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Simple Home Repairs

This DIY Basic will provide tips on simple home repairs.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

super glue
tile mastic adhesive
hammer
chisel
phosphoric acid cleaner
cool water
detergent
patching compound
notched trowel
safety goggles
dust mask
gloves
grout float
ceramic tile
tile spacers
grout
powdered pigment
carpenter's level
sponge
lint-free rag
cheesecloth
walnut meat
furniture-patching wax stick
plastic card
lint-free cloth
sharp knife
mineral spirits
boiling water

Step 3: Fix a Broken Concrete Walk

Chisel out the break.

Thoroughly clean and roughen the surface with phosphoric acid cleaner. Wash with detergent.

Soak surface with water until saturated.

Mix a thin slurry of patching compound and a brush onto the surface.

Before the slurry dries, apply concrete patch with a trowel.

Smooth and level the patched area with a grout float.

Step 4: Repair a Power Tools

Wear gloves when using adhesive, and work in a well-ventilated space.

Clean broken surfaces and lightly roughen them. Make sure parts to be joined fit tightly.

Apply one drop of adhesive per square inch of surface.

Immediately press surfaces together and hold for 60 seconds. Do not reposition parts.

For increased strength, leave power tool undisturbed for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Replace a Broken Ceramic Tile

Chisel or scrape old grout from around damaged tile.

With hammer and chisel, carefully remove the broken tile.

Thoroughly clean the exposed floor.

With a notched trowel, spread adhesive on back of repaired tile.

Press new tile into place and let adhesive dry. Use spacers to keep tile equidistant from surrounding tiles

Check tile for level. Force grout into joints, keeping float at 45-degree angle.

Sponge clean, and let dry. After 24 hours, apply grout sealer

Step 6: Repair a Metal or Plastic Lamp

Wear gloves when using adhesive, and work in well-ventilated space.

Clean broken surfaces and lightly roughen them. Make sure parts to be joined fit tightly.

Apply adhesive sparingly to one surface.

Immediately press surfaces together and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Do not reposition parts.

For increased strength, leave lamp undisturbed for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Repair Furniture Finish

Rub small scratch with walnut meat.

Fill deeper scratch with furniture-patching wax stick.

Scrap off excess with plastic card.

Let dry and buff with a lint-free rag.

Tip: Cured adhesive can be cleaned up with sharp knife or mineral spirits.

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