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How to prepare fresh new plaster on old walls for painting?

What is the best way of fixing minor blemishes in new plaster before painting interior walls? In particular, should I sort them before or after mist coating? Background: I bought a 1930s house in the ...
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Should I drain the shipping oil from my new compressor?

I've just bought a small home-use air compressor, that came with a bottle of oil with a label "Warning, please add proper oil before starting". There was another label indicating to fill ...
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Do I need to prime concrete floor after scarifying but before crack isolation membrane?

I have about 2000sqft of stained concrete slab that I want to put tile over. There are a few small cracks, all less than 1/8th inch but the tile I want to lay is 6x36 so I think I should put down a ...
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How to prepare the ground before laying concrete

I am building a pizza oven and kitchen area in my garden. I am trying to work out how to lay a 2m*2m concrete slab. My calculation for the weight (that the concrete slab needs to support) are Dense ...
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Is it necessary to strip all of the previous paint before repainting my indoor metal spiral staircase?

I have a metal spiral staircase that has an existing coat of paint, but I want to re-paint it white. Do I need to remove all of the existing paint before I re-paint it? I’m not sure exactly what kind ...
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I’m needing advice on making garden spheres [closed]

I am trying to make garden spheres. First attempt was concrete..no success too much aggregate need a smooth mix. 2nd attempt was cement, much smoother but doesn’t come in quickset so Bunnings staff ...
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Necessity/value of using cardboard or weed barrier under gravel shed foundation?

How important is it to use a weed barrier or some kind of geotextile between gravel and ground? In cases when crushed gravel is poured and tamped 6" deep as a shed foundation, on relatively flat ...
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Desert deck, waterless maintenance, no ‘beauty of the wood’, can I sand and paint @ 3-yr intervals?

I have a 10-year old deck, 20-feet in the air, with peeling paint. It is surrounded by white stucco ( below also ) so I can not afford to have chemical stripper running down the stucco and pressure ...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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Exterior Render Painting

We moved into our house 5 years ago which is rendered. We learnt soon after moving in the builders who worked on the house were not very professional. The exterior of the house is rendered and painted ...
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Liquid Sandpaper Sprayer

Let's play "good idea; bad idea" I have a lot of glossy trim to degloss before painting. I have two bottles of "liquid Sandpaper" and a spray nozzle from a different product (which I have flushed ...
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Re-do paint over plaster in bathroom: How to feather/match?

I want to understand what went wrong, and how to repair it: This bathroom in a loft was done in 2012. The plasterwork is really good --- smooth and shiny; but the last year or so the paint (Dulux ...
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Is DensGlass and RedGuard a substitute for vapor barrier + backer board + membrane when tiling shower walls?

My understanding is that when tiling a shower wall, the standard preparation process includes: Install a vapor barrier Install cement backer board Apply a waterproof membrane (This comes from https:/...
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Repairing siding, old nails

While cleaning and scraping cedar siding prior to painting, I'm noticing that the siding was installed with nails, but as the siding approaches the eves, where it was more difficult to hammer the ...
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Preparation and spraying cedar channel siding

I am repainting the cedar siding on my house. Since I have a sprayer, I'm hoping to save time by spraying. The question I have is: How best to prepare the "channel" component of the siding? The ...
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How enthusiastically should I strip a flaking deck before staining?

A summer vacation home I use in Maine has an open 12' x 24' wood porch with multiple layers of Cabot solid color oil deck stain, and I'm planning on re-staining it. The stain is cracking and flaking ...
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How should I prepare an already painted plasterboard ceiling?

We are repainting the interior of our whole house. We start with the ceiling of each room and the newer ceilings where gyprock has been used we don't have a problem. The older ceilings that are made ...
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Rough up moldings for repainting

I need to rough up the paint on moldings, for example around a door, so they can be primed and repainted. The door molding has crevices and small curves, so it is not obvious how to roughen the ...
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Would folded 2" green masking tape protect the foundation covering?

Related question: Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding I have some 2" wide green masking tape. I am wondering if the following would be enough protection of the white strip ...
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Basement concrete leveling issue for click lock hardwood flooring installation

I am prepping my basement concrete flooring to install click lock hardwood. The problem I saw is that there is a spot in the corner with this: I am not sure what it is as it looks like a cap to cover ...
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Re-staining with a lighter stain

I'm trying to restore a piece of furniture that has sentimental value. It is currently stained with a very dark (mahogany?) color: However, I would like to stain it a much lighter color (Maple, using ...
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What are the differences among "TSP" cleaners?

A quick search turns up the following categories: Actual TSP (trisodium phosphate) TSP-PF (phosphate free) - what's the significance? TSP "substitute" - still not clear what this actually means "...
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Masking Tape Removing Backing Paint/Wallpaper

I'm currently painting my walls, and having a constant issue with different brands of masking tape pulling the backing off with it. I've tried non-branded, branded and low-tack. To prepare, I ensure ...
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How smooth does the floor need to be to lay vinyl plank over it?

I'm installing CoreTec One vinyl plank flooring as a floating floor over slab in a three-season porch. I don't think my situation is as bad as that described in How can I prepare uneven concrete ...
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Prep for painting an old, interior, coquina rock fireplace wall?

