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Does the smell of Patching Compound (to a Popcorn Ceiling) harm in any way?

Preface: My grandmother knows little about Home Improvement or Repairing; please keep answers basic and explain as if she is 10. My grandmother lives in a new condominium in Canada, built in 2011 ...
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How do I source/eliminate the sour, spicey, musty odour in our living room?

We have a bad smell in our living room that is much worse in the morning when we open the door, presumably because it has been shut in overnight. The smell never seems to travel to the adjacent hall ...
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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Five Year Mystery - Unable to find source of burning smell from HVAC system

There is a burning smell that wafts out of the vents of my 15-year old, 3-level townhouse (top level is a full unfinished attic with no HVAC). The bottom level of the townhouse is the main level ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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Toilet bubbling, foul smell, no known cause

This morning the toilet started bubbling almost violently for about 30 seconds. I hadn't used any of the sinks or toilet for at least an hour prior to it happening and I haven't been able to recreate ...
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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Foul smell coming from dishwasher

My dishwasher is 10 years old. It is only used intermittently, but I do try to run it at least once a week. There is an intermittent sewer-like odor, that seems to come and go. It was really bad this ...
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How to get rid of cooking smell in small apartment?

I live in a small studio apartment. It doesn't have Air conditioner, and apartment window have really small opening. I keep that open always. Recently I have starting cooking at home ( its been ...
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How to remove bad smell from rubbish chute?

When opening the rubbish chute, there is always a disgusting smell. Is there any way to remove it such that when I open to throw my rubbish, I will not smell it?
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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How can I remove skunk smell from house?

I apologize in advance if this is off-topic but I'm in need of some help and not sure who to ask. Our dog got blasted by a skunk and went inside the house. We've got the dog under control but the ...
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How do I make my room stop smelling so bad?

My parents keep on complaining about the smell, but I don't smell anything at all. I've put in two odor-maskers, but they're not helping at all. I also try to ventilate, but it's almost always way ...
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Strong intermitent sewage smell in bathroom, possible broken underfloor pipe

I am experiencing a strong smell of "sewage" in my bathroom (and sometime outside the side of the bungalow next to bathroom). This smell is intermittent and NOT linked to use of toilet for #2's. To ...
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How to get rid of a permanent old people smell? [closed]

I'm living in a new place. On the second floor there is somebody who smells really bad, when I'm walking up the stairs its like a nursing home x 10 on that floor. I'm on the 4th and when I keep the ...
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rotten egg smell in cold water only bathroom sink of new home

I live in a brand new home. Since we moved in (Nov 2015) there is a rotten egg smell in just one of the bathroom sinks and just from the cold water. It used to be now and then. Now it is 90% of the ...
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What is the best way to remove pet odor from concrete?

The concrete floor in my garage had been home to a large dog for several years. There is a visible stain and strong smell in one area of the garage floor. The concrete does not appear to be sealed ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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Shock treating a home, or rooms with ozone

I have an older home, complete with a damp basement and some musty smells around the house. We're in the process of renovating but that will probably take a while for us to get around to ripping out ...
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How can I safely get rid of the odor caused by EasyOff oven cleaner?

I recently cleaned my oven with something called EasyOff Fume Free. It worked great at getting the crud off my oven, but now, for the life of me, I can't get rid of the smell. The "fume free" part of ...
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Burning smell in my clothes dryer

There is a burning smell inside my clothes dryer after it runs. Does anyone know what that could be? There is no smoke (thankfully) but it definitely has a mild to medium smell or something burning. ...
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Why might our washing machine cause our clothes to smell damp when dry?

Recently we've noticed that our clothes smell damp once dried. It doesn't matter if we tumble-dry them, hang them outside or hang them indoors. This leads me to believe it's our washing machine. We ...
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New Samsung Washer Smells

I am concerned because our new Samsung washing machine (front loading, stackable, stacked on the bottom) absolutely REEKS of chemicals; the closest I can think of is paint thinner. I expected a "new ...
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Covering some smelly paint

Recently (4 days ago) I replaced a solid radiator with a column one. On removing the solid radiator the wallpaper was as you might expect an old colour. I managed to find an opened tin of paint the ...
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Are there any health concerns with using copper green wood preservative indoors?

