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Paint under stain/poly in hardwood floors removal

When I moved into my new construction home recently, there were issues where there seemed to be paint or dust trapped in the stain or under the polyurethane. The builder sent in his floor guy who has ...
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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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Pros and Cons of sealing a flat roof with liquid rubber product

We have an extension on our 1950s house which looks like it was put in very early on, and it extends a single bedroom out into a master bedroom size room. This extension has a pretty flat (it has a ...
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What is the glue stuff you use to seal a glass shower panel to the tub?

I've got a frameless shower enclosure (I think that's what it is called) and the transparent glue/seal between the glass and the tub is peeling off. What is it? I'm guessing some kind of transparent ...
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How to seal gas hob to concrete countertop?

Some time this week, I'll be calling a qualified technician to connect my gas hob to gas and electricity. Connection will be done with elastic pipe, so that's not a problem. The only problem I have ...
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How to seal around an existing wood window after removing old siding

We are removing old siding from a house, and replacing it with Hardie lap siding. We are leaving the original wood-framed picture window in place. With the siding removed there are gaps between the ...
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What is the best way to seal between new deck and exterior sliding door?

I've just added a deck to my exterior office. This is the first deck I've ever done, but you can see I got mostly close to the bottom of the door. What should I use/do to seal the bottom of the door ...
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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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How should I handle cracked grout in my two bathrooms?

Both bathrooms have cracked grout where the tile meets the tub. They were done by a contractor 2.5 years ago. The second picture shows a crack going away from the tub between tiles. This bathroom has ...
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Sealing a closet door that has a gas fired water heater in it

Does anyone know how to make a self sealing door? There's a bedroom in my basement, and it has a door in there that allows you access into the HVAC room (which can be entered from another door in ...
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Why did the caulk around my tub develop brown/yellowish spots after only two days and what can be done?

Two days ago we re-caulked our tub using DAP Kwik Seal Ultra and left it undisturbed until today. Unfortunately it developed these brownish yellow spots and I am unsure why. I haven't been able to ...
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Options for sealing hot rolled (mild) steel with a matte finish?

I'm building a book shelf using 1.5" angle iron made from hot rolled steel as the frame. It's my understanding that this steel will rust even if left indoors. While I like the raw, industrial look of ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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Do I need to seal coat part of my new asphalt?

I just had my driveway asphalt coated. In general it looks pretty good, but there are 2 areas (about 10 sq ft each) where the (due to the location) the asphalt was laid by hand and not rolled on by a ...
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seal gap between door and frame

i'm trying to prevent rats from getting into an outdoor shed. i've thoroughly checked the whole interior, and the only opening is from the front door (see the right door in the picture. ignore the ...
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Best procedure to renew a driveway

My asphalt driveway has a lot of narrow cracks, and it has some shallow depressions where puddles form. I've watched some youtube videos. All agree that before starting, oil spills should be cleaned ...
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What kind of caulk to use around light fixture on masonite/composite/engineered wood siding?

I have hardboard/masonite/composite/engineered wood siding (but it's not LP or Hardie, which I understand are better and more expensive). I noticed a light fixture and the siding aren't very well ...
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How to seal two adjoining plexiglass sheets for soundproofing?

I am thinking of bolting a giant 1/2" thick piece of plexiglass over the window. Unfortunately the windows in my apartment are massive - 5 foot x 6 foot. The challenge with this is threefold: ...
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Staining + sealing cedar for outdoors

I've made an outdoor cabinet out of cedar. I like the natural look, but I used various other wood species like white oak as "moulding" and am thinking I would like a uniform look. I would like the ...
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Need cement etching on inside floor?

I have a cement slab that had a plastic film and then pergo flooring. Removing this floor. Right now, I just want to seal cement and epoxy paint once I get all pergo removed. First, since I am only ...
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Winterizing new wet-treated pressure treated pine deck

We’re in a townhome and replaced our small 2nd floor deck/porch with wet-treated pressure treated pine 3-4 weeks ago. We had to do it well in advance of the other units for safety reasons. There’s a ...
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How to seal cracks between stone veneer and soffit?

My home is wooden stud construction with rough limestone block veneer. I have lots of gaps that have opened up where the top of the veneer meets the soffit. It looks like these gaps were originally ...
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How to fill gap between garage floor and driveway

I have a concrete garage floor and a section of concrete driveway next to it. Over the years the driveway has settled a little bit and the gap between the two is probably close to an inch wide and ...
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How to properly seal water supply line in block foundation

There was an old rag and some very old concrete around this water supply line entering the house. I would like to reseal it, but I am not sure what to use. Should I use hydraulic cement or something ...
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Proper material or method for making water tight seal on ceramic soap dispenser?

Background: Hi all, I have this ceramic soap dispenser seen below. After using it for a bit, it has started to leak soap where the plastic pump is screwed onto the ceramic body. I've tried screwing it ...
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SquidGee Dry System to prevent water seepage in basement?

One of the rooms in my basement has water seepage shown in the following: Some work has been done to patch the honey combs. Due to limited budget, I can only do interior waterproofing. I plan on ...
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Should I caulk a front door step riser when I replace it?

