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How to Successfully Use FixYa and get prompt results

Although FixYa is pretty straight-forward and easy to use, here's a few helpful hints to make sure you're getting all the FixYa value for your effort.
1. Be sure to categorize your question in the right area.
When we FixYa experts log in to start helping to answer questions, we'll get a list of current questions that are listed in the Categories that we've selected from a long list. We only get questions on our homepage that deal with the categories we've selected. So if you've put a question about a coffee maker online and you've unknowingly placed that question in the cars category, chances are that the coffee maker expert won't see your question. The best way to properly categorize your question is to use the
"Browse by Brand" window. This will allow you to narrow it down to the exact or closest to location to make sure your question will get answered by and expert that really knows how to help you.
2. Give as much information about your product and symptoms as you can.
For example, if you're posting a car question: Give us make, model, engine size, type of trans, mileage,etc.. All this can come into play for us to give a more effective answer. For appliances: Give us make, model, fuel type, and describe the symptoms as best you can... "Won't run" is pretty vague... give us a few details..
3. Before you send your question, re-read it to make sure it makes sense, won't be misunderstood. A good rule of thumb is to read it out loud and listen to yourself. It only takes a minute and can help us help you better, faster, and more accurately. And there's no need to use foul language. You can let us know you're frustrated, but you're more likely to get an Expert to choose your question if you keep it clean.
4. Check your email fairly frequently for FixYa comments.
5. Post your solutions as comments to your question. Once your problem is solved, stop back by and post the solution as a comment on your question. This helps us to know that you've got the solution, but it also helps those who are searching for similar solutions through the FixYa website! Let your solutions help others as well!
6.Remember that all us experts, and gurus are human, we're trying to help and we're definitely not perfect and can use encouragement from those we've helped. We always appreciate getting reports back from those we've helped, to hear of FixYa victories. So if you can take the time to stop back by and drop us a followup... it's always appreciated.

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new home l372 threading diagram

Here is a guide I found on fixya.


It looks pretty straight forward. Make sure your pressure foot is in the up position before you start to thread. Good luck.

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the dryer drum belt is broken

If your dryer is not covered by warranty, and if you don't want to hire someone to come out and fix it for you, it's not difficult to repair it yourself.

I could help you better if I knew the brand and the model of your dryer. But most dryers are similar, and - once you open it up - you'll see how easy and straight-forward it is to access & change the belt.

You will want to have some basic tools, and you may have to take the old belt to a hardware store (or Home Depot, or Lowes) to get the same-sized replacement.

Be sure to be careful of sharp metal edges while you're working around inside. I always seem to manage to cut or poke myself when I do this!

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what's involved in changing a rack and pinion on a 2003 Chevy silverado 1500 2 wheel drive, I have a new rack and am only doing the rack at this time. ANY secrets or hints. Thanks John

I changed mine a few months ago. It's pretty straight forward. You will need a jack and a pan to catch your fluid. Make sure you strap the steering wheel to the brake pedal before you disconnect the steering shaft from the rack or you will damage the airbag wire. The airbag is hardwired, not just a contact like the horn and turn signal connections. After you remove the tie rod nuts, you can whack the spindle with a hammer near the tie rods to get them out. Do not hit the tie rod with a hammer. You will need to get an alignment when you are done. It took me about an hour in the driveway.

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my pull start is stuck how do i make it work again

First make sure the pull start is stuck and not the piston(s) It should be pretty straight forward to take the casing off the pull mechanism. On most models it won't fly apart if you are careful. Then you can try turning the crankshaft by hand to see if it moves. If it doesn't even with a wrench, your motor is seized and your washer could be recycled as a boat anchor. If you can turn it with some effort, then take the pull assembly to a dealer to get a replacement. I hope this helps. If you can tell me what model of engine is on the washer I can be more specific.

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can I install 4" kickback riser under the handlebar

Just make sure the cables are not binding or too short.
Replacing the risers are pretty straight forward.
Remove the four hold down bolts then remove the stock risers. Towel will help here to prevent handle bars from scratching the tank. Helps to have the front wheel straight before starting this process. Install the new risers using the hardware supplied. Be sure to check clutch and throttle for binding BEFORE riding.
If they bind and prevent easy operation you may have to purchase extension cables. Be sure to torque the 4 bolts that hold down the handle bars properly. After a few trips check and tighten again to the proper torque settings. Installed the Baron kick back risers on my 1100 and it took a few trips to get use too.
After that wouldn't take anything for them! Sitting higher and not all slumped over. Nice looking too!

Good luck!
Hope this Helps!

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