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...
Power Supply Is Cut
Electrical power is cut off to home
because of storms, tornadoes, floods, or other mechanical
Fuel Supply Is Cut
Power outages, as well as fuel
outages, can immobilize the heating and cooking systems in
the home. If electricity is off...
Contact with Electricity
Electrical shock can paralyze chest
muscles, making it impossible to breathe. Call immediately
for medical help...
Tornadoes are formed by severe
thunderstorms, most often in spring and summer. They are
nature’s most violent and erratic storms...
Flood Threatens Home
Floodwater threatens the family, the
home and its contents, and the community...
Home Has Been Flooded
For what to do if a flood is
imminent. If your home has been flooded, and you have a
flood insurance policy, immediately call...
Major hurricane is heading toward
your location, bringing dangerous winds, floods, and storm
Accurate predictions of earthquakes
cannot be made. In the United States, earthquakes occur
most often in the western states...
For what to do during an earthquake.
After an earthquake has struck, be prepared for additional
earthquake shocks called has struck...
Moisture in Home
Excess humidity causes condensation
that leads to dripping on windows, wet sills, damp walls,
mold, wet insulation, wood rot, and metal...
Air Pollution in Home
Indoor air contains pollutants that
have the potential to affect your health..
Radon in Home
Radon gas is present in amounts large
enough to cause potential health problems...
Lead poisoning occurs
when too much lead builds up in the body. It can cause
learning, behavior, and health problems in children...
Excess demand on electrical system,
which shows up as blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers,
dim or flickering lights, or appliances that...
Circuit breakers and fuses act as the
first line of defence when an electrical failure occurs.
When a fuse blows or a circuit...
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...
Mechanisms inside toilet tank allow
water to continue to run after toilet is flushed...
Newer toilets and re placement kits
substitute the older ball cock mechanism...
If toilet tank refills, flushing
problems are usually caused by the mechanism that allows
water to drain into the bowl...
Toilet Makes Noises
Toilets that make excessive gurgling
or splashing sounds, or that whine or clunk during the
flush cycle, likely have defective parts or need...
Toilet Base Leaks
Leak develops at the base of the
toilet, between toilet and the toilet flange of the waste
There are several types of faucets
found in homes today, including the washer type, the
washerless type, the spring-and-valve type...
Faucet Handle Leaks
Some faucets, usually old-style
units, use either a washer or packing (which looks
somewhat like greased yarn) to keep water from escaping...