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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

I have wood screws whose heads are stripped from trying to remove them with a drill. The drill (or screwdrivers) can't grip the heads anymore. What can i use to remove these screws easily?
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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How can I remove a plank from the middle of the field?

My attic has tongue and groove planking down as the floor, and I need to do some work up there. I'd like to only remove a couple planks in the middle of the field, rather than pulling up half the ...
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How can I remove a stump?

I need to level a patch of ground in order to put in a shed, but there's a large stump right in the middle of where the shed will go. Since I'm in a suburban setting, dynamite is out, fires are ...
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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 remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head?

Most of the taps in my new house are fitted with so-called "anti-vandal" screws in the tap heads, as shown in the image. These screw into the tap head to tighten them onto the stem. I can't remove ...
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How to remove old vinyl tiles?

I have a layer of old, crumbly and very sticky vinyl tiles that I need to remove to bring the old tile back (see picture). What is the best way of removing these? Bonus question: How do I get the ...
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How can I remove large nails from cement?

I am redoing the flooring in my basement and removed a built-in toy chest. I disassembled the chest and the floor 2x4's are attached to the cement with large nails. If I had to guess on gauge I'd say ...
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How can I remove a really stuck screw?

I often come across screws that just won't budge with a manual screwdriver or even a driver bit in a drill. They are of different screw types and heads in a variety of different materials. What are ...
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What is the safest way to cut up an old kerosene storage tank?

Folks, I need to remove an old kerosene storage tank (for central heating) from my in-laws back garden. The tank is moulded plastic, and has a 1,000 litre capacity. The access point it was ...
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How to remove closet shelf clips and brackets without damaging the wall?

The previous owner of my new house installed ClosetMaid shelves in the closet. I removed the shelves, but had a really hard time with those clips and brackets (pictures attached). Seem like they were ...
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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
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How do I remove construction glue from brick?

I just removed glued-on paneling from an interior brick wall. Now, I have the task of removing the glue from said brick. What is the best method of doing so? I know there's no getting around the use ...
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How can I safely remove and replace a wall?

The Wall: This is about 25' long, and it separates my kitchen from my living room/Dining room. Underneath it, we have a double 2x8 floor joist, which is supported midway on an 8 inch steel I-beam. ...
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How do I move a slab of concrete?

I want to build a fence in my backyard by my garbage stand is sitting on a concrete slab and that slab is in the way of where I want to put the fence so I want to move it over a few feet. The slab of ...
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How can I move a non load bearing wood frame wall?

I am remodeling my basement and want to move the location of a non-load bearing wall that is diving a section of my basement. Currently the wall is down to the bare wooden studs. The header was nailed ...
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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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 do I remove a flush mounted ceiling light fixture dome?

My bedroom has a very nice looking flush mounted ceiling light with a glass dome. However, all the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I'm 5'4" and standing on the ...
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How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?

Found this in my sunroom this morning: It's hard to see (I didn't want too get too close) but the bees are really strange looking - very long almost like 2 bees connected in a row. I know there's ...
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
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How do I remove this shower sliding door?

I'm trying to remove the sliding doors of my shower to clean up the rails and also replace a broken "holder" (sorry I don't know the exact name of that part). Do you have an idea how to remove a ...
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Do products like Ditra make tile removal more complicated?

Products like DITRA are great to use when installing tile, but I can't help wondering what it'll be like to remove the tile later. Is it more difficult to remove tile that's been laid on this type of ...
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How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...
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How to get sink off of countertop?

We are getting new countertops, and we need to remove the sink before they install them. The sink is attached with a hardened glue. We can't seem to get the sink off without bending the metal. How ...
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How can I cut up and remove a metal kerosene storage tank that is in a cellar?

This question has already been asked, but in the previously asked question the tank was plastic and was sited outside. This one is metal and in a cellar its 6 ft. by 4 ft. by 4 ft. The kerosene/air ...
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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?

We removed a wooden dance floor that was glued to concrete with liquid nails. How do I remove the liquid nails that is all over the concrete floor? Has anyone had success with heat, mineral spirits ...
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How can I clean calcium deposits off my mirror?

