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Goo Gone! - they claim that it's safe on any surface, and I haven't used it anywhere that it's caused damage, but check a small spot first just to be safe. If you want to try something cheap, you could always simply get the stickiness off with more tape, but that probably won't work with old grungy remains.


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Dilute chlorine bleach and your garden hose (assuming an adjustable nozzle that can give you a focused spray). No scrubbing required. You can't really prevent it from getting smelly, but keeping all the trash in plastic bags will help. I use 13-gallon drawstring bags in the main kitchen trashcan and plastic shopping bags in my others. Tie them off before ...


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I'll echo the comment and say that you should make sure you have a proper P-trap installed under the sink. This trap holds water and provides a seal against sewer gases getting up into the bathroom. Without one, gases will leak in constantly, and will be displaced by water down the drain which can force the gases up into the bathroom even if normally it's ...


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Danny, I respect your enthusiasm. I am a certified home inspector and general contractor in Maine. There's some great advice in the answers here, and I won't repeat the obvious. I will warn you, however, learn realtor language. "Fixer-upper" means a train wreck about to happen! Get a real good inspector that has building experience. DO NOT take a ...


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This article suggests it might be a bacteria known as Serratia marcescen if you’ve noticed a pink or red slimy substance forming in your toilet bowl, you’re not alone. It is bacteria known as Serratia marcescens, according to Roxanne Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension Service water quality associate. You may find this ...


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Most of your questions are the same question, just asked in a different form. Before you even start looking -- Before you even find a realtor -- Do your research on a good home inspector in your area. If you are looking at an old house, make SURE to tell the home inspection service that you want someone who knows about houses xxxx years old. Most inspectors ...


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I think shirlock makes a good point. Particularly since the original poster mentions he does not have lots of DIY experience. There are many projects you can do on a house, but starting with one that is a "fixer upper" or "handyman special" is realtor code for "needs major work!". It will probably need so much work that even if you had time to do it, it ...


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You need a Roller Nut Harvester! Amazon also has the Nut Wizard, which has an infinitely better name, but it's $50 vs. $18.01 for the Roller Nut Harvester. Plus you can still tell your friends it's called the Nut Wizard and they'll never know.


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Use a carpet sweeper. Bissell sells several models of mechanical manual sweepers -- an invention that's been around in some form since the 1880s. They work, but only to an extent. For deep cleaning you'll have to use a vacuum or roll up your carpet and take it in to the pros.


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Does it smell when you turn on the tap and catch the water in a bowl (so it doesn't go down the drain)? If so, it's something in the faucet. Take off the aerator cap and look for gunk inside, and/or look in the barrel of the faucet if you can to clean it out. You can also consider replacing the faucet. (I am assuming that since this only affects the ...


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This stuff is sick: http://www.evaporust.com/ I used it on a drill press my buddy left out on a patio in the rain for a year. Virtually no scrubbing. I don't understand how this is not one of the most widely known products in the world. It is THAT good. I guess with the military as a client, they don't need the business from the public. Here are some ...


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Recycled concrete is used for several different purposes. It can be used "as is" for bulk fill / drainage / etc. When cleaned, crushed, and graded for size, it can be used as a base underneath a new concrete pour. Recycled concrete can also be used as aggregate within the new concrete. Several factors must be taken into account to ensure that it will ...


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To remove surface mold I use a 4:1 mixture of water:bleach. Spray on liberally and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with water and wipe clean. If you need to use a brush to scrape off heavy deposits, I recommend brushing away from your face or preferably wear an appropriate mask and goggles. The mold spores are probably more dangerous than the ...


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If the pros couldn't do much, It sounds like the stain is there for good. Some suggestions: small throw rug/welcome mat. Just cover it up! bring in a pro to swap that bit of carpet with maybe something in a closet, or just a far corner. A good carpet pro should be able to seam it all back together. dye the entire carpet a shade or two darker. I know such ...


