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Removing Yellow Bleach stain from laminate counter

I had a blue stain on my white laminate vanity. picked up some bleach based bathroom cleaning liquid, for a few things. Thought I would give it a try on the stain on the counter. I left it for a few ...
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How to remove clumps of algae from pool after using algicide

So, we have a 1700 gallon pool that was stricken with algae, and our neighbors have one about twice that size that got hit at the same time. We both shocked our pools and used an algicide that drew ...
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How often should I run a bleach and water solution through condensate lines?

How often do you need to run a bleach and water solution through the condensate drain lines (of a heat pump) to keep the bacteria away? What are the recommended parts (e.g. 1 part bleach, 10 part ...
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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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How do I remove dried latex paint from clothing?

How do you remove dried latex paint out of clothes? It has been there for several days. I haven't really tried anything yet because didn't want to make it worse.
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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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How do I clean a sink overflow drain?

I want to clean inside the hole of the bathroom sink that is used to control overflow. I can stick my finger in there, and rub off a small circle's worth of stuff, but I'd like to clean it more than ...
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How can I clean grease from a carpet?

Accidentally put a greasy material on my carpet. I tried to give it a dry clean, but no luck. What else could I do to remove that greasy stain?
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How can I restore my carpet's pile after too much cleaning product was used?

I recently moved into my new place and have found that my carpet on my landing is completely flattened. I was told by a carpet cleaning company that it has been caused by too much cleaning product ...
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Good way to clean Stainless Steel Railing

I have a stainless steel fence in my garden. Its near the sea and constantly looks dirty and old. I think the steel is a Stainless 316 as opposed to 304. What cost effective cleaner could I use or ...
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Dishwasher drip tray (de)calcification?

Recently, my dishwasher (Whirlpool ADG 9999M, about 10--15yo) stopped working with some standard error. After getting the manuals, I decided to inspect the drip tray: it was full of water. I removed/...
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Can I use my wet-vac to shampoo my carpets?

I have an old Rainbow brand dry/wet vacuum that my mom got at a yard sale, similar to this model. My family grew up with this kind of vacuum at home, and it was useful not only for typical carpet ...
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How do I clean oil stains in yellow marble?

How to clean oil stains from yellow (its natural color) marble?
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles ...
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Polishing Metal Rail

I'm hoping someone can identify what type of metal this outside balcony rail is and offer advice on how to polish it. I tried Brasso. It did not seem to really do anything. Possibly I need to scrub ...
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What is the best way to polish an old brass bed?

I have an old brass bed frame with 15 years of tarnish and I've been trying to use Brasso, but the process is long and tedious. Does anyone know of an easier way to remove tough tarnish from brass?
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How to clean dryer ducts . Home is built on a slab

My home sits on a slab, I can only assume that the dry duct runs from the wall and under the house ( no crawl space.). there is a large pipe that exits the house on the outside where the cap is ...
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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Is it safe to use a blower to clean debris off a shingle roof?

I would like to routinely (once a month) clean the debris (leaves, sticks, pollen, etc.) that collects on my shingle roof because of the shallow pitch: Rather than use a soft broom to brush the ...
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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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Why does my dishwasher detergent get stuck?

My dishwasher isn't working like it's supposed to. Everything seems to be working fine, but then after the machine stops, I open the door and see that my glasses and plates are suspiciously grimy. ...
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How do I clean the oven really well?

I need to clean my kitchen's oven really well. It is electric, has a "grill" element on top, and a fan behind a grating which, apparently, cannot be removed. I tried with the spray products for ovens ...
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Does either capacity or body type contribute to a less noisy wet/dry vacuum?

I'm looking at buying a wet/dry vacuum. So far I favor the plastic-body variety, because I'll be able to bang it a little while dragging it around through its wheels, without constantly worrying that ...
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How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?

We just bought a house with lovely bright pink carpeting over hardwood floors, and tore it all up. The foam underneath was multi-colored, and the black spots appear to have melted to the floor. ...
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How to clean rust in hard to reach points on a tool?

I have a cheap tool with some rust on it. It's probably cheaper to buy a new one than to clean it. But I wonder if is there any solution where I can drop it and retrieve it clean. Is there anything ...
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How to clean up old steel table edge?

Got an old drafting table and there's wood stain and adhesive stuck on the edge: http://imgur.com/a/zyaJ0 How can I remove the layer of gunk and clean it up a bit? Obviously removing the edge ...
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How to clean insulation foam residue off metal

How can I clean insulation foam ("Great Stuff" from Home Depot) off sheet metal ?
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Are there any tips to prevent or reduce dust when working with drywall?

