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Can plumber's silicone grease be used as dielectric grease?

Can I use plumber's silicone grease as a substitute for silicone dielectric grease? They both appear to contain dimethylpolysiloxane and silicon dioxide. Is this the same product given different ...
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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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What is the best way to seal open caulk tube for reuse? [duplicate]

I am a homeowner who uses caulking sporadically. What is the best way to reseal the tube for use in 6 months or even a year later? Is there an industry agreed upon method?
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Bathtub Leak at the seal

Our 2nd floor bathtub was leaking due to old pipes, so we replaced the whole thing: New tub, new shower, new pipes, new surround. We still have the ceiling cut away under the tub from the water damage,...
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Replacing dishwasher pump motor

I’m trying to replace the dishwasher pump motor on my whirlpool. I wanted to just replace the pump motor as that is the part that has gone bad (water isn’t circulating to the arms). I disassembled ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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How can I insulate a window that's tight against the rough opening?

I had new vinyl triple pane windows installed several years ago. Long story short, the contractor placed the new windows directly on top of the 2x4 (home built in 1951) leaving very little to no space ...
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Is it ok to have just one big P trap at the outlet of building

My house doesn't have P trap for kitchen sinks/bathroom sinks etc.. So instead of placing a p trap for each. May I just place one big p trap where the water is discharged from the building to outside. ...
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How long should the sweep be over the framed shower door bottom edge?

My bathroom has a framed shower door. Give the measurements shown, how deep (long) the sweep should be over the door bottom edge? I tried 1”, but the sweep is always clamped by the door and metal ...
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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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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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Where can I find suitable replacements for Cap Gasket on Zurn Wilkins 600XL 1" Pressure Regulator

While I was working on rebuilding my Zurn Wilkins 600XL 1" Water Pressure Regulator Valve I broke x3 of the x4 sets of Cap Gasket seals that I had (don't ask me the sequence of events that led to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to seal window frame and repair surrounding concrete?

I just moved in to an apartment, and it's great apart from a few things that need repair. In the pictures linked below, how would I go about repairing or filling in the gaps in the concrete at the ...
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Do I need to remove mold stains before applying foundation waterproofer?

We moved in to a house two years ago that had a crawl space dug out and turned into an unfinished basement area several years prior (>10?). I was hoping to turn it into a home brewing room (...
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How to seal gap between brick, stucco and framing?

I’m replacing windows and found a substantial gap between the brick and stucco. The old windows had been leaking for a while and I suspect that this was part of the issue. How should I deal with this ...
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Windows leaking through bottom corners of window

I have multiple windows leaking water into the bottom corners of window. I do not believe it is coming from above but that's just a hunch. I had an inspection done and subsequently had all the stucco ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What is this bathroom overflow drain sink seal and is it replaceable?

I'm replacing a bathroom faucet and this seal that appears built into the drain and sealing the raw OSB/wood/etc. from the overflow drain is in terrible shape. I tried removing it and it's stubborn. ...
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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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What type of product should I use to seal siding to a concrete step?

I would like to seal the outside of my home from the elements and rain, where the concrete meets the side of my home (painted wood?) Home Side Wide Angle I bought a tube of Dap Dynaflex Ultra, which ...
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Is the leaking faucet a rubber gasket or other?

I'm trying to work out if it's the black rubber gasket that might be causing a leak or accumulation of calcium in the valve mechanism. For context this is a faucet in an outdoor kitchen (Ramada) in my ...
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How do I seal the connection between my male threaded faucet and a female brass adapter?

I’m pretty new to this, so I may be down a wrong path. Ultimately I’m trying to connect a garden hose connection to my bathroom faucet, but my faucet is too small. After a lot of measuring and trial ...
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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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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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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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What to use to fill pipe gap behind cooking stove

We just pulled out our cooking stove and found two gaps: A bigger gap around the gas line and wall A smaller gap on the wooden floor to the right of the bigger wall gap What would you recommend to ...
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What can I use as a sealant over antique painted ceiling tin tiles?

I want to preserve the look and finish of the chipping paint on my antique tin tiles. Basically, I want to use them for creating a backsplash in my kitchen (behind stove and sink areas as well as the ...
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Dulux EasyCare mist coat proportion (UK)

I have Dulux EasyCare matt and want to use it as a mist coat on fresh plaster first. Instructions say to seal use "thinned 10% with water". Does that mean the mix should be 90% paint or 90% ...
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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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