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How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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What is needed to fix or replace a cracked old seal on a refrigerator door?

I'd like to replace or maybe just gum up the seal of my 1990's Maytag refrigerator. It's really quite a beast and the last time a repair man came (to extract a receipt which made its way into the ...
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How do I seal a painted deck?

The builders of my home painted my front and back porch. The railings are white, and the decking itself is the same color as the house. It looks great, but the paint has all peeled up. I'm in the ...
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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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Is caulk sufficient to seal around my new bathtub?

I installed a new tub which does not have a flange. Before I put up Duraboard what product, if any, should be used to seal the space outside of the tub's edge (garden/jacuzzi type of bathtub edge). ...
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Seal basement floor before tiling

My basement is prone to getting water in it after big rains. I know that we definitely have a leak in the wall on one side of the basement so we're having a contractor come in and demo the whole ...
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Need to know if this is mold or not

This may be an obvious answer to some but I know next to nothing about molds / fungus etc. Is this mold, or black mold? I've been finding it throughout my house, usually by window sills, and am hoping ...
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When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?

I have just built my very first picnic table (really, my very first anything). I used pressure treated lumber and galvanized hardware. I would like to seal the table before I put it outside, but I'm ...
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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How would I reverse yellow stains resulting from sealing a marble table top?

I sealed a new polished marble table top with a granite sealer that also works on marble. The discoloration is slight, but I'd like to remove it. What's the best way to do this? I've read about ...
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Is there any additional sealing operation required after grouting for the bath shower

For re-grouting the bath shower, is there any additional sealing operation (like using sealant) after applying un-sanded grout on it?
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What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?

What size rubber grommet do I need for a water-tight seal on a 3/4" PVC pipe? For example, would this rubber grommet fit a 3/4" PVC Pipe?
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How do I weatherize an MDF shed?

I had some spare MDF lying around, and didn't have much to do with it. We needed somewhere to shove our grill and gardening tools, so a couple of screws later I now have a reasonably unattractive MDF ...
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What can I use to fill a 6-10mm gap between ceiling and front door structure?

I live in a 1930s house with a small, open porch (as in no external door) in front of my main UPVC front door. Not long ago, the original lath and plaster ceiling in the hallway fell down quite ...
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What can I do about this gap between a wooden board and the sink?

The board already started to rot from below, so I need to replace it. How can I seal this small gap without having a permanent seal? The problem is that the boad is attached to the wall and I still ...
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Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces

I want to seal around an antenna cable and joint through an opening that is always damp, so, please, can I use amalgamating tape where the surface it has to adhere to is damp? I have left out all the ...
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How do I keep the plastic window insulators sealed when the window has a sill?

Last winter I covered my windows in my apartment with a window sealing kit so keep out any drafts. The winds and temperatures are pretty extreme around here and the plastic would peel away from some ...
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Do I need to stain or seal an outdoor structure built from spruce?

I've constructed a outdoor shower cubicle at our cabin, mainly out of untreated spruce with a little pine. This will be exposed to the elements and will obviously get wet when used. My question is do ...
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How to finish cedar deck chairs

I'm building Adirondack chairs out of cedar that I'll use on my front porch. I want to keep the natural cedar color, but also protect them from the elements and prevent them from getting gray and ...
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How can I seal around a light fixture/light switch outlet?

I Have a house built in 1972. I'm currently 80% finished in installing a ceiling fan into my master bedroom. I had an energy audit about a month ago, which revealed that I had "pretty good sealing" ...
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How can I seal old Jalousie windows?

In our rented house there are old Jalousie windows (the kind with glass slats). When I was looking for ways to seal them better (it's getting cold here), I came across this: ...
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Should windows be sealed from the outside before the capping is done?

If a regular vinyl window is replaced, and the foam is applied from the inside around the window, should it be also sealed / caulked from the outside before the capping is done?
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What type of mortar would I use to seal cracks in our chimney?

We've got a brick chimney that's ~25 years old and it's got a quite a few cracks in the mortar (some hairline, some as thick is a quarter). What's the best way to seal all those cracks? I assume ...
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Can/Should I seal laminate “wood” flooring?

I bought a house with "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks are pressed wood with a wood print veneer. My agent was telling me that spills and moisture in the seams will cause the planks to swell ...
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How to repair a shower corner bench

We noticed recently that the corner bench in our shower had a sizable crack in the sealant along one edge of the support wall. Our first thought was to simply reseal the crack, but as I examined it a ...
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How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water without draining the tank?

I need help! How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water with out throwing away or draining the tank? My tank is made from steel.
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What will happen if I try to apply paint/stain to damp wood?

