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What is the best way to seal caulk tube?

What are some effective ways of sealing an opened tube of caulk so that the contents do not dry out? In the past I've used a large nail and some tape, but that doesn't seem to last for more than a few ...
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Is standing water at bottom of dishwasher normal?

Is standing water at the bottom of dishwasher normal? Is this to keep up seal pressure? I want to make sure this is not unsafe.
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Should I powerwash and waterseal a pressure treated deck?

Is there any maintenance that I should be doing such as yearly power-washing and water-sealing for a pressure treated deck?
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Why does my toilet's seal wear out so fast?

The toilet in our only bathroom seems to go through drain seal about once a year. The flange on the drain line is old, and broken in several places, but we're able to keep everything firmly in-place ...
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I need to clean and reseal my dock, most sealers don't mention if they are safe to use over water

I have a wood dock over a lake. It is time to clean and seal the dock. I am planning on pressure washing the dock first, then I am planning to have a clear seal. Looking at products in Lowe's and ...
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How can I seal the grout on kitchen wall tiles to give lasting stain and mold protection?

I have 1.5mm of white grout between rectified white tiles on my kitchen walls as a splashback (or backsplash in North America*) behind the sink and cooktop and I'm concerned about stains from food and ...
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Cracks in asphalt driveway

I live in the Northeast, and we had a hard winter. Just a few small cracks in the asphalt. I went to home depot, but all they have are 5 gallon drums of sealer. To me, it looks like all I need is to ...
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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
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Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway?

My girlfriend had a new driveway put in this fall, but the weather turned bad before she could get it sealed. I guess now it's too late... The driveway is incredibly slippery and has lots of ice at ...
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Best Conditions for Sealing Asphalt Driveway

What are the best conditions for sealing an asphalt driveway? What time of year, and under what kind of weather would be best?
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How do I properly seal an exterior door?

I've recently discovered that rain is getting in around my exterior (front) door and forming a little pool in the frame under the door. I'm assuming I can fix this by adding a seal around the door ...
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What is the best way to seal a French drain board due to high levels of radon?

The Radon level in my crawl space is above the threshold (~5.5) and the level in my basement is around 4. I'd like to install a radon mitigation fan that sucks air from the sump pump of a French ...
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How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?

The linoleum floor in my kitchen was installed extremely poorly (long before I started renting the apartment). Many of the edges are curling and in some places, it was not cut to the correct size and ...
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Should I put weather stripping on my unsealed windows and doors?

I currently live in a rented apartment and the windows in my shower are not sealed, so it gets pretty cold there. The front door of the house also has a sealing problem. The thing is, I'm not going ...
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Should I seal around the base of a bath/shower?

I was planning on putting caulk around the base of my bath/shower, but I have been told by someone that it is preferable not to seal the bottom of a bath as it "prevents it from being able to breath" ...
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How long should I wait between grout application and sealant?

I'm about to apply grout to a ceramic-covered part of my bathroom (single step up to the bath tub). I'm using a pre-mixed grout and want to apply Sealer's Choice Gold sealant. The grout should not be ...
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Should I redo my bathroom shower or try to waterproof it?

We just had our bathroom redone (including built-in tiled shower). The shower tiles are now leaking through the wall into our living area. Our contractor suggested to just apply a waterproofing ...
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What is the process for power washing and staining a deck?

I am planning to power wash my deck and stain it afterwards. But I am not quite sure the correct procedure for this process. After power washing the deck, can I stain the deck immediately or should I ...
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What should I use to seal an exterior garden hose faucet pipe?

I have a garden hose faucet on the outside of my home in the front yard that is loose in the surrounding brick. It can be wiggled freely and has a good 1/4" clearance between the pipe and the brick ...
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What is a good method to seal a baseboard to stop an existing draft?

Probably, due to faulty insulation/damp barrier, there is a cold draft coming through one of the upstairs baseboard. What is a good method to seal it? (It is a rented house, so, no I do not want to ...
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Do I need to use silicon seal (caulk) and a sealant strip around the base of my shower

The seal around the inside of the shower cubicle (standard single person mass produced unit) had rotten (it's about 15 years old) so I ripped it out, cleaned up the surfaces and am redoing it. The ...
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Sealing pressure treated deck, to be stained later on

I have just finished building a deck from pressure treated lumber. We've put the deck to use immediately and having all our meals on it. I'm worried about greasy food morsels staining the deck. My ...
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How can I protect the soleplate when framing basement walls?

I plan on finishing my basement and I have a specific question about framing the walls and protecting the soleplate. I plan on framing and setting up the walls BEFORE laying the subfloor, but that ...
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Do I need water protection over tile grout in my bathtub?

A handyman suggested to me that I might need to periodically apply water-sealant to the tile and grout on the tile wall of my bathtub. Is he correct? If so, what's a good sealant to use, how is it ...
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Painting over old plaster

We have just peeled off some old paintwork from our walls. The wall is dry and the plaster looks in good shape for the most part but it is old and "dusty" - i.e. you can rub your hand over it and it ...
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What kind of material can I use to cover a window to keep the cold out?

