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Just from the pattern of the floor, that is not from the mid 80's or earlier (when Asbestos was used). My guess, that floor is only about 10 years old as that pattern has an early 2000's vibe to it.


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Don't try to fix this yourself. If it isn't asbestos, why bother. If it is asbestos, trying to fix it yourself could make you liable for any damage you cause by futzing with it. Imagine your pain if the landlord charged you for asbestos removal because you "disturbed" it and created an unsafe situation. And since you don't own the property, you probably ...


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After experimenting with a lot of different options, I found Australian Timber Oil (Natural) works the best and has the best color for cedar.


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First I would determine how old the siding is. If made in the last 20 years it's probably covered by manufacturer warranty and replacing it with vinyl would be a step backwards. Also lap siding isn't supposed to seal on the bottom. It's supposed to allow any moisture or condensation that happens to get under the boards to drain downwards. So you should ...


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If you're regrouting I highly recommend epoxy grout. It's impermeable and doesn't have to be sealed. I'm never using regular grout again. I've done some myself, and have also asked pro tile setters to use it even if they haven't before, and haven't had problems with that. Here's the post that turned me on to it for more info on market options


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Pressure wash (use bleach/Jomax -- read the directions first) and rinse. Allow to dry for one week. Don't add moisture the day before! Sweep off any debris and stain. (Usually wait 24-48 hrs after staining before light traffic). SIDENOTES: Wear vinyl/latex gloves that can be discarded. Wear old clothes. Work in shade or cooler times of day when ...


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Yes you absolutely need to treat spruce and pine with something or they will weather and splinter ferociously. You've got two basic options 1: a protective finish such as a varnish or polyurethane or 2: a penetrative sealer like linsead oil, water sealer, etc. Both have merits and weaknesses but either properly applied will get the job done. More important ...



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