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How can I remove this concrete wall anchor?

The anchor pictured was holding a hose reel, which has been removed. When I twist the part sticking out it just spins infinitely in either direction. I think it is something like a toggle or a molly ...
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Squeeeeek-No-More-Floor-Repair-Kit stuck screw

When inserting the joist finder screw, which is one of the components of the Squeeeeek-No-More-Floor-Repair-Kit, it got stuck midway so I can neither insert it nor remove it using a power drill. Does ...
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Remove broken drain in manufactured home

I have a drain for a bathtub that is stuck and broken. I was able to get it to turn, which seemed like a good thing, but looking in the drain, the fitting is turning as well. I tried using the flange ...
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how to best remove concrete splash from vinyl siding

When our contractor poured the concrete for sidewalks and handicap ramp, concrete splashed onto the vinyl siding. Is there a product or way to remove this more easily than hand-scrubbing? Pressure ...
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Saving a brush from dried water-based Polyurethane

Today I got distracted while applying some Minwax Pro Spar Urethane (which apparently is water-based) and left the brush sitting on top the can. The distraction lead to a trip to lowes and the ...
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How to remove waves from ceiling and paper from walls [picture]

I saw a house recently that has wave pattern on the ceiling and paper on walls. What would I need to do to make ceiling flat and remove the paper to paint it? Thank you
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How to remove a nail from inside a kitchen exhaust fan shroud?

I am trying to remove an old (1950s) kitchen exhaust fan shroud. I went into the attic thinking it was attached to the ceiling joists with mounting brackets but found no exposed fasteners whatsoever (...
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How to remove window wood trim to replace crank operator?

]3[]4 I have a broken casement window crank operator and needs to replace it, got the parts, but can't figure out a way to put it in. There are wood trims on the window which keeps me from reaching ...
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Unknown growth on window

I found this growth on several of my back windows. I'm not sure if it is mold or moss or something else entirely. Hoping someone could help me identify it and how to safely remove it. Thanks.
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Removal of 2 story chimney with deteriorated bricks

The bricks of the chimney are deteriorated beyond repair. it is located on the outside of the house and is a 2 story structure. The fireplace has been converted to gas logs and the chimney is not ...
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Removing the plate from an old 1950's schlage door knob

Somehow, I think this door knob would be easier to reassemble if the knob and plate (especially the plate) were removed. Anyone know how to remove the knob? I don't even really see a lever or pilot ...
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How can I remove random gook from a wall …?

... without damaging the wall. I previously started renting a room and the walls are a bit of a mess. I'm not a handy man but wanted to clean them up. I can't say for certain what the material is ...
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How can I remove pencil marks from a painted wall …?

... without damaging the wall. My first inclination was to just use an eraser but I imagine this would remove much of the paint. If this is the only way..., how do I repair the eraser mark? Here is ...
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Removal of a Large Bolt

I looked at an earlier set of answers that seem to apply to this situation, but they are not quite the same and the question is different. I have a large pin that is threaded on one end. It is 1" dia ...
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Help understanding the steps needed to prepare a wall for painting after wallpaper removal

Recently moved into my first home and learning the DIY ropes and one of my first tasks was to remove the wallpaper in the living room, once I removed it (quite easily - thankfully) it seems to have ...
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What is the easiest way to get rid of a very large patio door?

We have an 8'x14' patio door at a house we are doing. Dumpster is gone. We are going to reframe for windows. The door is has a metal frame and it is in 3 panels - made in 60s. Breaking it ...
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Temporarily marking up a polished concrete floor [closed]

I live in a house with polished concrete radiant-heated floors. They're not polished to a shine, but they do feel very smooth. I' d like to apply a decorative pattern to the floors with some sort of ...
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Do I need to remove remaining wallpaper backing before painting?

This is my first project ever. I am removing old wallpaper from a small bathroom. Most of the wallpaper was already curling up so the top layer was easy to remove. On some of the wall I have ...
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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Should I remove old wood glue before reinstalling a board on a table, and how?

We have a coffee table we made with four 2x4 planks stained and glued to a tabletop. About a year later, one of the planks had loosed so I ripped it off and I was planning to reapply the wood glue ...
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Removing the surface layer from ceramic tile

I have green tile in my bathroom with pink accents. Is it possible to remove the pink using muriatic acid (concentrated HCL)? I have a background in clinical and chemistry laboratory sciences and am ...
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Remove and replace kitchen window with just caulking outside

I have an old kitchen window and like to replace it with modern double pane glass. Here is the look from inside: Here is from outside: Do I just remove the caulking from the outside (red box)? Then ...
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Paint shaver type power tools - any experiences?

Does anyone have any experience with the Paintshaver Pro paint removal tool (https://paintshaver.com)? How about cheaper Chinese versions - something like this: https://trademe.nz/marketplace/building-...
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Any thoughts on how to remove this faucet / handle

Hoping to find some help here as I am at a loss. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to remove this fixture. There are no brand marks and I don't know who installed it. The handles don't have any ...
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How can I remove a plastic cupholder glued to the wood frame of a large mirror? I don't want to damage the frame or mirror

How can I remove a plastic cupholder glued to the wood frame of a large mirror?The mirror is on our bathroom wall above the sink. I don't want to damage the frame or mirror. The cupholder is stuck on ...
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How to remove Schlage knob / handle

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to remove the door knob/handle pictured below. I've poked in just about every hole I can find to look for a release mechanism on both the handle and knob ...
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Can't get bathroom light cover off!

