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Options to refinish deck

Our wood deck is only a few years old, and has taken quite a beating from the weather. We just moved in, and I'm not sure if the previous owners have taken care of it properly. On our old house's ...
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Swollen rubber seal or something organic growing in toilet tank?

While I was about to fix a slowly filling water tank I noticed some unusual black stuff. It kinda looks like wood ear mushroom. It is brittle when I touch it and easily separates. Is it just a ...
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Sealing rusted spots for safety

I have an old enamel wash basin that I’d like to use as a photography prop. It has some rusty spots, which actually just lend character so I don’t mind them. But I want to make sure it is safe for the ...
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What am I sealing as I install my Shower Faucet Stem and Handle?

As a result of a leak, I replaced my shower's hot water faucet stem. (I think) I installed it successfully, but now I am wondering which hole I am trying to seal. Am I trying to seal the entire hole ...
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How should I seal a metal window frame to a cinder block wall?

I have a basement window with a metal frame fitted into a cinder block wall. The sill is crumbling and I'll find the right masonry product to repair that but the seal/transition from the frame to the ...
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Sealing a tilt type garage door

I've got a tilt type garage door with gaps on the side. I've sealed the top and bottom, but I'm not sure what to do with the sides. I've googled a bit and it turns out that it's recommended to just ...
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Best way to seal a funky gap on shower door frame

I am trying to fix a gap at the shower door frame which I think resutled from previous owner's improper installation/sealing. As you can see, there is this little gap at the shower door frame. That ...
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What type of sealant to use on skylight to seal glass and frame

I have a leaky skylight, I actually think that the leaks are coming from the seal between the glass and the frame rather than around the flashing or anything like that. What is the best calking / ...
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What product or method to waterproof an underground concrete-bottomed water cistern?

I have an existing 42" diameter x 11' deep underground water cistern installed in my backyard that I am starting to use for irrigation. It has HDPE walls and poured concrete bottom. There is no ...
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Framing distance around chimney in basement

I'm in the process of trying to air seal my basement. During the process I pulled out some fiberglass insulation that was shoved on each side of my masonry chimney in the ceiling where it enters the ...
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Refrigerator door seal is developing a gap towards the bottom. Not sure it is letting air through

Nobody has been leaning on the door but there is now a 1/4 inch gap towards the bottom (beginning about halfway down) unless it is pushed closed tightly. I think this is just the outer part of the ...
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How do I temporarily seal a pet door?

I would like to seal a pet door in my house to prevent curious toddlers at home from falling through it. I'd like the seal to look somewhat nice in appearance, and temporary so I can remove it if need ...
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Silicone Grease

I was told that silicone grease shouldn't be used on a silicone seal or gasket, as it will swell or even destroy the seal. I know that some hydrocarbon-based greases are bad for rubber seals, but ...
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worn seal between agitator spindle and drive shaft on a GE washer

10 year old washer is operating fine except for the main tub seal which is known to be leaking. Upon disassembly, the seal/bushing around the agitator shaft appears badly worn too. Not sure if it ...
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Need help finding an obscure and difficult to find seal for my leaking Shower Cubicle

Hopefully someone here will be able to help me in my search for a new seal for my shower cubicle. There appears to be a slot where one should fit but when searching DIY suppliers I haven't been able ...
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What's the best way to seal a drafty door on an uneven transition without interfering with opening/closing?

I have a door that opens up over carpet. The rubber sweep that is already there makes it pretty difficult to open the door. What's the best way to seal this door?
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Old Frost-Free Sillcock Woes

I disassembled this old outdoor spigot to replace the stem seal and stop the slow spout drip. I can't see any markings on it. But the seal refused to slide out and from pulling, popped off inside the ...
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How can I fix this shower drain and eliminate its odor?

A house member had some health issues the past few months and, for a while, another house member was pouring buckets of urine down the shower. It developed something of a smell which we tried to ...
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Sealing Ceiling holes

I am renting a very small townhouse that has termite issues. At certain times of the year (termite season) I get dropping coming into my bathroom, laundry room and now kitchen. I have told the ...
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What kind of Sealer for particle board

I have an early 80's oak vanity in the master bath. I think the sides and bottom of the drawers are some kind of particle board. Little pieces of wood pieces/dust are constantly present. I want to ...
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No water comes out of the toilet's refill tube

I just took apart the valve inside of my toilet to fix a crack in the floater. It's a Fluidmaster 300: When I put the thing back together and turn the water back on, no water comes out of the refill ...
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What type of garage door seal is this?

Is this a type I cannot find, or is this just a normal flat rubber type that has been shoved into the kerf cut, folded over, and stapled? If the latter is the case, any idea why someone would do it ...
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Do I need to seal / moisture-proof an outdoor plug?

I have an outdoor plug socket (UK) in my garden that is ip66 sealed (basically the plug is inside a box that you can open and close). I intend to use this plug for a hot tub in our garden, but there ...
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Covering some smelly paint

Recently (4 days ago) I replaced a solid radiator with a column one. On removing the solid radiator the wallpaper was as you might expect an old colour. I managed to find an opened tin of paint the ...
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Product or technique to plug a pipe from the inside?

I'm in the process of moving our laundry area from inside the house to the garage. I'm not going to dismantle the old washer drain stack or plumbing, as future owners may want to relocate the laundry ...
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How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?

I have no idea why this isn't simple, perhaps because every repair project has to have some hitch in it to piss me off. I have a leaky hose bib in my back yard, so I wanted to take the sucker apart ...