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Faucet flush against backsplash, how to seal?

Have two bathroom faucets that were installed completely flush. Replacing the silicone caulking. Should I leave them installed and just caulk around and on top? Or first remove the base and caulk the ...
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Installing a patio door on top of a concrete border

I'm installing a 6' patio door in my garage that leads out to our back yard. Around the floor of the garage is a 6" poured concrete ledge/border that the walls are built on. My current plan is to ...
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How to fix rusty tub lip

I recently had plumbing repairs in my shower and they had to remove a section of the wall. I discovered that the tub lip in one corner has rusted badly. The rest of the tub lip has little to no rust ...
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How to seal gap around bottom of shed, between ground and planks?

We started building a shed in our garden. Now we would like to close the sides using wooden planks. To keep the wood in a good state as long as possible we want to leave a gap between the lowest plank ...
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Does sealing an apartment floor trap cause clogs in the main drain line?

There was a waste water leak initially from the top of P-trap that belongs to our neighbour upstairs. When the handyman came to seal the gaps, they knocked the pipes and the sounds made from the main ...
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What's the best way how to seal a removed chimney top?

I want to remove a brick chimney down to the roof line because it's unused and also because it's a hazard from earthquakes in the SF bay area. This chimney came down in the 1989 quake but was rebuilt. ...
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Should I seal my old hardwood floors under my new kitchen cabinets? [closed]

I'm renovating my kitchen, replacing the old kitchen cabinets which have been there for several decades. When I finished removing the bottom cabinets I found the same softwood floor underneath that is ...
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How to seal (caulk) replacement windows that have wrapping [closed]

When installing replacement windows where do you put caulk, and does this change if you have aluminum wrap being put on the outside? Does caulk go all the way around the window (between exterior ...
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Re-caulking vinyl windows exterior, what material do I remove, what needs to stay?

The addition to our home has very low quality vinyl windows, and board and baton siding. There are some gaps starting to appear. Looking at the photo, arrow #1 points to ~3/8" of a caulk or ...
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Why are the vinyl floor tiles in my bathroom lifting up?

Recently had to have a leak fixed in the bathroom which involved having the tiles around the bath/shower replaced, as well as a new shower screen installed as the old one had failed. House was built ...
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Red Guard application

My bathroom was gutted to the studs. Now we are to the point of mudding drywall. I'm wondering if I need to use red guard on the sub floor and green board (around bathtub shower) before I install ...
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How and when to repair seals in concrete porch and steps?

What product should I use to seal the gap between my sinking front step and the porch pad? How do I remove the old failing seal? Should I seal the gap between the concrete porch in the house? What ...
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How to seal this gap where the original house meets the addition?

Some form of squirrel or chipmunk has been hanging out in my basement. The exterminator placed some glue traps on the ridge formed by the cinder (cement?) blocks, and the critter got into them. He was ...
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How to remove old expandable foam weatherseal

How does one remove old expandable foam weatherseal from a wooden doorframe? I’ve bought some new stuff, but I don’t know how to go about removing the old from the doorframe.
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Small bugs coming inside from closed windows at night; spray solutions?

Every summer at night when we have curtains up and turn on the indoor lights, a large number of small insects (moths, small beetles, spiders, other slim thin-legged insects, etc.) will manage to find ...
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Best way to seal gaps in sliding window?

Summer is coming and I live in an apartment where the window can slide up to insert an AC. Unfortunately, after some time I get bugs and mosquitos coming through the gaps around the AC and at the top ...
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Do I need to get these vents re-sealed? Is roofing cement the wrong thing to seal them with?

I bought a home about a year ago, and one of the things that came up in the inspection was that the inspector thought that certain areas on the roof were sealed incorrectly. Not that the seals wouldn'...
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How long does paving slab sealing last?

Context: House in Edinburgh (Scotland) with standard UK 60cm x 60cm paving slabs (like these). if I get a company in to clean and seal those, how long should I expect that to last? The sales people ...
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How to stop air leak in exterior door aluminum sill?

I found that one of my exterior doors are leaking cold air from beneath the door sill. The product installed is Endura Z-Articulating Cap Sill™ and Sealing System How can I seal it? Can I use ...
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Shouldn't a Kitchen be sealed off from cockroaches? Would a new Kitchen eliminate the problem?

I have cockroaches problem in Kitchen in my apartment and the only opening to drainage there is obviously the kitchen sink but it doesn't look like they are coming from there (they are found on ...
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Door seal rubber - how to bring it back to shape?

Wondering if anyone has got any ideas that doesn't involve taking the whole frame/door apart for the following issue... There's a set of 4 bifold garden doors, and when installing a clip on blind the ...
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What is best way to crimp a 1/4 inch copper pipe

I need to cut and seal off a 1/4 copper pipe (that contains a gas) so that it's air tight. I bought a crimping tool and a cutter. I plan on heating the pipe, then using the crimping tool (which ...
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How to patch hole in furnace pipes?

I recently bought a house and the heating bill has been unusually high. I discovered there is a big hole leading to the outside that the previous owner hid, but isn't sealed properly. Their patch was ...
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Fire Separation Wall - what should I use to seal small exposed openings?

From recent home inspection: FIRE SEPARATION WALL: Recommend sealing the small exposed openings at the low voltage wire penetrations at the garage ceiling above the garage door openers to maintain the ...
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How should I seal a covered, tongue and groove porch?

