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Portable gas heaters have something in common with gas water heaters. They both depend on a thermocouple. When the thermocouple reaches a certain temperature, it signals the valve to open and let the gas flow to the burner. So if you have a gas heater that's difficult to light or the gas shuts off for no apparent reason while it's running, you most likely have a bad thermocouple. It's easy to take off various shields to access it and remove it. Take the old thermocouple to the home center or…

How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

If your hot water heater suddenly stops working, chances are a bad thermocouple has shut off the gas to the pilot light. Replacement is an easy DIY repair.

You don't need to put up with an annoying plumbing problem - instead, learn how to fix it quickly. These 3 easy DIY fixes take 15 minutes or less.

Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod

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Sometimes, using clamps can be difficult or impossible. Use these simple tips to successfully "hand clamp" woodworking pieces.

Learn how to repair rotted wood with epoxy. This technique will help you repair items that can be difficult to replace such as windowsills and moldings.

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