So we had a roof leak and water was slowly dripping through the exterior wall and drywall. It had been going on for years, but until recently it became noticeably during a heavy rainfall when the ...
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Have a new Samsung dishwasher that emits a sewage smell while running

My new Samsung dishwasher emits a sewage odor (started with the 1st use) through the dishwasher air vent, but only while it's running. I think its pulling air through the drain hose while its ...
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gas fireplace smells

I bought a house that was vacant for a year and a half. It has a gas fireplace. The plumber that fixed the heating unit supposedly looked at the fireplace too and lit the pilot for me. I lit the ...
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What could cause a “smelly sock” smell seeping into our living room from the crawlspace? [closed]

Our living room floor is wooden so there is a gap between the footings and the floor. In late fall, we get a horrible smell in that room. It smells like smelly socks but worse. I thought it was ...
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Insulate the frame of a door to stop odor outside while closed

This is an old wooden door and I am trying to keep the smell outside of it, I share the house with other people who fry very often. I am thinking to get some foam strips for the frame and something ...
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Bare Wood Window Sill Stinks Bad

So I've been redoing my window sills. Basically I smashed out tile sills and replaced with routered wood sills. There are maybe 15 in the house. I have not had time yet to prime any of them, so for ...
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Plumber connected shower and toilet drain weirdly, now toilet backs up into shower

My plumber attached my shower area drain and the WC (water closet, i.e. toilet) drain through a single pipe and installed a P-trap at shower drain. The level of the P-trap is such that when we flush ...
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Why does my garbage disposal blow “swamp gas” up the other sink?

I have a generic garbage disposal, and if I run it with water it runs fine (it spins fine). However once it spins through the water and starts spinning "air" something akin to swamp gas (looks like ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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How do I fix a water pipe leak?

My dog has a leash that is by our back porch. About 3 feet over, there's a pipe that goes into the ground. One day she got her leash wrapped around it and started pulling at it. Ever since then, ...
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How can I remove odor of spilled sewage under the sink?

My plumber did a really poor job when he replaced a pipe under my kitchen sink because he spilled the remaining sewage in the pipe all over the place. As a result it smells really bad under the sink ...
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Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans

This is our second fall/winter in our 4th floor apartment, and we've noticed that whenever the weather becomes cool, exhaust fumes which seem to come from the garage in the basement of the apartment ...
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What is this mysterious odor from the kitchen sink and how do I fix it?

The kitchen sink in our home has recently been producing an odd aroma - depending on the day, it's a mix of boiled eggs, sulphur, brackish water, or old food. What we have tried garbage disposal ...
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Painted drywall with spoiled zero-VOC paint. Does Bin Shellac work to seal mold/bacteria? Some posts say no

My mother painted drywall with “spoiled” zero-VOC Banjamin Moore Paint (Natura). It was 5-year old paint, which had been opened/used years prior without a problem. The result was serious allergies and ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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Odd odor that comes & goes in one bedroom

there is an odd odor in one of our bedrooms, its a double wide trailor, there was a small leak in the ceiling approx. 6 yrs ago. no more leak. but the odor seems to come when it has rained, no drips ...
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Chemical Odor in a recently bought home

I recently bought a house which was a foreclosure and completely gutted and redone. After about 3 weeks of living here one morning we woke up and there was an extremely strong smell in the house, ...
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Butane smell normal?

I bought some of this Vector 14x Butane To use in a Butane Soldering Iron and every time I turn on the Iron, there's a really strong rotten egg/gas smell (and it lingers even after 30 secs). Is this ...
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Why would my water taste like plastic fumes?

My father and I finally installed my wall mount bathroom sink and re-attached the existing faucet using the existing hardware. Now the water tastes horrible. It smells noticeably fume-y, and tastes ...
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How can I find the source of a mysterious bad smell?

We have recently moved home, and all is fine appart from a mystery smell which I'm unable to track down. It's driving me crazy (actually, my wife thinks I am crazy as she can't smell it). I'm hoping ...
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Why are there sewer odors coming from my shower drain?

I have random sewer odors coming from my tub and shower drains. They are separate in my bathroom. I have had plumbers come and clean the drain, but that is not fixing the problem.
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How to get rid of a smell that has permeated the walls of a dishwasher

The other day, we ran a load of dishes in our dishwasher and one of the containers had been holding a particularly fragrant spice in it. After the load was done, we found that the dishwasher itself ...
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Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?

I bought a used Washing Machine (Miele W828) that looked to be in perfect condition. It actually works perfectly. However, the inside of the Machine smells horrible, like mildew. This smell gets ...
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Odor proofing floor

I have a problem with the downstairs flat and cigarette smoke faintly coming up through the floor. Its pretty nasty, we have had a word and its got better but there is still a faint smell. We have ...