I have an INTERIOR coquina rock fireplace wall that I hate, hate, hate. Background information: Coquina rock is a very porous rock made of lots of little seashells compressed together and is found in ...
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How should I prepare the base of a small paver brick retaining wall

Am building a low retaining wall which will rise 7" above the soil line. I am using 8" x 4" extra paver bricks from a recently constructed walkway. The wall will measure 48" long with 24" sides How ...
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Is having concrete bonding primer on top of a layer of concrete stain ok?

I had a bit of a lapse in reason when redoing my concrete floor. I ground down the floor, let it dry, and then applied a concrete stain (two coats). Then, because I wasn't thinking, I applied Behr ...
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Preparing friable plaster for painting

We have a wall that has not been looked after at all. Rising damp caused peeling. Other places just peeled anyway. It probably wasn't repainted in at least a decade or more, maybe 2 decades. So, we ...
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What preparations can I do before I paint the ceiling of my bathroom?

I want to paint my bathroom ceiling, but there are some bathroom fixtures that I can't remove and that will be very hard to cover up. What preparations can I do, and what should I keep in mind when ...
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Am I removing too much paint from exterior when scraping?

I am scraping old peeling paint from wood paneling on the exterior of the house. Should I be using a scraper only on the peeling areas while trying not to remove any paint that is not peeling? I ...
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Clean heavily rusted structural steel

I'm hoping to use some scrap structural steel pipes and plates to build a large BBQ/Smoker, but they're all pretty heavily rusted. I've seen people in tutorials use both wire wheels and preparation ...
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What are important things to do when moving into a new home? [closed]

I noticed a question re: important things to do when buying a home. For the curious, see here. However, my wife and I are moving into a brand-new home in a couple months so much of the advice doesn't ...
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What can I mix with paint to avoid mold?

I am helping a friend painting his garage. He has lots of problems with mold because it's an underground garage. He already bought the paint. I know there are some additives you can buy at ...
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Can I paint over this?

Can I paint over Dulux Kitchens and bathrooms moisture resistant soft sheen emulusion with Dulux kitchen+ grease and stain protection Matt ?
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How should I prepare a concrete slab for plank porcelain tiles?

I have several questions about laying plank porcelain tile on a concrete slab. First do I need to get 100% of the glue from the concrete floor, there are small spots and patches here and there that ...
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Staining already stained wood

I am trying to re-stain a door here. I sanded and applied pre-conditioner. Ofcourse as you can see from the first picture, I had to remove the original stain in some areas. These areas had marks that ...
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How can I prepare this old exterior wall for painting?

I have an old wall in need of a paint. It's in pretty bad shape having been subject to a lot of direct sun and rain. Here are some pics: How should I prepare the wall for painting to ensure this coat ...
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Is wall preparation needed for a border of glass tiles?

Can I tile a 3" wide band of 1" x 2" glass tiles on a plaster bathroom wall (not in the shower area) with no modifications to the wall?
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How do I paint a metal sheet fence with a spray gun?

I am looking at painting a metal sheet fence with a spray gun. How do I calculate the amount of paint needed? What are the preparations that I need before painting, should I use a primer, do I need ...
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How should I flatten (not level) a concrete subfloor?

In the final stages of finishing a room in our walk-out basement. This particular room has a long history, as it was originally a garage. Thus, it has a slight pitch from the back of the room ...
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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How to tell for sure if paint is eggshell or gloss?

There is wood panneling in my bathroom on a cabinet and bath. I can't tell if the old paint is eggshell or gloss? Obv if its gloss i need to sand it before painting. So how can I tell for sure?
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What paint do I use to paint wood in a bathroom?

I have a lot of wood in my bathroom, some in worse wear than others, its really ugly. So I want to paint it. My question is what paint do I use, do I need primer/ undercoat/ special bathroom paint? ...
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How do I protect the walls next to a 24 foot tall red brick fireplace when painting it?

What is the easiest and best way to paint a very tall brick fireplace? It is 24 feet tall old Chicago (red) style brick. I would like to use a sprayer but am afraid of the over spray when spraying ...
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How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?

During heavy rain the water from the drains outside my apartment overflow. The doors have an almost 1 inch gap at the bottom, and the water floods the apartment. How can I seal that door gap ...
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What do I need to do to prepare this trunk for painting?

I've got this trunk. My eventual goal is to paint it red and use it as a combination storage space and coffee table in my (tiny Manhattan) apartment. It's about fifteen years old. It's covered in a ...
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What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?

We are in the process of purchasing a home that is over 20 years old. What are some of the most important things we should check/patch/do right away to make sure the home is running correctly and ...
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How do I prepare an interior cement floor for painting?

I have an enclosed carport that serves as 4th bedroom/den in a 30 year old house. This room has long been used as storage, etc, and is in fairly bad shape. I'm rehabbing it to serve as a home office, ...
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Do I need to pre-drill holes in particle board for screws?

I'm set to buy a bunch of IKEA furniture, which is notoriously all particle board. (Ah, particle board.) I'd like to strengthen some of the beams of the HOPEN bed with L-brackets from the big-box ...
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How do I prepare wooden kitchen units for painting with eggshell?

We have some old IKEA kitchen units that we want to paint in eggshell. I wanted advice on the best preparation for the doors. My only experience with painting wood has been re-glossing doors etc. ...
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