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Chimney crown repair - cover holes in bricks?

Getting ready to repair the chimney crown, using this Family Handyman article as a guide. On our chimney, there is a line of bricks around the crown that have exposed holes in them. The holes are ...
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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How do I tie a new roof in to an existing roof with a pitch transition?

I added a room to the side of my house, and the new roof goes onto the existing roof. I am almost done roofing it. The image below depicts the current status. I put roofing felt down under the two ...
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I need a new shingle roof, does the 12/2 minimum pitch still apply if I use peel-n-stick?

Does the 12/2 minimum pitch rule for shingles still apply if peel-n-stick is first applied to the roof deck? Why would I have to put down a membrane on 12/1 pitch above the porch, instead of shingles, ...
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How can I restore the waterproofing behind a shower/bath mixer/diverter?

After install a new shower/bath mixer, I am proceeding to restore waterproofing behind the mixer follow by the tiles. Originally between the water pipes and the tiles there is a layer of gyprock ...
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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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Flex Seal Opinion?

I'm just wondering what is the opinion on Flex Seal for general waterproofing. What can and can't it do, is it worth it, is it a miracle fix-all as it shows? Basically, is it worth using? Thanks.
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Cause of damp in exterior building

I've recently purchased an old house (circa 1725), which has a brick constructed outbuilding of about 3x5 meters. The previous owners claim they were using it as an office. There was no evidence of ...
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Extend Clean Out Pipe and Fill Hole with Cement

I have a cleanup pipe in my basement that has access through a hole in the floor. The top of the clean pipe is about 6" below floor level. It seems that the bottom of the hole is just dirt. The ...
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Handling basement water infiltration behind bulkhead

My house has two different kinds of foundation, The older part is brick-over-fieldstone. The newer part, dug a bit deeper, is poured concrete. When that extension was added, they added a cinder-block ...
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Is it likely that water can enter below the slab?

My question is about basement/foundation function and the relationship to sump pumps and water. If a sump pump is supposed to pump water from below the slab out to the surface and loses power, what ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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How water proof is concrete?

I'm looking to buy living quarters in this basement level apartment. The only doubts I have are because some ~5 years ago, there was a giant flood in the city and had this building been couple blocks ...
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What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench

I'm trying to create a water obstacle to walk horses through - maybe even deep enough for them to swim through. I'm having trouble coming up with an idea for what to use to keep water in and have ...
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Should I be concerned about rusty nails just inside an outer wall?

Last year I nailed down the linoleum in my pantry with small brads because it was curling badly. This year during spring cleaning I noticed that the nails on the edge near the outer wall of the house ...
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Window in shower enclosure: What to do about it, if anything?

One of the quirks of my house is a 1945-vintage double-sash window, with wood trim and probably wood sashes, chest height, located above a tub where it could be nicely soaked by side-splash when ...
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Foundation drainage: try interior first and then exterior?

My wife and I are closing on a home. During the initial walkthroughs of the basement, it was clear that there was a moisture problem there, but I don't think it was clear to either of us how severe ...
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What kind of sealant to use by foundation?

I have a small gap between my patio cement and foundation wall. I'd like to seal it to prevent water from going straight down. What is the best type of sealer to use? Here is a picture of the area I'd ...
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How do I waterproof a wood door?

I'm replacing a shed door. Nothing fancy and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I didn't invest a lot on an exterior door. Instead, I have a hollow core wood door blank to which I've applied two coats ...
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Will adding a french drain and sealing the wall be sufficient to waterproof a basement?

I am going to attempt to waterproof the basement from the exterior. It is a new development that water is getting in the basement through the window wells and a crack in the wall. I am hoping I can ...
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How can I replace patio cover columns?

My patio cover has wood columns (that support the over hang) that actually go into the ground and are rotten. I really need to fix this but not sure how to go about it. It has 4 columns. I'm ...
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How can I keep my neighbors water from leaking through a wall?

tldr: How can I, (temporarily and quickly), keep at least some amount of leaking water dammed and away from a wall? I live in a three unit condo. In the basement, there is a cheaply constructed wall ...
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Where do I need to drain the footing drain when I waterproof a basement from outside

I am planning to waterproof a basement. (please see the attached picture). I would like to know if the component labeled collector on my attached picture is needed. Since my lot is virtually flat I am ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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Are products like redguard fit for use as a waterproofing membrane for shower pans or floor applications?

