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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 do I properly prepare a deck for repainting?

The deck at my house is peeling (and showing at least one previous paint job before the last) and I want to repaint it. I was wondering the proper technique to prep the deck for the paint. I know from ...
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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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Charging Irrigation System, Can I Do This Myself?

Every spring some company comes out and "charges" our sprinkler system. Can someone explain what this is and whether or not this is something I can do? It basically seems like they come out, turn on ...
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How to prep existing floor for installation of self-adhesive vinyl flooring?

Some quick background to preempt some discussion about quality, longevity, rental issues, etc.: I'm in a rental that is literally "anything goes". It's a long story, but suffice it to say if it does ...
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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of 4-6" of gravel, with deck blocks ...
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Blue-collar / Foreman / Project Management Vernacular

I'm going to be installing something over and over again in many homes, and in order to help me keep track of what I need to do the job, I'm creating two parts lists for the three-hundred or so ...
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What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?

I've had my furnace serviced in time for winter, but what other things should I consider doing before the snow and the ice come?
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What's the best way to paint MDF?

I want to paint an MDF radiator cover with either a satin or a gloss paint. Should I apply to paint directly to the MDF or should I apply a primer first?
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Which kind of plaster to use on concrete walls, prior to painting?

I have a small holiday apartment in Europe that has pre-fabricated concrete walls. The surfaces are relatively smooth but I want to prepare them for painting by applying a skim coat of plaster. Which ...
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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

We are repainting a number of rooms in our home, do we need to put primer over the existing paint? Are there any other gotchas that we need to prepare for before repainting the walls?