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Save time and money when you do it yourself with articles that help you with repairs, choosing the right parts, and making more accurate measurements.

Concrete sidewalks, patios, or steps can crack and crumble over time, making them not only unattractive but also a dangerous hazard to your family and anyone who visits your home. If you’ve decided your old and broken concrete has to go, you don’t necessarily have to pay a contractor to do the job.

From the wiring in your car to the complex systems used to power airplanes and military equipment, heat-shrink tubing is available in a wide variety of colors and can be found nearly everywhere.

In a car or other machine’s power transmission belt system, the V-belt is the rubber or polymer pulley that transfers force from the engine to other vital components, such as a car’s alternator, power steering pump, or air conditioning compressor.

Prior to around 1960, galvanized steel pipe was a popular alternative to lead pipe for home water supply lines. This type of steel pipe is coated in zinc to protect it from corrosion and rust.

Boltless shelving units are a convenient way to increase the amount of heavy-duty storage in your space. They are popular because they require little to no tools to assemble and typically offer storage that can handle heavy amounts of weight.

Hose clamps, or clips, are designed to create secure hose connections over fittings. Their intended purpose is to prevent leaks, including liquid, air, or gas leaks. They have also been used to correct alignments and for emergency repairs.

A mixing valve is any plumbing device that balances the mix of hot and cold water that comes out of the tap. Every time you turn on your shower or the faucet on your sink, it’s the mixing valve that prevents you from getting sprayed with extremely hot or cold water.

Learning how to connect two or more wires together can be a useful skill. Many appliances, stereos, and devices rely on wires to transmit signals. But working with electrical wires can be dangerous.

Once installed, concrete fasteners such as wedge anchors are generally designed to stay put. Because they are often used to secure heavy machinery or structural framework, they are meant to be permanent.

Wedge anchors are specialized support bolts used to attach fixtures such as wood two-by-fours into solid concrete. They consist of a threaded stud or anchor clip, an expansion clip, a washer, and a hex nut and are typically made of steel or stainless steel.

Figuring out how to install outdoor electrical wire can be a challenge, but it’s useful to know if you’re trying to determine how to set up landscape lighting, hide unseemly garage wiring, or even build an outdoor deck. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started.

The blower motor is an essential component of any HVAC system. Whenever the system is turned on, it’s the job of the blower motor to help produce warm or cool air. To put it simply, without a well-functioning blower motor, your heating or air-conditioning system will stop working.