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Should the corner joints on a tiled shower bench be caulked?

My shower/tub area was completely tiled, including a bench area in the back. The house-flipper did not seal the grout in any way. I’ve heard you typically caulk where the tub and tile grout meet, but ...
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How to use a seal service kit (SPSK0319.1J) for a Mira Meynell V8/3 shower mixing valve

I have a Mira Meynell V8/3 shower mixing valve. It works great for years. Now, the knob has started to become stiff, especially it needs to be turned quite hard to the fully clockwise position which ...
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Sealing an inaccessible hole in a masonry foundation

I just discovered I have small holes behind my water tank in a tight closet inside my 2nd floor condo. I was vacuuming around the water tank and something like a thin rope was sticking out of the ...
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How tight can I tighten triangular plastic nuts on a toilet base

My ~10-15-year-old toilet has been leaking around the base lately. Thought I’d try tightening the nuts on the base, and when I pulled the caps off, I was surprised to see the nuts were triangular ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

I brought back some pink powdered sand from a recent vacation. I want to use it to grout and seal a stone patio I laid at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell with a drain. How should/can I do this?
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Sealing yet another gap between basements

I found a large gap in the wall above a HVAC duct (picture below). This wall is between the basement in the original house and the basement under the (circa ~2001) addition. The former owner had ...
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Bad to seal holes around gas pipes with cement?

I got a new gas person this year to check my boiler. He noticed that where my gas pipe comes into the house, through a hole in the bricks, the hole is sealed with cement or mortar. He said that this ...
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What Type of Caulking will adhere to Composite Decking for water proofing?

I need a sealer Caulk to fill a approx. 3/8" gap between my Composite Decking boards to waterproof and prevent water from dripping between the boards and going on to a deck below. I want the rain ...
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Windows not airtight?

I am experiencing an issue on the north-west side of my 2-story house: in the morning 2 hours after sunrise we get infested with gnats. There are hundreds of them inside the house at the main level by ...
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Weatherstrip still leaves a gap

I've tried so many different kerf style weatherstrip, magnetic and foam clad. Even a fridge style magnetic. The fridge style comes off each time u open the door. All the others leave a gap on the door ...
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SLB gaskets: water tight?

I bought 2 cast aluminium SLBs (1-1/4") for conduit from the same big box store the other day. They had 2 different gaskets in the removable cover however. One was the common black rubber/...
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Sealing the roof

I have a flat cement roof that is leaking into the ceiling of the top room. How would I seal it? It is also a patio. What would work? Should I tile it or seal it with rubber paint (can you still walk ...
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Seal gap between bathtub faucet and cracking tile

We've got a 1/2 inch gap between our bathtub faucet and the tile, and as you can imagine water has been leaking through and sometimes even dripping though the wall to the floor below. The tile is ...
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How can I seal between a concrete patio and a brick wall?

I have patio that's connected with brick from my house. Where the brick and the patio meet there is a crack along the entire perimeter. Its a fairly small no larger than a hairline crack. I'd like to ...
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How do I fix a gap in my door?

There is a fairly large gap between the door and the frame. How do i fix this?
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Plumbers Silicone Grease vs Dielectric Grease

Can I use plumbers silicone grease as a substitute for silicone dielectric grease? They both appear to contain dimethypolysiloxane and silicone dioxide. Is this the same product given different ...
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Is there anyway to prevent rust stains or staining of color on a house that has been German schmeared? (Thinset mortar applied to brick)

We applied thinset white mortar on the brick of our house using the German schmear technique. After a very very hard rain, we had some rust stains show up down the brick in areas around older gutter ...
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How to stop water leaking along tile seam under a frameless shower door sweep?

I have a frameless glass bathroom shower and water leaks under it. I believe the water is moving along a tile to tile seam (like subway tiles) and going under the sweep. It is fairly new ...
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missing seal on Geberit UP200 system between braided hose and fill valve

I've recently descaled the flush and fill valve to solve a leaking problem on my Geberit UP200 concealed cistern, however when I reassembled everything, there is now a leak between the braided hose ...
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Double Glazed Window - missing plastic corner frame insert

Is there any way I can track down this missing piece? It goes at the bottom corner of the window; on the side where the windows meet each other. It fell out of one of my windows. I don't know what the ...
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Garage door seal is glued and I want to replace it

My garage door doesn't seem to have the plate that you see in new doors these days where you can slide the rubber seal. Mine is hard glued at the bottom and side of the door. Does anyone know a way to ...
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Does adjusting the body of a irrigation sprinkler to orient one side of the sweep cause a leak at the sprinkler unit?

Some irrigation sprinklers say to orient the sprinkler body in such a way as to set one side of the sweep, rotating the sprinkler body if that edge of spray is out of line (Example Video). This ...
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Garage door weather seal replacement -- Wrap around bracket

I would like to replace the weather seal at the bottom of my garage door. The issue is that the bottom bracket of the door is a "wrap" around bracket (see picture). In order to slide the old seal off, ...
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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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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 ...
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