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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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How can I keep bugs out of a basement?

I can't believe this hasn't been asked before. But with covid-19, I've started working i my previously unused basement. It's half finished, half not. And in the finished rooms I've been noticing on ...
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What to seal new butcher block type counter top

Bought a counter top, wood butcher block as they called it, to install on my work bench. Top is raw wood. Instructions state seal immediately with Tung or Mineral spirits. Minerals Spirits? That doesn'...
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Is it possible to seal an interior barn door to provide an acceptable level of insulation between a conditioned and an unconditioned space?

I'm finishing a storage room in my house. General layout, room is 12' x 12', door on one wall, window on opposite wall, roof peak ~12' above the axis between the door and the window. Roof slopes ...
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Idea to seal (prevent water) in the gap between marble floor and fixed shower glass panel

I have a marble piece, and on top of that I have a sliding glass door (one sliding and one fixed). The issue is that between the floor (marble) and the fixed glass panel there is a gap of 1/4 inch ...
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Seal wood floor without changing the look

I’m looking to seal my new engineered wood floor to help protect it from spills, including cat pee. I know it won’t perfect but want to increase my chances. I don’t want to change the colour or the ...
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Is it necessary to seal a newly patched basement floor in an old house?

We recently had the basement drain system replaced in our 1930s bungalow. This required removing sections of the concrete floor and filling the parts that were removed with new concrete when the job ...
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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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Good way to seal a large ceramic tile to a glass surface?

I complete glass reptile cages by attaching electric heat tape to part of two of the four walls and under about 1/3 of the floor to create a “hot spot.” There is a thermostat with a sensor probe ...
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Solution to put down a window sill crack to prevent mold

I have a couple windows where there is a space below the window that goes into the wall (see bottom of picture). There was mold and condensation all around the area, so I'm guessing there's mold down ...
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Sealing plywood edge and faces (Shed Floor)

I am laying a plywood sheet floor in my shed. I have plywood that is certified for humid conditions rather than wet and the sticker on it also says that the edges and faces should be sealed. It is not ...
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How do I treat a recently sanded pine staircase?

I want to restore our Victorian staircase, going from a drabby flattened 1960s beige carpet, to a fully sanded, restored looking staircase, with painted risers, stained treads and a runner down the ...
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Only apply primer to concrete roof?

Our building has decided to paint a 13-ft x 13-ft section of the roof that's leaking (just a few drops with lots of rain). This roof has a fence since it's an "outdoor" area that we all share, so it's ...
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Vertical crack in foundation

I live in a condo and I have a vertical crack in my foundation in my basement. A company came out twice to prime flex seal the crack which lasted for a year. unfortunately with recent rain it appears ...
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Sealing skirted bathtub

There are plenty of tutorials for sealing/caulking bathtubs. However, my bathtub has a kind of skirting around its edge, as in picture: How do I go about that? Should I caulk both edges? I plan to ...
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Marijuana smoke migrating to my condo!

I just bought a condo which is a three-level townhouse and was built in 1980. I am adjacent to my neighbor and share a common wall. My neighbor, an older couple, smoke weed frequently and do not air ...
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Sealing coarse concrete rooftop?

I live in an apartment and I would like to seal a section of our rooftop with small leaks where water puddles (depth of puddle is negligible). The rooftop is "rough" concrete in the sense that it ...
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Gap where two different roof lines meet - best way to close up?

In my attic today I noted that where two different roof lines meet and overlap there is a large visible gap where light was coming in. It looks like they shingled the lower roof and then built the ...
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Canexel warping - How to evaluate the risk, cost of maintenance and cost of replacement?

Here's the situation, we are interested into buying this home for our new family but there seems to be an issue with the siding. It's hard for me to evaluate the risk of it. I mean, should I negotiate ...
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Gravel patches in concrete after sanding

We recently sanded our concrete in our garage to prepare for a reseal. These gravel patches came up randomly throughout the space. How do we fix this before resealing?
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How to seal where the wall meets the floor?

My house was built in the 40's. It is in upstate New York. There is a draft in the bedrooms where the exterior wall meets the floor, which is hardwood. I can think of several ways of sealing the ...
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How to cover up a gap in a badly installed cabinet?

The apartment I moved into has a kitchen with cabinets as most kitchens do. I noticed that in the mornings it has been especially cold in the kitchen, and I traced the cold air to a large gap in the ...
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Is this gap between foundation and siding supposed to be here? If not what should I fill it with?

I have hundreds of crickets in my basement every fall. I see them crawling up my foundation so when I looked underneath the siding I see this. There is what looks like ripped plastic paper but then ...
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How does one properly seal a celling vent of a forced air hvac system?

In a room that may have had some kind of condensation on the past, how should one go about sealing the area around the vent hole in the ceiling, specifically to reduce the likelihood of returning ...
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Insulating or air sealing around pipes in brick

I recently moved into a single story double masonry house and discovered a rather noticeable amount of cold air coming from around the dishwasher in the kitchen. I pulled out the machine and found ...
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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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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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