I live in Denmark and water is containing high amounts of calcium so my bathroom mirror has all these white spots which are so hard to remove, any ideas for a dissolver or something?
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Removing blacktop/asphalt pad

I have what used to be a basketball court in my backyard. Its roughly 20x20 feet. I've already removed and sold the basketball hoop. On the end where the hoop was theres concrete piling sunk below the ...
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Removing paint from wood: lattice

I have this gate wood door that was painted. Apparently, they didn't use primer. The paint started pealing, so I thought I will strip the paint easily and stain the door (that way I don't need to ...
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What is the best way to fill in the holes in aluminum siding?

In about 2 weeks I'm doing a little cathartic destruction of a deck on the back of my house. The deck came with the house and has suffered YEARS of neglect, it's beyond repair, built incorrectly, and ...
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How do I remove glued-on carpet?

I'm trying to remove carpet from a small closet in our bathroom (at most 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft). I started to remove it and it looks to have been glued around the perimeter. What's the easiest way to ...
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How can I remove paint from a deck?

I bought my house 3 years ago. The deck surface and decorative fence around the edge are painted with a latex-based paint. After shoveling snow each winter, the deck surface is chipped with raw wood ...
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How to remove an old KitchenAid dishwasher?

I am looking for any information that could help with removing a KitchenAid KDC-37 SST dishwasher. It appears to be part of an integrated sink-dishwasher-drainboard unit. The KitchenAid support site ...
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How do I remove mineral stains from tiles?

The water in our apartment has higher salt levels, which ultimately makes stains on tile. I tried to remove them with various bleaching agents, but with no effect. Can anyone help?
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How do I remove this dimmer light switch cover so I can paint the wall?

I have a dimmer similar to this one. There are no screws visible from the front. Looking at it from the side there appears to be two face plates stacked on top of each other. I can fit my ...
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How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Sink Strainer

I have a two basin stainless steel kitchen sink. Whoever installed it did not use or properly apply plumbers putty and both sides leak. I went to replace it with a new strainer but can not get the old ...
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How can I remove a Mortise Lock and deadbolt from a door?

I got an old door from a junk yard that I'm trying to reuse. The door is going to end up being sliding barn door so I have no use for its existing door knob and lock mechanisms. From what I can tell ...
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How do you remove the stick-on child safety locks from appliances?

I have a few stick-on child safety locks, such as this one found on Amazon. When it comes time to remove them, what should I do to avoid destroying the finish on the appliances? They are stuck on ...
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What is the easiest way to replace an existing backsplash?

I've got an unusual backsplash in my kitchen that I would like to replace. As you can see from the picture, there's about 6" of granite tile acting as a proper backsplash, but above that it appears ...
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What should I expect when removing a chimney?

Our brick chimney is leaning away from our house. The breast is in the living room, pretty much flush with the wall. The backside starts in the attached garage, goes through its roof and up past the ...
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How can I remove the tile from this wall?

Doing a tile removal on our master tub/shower. I'm pretty sure the tile is original to the house, which is 34 years old (1978). It's a 4 1/4 inch tile, that has been backed by dry wall. When I was ...
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What is the best way to strip woodchip wallpaper?

I spent a large proportion of a (glorious) Sunday stripping a relatively small area of woodchip wallpaper from my spare room in an ongoing war to banish the stuff from my house. I have a good steamer ...
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Would this be an effective method to remove painted popcorn ceiling?

Sand off tops of "popcorn bumps" with rotary sander or multi tool (like bosch multi-x). Spray with vinegar and water. Use elbow grease and a scraper or hope this happens: ...
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How to address mold/moss on newer roof?

I have an old house with a new(er) installed roof shingle that's about 5 years old. In removing leaves from the gutter today, I noticed green moss? mold? around some of the areas close to the house. A ...
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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

i recently bought a very old house and wanted to start renovating asap. I want to take out this wall but i am unsure if its load bearing.
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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Remove plastic film from the outside of a metal door?

I forgot to remove the plastic protective film from the outside of a metal door. The door is white prime/painted. I was able to remove the film from the inside of the door, but the outside is baked on ...
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How can I remove vinyl base without damaging the drywall?

My house has vinyl base material attached to the walls in the laundry room and bathrooms. This material is glued directly to the drywall. It is presently unclear if the glue was a pre-applied layer on ...