With regard to patching, sawing, or drilling into/through drywall that is already installed (adding some outlets and ceiling fans), where dust control is a priority (the owner is very tidy), can ...
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Why do my clothes smell when I dry them outside on line but they are fine when tumble dried?

When I tumble dry my clothes they smell fine. When I line (outside) dry them they smell quite bad, a musty stale smell. In both instances they have been taken out of washing machine quite quickly ...
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How to clean oxidized stainless steel Espresso maker?

I left my Bialetti coffee maker too long on my inductive stove. It got red hot for a moment and has now a nicely oxidized base. Is it possible or advisable to clean it so that it looks new?
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

My shower drain has 4 plastic "teeth" that stick out into the center of the drain. From this I have found some stalactite calcium columns hanging down to the U bend. I tried to pull one of them up ...
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How do I separate wood stain from mineral spirits if it doesn't settle?

I'm completely new to the world of DIY, and recently completed my first minor woodworking project. After staining my piece, I cleaned my brush with mineral spirits. Now, every source that I can ...
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Removing old glue from ceramic fireplace

We have uncovered a 1930s fireplace in our home and are looking to clean it up. When it was covered up the previous owner glued some fibreboard onto the front, presumably to keep the main facia off ...
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WIll electric pressure washer work with low water pressure?

I live in a 5th floor of a building that doesn't have strong water pressure. I remember that many years ago a cleaning group was going to pressure-wash the exterior of the building, but couldn't ...
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Clean white puzzle mat stain

I'm using CLR with a hose and scrub brush but it's not taking much off. When it dries the stains come back much the same. How should I clean this?
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How to remove dirt and stains from vinyl decking

I have a vinyl deck that hasn't been cleaned in likely 10 years, save for what little cleaning the rain routinely does. I just recently rented a Black & Decker 1700 PSI pressure washer. I ...
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Are there any side effects of using sodium hydroxide as a mold-cleaner in the shower?

I've tried using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to clean mold (mould) in the shower before on a patch test area, and it worked really well. This simply involves using drain cleaner (with gloves, open window ...
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How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have some double pane windows with failed seals. They get condensation inside. When it dries it leaves unsightly residue that I can't figure out how to clean off. I know that I could replace ...
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Cleaning a very dusty garage

My garage is mainly used for storage and, over many years, has become full of dust, cob webs, etc. I would like to use an area for exercise, but am concerned about the amount of dust in the garage (...
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How to remove carpet tape from flooring?

I used Scotch Carpet Tape for Vinyl, Ceramic, and Hardwood. I've since removed the rugs, but the tape is stuck to the floor now. How can I remove it?
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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Should I be concerned about residual contamination from previous asbestos removal?

The previous owners of our home removed the textured ceiling above the kitchen and dining room themselves after they came home to a plumbing leak from the bathrooms above. The ceiling is approximately ...
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Is marijuana smoke removal similar to tobacco smoke cleanup?

I live in Oregon, USA, and the state has recently legalized marijuana. I have a tenant who smokes daily. I've visited a few times and the home always smells of pot. I know how tobacco smoke can ...
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How can I treat brick efflorescence?

I have a new brick wall but large areas are becoming covered in white salty deposits; I want these removed - how can I do it? Update Thanks Niall. Just out of interest, can acid do damage to bricks? ...
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How can I remove skunk smell from house?

I apologize in advance if this is off-topic but I'm in need of some help and not sure who to ask. Our dog got blasted by a skunk and went inside the house. We've got the dog under control but the ...
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Buying Land and tree cleaning

I want to buy land in the Alameda County in California. The land I saw on the market has lots of trees. I am not looking for big development but just a small parcel <.5 acre for a single family ...
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Is there a quick way to clean up walnuts from a yard?

I'm renting a house and it has a walnut tree in the yard which has started dropping hundreds of walnuts all over the place. Picking them up by hand seems like it'd be messy and very slow. Is there a ...
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Is this algae or moss? How to remove it without damaging the shingles?

I live in the Seattle area. Below is a picture my roof. What are the green traces on the roof. Is this algae or moss? What is the easiest way to remove it without damaging the shingles and the paint?...
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How to remove dry erase marker from a refrigerator?

Trying to remove dry-erase marker from a fridge. I've tried and failed with ammonia, wd40, olive oil, comet, vinegar, old hydrogen peroxide (could be broken down/too old), dish soap and water.