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How to remove these unknown spots from window glass? Maybe insect or angle grinder damage?

I recently moved into a new flat and noticed that one of the windows to the balcony has these brown spots on the glass. They are very hard to remove, and when I tried to scrape one of the spots off, ...
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Is this water damage in my attic?

New build townhouse, took a peek in the attic and noticed this weird streaking on the common wall. Almost looks like water damage but it’s uniform going horizontally and vertically along the joints. ...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

I’m new here. We recently bought a home built in 1984 and we’ve started removing all of the wallpaper. We noticed that underneath the wallpaper are patches of what looks like chipping paint and the ...
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How can I tell if water damage in an unfinished attic is new? [closed]

How do I tell if water damage in an unfinished attic is new or old? House is 77 years old.
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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

My wife and I recently became homeowners for the first time, and did our first home renovation. We opted to have smooth painted walls and hired a company to do this for us. Over our first months of ...
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Do These Spots On My Roof Need Repair?

We had a new roof put on a few months ago. The other week, we had a day with very strong winds. I went up on the roof today to check that everything was ok. Saw a few spots. Don't know if these are ...
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Blower motor fails directly after maintenance check and AC float switch install

I had a maintenance check on my Carrier HVAC and also had a float switch installed. All checked out fine and I turned off the AC til the next day because it was cold in the house. The next day it ...
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Why is newly poured cement patio already chipping?

We had our entire back patio poured by a company that prides themselves on cold weather material. Why is this chipping only 5 months later?
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How to fix damaged door frame

[Heavy winds caught my storm door and tore the bottom arm out of the wall, taking a chunk of the board attached to it. It appears to be an easy fix by just replacing the board that is damaged, but I ...
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Can anyone tell if this floor joist damage was from termites or wood rot?

Just discovered this damage in the crawlspace under the sagging floor by the front door. Had new insulation, vapor barrier and dehumidifier added about a year ago.
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How to repair and prevent garage external shielding damage

We recently moved and I’m looking to insulate our garage. I noticed that a corner next to the garage door seems to have water/moisture damage but I’m not 100% sure. It seems that the those 3 spots are ...
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Can you identify the source of these grooves/notches on the edge of the deck?

I have a nice new PVC deck ... BUT, these strange notches/grooves have begun to show up on the outside edge of the darker colored border plank. These were NOT here when the deck was first installed. ...
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How can I repair scratches in a wooden window sill?

My blind bound up last night and in removing it from its supports I scraped the window sill and damaged the finish. What would be the best way to touch this up? Thank you!
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How to fix water damage on floor

how do I fix this space between wood and stone tile? Our fridge broke and water was on the floor overnight. This is how 5 months lost and the floor still looks funky. I have no idea if the rest dried ...
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How do I fix a new unfinished hollow interior door that got wet and has buckling? [closed]

I bought a new door and on the way home it started pouring rain. One corner of my door got wet and there are bubbles/buckling in one corner. Do I get the door damp and cut slits in the center of ...
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Is this outlet unsafe?

My 3 year old son was pushing the limits the other day and partially unplugged an air cleaner that was running in our living room, he then decided to throw a metal toy which hit the exposed plug and ...
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Is my reinforced concrete ceiling still safe? [closed]

The ceiling of my Honk Kong flat has exposed corroded steel and crumbling concrete. The plaster easily falls out of there, and there are cracks in the roof. Is this fixable? Is this still safe? What ...
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Scuffs on Newly Installed Roof

I just had my roof replaced. The roofer installed Owens Corning TruDefinition DURATION COOL PLUS asphalt shingles. When I was inspecting the roof I noticed some scuffs and chips. Asked the roofer ...
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Is this persistent termite damage or could it be caused by wasps?

We've had some visible damage through a ceiling joint, and the attached picture is what it looks like in the attic. We had a pest control company come out and treat for termites with termidor by ...
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Accidentally drilled partially through the top of a 3 2x10 beam - what now?

I was drilling a 1 3/8 hole through the bottom plate of a 2x4 wall in order to run a 1 inch conduit from that wall into the crawlspace for a media cabinet. I realized after a certain depth when the ...
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Noticed some gaps/rot on the chimney the other day, does this look like serious damage?

New homeowner here, noticed some gaps/rot on the chimney the other day, does this look like serious damage? I'm not actually using the chimney but I'm worried about water damage from rain making it ...
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How do I remove concrete stain from steel or steel roof without damaging it

During the masonry work , lots of things like this got spoiled due to careless workmanship. How should I remove the concrete without really damaging the steel behind it ? I tried scratching it with ...
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Why paint is peeling from the steel

It's been a year since the pipe is painted, But it's peeling. I paid good money for painting this from high quality brand. But just want to understand the factors behind the peeling so next time when ...
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How to build terrace security gate in a way that wind won't lift the metal roof

Please find my terrace shed in the below image. It has two openings. I think I can brick one side and keep a ventilator and on the other side I can simply keep a grill gate and keep Polycarbonate ...
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Should I replace wet wood siding, or can I just paint it?

I had new wood siding installed on the front of my shed about 6 months ago,I haven't painted it or treated it yet. The bare wood has been exposed to the weather this entire time. It's T1-11 siding ...
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How do I stop/repair this damage to my dining table?