This section of the house is slab on grade. There is a concrete step just in front of the door. The rotted wood riser fits between the house and the concrete step. I'm going to attempt replacing it. ...
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Proper way to seal attic space from the living space

I am living in a one-story house with flat roof. There is an 2-feet-high empty space above the ceiling and below the roof, and let me call it my attic space (although my house has a flat roof). The ...
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How to seal hardwood floor in preparation of self-leveling compound?

I'm planning to float laminate over my existing floor, but need to level it first. The floor area is very large, so it spans areas of the home that have differing subfloor materials: concrete, ...
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Sealing middle of sliding window with portable air conditioner installed

In my bedroom I have a one hose portable AC unit, because my only bedroom window is a sliding window. Currently, I set up the window kit in the day and take it out before bed. The reason for this is ...
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What material can be used to bond metal to metal and is removable in the future? [closed]

I'm looking to seal an opening in a metal refrigerator with a standard heatsink as a part of a thermoelectric cooling setup. It'd be ideal if there was a bonding material of some sort that can squish ...
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How can I cap off an old, partially-exposed cast iron pipe when a qwik cap won't do?

I'm trying to cap off an old cast iron pipe that's leaking in our basement. The pipe used to be connected to a downspout on the outside and to the sewer on the inside, but it's now disconnected on ...
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What options do I have to seal the top of the concrete base of a galvanized steel post? Should I seal it?

As the subject line says I am looking for options to seal the top of the concrete base of a galvanized steel post? Should I seal it? Update: Here is what my posts look like and the specs https://www....
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How to fill 3/4" gap between tub and tile floor

My house is 120 years old and there are very few level surfaces or right angles. I just had the (alcove) tub and shower replaced. One end of the tub apron is nearly flush with the floor, but the ...
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Sealing siding at foundation wall

I've been trying to determine if and how siding (aluminum in my case) should be sealed along the bottom edge at the foundation wall. I've found some small gaps that last summer let ants in and I'm ...
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Sealing basement wall crack from outside

I have a hairline crack radiating from a corner of a window in the basement. This crack weeps water during very heavy rains. I have sealed the crack with urethane injection (Sika Crack Injection Kit), ...
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How to determine the type of finish used on a piece of furniture?

I have a table that I want to add another clear-coat layer to (to smooth and level without sanding). It's already stained and sealed, so I want to choose a clear-coat (polyurethane, lacquer, epoxy) ...
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External door slamming

I have metallic external door, that has rubber seal around the perimeter. When I try to close the door, I have to bump it, in order to press the seal and allow latch to move out. So the question is: ...
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Sealing gap between house and driveway

So I have a driveway that is made of concrete sections that mates up to the edge of my house which is brick with a cinder block basement wall. The prior owner sealed the gap between the two with cheap ...
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How can I patch a large hole in a particle board with something removable?

I live in an apartment building on the second floor, and there is a strong smell of cigarette smoke coming through a vanity. After removing the drawers, I saw that there was a roughly 5x12" hole sawed ...
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Should I use urethane spray foam or foam rope for caulking wide gaps?

The gaps are irregular around window frame, but the widest are no than half inch (1.3cm) and the frame is flexible metal because the window is uPVC. I can use backer foam that's half inch wide and ...
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Is it okay to apply silicone sealant on damaged silicone?

I did what was suggested and called back window installers to seal it with silicone (they left exterior sealed and water leaked). They told me it's not their job to seal the window only make it but ...
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How to fix condensation between layers of insulation in unfinished wall?

An above grade portion (wood framing) of my basement walls (in unfinished furnace room) is currently insulated with faced R19 fiberglass batts. I live in nothern climate zone 5. Unfortunately there ...
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Can chipboard shelves be varnished?

Note: including a lot of details to avoid XY problem. Background I have been dealing with a minor pest (psocids, in case you're wondering, but I don't want the conversation to become about that), ...
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How to cover seams in plywood walls?

I'm putting up a plywood wall in my garage workshop and have some unsightly seams; 1/8" or less gaps except around floor where I plan on installing baseboard anyway. I've had to cut smaller segments ...
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is it ok to peel paper from faced fiberglass batt insulation?

An above grade portion (wood framing) of my basement walls (in unfinished furnace room) is currently insulated with faced R19 fiberglass batts . It is very drafty because the batts dont fit perfectly ...
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Repair driveway expansion joint sealant during winter?

We moved into a new construction home this part March. At our first warranty walkthrough, our builder told us that because we were a north facing home, we would have to seal our expansion joint where ...
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Why is my solid oak entry door cracking?

We just bought a custom oak front door in June. It’s December of the same year and it’s cracking. I used tung oil to seal it. Applied 3 coats in June and again in October. Everything I’ve read about ...
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Is there really any difference between yellow and white PTFE tape?

Yellow PTFE tape (aka Teflon) is supposed to be used for sealing gas pipe thread, and white PTFE tape, for water. But is there really any difference between them? I had always thought that yellow was ...
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Basement window with cinderblock. Do I need to fill cinderblock?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/E8raBQ17wudKT0n72 As you can see from the photos. The window fits pretty snug. I planned on using a little expansion foam on the sides with caulking. And just caulking ...