down (and Can varela move), meaning I can’t get it off. I’ve tried to add some lubricant as I read that might help, but without succes. If you Can give some tips that would be great!

1 Comment
2024/06/24
18:38 UTC

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Broken Bookbag strap

Anybody know if i can get a replacement piece? or if repair shops even tend to things like this?

1 Comment
2024/06/24
18:28 UTC

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microwave sparking

hi everyone, sorry for the dirty microwave. Today I was microwaving some butter to use in a baking recipe and it just started sparking. I opened it up and found this area to be the culprit. Our last microwave was lost due to the same issue and lasted many years, however, this one we have only had for a year!

is there a way to fix this? or is it just totally unusable now?

2 Comments
2024/06/24
18:28 UTC

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Need replacement gear for Mighty Mule MM371w gate opener

Of course the use a piece of shit plastic gear. They could have sent me this $1 part and I'd on my way. Nope they are sending me a complete $350 replacement arm. What a waste of money. I want to repair this and keep as a spare. In fact this is the only plastic part. All the rest of the gears are metal. Again. What's the point of designing an easily fixed break point if you are just going to waste the entire unit. They don't sell the gearbox. Wondering if there is a place you can send broken gears to and they make you a new one out of metal.

3 Comments
2024/06/24
18:22 UTC

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Toilet making tricking water sounds...whats the diagnosis?

So for a few months, my toilet is making this trickling water noises inside the bowl. I'm not sure if its coming from the tank that the water leaks into the bowl and sounds like a trickling sound, kind of like water slowing boiling when youre making pasta lol.. and fills up the bowl. So I have the hose turned off and each time I want to flush have the turn the knob counterclockwise/on off or else this noise is on all day and it wasting water (from knob on the wall connected to the hose the old fashioned way) since flush works, but then again will do this every time I flush..

I had someone come check and they said the flapper seems fine, and nothing is wrong? So then what? And the water level is normal not going above the water line

Could it be the hose that connect to the wall? So there is a hose which the one in the apt before me installed to use to wash themself, I don't use that but there is a hose that goes from the wall to toilet, and I think could be the issue? When I turn the knob to flush toilet before i even flush it, when water fill up in tank it start the sounds, or sometime just make hissing sound too..

Do you think this is the issue or just need to replace flapper even though they said look good?

I'm trying to see what is is before I bring multiple worker or building maintenance and then they have to come back and say need to to this or that get new hose, get new flapper..

Its really annoying I cant figure it out so pls if anyone can list what is the most probable cause for this who is a plumber.. thank you!

6 Comments
2024/06/24
17:32 UTC

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Is it possible to stop using a shattered lens on a mobile phone camera?

My phone (Galaxy A53) has 3 lenses, is it possible to just not use the shattered one? Or will I have to fix it? It's the middle one if that makes a difference.

https://imgur.com/o6G2h5J

1 Comment
2024/06/24
16:55 UTC

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Rewiring a vintage lamp. Do I need to replace the socket?

I've rewired lamps before and replaced the socket and cord. With this lamp I realized I may not have to replace it. Everything I've read just says "rewire" but I don't know if that just means the cord or the socket too.

7 Comments
2024/06/24
16:46 UTC

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