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Doors are sticky and noisy when opened?

For some reason, the doors in our house make a very loud "unsticking" sound when you open them. It's almost as if the paint isn't cured, since the sound seems to come from the contact area around the ...
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How can I paint over mold to prevent it from coming back again?

The source of the leak has been fixed, however the old mold keeps showing though the new paint.
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I have a basement floor with lots of moisture, can I paint or seal it to make it waterproof?

My basement has a slight dampness issue, where if I leave things on the floor they will get wet. There are no leaks and no standing water, the moisture seems to be wicking up through the concrete. I ...
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What precautions should I take before moving my family into a pre-1978 (lead-paint-era) house?

I am about to sign a lease and move with my family, including a 3 mo old and 2 yr old, into a home that was built in 1944. The house is in good condition and has been repainted at least once in the ...
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What is the proper way to install/paint baseboard?

I've installed some new baseboards, though I'm not really sure I have the right method down. Here's what I do: Paint baseboard Paint walls Cut and install baseboard (using brad nailer and/or liquid ...
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How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?

When painting, sometimes mask-free cutting-in is impractical and masking tape must be used. The advice here is to remove masking tape before the paint has dried. That makes sense when a single coat is ...
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Is white paint the same color regardless of the company?

I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match? Here are the ...
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What's the practical difference between “latex” and “acrylic” water dispersion paint?

I see lots of water dispersion paints in shops and they usually come in two flavors - "latex" and "acrylic". The application range and procedure seem the same, they are all relatively safe, don't emit ...
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Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?

Someone sent me the link to IdeaPaint which appears to be a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. It looks pretty appealing, but I was wondering: Whether anyone here has ever used it and ...
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What is your top tip for painting?

Simple really - add your best tips for painting (a room, that is). Ideally one tip per answer for ease of voting.
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How to remove/clean black mold?

What is the best way to remove black mold from wood? Specifically, the mold on my back porch is black mold. Is the best option to use something like Kilz over it?
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How can I alter these wooden towel hooks so that the towels don't fall off?

We have this rack of towel hooks in our bathroom, but the hooks are so smooth that the towels easily fall off. How can I alter it so that the towels don't fall off? I'd rather not roughen up the ...
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How can I paint over a ceiling after there's been a leak?

We had a leak in our upstairs bathroom, about 2 weeks after we had a new ceiling put up and painted in the room below. It wasn't a major leak, but it caused quite a wide line to show up on the ...
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What is low VOC paint?

What is low VOC paint, and what is the durability like when compared with 'standard' oil or acrylic based paints?
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Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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Why would you ever use oil paint on new work?

Background: a large steel door at our office was recently painted with an oil-based paint, and we spent the day suffering through the fumes that permeated practically every space in the building. ...
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How do I avoid stripping paint off of my walls with painters tape?

I put that painters tape on the edges by the ceiling and cut in next to it (overlapping the tape with the paint somewhat). A couple of hours later, I pull the tape, and small sections of paint come ...
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How do you remove paint from hair?

We painted a closet recently with a latex/acrylic based paint and no plastic hair caps. This lead to the issue with some unsightly paint splotches on our hair. After several washes the paint still ...
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How do I determine where lead paint was used?

I just bought a new house. The inspector told me that the entry way paint is cracking because a previous owner painted over lead paint without using the proper primer. How do I find out which walls ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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How much more paint does a paint sprayer use than a roller?

I am going to be painting the inside of my 2-story home except for the bedrooms, so I have a fairly large area to cover. How much more paint would a paint sprayer use, compared to using paint ...
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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What's the fastest way to strip paint off of a piece of installed trim/moulding?

Let's say you have some detailed moulding around several interior doors and you want to strip the paint off with the least amount of labor (time-wise)? How would you go about it? Heat gun, chemicals, ...
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How do I repaint my kitchen cabinets?

I am doing my first home repainting and I'd like to ask a question. I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets. They are currently painted with a glossy ugly shade of green (don't ask). Moreover, it ...
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How do I prepare an interior cement floor for painting?

I have an enclosed carport that serves as 4th bedroom/den in a 30 year old house. This room has long been used as storage, etc, and is in fairly bad shape. I'm rehabbing it to serve as a home office, ...
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Storing latex paint in hot garage?

How well does latex interior paint hold up to being stored in a hot garage over time? I did some painting several months ago, and without thinking too much about it kept the leftover paint in the ...
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What is a durable, child-safe finish for a child's cot?