I'm looking to install and seal a tongue and groove (1x4, fir) porch to replace the original tongue and groove at our home. The porch is covered. I want to keep a natural, clear finish. I assumed I ...
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How to seal oiled wooden bathroom floor?

I am buying a house which has a pine floor in the bathroom, treated with Osmo oil. Having the boards themselves well-oiled will make them waterproof, but there will also be cracks and gaps which ...
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Surfactant bleed through

I have a bathroom in our 1930's house that doesn't have an exhaust fan...and two teenage boys who take ridiculously long steamy showers. We had some mold issues on the ceiling, and some of the ceiling ...
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What kind of sealant should I use for the exterior

The sealant that was used before has degraded and air is leaking from the outside into the room. Additionally there is a gap between the floor and the wall. For interior of the room I was going to use ...
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Do I need plumber putty or would the already existing rubber gasket seal this sink leak if installed properly?

I had working kitchen sink until today when I had to remove and reattach sink garbage disposal. I am trying to figure out what is the quickest, but still acceptable solution to fix the leak that I ...
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Is it possible to seal just patches of new concrete?

I recently had some interior drain tile installed in my basement. During this time I also took it upon myself to fix a few decent sized chips/cracks with a patching compound. The vast majority of my ...
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Shower panel walls with tile floor? NOT the kit pan/base

I am planning to redo a small walk in shower. 60" x 32". My plan is to rip out walls, replace with concrete backer, and redguard the entire thing. For the floor, it currently has small glass ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

I recently built a stovetop cover or "noodle board" using a hardwood so it can be used as a cutting surface. I stained it with minwax gel stain and from what i understand it should be food ...
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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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Is it safe to seal the seams/gaps on washer and dryer units?

Specifically, I have the following model units: Maytag Washer WTW8040DW Maytag Gas Dryer WGD8000DW4 The units come with open seams, and I'd like to know if it's safe to seal these? Surprisingly, ...
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Outdoor concrete repair/resurface/sealing and painting

We have an outdoor patio at my house which was made of concrete, but I don't think it ever got the finishing coat (it was supposed to be tiled but never happened) nor sealed and it has been there for ...
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Finishing Concrete basement floors

Alright! This is a 4 part question! I live in a new build in Ottawa Ontario and would like to finish my basement. Basement is below grade, and the house has been up for 6 months. 1 )I'm planning on ...
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Hydro isolation for foundation cut out (edge, not face)?

I live in Europe with a house constructed out of perforated bricks. I have sub grade basement windows. Our home inspector pointed out that the foundation edges exposed by the window channel need hydro ...
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what should I use to cover a table made out of a broken bookcase?

I'm working with a friend who is trying to make a kitchen table (i.e to use for eating) from a bookcase which broke. We're trying to do it as low-budget as possible (he's in a lot of debt right now). ...
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How to seal dryer exhaust vent

I am replacing my dryer exhaust vent. Here is a picture of the old one after I removed the cap. I did my best to clean up the old caulking before adding the new tube and vent, which looks like this: ...
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Exterior plywood vs sealed plywood

So I'm laying vinyl in a bathroom which is currently just floorboarded. From my research, I understand that I should screw down 5.5mm exterior grade plyboard (exterior grade because of the water) ...
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Can I cut the shower seal that is tearing or do I have to replace the whole seal?

On my glass shower door, the outer seal of the under sweep is tearing. (I think it's called the under sweep based on other questions I've seen on this site but I could be wrong). Can I cut the piece ...
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How to treat outdoor wood for use as a bar for drinks etc

I want to build a bar at home for serving drinks etc and want to use reclaimed wood. So far I've managed to get hold of a softwood fence panel. How would I treat it and get it to a usable condition?
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Do I need to prep/clean a new redwood fence before I apply sealer?

I just finished installing a redwood privacy fence two days ago. I want to seal it as soon as possible before it starts to weather. I am going to use this product from Home Depot but it recommends ...
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Layering sheens: What kind of paint sheen should I use under a polyurethane semi gloss?

Back story: I'm painting my kitchen cabinets. I am committed to putting a protective coating on them. I recently painted my bathroom cabinets and I had an issue. I sanded to the wood!, primed, ...
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How do I seal off a small closet so smells there don't escape?

I've got a small pocket closet in a study right next to where I work that is actually a partition of a hall coset in an adjacent building entrance, and therefore not well isolated from it. Recently ...
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How can I seal the lids on water collection barrels?

I'm working on a rainwater collection system. Due to space limitations, I have arranged the barrels in a 2x2 configuration (as in the picture) Problem with this configuration is that I can't get a ...
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Can I seal my bath overflow waste with silicon, from the inside?

We have a freestanding bath https://victoriaplum.com/product/mode-harrison-freestanding-bath-1790-x-810 Unfortunately, we cannot gain access to the underside and when it drains water is leaking ...
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How to maintain an old brick wall

we have a small section of exposed brick from an old chimney in the kitchen. The chimney is now used as an exhaust for the furnaces in the basement (and maybe for the kitchen exhaust in a different ...
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What adhesive can I use to reattach and seal these fractured tile pieces to my fireplace?

I noticed one of the tiles above my gas fireplace had cracked and two large pieces were about to fall off, so I carefully removed them. This fireplace has not been used in several years so the cracks ...
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How should gaps at edge of an asphalt driveway be filled?

I want to reseal my driveway, should gaps at the sidewalk and garage edges be filled? If so, what sort of product should be used? Here are some pictures of my driveway.

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