The Home Repair Guide
The well-stocked toolbox
The equipment you will need for home
projects depends on which ones you intend to tackle...
Background: In case of a fire emergency, don’t
panic; stay calm. Your safe escape may depend on clear
Smoke detectors that make a loud
when the test button has not been pushed, have sensed
Background: If an appliance
doesn’t work correctly, or if it gives even the slightest
shock, disconnect it and get it repaired. Insulation makes...
Overheated or on Fire
Problem: Fire in fireplace or
wood stove overheats chimney or ignites fire in chimney,
accompanied by a loud roaring sound...
Gas Smell in Home
Problem: Natural gas or
propane gas smell is detected in home, or in particular
area of appliances...
Gas Detector Sounds
Special alarms are available to
detect natural gas or liquid propane (LP) gas leaks which
could build up to concentrations that could result in...
Gas appliances such as furnaces,
water heaters, space heaters, and gas logs, must be
connected to a flue vented to the outdoors and have an...
Carbon Monoxide in
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless,
odorless, and tasteless gas. Usually carbon dioxide (C0 is
produced during the combustion of carbon...
Home Wiring Short
If a fuse is blown, the fuse window
will appear discolored and the metal strip running across
the inside of the window will be...
Power to a circuit is cut off because
of either temporary overloads or constant over loads...
Plug sparks when used, does not carry
power to lamp or appliance, or causes short circuits...
Plug or Cord Defective
The detachable plug, which inserts
into an appliance such as a roaster or waffle iron,
becomes defective or a small appliance cord becomes...
Outlet won’t work, sparks, does not
receive prongs on plug, or does not grip plugs...
Switch does not work, works
occasionally, or must be repeatedly switched off and on to
make light come on...
Lamp Socket Defective
The bulb flickers or will not work in
a lamp, even though other lamps work using the same
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective
When the test button is pushed, the
device does not trip to indicate that it is working...
The doorbell doesn’t ring at all,
works only occasionally, or rings continuously...
Toilet Is Plugged Up
Excess material may plug up a toilet,
but often nondegradable items, including children’s
plastic tub toys, combs, and other items that fall...