We have tried twisting both ways, pulling etc. No screws visiable. Sorry for awful photo, it's pitch black in the bathroom now!
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How to remove nails with heads cut off?

Yes, I know I can go to the big box store and buy lumber. That is not the point of this question. I have some boards that have the nail heads removed, leaving the nail flush with the surface of the ...
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Is there a way to remove a root from under a walkway to bring it back to level without getting the walkway redone?

I had a disaster of a huge river birch tree in front of my house when I purchased it a year ago. I had it removed about five months ago, and the roots that ran through the yard were ground out along ...
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What's this tarry sheet under the tiles?

The tiles are becoming loose on the steps to my home and need to be replaced. As I pull some of them off I discovered this black sheet under the tiles. It smells tarry and has a texture between fabric ...
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remove plastic film off porcelain tile

I just had "marble like" porcelain tile installed. the plastic film over each tile is too had to get off. The installer gave up and left it on, said he never seen plastic film so hard to come off. ...
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Removing masking/paper from skirting

I've recently renovated my kitchen, which amongst a great many other things involved putting in new skirting boards, which needed painting. So, to protect our new timber floor we decided to slide A4 ...
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Removing '70's carpeting from outdoor cement stairs

I have a mid-century ranch house in the Seattle area (moisty, mossy). A previous owner decided to apply green "outdoor" carpet to the stairs and back step. I give the carpet credit for lasting maybe ...
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Detaching large ceramic tile without breaking it

Do I have any chance of lifting the tiles you see in the pictures without breaking them? You can tell from the picture what I tried and how it went!
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Removal of rusted bolt remains

I recently moved into a new house. Within days, a PVC double-glazed window handle snapped. To replace it I tried removing the two bolts securing it. One came out fine, the other head sheared off ...
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How to remove mold from cloth upholstery

My coach is covered in black mold, Google search shows various suggestions including vinegar, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol. Which is the most effective proven method to remove mold ...
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Trying to determine if a wall in my basement is load-bearing [closed]

I want to expand my basement. I removed the drywall from the this wall. Someone told me it is not load bearing but I want to be 110% sure. The floor joists above the basement are running parallel to ...
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How to identify if wood-framed wall is load-bearing?

I'm removing a wall in my bedroom/bathroom to open it up for more closet space. Now I've been hesitant on knocking it down until I'm 110% sure it's not load bearing. To my understanding a load bearing ...
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I removed a duplex receptacle and now my other receptacles don't work

I have removed a duplex receptacle and now, my other receptacles don't work. After removal, I capped each wire separately and that was all! Why did removing one outlet cause others to stop working? ...
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Wall Removal - Not Load Bearing - Keep Ceiling Joists

DIYer here and recently bought a fixer upper. I'd like to remove the wall between the kitchen and the livingroom. I'd like to complete this project soon so I can insulate the attic. My home inspector ...
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How to remove insulation fasteners from concrete?

I'm pulling a bunch of insulation from my basement to get ready to finish it, and have found it's bolted to the concrete walls. I've been able to google my way to identifying the bolts as Hilti X-SW ...
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How do I remove white residue on bathroom floor tiling?

There is white residue on my bathroom floor tiles in areas where water regularly leaks. It looks like limescale but will not budge when I try to remove it with vinegar. How can I remove it?
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how do I remove copper stain coming from plumbing?

I have that blue stain in my bathtub The stain comes from my plumbing, which probably contains copper that rusted and creates that stain. I tried to remove it with bleacher but to no avail. Do you ...
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How would I, or how much would it cost, to remove this stone pond?

New homeowner here. This is in my backyard. It is overgrown and non-functional in any way. I'm honestly not 100% sure what it was, but I assume it was a pond. The back of the pond is joined with ...
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Need Help removing Mailbox (Architectural Mailbox 7500) from post

Trying to remove this mail box from the post. There are five of these fasteners which I believe are holding the mailbox the mounting plate. Here is an interior shot, and as you can see, it is not ...
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How to remove a bolt with a broken-off head

I'm looking for advice on non-destructively removing a bolt with a broken-off head. While loosening a bolt on some exercise equipment, I broke off the head completely, leaving the shank recessed ...
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What is attached to this spigot and how to remove

This adapter is attached to an outdoor spigot: It is near the location of a former hot tub so I believe it has something to do with pressure control. When I attach a hose to it and turn it on if the ...
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Best way to get rid of ceramic tiles over an asbestos tiled floor

Just moved house and would like to re-do the kitchen. It looks like the previous owner has cemented ceramic tiles straight over an asbestos tiled floor! I'd like to get rid of the ceramic tile without ...
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How to remove ceiling joist cross blocks without tearing up roof?

I have a building on my property where the roof is made of 12' 2x4 joists with plywood laid directly on top of it. Between the 2x4 joists there are 2x4 cross blocks positioned where the pieces of ...
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Remove metal clothesline

I would like to remove two metal clothesline poles in my backyard. I was thinking of doing it by digging around the poles and cutting using a reciprocating saw. Is this a decent method? It may be ...