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How can I remove plastic film from 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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How toxic is tile dust after a remodel is done? [closed]

We recently remodeled the downstairs in our home. We took out about 400 sq feet of tile all the way down to the concrete. We are going to put in new vinyl flooring but haven't done that yet. They used ...
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how to remove this pin/nail

I want to open a cheap small toast oven for a project. Any idea how to cleanly remove this pin in this picture:
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Floor paint stripping

OK, so I decided to strip a heavy black paint and what not on top of it from the hardwood floors in a 100+ year old house I purchased recently. To that end I purchased a $150 stripping tool ("...
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How to remove tile mortar from painted baseboard?

I'm in the process of having a floor re-tiled. I have noticed that there are several areas where the tiler has splashed thinset mortar onto the painted, contoured baseboard. In reviewing online I ...
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Removal of gas line

I'm doing a bathroom/closet reno on the second floor of my home. In the process I discovered an old gas line (black steel pipe) that I believe is still active. I traced it back near the gas meter ...
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What is the safest way to cut up an old kerosene storage tank?

Folks, I need to remove an old kerosene storage tank (for central heating) from my in-laws back garden. The tank is moulded plastic, and has a 1,000 litre capacity. The access point it was ...
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Can I safely remove these 3 pieces of wood in Attic?

Can I remove these pieces of wood in my attic? I think I can take them out based on the following reasons, but thought I'd get another opinion. Pieces 2 & 3 are separated in two pieces. Usually, ...
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Our house had a nice cedar pergola in the backyard, about 20'x16', whose posts began to rot at the base. It was covered in grape vine... Nice for shade but not for a falling down pergola. Needless to ...
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How do I remove a Chatsworth 1928 Traditional 3TH Crosshead bathroom faucet?

I have leaky faucet and would like to remove the faucet handle so I can gain access to the cartridge so I can replace it. Here is the faucet: I am unable to use a razor blade to get under the button ...
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Remove Halo recessed fixture completely

Older house built in the late 60's. Trying to remove existing Halo (new work?) recessed fixture completely to retrofit and extend circuit to one more fixture. I removed the 4 screws (well there ...
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How to remove glue from temporary paper shades on vinyl windows? [duplicate]

I put up some temporary paper shades with the stick-on backing that were positioned on the vinyl part of my windows. After a good 6 months I finally needed to remove them. However while the paper ...
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Closet partial wall removal

Removing a partial wall in my bedroom, this room is against the side of the house and the wall is perpendicular to my houses Joists but isn't anywhere near the center of my home. The partial wall use ...
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After rat poison/antifreeze...How do i rid my yard of squirrels?

I've crushed rat poison into peanut butter/cracker balls. I've mixed antifreeze with peanut butter/crackers/sugar. Soaked pecan halves in antifreeze...they have chewed through a brand new garbage/...
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What type of fastener is this? How can I remove it?

What kind of fastener is this how can I remove it? Thanks in advance.
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How to remove drawer on old Accuride rails

I have an old cherry Artec 4 drawer lateral filing cabinet with Accuride file rails. I cannot figure out how to remove a drawer. There are no black plastic tabs or release mechanism that I can ...
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Removing faucet from kitchen

I have a faucet that leaks at the valve, and I would like to remove that faucet to replace it with a new one. The trouble is that it is mounted tightly between the wall and the sink, so there is very ...
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Disassembling IKEA Ingolf chair

I have a couple of dining room chairs from IKEA, which have been quite good for a number of years. One of them, however, has started wobbling a bit, and I saw that it was because the back of the ...
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How to remove broken light protector/cover from inside oven?

I bought a 6 year old house, and the Previous Owners did basically zero maintenance. The oven is a Bosch underbench electric unit, and it looks like the glass cap/protector for the interior light has ...
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How to remove closet shelf clips and brackets without damaging the wall?

The previous owner of my new house installed ClosetMaid shelves in the closet. I removed the shelves, but had a really hard time with those clips and brackets (pictures attached). Seem like they were ...
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How do I verify PVC pipes have been glued and separate them if they have been?

I am replacing an old double sink with a new large single sink plus a disposal. It seems that the old PVC for the old sink has been glued at each joint. How do I verify PVC has been glued and what is ...
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How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head?

Most of the taps in my new house are fitted with so-called "anti-vandal" screws in the tap heads, as shown in the image. These screw into the tap head to tighten them onto the stem. I can't ...
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How to remove plastic expanding fasteners without damaging them?

