Smelly Ice Cubes – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St Louis

We have an icemaker that makes ice cubes; however, they taste moldy and your hands smell moldy when you finish putting them in a glass. Is there a way to resolve this problem other than getting a new icemaker? We did change the water line once and it helped for a very short time.

If your icemaker is working correctly other than the smell and taste, and that no other sources of water have any issue, then I think that a cleaning process is in order. First, make sure that the water line (which you said you replaced) is copper and not plastic. If it is plastic, be sure to change it over to copper, as the plastic lines could be part of the problem.

Begin the cleaning process by turning off the valve to the icemaker line. This is usually in the basement, and has a small ¼” line running to it. Then remove the icemaker unit from inside the freezer to clean it. Each unit may be slightly different, so I can’t give you exact directions, but you’ll need to remove the plastic tube that comes from the back of the freezer to the top of the icemaker, allowing the water to enter into the ice tray. The icemaker unit usually hangs from two screws, which may need to be loosened slightly to lift the unit out. However, the electrical plug will still be attached, so once the unit is off the screws, unplug the unit from its receptacle. You’ll now have the freedom to take the unit over to the sink.

The icemaker unit has a motor inside of it, so do not immerse the unit in water. Instead, I would suggest as thorough of a cleaning that you can, without dipping the unit in water. A bleach solution might be a good idea, using a sponge to clean. Afterwards, be sure to rinse the unit as thoroughly as you cleaned it, and then let it dry completely before reinstalling the unit.

My next suggestion is to consider purchasing and adding a water filter to the ice maker line. The larger hardware stores carry these for about $15 – 20, with all of the parts needed to add the filter to an existing line. The filters last for about 6 months. Replacement filters cost slightly less, and take even less time to install. In reading reviews on these filters, I think this will solve your problems.

After the cleaning and adding of the filter, carefully move the refrigerator back into place, being sure not to pinch the copper water line. Once your icemaker starts making ice, I would suggest that you throw away the first batch or two of ice, in case there were any cleaning agents left inside the icemaker.

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Door Knob Hole In the Wall – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St Louis

A member of my family (who is still not admitting to it) opened a door too strongly and the door knob went through the drywall. What can we do?

The good news is that this is a fairly simple fix. The bad news is that this will require several applications spread out over a few days.

If the hole is still the size of the door knob, you can purchase a drywall patch, making things much easier. Most patches are about 6” square, but larger patches can be purchased if needed. Begin by lightly sanding around the hole to get things smooth. Remove the backing on the drywall patch and press the patch over the hole. Using joint compound or spackling compound, apply the compound to the patch, pressing the compound firmly over the hole, covering the entire patch. Try to feather the edges of the patch so that the compound is not quite as thick at the edges.

After the compound has dried (about one day for joint compound and much less for spackle), lightly sand the area with a sanding block. No matter what you do, there will be dust, so be sure to have a drop cloth on the floor. Apply a second coat of compound, this time extending the edges out about 3 – 4” beyond the first coat. This “feathering” of the compound will make the finished job less noticeable. Again, let the compound dry, and then lightly sand the area, making sure there are no ridges in the compound.

If, after the sanding, everything looks good, you’re ready to prime the area with a general purpose primer. (If you have any kind of textured wall, such as a sand finish, or an orange peel finish, it is best to apply these finishes before priming. Follow the directions for the texture.) Once the primer is dry, touch it up with the wall paint. To make the job look its best, use a roller to apply the paint.

My next recommendation for this project is to install some type of door stop, so that the problem doesn’t reoccur. There are several types of door stops, the most common ones screw into the baseboard molding. These could have a flexible shaft or hard shaft, and normally come in a bright brass or antique brass finish, but other finishes are available if you look for them. They are easy to install, requiring only a wrench or pair of pliers, but if you have a drill, drilling a small pilot hole makes the installation easier.

Another type of door stop is one that is installed at the hinge of the door. This requires tapping the hinge pin out of the hinges, then reinstalling the pin with the door stop being added at the top of the hinge. This type of door stop can be adjusted so that the door will stop well before the door knob hits the door.

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