I bought this dining table about 3 years back. I started to see some kind of damage (growing) on the table. Any idea what this is and how I can stop it (treatment options)?
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How to deal with this exterior wood ruins [closed]

When you see the exterior of the window it looks quite spoiled due to hot son and humidity and moisture during rainy season. But interior of the window looks quite new. This window wood was properly ...
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What material is my damaged kitchen ceiling?

Apologies in advance if the answer is obvious, I'm a complete novice! We're starting work on our first home including repairs to a water-damaged kitchen ceiling. Someone has suggested to me that the ...
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What is this wall bulge?

I would love to identify what this bulge is on an interior staircase wall (leading to exterior, on ground level) Is it a cause for concern or just shoddy workmanship? Thank you!
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Dishwasher Leaked. Next steps?

Found water at the base of the dishwasher. No idea how long we’ve had this issue, as we noticed water UNDER our rug. One possible coincidence is that a water company found moisture in our drywall in ...
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I think my electrician compromised a loadbearing stud

I contracted a company to remove a closet partitioning wall along with a header and a few small pieces. That work was all approved by a structural engineer in an official report. However, I was also ...
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Can anyone guess what on earth happened to this wall?

Hello, today my wife and I were looking round a lovely 200-year-old house (UK) and one of the outbuildings was in this state. They inform us it's been like this for 20 years, but in my mind, it looks ...
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Chip on the edge of the bathtub flange. Should I return it?

Just got a Kohler acrylic bathtub delivered. Everything looks perfect except for this chip on the edge - https://imgur.com/a/R4xi8fm It will be covered by the tile, but is there a chance it could ...
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Is this mold in the crawlspace? Flip or flop?

We are looking at putting an offer in on this house but are hesitant because it was recently flipped. New everything cosmetic, looks like quality work. They also installed a new roof, HVAC +duct work,...
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Can hardwood floors with heavy water staining be restored?

I’m interested in purchasing an older home and the home I’m mostly interested in has its original hardwood floors but the kitchen shows some damage. I imagine they’re water damaged. The stains are ...
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Electric Bill Serious Spike (Possible Wire Damage)

my brother and I recently started a project to build a patio over a jacuzzi to protect it from snow, and this requires drilling holes in concrete for anchor bolts for the posts. After we started, the ...
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Fixed leak under sink - is there damage under the cabinet floor?

I apologize in advance if this has already been answered, I searched but could not find anything specific to my inquiry. I found a leak underneath my kitchen sink due to water leaking out from the ...
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What do I need to do and repair where these 3M strips pulled off

I live in a mature apartment complex, by mature I mean the complex was built in the late '60 early '70s. Only God knows how many actual coats of paint are on the wall(s). This 3M shelf fell one night ...
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Has my office chair done enough wear to the carpet to damage it beyond repair?

The carpet in my apartment has noticeable indentations from my office chair in it. I used a standard office chair with plastic wheels on the bottom for two years, but I didn't actually roll on the ...
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How to fix discoloration on wood floor due to fragrance/scented oil spill

So one of those scented oil plugin came loose from an old outlet receptacle and the spilled oil messed up the floor finish. I didn't notice for a bit since it's behind a table (you can see the circle ...
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Can this tile seam be repaired?

We have lived in this house for 7 years and are just now noticing that the grout has worn through in two spots on the shower floor. The rest of the grout lines seem intact to me and I do not see any ...
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How to repair damage from vehicle swipe/scrape?

I accidentally scraped the outside of my garage while backing out. See picture. Anyone know 1) what material this is made of and 2) how to repair it? I was able to get the paint off my front car ...
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Exterior wood doors constantly cracking and splitting

I recently built a home in Mexico on the beach and am having a hard time keeping 3 of my exterior wood doors (all street facing doors) from constantly splitting, cracking & swelling due to the sun ...
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What is the maximum torque I can apply to a screw?

It happened recently that I broke the head off two screws, once by using an electric drill and once by tightening the screw by hand. For example, it can happen that the pilot hole in the wood is too ...
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Is this termite damage? Mold damage? Something else?

I recently sold an old freestanding wine cellar and found a lot of dust and some mold underneath and behind it, plus this circular area on the baseboard, with some wood shavings below. Doesn't look ...
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Rafter damage, is this white ants?

I was inspecting my roof today as I believe that I have some possums in the roof. I Looked at one rafter and saw some damage. Is this white ants? Only one rafter has this damage, no others around at ...
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Any potential problems storing a new in box refrigerator long term

We are having a new house build that is scheduled to be done in about 9 months. We need to purchase a Fridge for the new house and have been keeping an eye on sales to save money. My question is if we ...
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Epoxy floor and HDPE foil (Polyethylene) react under pressure?

I am planning to protect my epoxy floor from scratches with a 0.15mm HD polyethylene foil during some furniture install work. The epoxy floor has a glossy clear coat and is installed since 1+ years. ...
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Do cracks in softwood boards indicate structural problems?

I received my terrace decking boards today. Almost all of them have fairly deep cracks on the ends and some have cracks on the face. Should these be considered as critical damages or I should still be ...
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What is this metal roof trim that was torn loose by a storm?

Heard a banging, couldn’t put my finger on it while I was up in the attic but I found out where in the house it was. Walked outside and found the culprit. It’s the metal trim, perhaps this is the ...
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