I'm 1000 miles away from home working on a deck for a family member who recently suffered a stroke. He's recovering, but for the time being he's very unsteady on his feet. The deck in question had a ...
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How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?

I sanded and painted a wooden dresser. The rep at Lowe's said I don't need a separate sealer, but that sounds fishy to me. Should I put sealer on it too?
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Will sealing ceramic floor tile in the bathroom prevent mold?

We have never sealed our bathroom ceramic tile / grout. Will this allow mold to grow easier?
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Does driveway sealer have a curing time?

Should it be done at a time of year when temperatures will stay warm for a period of months, or is all well after 2-3 days?
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How do I remove footprints after sealing travertine tile?

It looks like I made a pretty basic mistake and stepped into some of the sealant after sealing my travertine tiles last night.Today you can see footprints in the sealant. What is the best way to ...
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How do I adjust this balcony door so that it doesn't let cold air in?

A PVC balcony door that separates the room from the outdoors (which is currently −20 Celsius) is about six feet tall and about two feet wide. It is attached with two hinges - the upper one and the ...
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Sealant used to prevent water getting between bath and wall?

What's the name of the 'rubbery' sealant they use between the bath and the wall, and why don't they use it in between the wall tiles? They use a hard grouting between wall tiles, but if the weight of ...
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How can I join PVC pipe in a food safe way?

I want to close a rectangular vertically mounted pipe with a piece of flat PVC plastic. I will use the pipe for growing herbs on the wall outside my house, so it needs to be non-toxic. I was thinking ...
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What is “skin” time for bathroom sealant?

I need to replace the bathroom sealant around our bath, as our bath has moved by about a cm over the years and the watertight seal has broken. The sealant I have says "Skins in 15 minutes, dries in ...
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What should I use to fill drilled concrete holes that are not used anymore?

Just wanted to do some home repairs and found lots of old drilled holes. I've used putty to cover them up but it occurred to me that there would be air gaps for the holes as the putty cover over them ...
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Crawl Space Encapsulation Question

I live in Georgia (around the Atlanta area) and recently discovered mold in the crawl space of my home (I plan to have the mold professionally removed). My crawl space is about 30' by 15' (4' to 15' ...
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Is the permeability of normal shellac (flakes dissolved in spirits) the same as Zinsser B-I-N sealer?

I've made a whole batch of clear shellac for sealing ceiling and concrete floors in a heavily nicotine damaged apartment. But I'm worried now that there may be some differences between them, such as ...
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How do I fix a gap in my refrigerator door gasket seal?

Today I noticed that the gasket seal surrounding the refrigerator door has a bit of a gap along the lower quarter of the door. The photo below shows my refrigerator door - notice how the white gasket ...
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Sealing, Priming, and Painting a Window

I have a house full of wooden windows with some old flaking paint. The wood is quite solid, the glass is intact and not fogging. I was planning on scraping the windows and repainting them. My question ...
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Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?

I had an "expert" look at my patio (only 6m old) and recommend that I should have sealant applied to it to make it last. I'd not heard of this before and googling is giving me mixed messages. Since ...
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How can I seal a slate floor for long term protection?

I've recently purchased a house in Philadelphia which has a pretty humid basement split into a finished part, and an unfinished (workshop) part. The finished part has a slate floor that seems in ...
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Re-seal trailer roof

I have a small metal trailer. It is 5 years old and has developed a leak. I'd appreciate advice about how to re-seal it. The trailer has a PVC coated galvanised steel body, about 6ft long and 4ft ...
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What are the tools and procedures of a re-grout task in shower room?

I found some black mold on shower grout; and some grout may need to be re-grouted. Please refer to three red-circles in the attached photo. Would you like to let me know the right tool, material (like ...
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How to remove flaking concrete sealer/paint

After my basement flooded and I removed the carpet I found the previous owner had sealed the floor but it's flaking up now and I want to remove it all. It's about 200 sqft so a wire brush by hand is ...
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How to repair botched, colored concrete?

We have a back patio with colored concrete that was poured last year. When the concrete was poured, it looked like the color was only picked up by the first half of the pour. The contractor poured the ...
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Is it possible to fix a leak in PP-R piping by injecting some type of substance?

I have a central heating system based on PP-R piping and radiators. The PP-R piping goes under the floor. The problem is that the pressure is droping 0.2 atm / week and I am sure there's a leak ...
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Waterproof seal between two submersed pipes

I have an odd problem. Essentially I am working on fabricating a connection between two fiberglass pipes that are intended to be submerged underwater (depth 30ft). No water should make it inside of ...
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How do I seal an existing concrete floor before patching it?

We are patching an old concrete slab and we are having a problem with the glue or concrete seeping through small cracks onto the floor below. Is there something I can seal it with before we pour?