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How to seal refrigerant lines as they enter a house

I'm reinstalling the pipe insulation that runs from my central air conditioner condenser and I noticed there is no sealant as it enters the house. I'm thinking foam wouldn't be great because the ...
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Sealing exterior vent

What is the correct way to seal an unused exterior vent without replacing siding etc? This is an old, 4'' dryer vent. My current plan would be to first caulk around the flap to close any air gaps and ...
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How Do I Properly Seal/Finish Slate For A Workbench Top

I have two very nice pieces of slate from the remnants of a small pool table. I'd like to cut them to size with my circular saw, using a wet masonry blade, and then seal/finish them to use as a ...
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Upstairs bathroom water leak flooded living room [duplicate]

Yesterday I walked into the living room and it was literally raining. My houseguest had put a 'rag' in the upstairs bathroom sink, turned on the water and forgotten all about it. My couch and a ...
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Bath tub sealing

I filled the bathtub before sealing around it . I drained the water after 3 hours because I needed the the bath empty for a few minutes. Then I filled the bath up again. Does that cause a problem in ...
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Pre-existing galvanized gas pipe through foundation underground with no sleeve. How to best manage?

I have a gas pipe that is going through the foundation underground, it's going through a hole that is about a 1/4" bigger than it that has been cleaned out, there is no sleeve. Don't ask how we ...
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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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How to seal pivoted doors?

When a pivoted door is closed, how to ensure that it is sealed around all its edges so that outdoor dust doesn't get inside, and we maximise noise isolation? This: was a pivoted door, at least at ...
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Is any amount of moisture normal on exterior sheathing?

I'm renovating a living room in my 1940 two-story home in Central, NY which involved adding insulation where there was previously none. Before the drywall goes up I decided to run some electrical ...
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Waterproof dam wall

I have this reservoir, located in an all-stone wedge in the terrain. The water is held back by a small dam, consisting of granite boulders held together by a mortar. As is evident from the water ...
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How to weather seal uneven garage door?

This is the garage door (at my business) and it is not seal from outside. No weather strip present. How do I suppose to seal it with this weather strip though? There will be gaps due to the pattern ...
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Asbestos exposure concerns of could considerable exposure be a contributing factor to exacerbating existing chronic skin condition with ill health? [closed]

Asbestos exposure concerns of could considerable exposure be a contributing factor to exacerbating existing chronic skin condition with ill health? I have lived in existing rented property for ...
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Can a window seal be too tight?

I just added Tesa Moll (https://www.tesa.com/en/consumer/tesamoll-p-profile.html) to my windows, because they didn't really shut tight. Now it is really tight and quite a bit of strength is needed to ...
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Sealing indoor rough cedar wall [closed]

We have a rough cut cedar wall in a cabin that is pretty hairy and tends to flake off everywhere. I've tried sanding it but haven't had much luck, seems like it will just make it look bad. Is there ...
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What material(s) to seal exterior water pipe opening in masonry?

I have an opening for an exterior water pipe/hose bib as shown: The opening is about 2.5" wide and I don't have direct access to the back side. What material(s) should I use to seal the opening? ...
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Water sealing outer corners of a shower tray

Hi all and thanks in advance for any tips given. I am doing a bit of DIY repairs of my leaking shower. Long story short I had to take down tiles, plasterboard, shower tray and replace part of subfloor ...
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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 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 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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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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