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its butyl sealant. it still works fine, but nowadays you can use a polyurethane sealant for superior results.


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Frankly there's no easy way. A few options can be had with a bit of elbow grease. First is your proposed plan. Second is attach a diamond grinding wheel to a variable speed angle grinder and use a fan for ventilation. This will generate lots of dust. Third is to simply scrape off the loose paint and recoat with drylok after washing the staining off with a ...


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Yep, caulk it and paint it with paintable caulk and exterior paint (after a good "surface prepping"). Use a dark shade to help hide foot scuffs. Don't caulk inside the metal threshold, it probably needs to be able weep water. Just caulk it where it meets the wood, and all around where the wood abuts the building, even if it's not cracked, yet. The problem ...


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Moisture is coming up through the concrete from below. This is normal in the wet season depending on your area. NEVER put carpet on a basement floor. It is just a really bad idea. It is a sponge for everything from a leaking water heater, to moisture from humidity in the summer to pet urine, etc. It also hides problems like this until they become moldy and ...



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