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I've heard that plumbers swear by bio-clean. I guess the idea is that all the anti-bacterial soaps that people use tend to kill the "good" bacteria in the drain lines that naturally digest the crud that gets stuck in there. This stuff restores those bacteria so they can clean the pipes out naturally. My experience with it has been pretty good for ...


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Concrete is essentially a mixture of portland cement, sand and aggregate. The strength of the concrete does not come from the cement, but from the aggregates. You want the smallest amount of cement possible -- just enough to glue the aggregate and sand together (i.e. fill the gaps). By reusing old concrete as an aggregate, (and adding more cement to the ...


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I would just replace the hose. You would probably have to take it apart to clean it anyway. I found replacement hoses for around $4. The directions seem fairly straightforward.


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In the "olden days" before there were vacuum cleaners you either swept (which still works to an extent -- tough bristles, short quick strokes are key) or took the carpet up and beat the dust and dirt out with a carpet beater (which also works, as long as your carpet isn't fitted). Alternatively, there are machines that spray water and shampoo into the ...


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This is a problem best suited to the professionals, but if you must do it yourself the number one priority is the safety of you and those around you. This can be a very hazardous task, if you do not take every precaution to contain and remove the spores properly. The first thing you'll have to think about is containment, you don't want to spread the mold ...


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Vinegar is an acid. It's a mild acid, but it's an acid nonetheless. You might want to find a different brand of spray bottle that is chemical resistant... mine seem to keep working, but I buy them from a janitorial supply store. I know the one time I put a vinegar and water solution in one of my girlfriend's spray bottles, which were artsy and came from a ...


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I'm answering my own question here - maybe and admin can move this as a comment to my original question: I did some more research on how to detect and clear blockage in central vac system. I disconnected the vac bucket from the unit and then used a regular vacuum at each outlet. At one of them, a huge amount of debris came out, including a "fabric softener" ...


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Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it. I wish I took before/after pics. Bought: Jomax Clorox Outdoor Put in a garden sprayer designed for bleach according to instructions on Jomax: 3/4 cups Jomax 2 1/4 cups bleach 13 cups water For 75% of the siding, I applied the mixture, then rinsed after 5 minutes. A number of sections needed a ...


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Some background, there are two types of wood water stains. White rings and black marks. White rings form when the water has only made it into the finish, this is the "best" kind of stain to have. Black marks occur when the water has penetrated into the wood itself. This is slightly harder to fix and will ultimately require either sanding or covering it with ...


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To add some detail to chris's list: Structure: check for sagging floors and anything out of level (floors, walls, doors). Check around any openings to see the materials used (from the outside, look for any protrusions like a faucet to see what's behind the siding, and from the inside, check the joists and rafters from any crawl space or attic). Check for ...


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This doesn't really answer your question; but I wanted to mention it. I was in your situation about four years ago. My wife and I wanted a house, but money was tight....we looked at some bank owned foreclosures and found one that was in a good area for a good price. It was kind of a dump though.... We figured one year and 10k and we'd be done, with a ...


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A cheap and easy solution would be to strap an air filter to a box fan and run it in the room for awhile. I've seen several variations of the basic concept. Here is one example: Build a do-it-yourself air purifier for about $25


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I think your best bet is to just paint over it/re-paint the wall. On exterior concrete/brick walls it is easy to power wash or sandblast it - the goal is to remove everything. However neither of these will work inside - aside from the mess they'd create, they'd probably take more then just the paint off your walls! You might find some chemicals to help ...


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The way I've done this is not using water, instead take the roller or brush and put in a big ziplock bag and stick in the fridge. yes it may look gross in there but it won't be a problem to return to continue painting. It won't be able to dry as much. Certainily it won't dry out. Seems like my wife left one in there for a couple days to return AND multiple ...


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Painting a pressure treated wood deck is always tricky. Pressure treated wood does not seem to hold paint well, even with a good primer. Stain is usually a better alternative, but since your deck already has paint, it would have to be stripped completely before using stain. In order for the paint to stick fairly well, the surface needs to be as clean and ...



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