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Replace bath taps that are slathered with sealant

I’m replacing the mixer taps on my bath, but they’re absolutely covered in sealant and the spanner won’t get a grip. Any advice for removing? I’m worried about damaging the plastic nut if I go for it ...
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Is it normal for sink sealant to be soft like peanut butter?

Maintenance came to fix my leaking sink a week ago. I didn’t realize it until now that the sealant that they used in between the sink drain and sink basin is falling apart. Whenever I had filled my ...
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Varnish or other sealant for yellowtongue under carpet?

I live in a humid area and currently have wool carpet on yellowtongue. In really humid periods, the wool soaks up the moisture and even starts to get the particleboard underneath damp. It stinks and ...
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What can I seal the top of my fireplace doors with?

I have a wood burning fireplace with glass doors. The top outer rim of the doors have quite a gap, allowing a decent draft and also smoke to escape when first starting a fire (which is worsened by a ...
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Is caulk completed sealed?

I bought The following caulk from Home Depot, and I loosely sealed it in a bag, kept it as new. However, when I open the bag today, the chemical fumes blow into my face and I can smell it very ...
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Stains in grout

For a tiling job, I used this charcoal grout: After a few days, as indicated by the instructions, I applied this sealer: A few minutes after applying the sealant, these white stains appeared ...
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apply roof primer & sealant in sections?

I’m currently pressure-washing a 100ft X 100ft rough concrete roof so that I can coat it. The problem is that it’s a pretty big area. My question: can I pressure-wash and treat by sections? For ...
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Should seal tape ever go in a union?

I messed up the soldering of this 1" copper union (solder went into the threads) and the threaded joint (not the soldering) is having a very small leak, yet noticeable. I will replace the union ...
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Seal a Universal Tub Spout

Trying to replace the bath tub spout for a front-end threaded connection, I found a "Universal" tub spout (and in fact could not find a front-end-threaded-only tub spout at the local ...
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Replacing sealant between fixed glass shower screen and bath

I have a shower screen in the bath that looks similar to this: There is a shower screen seal vertically between the hinged portion and the door and beneath the bottom of the door which are both ...
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New toilet fill valve's plastic back nut not compressing rubber sealing washer enough to seal cistern inlet hole

My cistern inlet hole was seeping. I bought a new fill valve, removed the old fill valve, removed the sealant applied to cistern inlet hole, and installed the new fill valve. What doesn't work ...
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Joining galvanized gutter sections: Rivet, solder, spotweld, or another method?

I will be replacing a section of gutter on a barn in a month and was wondering what the best method of joining the sections is. I will have limited ergonomics working in a lift about 27 ft off the ...
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What will be left if a latex sealant is mostly washed out before it can set?

I tried to seal an area by a door that puddles and leaks before tropical storm Henry arrived, but I made two mistakes: I applied the sealant only 30 minutes before the storm hit (it needs 1 hour to ...
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Do I need to replace a brass T that points outward at 22d angle, not straight up?

Installed a 2.5g water heater expansion tank off of a existing 3/4 brass T on copper cold supply line on wall next to tank. Brass T does not point straight up but away from wall about 22 degrees. Used ...
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What is this sealant on my basement waterproofing system?

I'm redoing my basement floor and have a plastic channel system protecting against water intrusion around the edge of my basement (I believe it's an "All-Dry Basement Systems" product, but ...
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Need to caulk between mount and exterior wall?

I'm going to help a friend repair a small fence for keeping her small dog contained. The fence is lightweight plastic of some sort, and mounted to a rail that runs along the exterior wall of her house....
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Shower caulk won't dry

We recently added new glass doors to our shower, and finished the job by sealing the track. The caulk we have is specifically for bathrooms (Red Devil), and the instructions say to keep it dry for 72 ...
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What can I use as caulk that a cat won't destroy? [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative solution to caulk/silicone sealant for bathrooms and windows because basically my cat takes it upon herself to pull at and rip out the silicone from window frames, and ...
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What is the material and how to seal it?

As you can see In the photo the layer (paint?) on my bathroom ceiling has fallen off. I think the red/brownish colour part is off-gassing a smell. Does anybody know what material this is and be what ...
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leak below shower

I have discovered a small leak below my shower base. When I slide some paper towels below the shower, and have the water run for 5 minutes, I see around 5 drops of water, probably coming from a hole ...
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How to remove strong musty odor from garage?

I have moved into a rental house and the garage has a musty odor of which I cannot tolerate to breathe so I cannot even park my car in the garage. After I put in a HEPA filter and let it run for 2 ...
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Sprayed foam sealant into window blind's headrail, immobilizing it. Blinds are also screwed directly into frame. How to remove (has picture)

Trying to seal window crevices, I accidentally sprayed into window blinds headrail whose top is exposed. The crevice is so narrow I couldn't see into the top of the headrail, so I forgot it was open. ...
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Is a long shower the main cause of this leak? Would clear silicone on all grout lines help?

We are in a brand new house for the past 1 year. From the first month onward, we have noticed water coming out from under the door jamb pictured here. When we put a plastic sheet all over the shower, ...
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Type of sealant for nails under asphalt shingles

I am installing a zinc strip on my garage roof to reduce moss growth. I will be sliding the metal between two rows of asphalt shingles and nailing it down, so that the nail heads are underneath the ...
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Tanked balcony drain has cover stuck down with sealant - how to remove?

