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Should gloves be worn when working with concrete to prevent it from coming in contact with skin?

I was told recently that concrete is slightly corrosive. Should gloves be worn when using concrete or is it fine to handle concrete as long as its not done on a regular basis?
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How to detect mildew or fungus?

We live in an apartment, and since a couple of months, my girlfriend suffer from all sort of lung/breath/throat problems. ( Multiple visits to the Doctors give the same result: she has nothing, might ...
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Would running a band saw or cnc machine in my basement be safe?

I'd like to get a band saw and drill press but I don't have room in my garage so I'd like to put it in my basement. The problem is I don't have any ventilation to remove sawdust so would having it in ...
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Do Old Houses Have a Pre-determined Lifespan?

Taking into consideration the building supplies that were available in that time period for that particular geographic area (say, a major metropolitan city in the mid-western United States), do homes ...
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When to replace respirator filters?

I've got a respirator like this one: I assume with the particulate filters (for dust) you just change them when they get hard to breathe through, but what about the organic vapor or chemical ...
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Why is my brand new PEX clear tubing turning green near the hot water heater?

I just moved into my house with brand new PEX (uponor) plumbing. I used clear for the hot and cold instead of red and blue, because I bought everything myself and I thought it would prevent wasting ...
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How can I determine what is in my water?

My question is, how can I determine exactly what these "floaties" are that I see in my drinking water? I know that I sound crazy and more than a little obsessive-compulsive....my wife tells me this ...
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Must I remove asbestos from my heating vents?

I've got an old house with some asbestos tape on the heating vents, and some old floor tiles which are asbestos suspects as well; duct cleaning firms won't do cleaning on the vents with the tape ...
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What substances should you avoid contact with your bare hands?

I started thinking about this yesterday because I currently have a weird feeling second skin from the polyurethane adhesive I used to attach my kitchen backsplash on Sunday. I foolishly assumed since ...
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What are effective ways to frame a return air duct?

Consider an in-floor return air duct that is 32" x 22". A standard air filter that closest fits the register is 30" x 20". What materials should I use to frame the duct so it will snugly hold the ...
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How do I keep my pool water clean without nasty chemicals?

Is there a chemical-free way to keep pool water safe and healthy, that is without chlorine or bromine? How about using UV radiation to sterilize the water?
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Home lead testing kits

Are home lead testing kits accurate or should I hire a pro? What should I being looking for when purchasing home lead testing kits?
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At what Lead levels are respirators and hazmat suits required?

I am under going demolition work in pre-1978 building. I have paint chip samples sent away to determine ppm of lead. At what levels are contractors required to wear hazmat suits and respirators? ...
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How can I improve ventilation in my room with a window fan while filtering pollen from a nearby tree?

This is a campus building in Aalto University where you have a tree about 10 cm away from the window. The Espoo city does not allow the student organisation AYY to cut down the tree. There is a poor ...
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What is the difference between mold in air duct and mold that grows in crawl space?

Specifically, are they both dangerous to human health?
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Should a tenant be relocated while asbestos is removed from the ceiling?

I would really appreciate your advice, or if you are unable to give it can you please who can give me impartial advice. I own a property which a few weeks ago had a leak. The plumber cut one hole in ...
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What methods exist for filtering air to alleviate allergies?

I've found out that I have an allergy, especially for the mold. I live in a very wet climate, so it's a problem. I was given advice to buy this AIRFREE E60 air purifier. But now I'm interested to ...
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Can I wash and continue to use dishes that were in a sink with a brush used for varnishing?

A brush used with varnish has been put into a sink, full of water with dishes. The dishes have not come into contact directly with the varnish, but with the varnish diluted in water. Is throwing all ...
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Does wifi have any effect on one's health?

Does wifi have any effect on health in home?
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Does covering a mattress with sheets prevent dust mites and their allergens?

Does covering a mattress with sheets prevent dust mites and their allergens?
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Are black deposits on the interior of copper water pipes a health concern?

I tried to install a new water heater at home. When I removed the old pipes, I found there's a black deposit in the interior of my copper pipes (both cold water pipe to water heater and hot water pipe ...
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Can I demolish in a home with asbestos while tenants are living there?

I have a situation here with asbestos. I have a residential home that I'm renting out. Because of water damage inside the drywall I called my homeowner's insurance company and made a claim to fix the ...
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Is it OK to re-paint a gas-range grill with paint?

I have a gas range (gas stove - indoor) for cooking, and the metal grate that goes over the top has some areas of rust. If I was to sand down the rusty areas, would it be advisable to paint it with a ...
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Can I build an anti-fatigue standing mat myself?

I thought about buying a anti-fatigue mat for healthier prolonged standing but unfortunately the price tag is quite high and they are not available in my country, so I would have to pay for additional ...
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Spilled teak oil in sink, now it's dry

I teak-oiled my table, and put the teak oil can in my sink. There's now a can-shaped ring of dried teak oil in my stainless steel sink. Also some on my granite counter top. Question: what should I do? ...
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Is convenient/needed to relocate while asbestos is removed from external panles in my flat?

In my building there are some works happening. I asked about asbestos to contractors and they told me probably won't be a problem because asbestos was banned from UK long time ago. But now seems they ...
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What whole-house water filter can I install to remove atrazine from my water?

I recently tested the water in my new(ly purchased) house for a variety of things and was (unpleasantly) surprised to find a positive result for atrazine (or perhaps simazine, apparently a more ...