I have a small window in my bathroom that is high up near the ceiling. It's pretty useless, but since the bathroom is always really cold I think it is letting cold air in. I'd like to prove this ...
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How do I safely and cleanly remove sealant from a plastic bath?

I really need to replace the sealant around the bath, but I want to do a good job of removing the old stuff first. The bath is a plastic one, and the walls are tiled. What's the best way to get the ...
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How do I build a basement that does not leak when I have a high water level?

How do I insure a basement will not leak when the site has a high water level?
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How to seal/stabilize crumbling particle board counter top?

I have a typical laminate kitchen counter top which is built of particle board under the laminate. The bottom edge, at the front where it hangs over the cabinets is bare particle board. The section ...
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Is it okay to use silicone sealant on plexiglass?

I've installed an air conditioner in a large horizontal sliding window, and I've used plexiglass to block off the space above the unit. I'd now like to seal the edges of the plexiglass pane to prevent ...
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What is the difference between various wood sealers?

I've recently become aware of the existence of various seals for wood. I'm lead to believe that they are necessary, but I am unclear on the differences between the types of sealers you can find: ...
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What material to use to close a too wide wire tunnel?

During the cold days I noticed a little draft coming from the light switch next to my house door. Removing the switch revealed that the tunnel for the cables was widened to fit the cables for the ...
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Refinished Rusty Railings Already Rusted!

I have exterior steel railings that have factory seal and paint. They started rusting, due to nicks in the paint, from show shovels, kids, etc. In summer 2009, I completely stripped one of the ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

I have doors, patio furniture and windows which all need constant attention in terms of varnish and wood sealers. I have recently found a good contact for raw linseed oil, and would like to use ...
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How to seal and paint a rough plaster and brick wall?

This weekend I took down some old cabinets and the support boards that were nailed into the wall. This took down some of the plaster (old water damage took care of the rest). The surface on the photo ...
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How can I reduce or eliminate flaking from a limestone basement?

I have a 1902 house that was built on a limestone foundation. In the basement, the limestone blocks flake a bit which gets to be somewhat annoying having to sweep/vacuum it up from time to time. Are ...
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How long does sealing a driveway take?

I've found a number of videos and how-to guides online, but they're all lacking an answer to this basic question: how much time should I budget to do it? The repair work (filling cracks and holes) ...
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Is it feasible to make a sealable hole in the freezer door seal?

I want to operate a small mixer in the freezer, for churning ice cream. I can close the door over the power cord, but the door seal isn't flexible enough to enclose the power cord, so it creates a ...
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How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?

We recently had a new metal kitchen sink and Formica counter-tops professionally installed, but the installer did not apply any caulking around the sink. During a follow-up call with the counter-top ...
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How to seal small cracks in wood door?

We have a solid-core wooden front-door and would like to repaint it as our dog has scratched it many times (ahh the joys of pet ownership). We've sanded down the rough spots on the door but we noticed ...
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Is there some flexible cement-based mortar?

I live in an apartment in a multistoried building. The building is assembled of huge enforced concrete plates - one plate is size of a wall of a room. One of the inter-plate seams has a crack in it ...
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How can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?

Our contractor laid down a tile on our renovated bathroom and somehow did not realized that it was defective (see picture). The defect is some sort of metal mineral (kind of rough) the kind that ...
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How to seal an indoor wood planter box?

I'm planning on building a wood planter box for some edible herbs. (Similar to this; in Maple and a bit more squarish.) I already plan to glue the wood with Tidebond III as it is waterproof. My ...
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Sealing a cork tile floor?

I just finished installing a cork tile floor (US Floors brand). If I do say so myself, it looks gorgeous! Cork is not generally recommended for a bathroom, but we felt that a half-bath should be a ...
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Can I use my shower while grout is curing?

I just recaulked my front bath and accidentally popped loose a tile in the process. I reinstalled the tile and allowed that to set before grouting. I just finished grouting the tile, and I read on ...
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What wood protection should I use for a kids swing set in the desert sun?

I recently acquired this kids play-set which is all plastic except for the wood bars on the climbing net - see below: I've read the answer to this question but am still unsure about what I should ...
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How do I seal a leaking plughole fitting?

The plughole in my bathroom basin is leaking. The leak is between the plughole and the basin (i.e. through the circular hole in the basin in which the metal plughole is fitted), and it seems to me as ...
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Which side of door should I install a threshold draft excluder?

I purchased this door bottom, MD Building Products 3 ft. x 1-3/4 in. x 1-5/8 in. Vinyl Door-Bottom Moulding, and the directions are straight forward except they don't indicate which side of the door ...
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What's the best way to seal around this faucet?

This faucet is not hooked up to a live pipe, but it still sticks out the side of my 110 year old house. The siding is fiber cement containing asbestos (and no, I'm not worried about working with it). ...
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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

I bought a new batch of beige granite countertops and they look great, have a good shine, but they are retaining moisture easily after sealing 3-4 times. I use Aquamix Gold on all my other granite ...