I recently purchased a flat packed cot for my soon to arrive baby. The wood is plain without any paint or varnish. How best should I finish off the wood on the cot in a way that is both durable and ...
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How do I properly paint a wood floor made of plywood?

I have built a yurt platform, which is basically a deck with 1 1/8" tongue-and-groove plywood as the decking. Usually that stuff is used as a subfloor, but in this case it's the floor itself. Call it ...
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How do you choose when to use oil vs latex paint?

In what situations should oil paint be used, instead of latex paint?
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Why don't the textures of drywall patches match the room?

I recently remodeled a bedroom and installed new drywall. We painted the walls and ceiling with flat paint (since this is in the master bedroom and it is supposed to "hide" imprefections better than ...
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How do I determine the amount of paint needed for a room?

I'm not very handy; thus I'm very new to this. Forgive my ignorance. Is there a proper method or means of determine how much paint is needed to paint an entire room? Or there isn't a way because ...
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How do I fix a rotting door frame?

This is a six year old house and I noticed that frame is rotting due to elements of nature. Should I just paint over it? If not, how should I fix this?
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How can I paint a concrete floor?

I have an ugly black concrete floor in the laundry and I would like to paint it white over the top. I have a few questions. What different steps do you take when you are painting over a color rather ...
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Laziest/Quickest way to smooth a wood-grain-textured door?

We have some ultra-cheap hollow-core doors in our upstairs. They aren't real wood but this synthetic laminate with a raised wood-grain texture. Ugly things. But, I'm cheap, and am trying to salvage ...
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What do I have to do to prepare my garage floor for paint?

I'd like to paint my garage floor, possibly with textured paint. What do I have to do in order to get my garage floor, which is currently dirty and somewhat oily, ready for something like an ...
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What's the right tool for painting joist bays in my basement?

I'd like to paint the joist bays in my basement to brighten the basement up. No, putting up acoustic tile is out of range for the budget, but paint is in. I've tried a small portion with a roller and ...
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how to clean up black paint that spilled on exterior bricks

My upstairs neighbor (well she said her cat did it) spilled black paint on her deck/patio last summer. It dripped for 10 minutes down the side of my exterior wall of my unit (outside). It's spilled ...
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What are the pros and cons of rolled-on wall/ceiling texture paint?

I just recently learned that some wall/ceiling textures can be applied with a paint-roller and special texture "paint". Here are a couple examples from Home Depot: I was hoping to get more ...
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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Wallpaper removal: Should I use chemicals in addition to a steamer

I'm removing wallpaper that has a layer of paint underneath. Currently, I'm using a scoring tool then a steamer to remove the different layers. As you can imagine this is a slow process. Would it be ...
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How can I strip & Refinish this window frame?

Take a look at the following close-up of one of my window frames. I'd like to strip all the white paint off of it, possibly stain the wood, and finish it with a varnish. I have the following ...
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What are the best materials for non-toxic wooden blocks?

I want to make wooden blocks for my baby girl. If successful, I would like to sell wooden block sets online too. Requirements: (by order of importance) Non-toxic Cheap & readily available ...
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can i paint my bathtub wall?

One of our bath walls is green Sheetrock with a white semi gloss paint finish. As you can see on the pictures attached, the paint has started to bubble and strip. What can we do now? shall/can ...
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What is the most durable way to paint a wood floor in a high traffic area?

I have to replace the floor on the landings of our stairs and love the look of painted wooden floors. However, it is a high traffic area, and I've seen many painted wood floors floors lose their ...
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Should Young Families Always Favor an Egghshell Finish?

When choosing paint, should young families always favor an eggshell finish because it's easiest to clean? Also, are bathrooms and kitchens exceptions to this rule because water vapor can cling to the ...
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How can I remove paint from an indoor brick wall?

I have a red brick wall that was painted. I need to figure out an easy method of removing the paint without damaging the brick. Are there any tried and true methods? One thing to remember is that ...
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How can you paint tile?

Our bathroom is out of the 70's and the wife doesn't care for the colors. Remodeling is out of the question for now. Is there something I can use to paint over that ceramic tile so we can at least get ...
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How can I get paint to come off more evenly with a heat gun?

I'm stripping some paint from a very old door in my house - it's probably about 120 years old. Given the age, it's picked up several layers of paint over the years. I've already stripped the skirting ...
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Should I use sugar soap or denatured alcohol to clean nicotine from painted walls?

I'd like to clean nicotine off of painted walls, but I'm not sure if I should use sugar soap, or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits). Which would do a better job all-around, specifically for ...