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What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?

I've had my furnace serviced in time for winter, but what other things should I consider doing before the snow and the ice come?
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What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?

We are in the process of purchasing a home that is over 20 years old. What are some of the most important things we should check/patch/do right away to make sure the home is running correctly and ...
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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

We are repainting a number of rooms in our home, do we need to put primer over the existing paint? Are there any other gotchas that we need to prepare for before repainting the walls?
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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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What do I need to do to prepare this trunk for painting?

I've got this trunk. My eventual goal is to paint it red and use it as a combination storage space and coffee table in my (tiny Manhattan) apartment. It's about fifteen years old. It's covered in a ...
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Do I need to pre-drill holes in particle board for screws?

I'm set to buy a bunch of IKEA furniture, which is notoriously all particle board. (Ah, particle board.) I'd like to strengthen some of the beams of the HOPEN bed with L-brackets from the big-box ...
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Blue-collar / Foreman / Project Management Vernacular

I'm going to be installing something over and over again in many homes, and in order to help me keep track of what I need to do the job, I'm creating two parts lists for the three-hundred or so ...
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Charging Irrigation System, Can I Do This Myself?

Every spring some company comes out and "charges" our sprinkler system. Can someone explain what this is and whether or not this is something I can do? It basically seems like they come out, turn on ...
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What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...
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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of 4-6" of gravel, with deck blocks ...
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How do I protect the walls next to a 24 foot tall red brick fireplace when painting it?

What is the easiest and best way to paint a very tall brick fireplace? It is 24 feet tall old Chicago (red) style brick. I would like to use a sprayer but am afraid of the over spray when spraying ...
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How to tell for sure if paint is eggshell or gloss?

There is wood panneling in my bathroom on a cabinet and bath. I can't tell if the old paint is eggshell or gloss? Obv if its gloss i need to sand it before painting. So how can I tell for sure?
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How can I prepare this old exterior wall for painting?

I have an old wall in need of a paint. It's in pretty bad shape having been subject to a lot of direct sun and rain. Here are some pics: How should I prepare the wall for painting to ensure this ...
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How do I prepare wooden kitchen units for painting with eggshell?

We have some old IKEA kitchen units that we want to paint in eggshell. I wanted advice on the best preparation for the doors. My only experience with painting wood has been re-glossing doors etc. ...
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What's the best way to paint MDF?

I want to paint an MDF radiator cover with either a satin or a gloss paint. Should I apply to paint directly to the MDF or should I apply a primer first?
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Is wall preparation needed for a border of glass tiles?

Can I tile a 3" wide band of 1" x 2" glass tiles on a plaster bathroom wall (not in the shower area) with no modifications to the wall?
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How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?

During heavy rain the water from the drains outside my apartment overflow. The doors have an almost 1 inch gap at the bottom, and the water floods the apartment. How can I seal that door gap ...
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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Staining already stained wood

I am trying to re-stain a door here. I sanded and applied pre-conditioner. Ofcourse as you can see from the first picture, I had to remove the original stain in some areas. These areas had marks that ...
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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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How should I flatten (not level) a concrete subfloor?

In the final stages of finishing a room in our walk-out basement. This particular room has a long history, as it was originally a garage. Thus, it has a slight pitch from the back of the room ...
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Which kind of plaster to use on concrete walls, prior to painting?

I have a small holiday apartment in Europe that has pre-fabricated concrete walls. The surfaces are relatively smooth but I want to prepare them for painting by applying a skim coat of plaster. Which ...
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How do I paint a metal sheet fence with a spray gun?

I am looking at painting a metal sheet fence with a spray gun. How do I calculate the amount of paint needed? What are the preparations that I need before painting, should I use a primer, do I need ...