Given that you pour your own pan - lets not worry about the exact material but obviously it would be porous. Can you use a "waterproofing paint" to create your pan without any other waterproofing ...
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Damp proofing/tanking a basement

The plaster on one wall of my basement has blown and come away from the wall. I've stripped it all off which leaves a layer of concrete painted with bitumen. What's the best method for sealing off ...
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Alternatives to conventional weep screed, for stucco to the ground homes?

I live in one of millions of older homes that have stucco applied right to the ground, like so: There's really no way to retrofit a conventional weep screed here. Lowering grade is not feasible ...
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Shower floor cracking

Our house has a raised corner shower stall in the downstairs bathroom. Just by doing a quick search and going off of looks, I'm pretty sure it's this model: ...
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How to install rain screen over split face block to stop leaks?

I own a condo in Chicago and am facing water issues due to the single wythe use of split face block(SFB). My window sills were always wet so I pulled off the drywall and saw that the insulation and ...
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How many sump pits should I have?

I have an older french drain system and after experiencing some foundation problems (horizontal crack), I've been told that my system should be updated to a more modern one which has weeping holes in ...
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Well pipe leaking at where pipe comes to the house. (Images, Video)

so here's my problem here: Well pipe leaking - images Well pipe leaking - video ^ This was recorded march 28-th (so during spring thaw). Since it wasn't dripping since the spring - my ...
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What type of primer to use on stucco wall?

So our stucco comes up about 3 feet off the ground and then the siding takes over. We had our deck removed and installed a nice new patio. I would like to do something with the stucco wall because ...
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Current state of the art foundation waterproofing

I'm getting ready to dig up my yard and expose my foundation to waterproof it. What is the current state of the art for foundation waterproofing? I don't mean the stuff in a bucket that is typically ...
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Pitch on a patio roof

Recently I decided to re-roof my patio because it has been leaking in several places. That's when I noticed that my patio had very little rain run-off. My patio is 24' wide by 17' deep. The roof ...
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freestanding bath spout waterproofing

My plumber has left a hole in my floor to push pipes through after waterproofing and my builder has said that the whole spout needs to be installed first and waterproofed around but that means it will ...
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Waterproofing 1st floor bathroom with original wooden floor boards in a Victorian house

I want to convert a 1st floor room into a bathroom, retaining the original wooden floorboards. There will be no shower, just a bath in the room. What needs to be taken into consideration with regards ...
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Repairing concrete block on inner part of basement

I have had water seepage into my basement through concrete block for many years. The exterior part of the block is covered by a deck and patio and is not easy to get to. I've mitigated a lot of the ...
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What can I do about a basement window well that is filling with water?

My house was built in the 1950s and I have a basement window well that was filling up with water after a hard rain. I have covers however the water would come up. After much reading online that there ...
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Is it okay to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating for waterproofing?

Is it Ok to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating (HB-70) which is being applied for waterproofing? I have people who have been waterproofing a dome (the right hand dome in the picture below) ...
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How do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in a home with no crawl space or basement?

How do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in our brick home that's on a slab?
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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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How can I protect the wall of a simple wooden cottage from rain?

I have newly moved to a property with a small cottage. It is located in a hot desert climate, close to the sea, with occasional rain during the winter. The cottage is made from relatively thin ...
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How to fill in a small hole in the tub?

There is a small hole in my tub, measuring about half a centimeter at its longest dimension. It is not deep - only the white glossy finish of the tub is chipped off. What material do I use to fill in ...
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What can I use to repair a crack in a plastic AC Condenser Drip pan?

I've currently got an oldish furnace (early '90s Lennox), with an A/C system. The blower motor burnt up on me last week, and I just had it replaced. It turns out that the reason for the motor going, ...
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Waterproofing weeping tile inside vs outside

I just bought a new house. The basement is mostly concrete slabs, except for under the porch steps: there is a single row of cinder blocks. It's leaking water from a corner (at eye level) in that ...
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Can I make the seams between the tiles in my shower water resistant?

It seems that water is seeping through the seams between the tiles in the shower. We suspect that the construction worker who installed the showers and the tiles did a lousy job in selecting/mixing ...
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How to prevent concrete roof from Absorbing water

It's winter again and rainwater still collects on my flat roof due to it's bad tilt, Because of that the concrete absorbs a lot of that water into the second floors roof and it's really visible on the ...