We live in a leasehold (nearest US equivalent: condo) flat (apartment) at the top of a seven-storey building. Only our floor has real balconies, and the floor of each balcony is effectively the roof ...
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Sealing water leak between kitchen cabinets and floor

Since moving into our house 5 years ago, we have spilled a large amount of water on our kitchen floor a few times. When this happens, the water leaks into the floor boards and drips all the way into ...
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Concrete floor brick wall gap leaking severely (garage above basement)

Basic Problem: There is a somewhat badly maintained car garage at street level above an area of my basement property. The garage has a concrete floor; the (very small) utility room below has a solid ...
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How can I seal between siding and sunroom to block bee access?

I have a sunroom which is right next to the siding of my houses: However, as shown below, there are some gaps between the siding and the sunroom, and some bees go inside the gaps and make holes. I’d ...
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How to seal seams in a traditional Cedar wood dry sauna

I just built a new, indoor, traditional dry sauna made with Cedar wood. https://www.costco.com/almost-heaven-bluestone-3-person-steam-sauna.product.100485086.html During assembly, some of the ...
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Sealing/resurfacing exterior concrete retaining wall

I have a 3 ft concrete retaining wall that runs across our backyard. It collects a lot of black mildew with white spots. Is there a sealant or other surfacing material that I can use to help keep ...
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What's a suitable sealant for the garden slabs in the picture?

What is the best type of sealant I should get to fill the cracks between the slabs in the picture below? I think these are concrete slabs that I have in my garden, and not sandstone, but I'm not sure....
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What type of wood treatment does my garden office / summer house need?

The exterior wood on the top of my garden office / summer house is looking a bit tired / worn out - see picture below. What kind of treatment should I use to restore/protect the wood? See the lower ...
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Stud hole for Romex electrical wire filled with Green-glue acoustic sealant - Cause of concern?

I am helping my brother with his unfinished basement when I realized he made a mistake. I told him to use a fire stopping sealant in certain stud holes where Romex wire was being fed through. ...
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Correct Sealant / Caulk for fixing LED Down Light

I have recently had LED down lights installed in my ceiling. In strong winds I am finding some granulated loft insulation is blown through around the light fixings. I would like to seal around them -...
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Protecting bathroom mirror from corroding around the edges

In my bathroom I have a beautiful illuminated LED mirror. It's now 10 years since I originally installed it - and over time, the edges have become de-silvered as the backing coat has corroded and ...
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How to seal porcelain so that the sink will be easier to clean?

I have an old porcelain sink. When the sink is dirty it takes a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. Can I put something on it so that it will be less absorbent? I am considering this procedure: https:...
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How do I clean sealant/silicone from a glass mirror?

I did a poor job of applying silicone sealant to the seam between a glass mirror and the splash back below it. I need to clean-up the smears that I got onto the mirror and the splash-back. How do I do ...
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Can I use polyurethane sealant with Plexiglas?

I have a below-grade basement window in a lightwell. In heavy rain, the lightwell fills to the bottom of the window and then the water leaks into the basement. I've been through a lot of options and ...
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Removing old sealant from wood

I was reading up that different finishes can be removed with different chemicals (paint thinner, alcohol, etc) based on the finish. Is there any way to identify what this finish on the wood in the ...
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What's the difference between "silicone sealant" and "MS-polymer" sealant?

MS polymer (MSP) looks like silicone. It also comes in a tube, looks the same when it's liquid. Here are the differences I found with silicone caulk: it looks a bit less flexible when cured (looks ...
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Removing old silicon sealant and it's very sticky

I'm replacing some old silicon sealant around my bathroom sink. I've already done around the bath tub and that was fine: I removed the old sealant with a knife, cleaned it up and reapplied a new bead. ...
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Ant proofing a wall

For some reason yellow meadow ants have developed a fascination with a certain interior wall in our house. The usual gels, powders and sprays are having little effect. They do slow down for a while ...
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Why is my new and newly stained deck showing all dirt and grime that doesn't come off with soap and water?

I built a deck about a month ago. It was primed and stained with a solid stain. I am noticing that all the shoe prints from the dirt are showing up. I have tried watering it down, adding soap, and ...
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What sealant to use on a hole in the interior of the house on an external wall?

There's a tiny, tiny hole in an external wall that separates my living room and the outside front entryway. This is important because I just saw a bug crawl through the hole from the outside into my ...
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How to permanently remove moisture on concrete kitchen floor

We are currently renovating our kitchen and when we removed our vinyl flooring we noticed lot of moisture. We want to put self adhesive vinyl tiles but wanted to avoid the scenario of moisture ...
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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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What type of sealant/caulk is this used on inside corner of shower frame rail?

Does anybody know if this is just a clear silicone caulk or something else? Lexel? It doesn't go all the way into the gap where the vertical and horizontal shower frame rails meet, which I want to be ...
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Would caustic soda destroy a rubber gasket under a sink?

Today I made the mistake of pouring caustic soda down a kitchen waste-pipe to unblock it. Despite reading that it's safe on plastic pipes, it created a terrible leak between the pipe and the underside ...
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Will using a paint or sealer on a concrete floor damage it?

I live in a 1st floor flat (relatively new build) that has concrete underneath the carpet. I'd like to remove the carpet and treat the concrete and have concrete floor. The floor seems pretty solid ...
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What sealant should I buy to secure cable in brick?

I have an ethernet cable that goes into house from the outside wall. What sealant should I look for that will not crack the cable? I need to keep wind and rain out of the house from the hole. It ...
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