I have a lot of these plastic expanding fasteners that need to be removed to make some repairs behind the shower in my RV. They all out in the open and easily accessible, but require I remove the ...
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How do I remove these closet sliding doors

I want to take these closet doors off but I’ve tried everything and they won’t come off. There’s no space to lift it up or angle and take the bottom track out first. i’ve also tried to take out the ...
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Thumbturn And Plate Removal (Schlage)

I'm unfortunately having a lot of trouble removing my thumbturn of my door. Please see pic. It's a Schlage that was on this house when we bought it as the model home in 2007ish. I've tried pushing ...
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How do I seal an old woodstove pipe in the basement?

We are in the process of renovating our basement and there is an old wood stove pipe left over from a wood stove we removed. Not looking to remove the entire pipe, as it goes through the roof in two ...
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Remove 3 way switch

I think I have my plan but wanted to run it by the smart guys on this forum. I am looking to remove a 3 way switch as part of a kitchen remodel. Actually 2 of them but the wiring/process should be ...
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Removing a metal rainwater storage tank

I want to remove my metal rainwater storage tanks, because it quite old and leaking. This is a temporary fix as the house will later be redeveloped -- I just want to remove the water tank now. It is ...
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How to remove old masking tape from glass?

My gridded windows (small pane, divided light) were masked for too long and now the tape is brittle and leaves residue. I'm using a razor blade to scrape and Goo Gone to remove the glue but is there a ...
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Fixing a slippery Sidewalk

Last year I had our crumbling front path replaced. I live in the North Eastern U.S. and the weather can be slippery. The path was sealed ( unknown type) and the path had some grit but not enough. ...
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How can I remove these shelves without damaging the drywall?

It looks like these shelves are mounted onto the wall, but I don’t know how. There are no visible screws so I can’t figure out how to get the shelves off. I’m assuming they are hidden on the inside, ...
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How can I release these drawer slides?

I'm trying to remove my cupboard drawers and my own efforts have failed, as have my Google searches. Here are images of what the rail looks like: The black plastic part has an arrow pointing towards ...
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Can't remove Schlage knob

I live in a 60 year old house with several old Schlage door knobs as in this photo: There is a small hole in the collar and two smaller holes on each knob. Pushing small sharp objects in the hole in ...
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un-installing a microwave that does not have any visible top cabinet attachment

I want to uninstall a Hotpoint model RVM1335 over-the-range microwave. I thought I'd take it easy; so, I purchased installation and cart-away. When the Home Depot delivered the replacement, they ...
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is not ...
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How to bypass a switch that controls lights, keep outlet live 24/7?

How to bypass a switch that controls lights, keep outlet live 24/7? I have a small office in the basement I need to alter wiring on so I can work from home. There's a wall switch that controls two ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

The construction of my new home is undergoing now, but I am facing a problem - piling up of trash and unnecessary materials left over at each step of the development which I am moving to my garage. My ...
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What is this white textured paint-looking stuff on my concrete floor?

Our home had carpet on the first floor, which is concrete slab, that we ripped up to hopefully restore to its former glory. However, about half of the floor has old laminate vinyl that's sealed down ...
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Efficiently remove backer board screws

I am replacing kitchen tile with vinyl planks or engineered hardwood. After ripping out the backer board with tile, I am left with hundreds of screws, set every two inches in a rectangular grid. Is ...
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How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Sink Strainer

I have a two basin stainless steel kitchen sink. Whoever installed it did not use or properly apply plumbers putty and both sides leak. I went to replace it with a new strainer but can not get the old ...
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Removing deck frame attached to siding

I'm in the process of removing an old deck attached to my house in an effort to replace it with stairs and a paver patio. I've gotten most of it torn down and removed, but I'm wondering what the best ...
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Do I or do I not remove baseboards when refinishing my hardwood floor

I need to have my wood floors refinished and have had several quotes. One person says they have the tools to get right up next to the baseboards and he does not need to remove them. He has 45 years of ...
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Shower manifold diverter stem removal question

How the heck does this Stem come out of the threaded tube that the escutcheon goes over? The Hot and cold stems have bonnet nuts bet not the diverter.
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Remove a nail-in box with 3 romex cables and not cut drywall?

Single gang nail-in box for thermostat was about 1" recessed and probably too small for 3 romex cables of 10g wire. Orig. installer 30 years ago left 1.5 inches of sheathing on all cables. ...
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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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How can remove a flat head screw that's in a hard to reach space?

I have an overhead light fixture and I need to remove the "cover" so I can change a bulb but the cover is held in place with metal brackets that have to be removed first and they are ...
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Removing post in center of two-car garage (20ft span)

I have a two-story house with a two-car garage under two bedrooms. The two bedrooms have a non-load bearing wall between them and the garage has a 6x10 beam underneath with a supporting post. I want ...
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...

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