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Can I safely spot seal drywall after sanding

I have recently removed wallpaper and sanded the walls in one of our bedrooms. I then applied an oil based pigmented sealer to 1 of the walls before realizing some other imperfections are present on ...
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Luxury vinyl plank sealing

Im installing glue-down shaw vinyl planks in my bathroom, and although they are themselves not porous, and should stand up to the traffic and water, i would like to seal them to enhance their ...
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How do I seal a gap between concrete step and wood at outside of house?

I would like have recommendation on what kind of material I should use to seal a gap between concrete stair and wood siding (in front of front door of my house). My primary concern is that using a ...
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Sealing off duct work

Mice are getting in my house in a area of my home where I have ducts coming from the crawlspace through the floor up to our second floor and I would like to find a solution what can I use to seal off ...
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Which qualities should I look for in a driveway sealer for new asphalt?

Two years ago, the blacktop on my driveway was replaced. It has never been sealed. The local hardware and paint stores sell various driveway sealers. What features should I look for when I buy ...
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What can I use to seal section of concrete roof?

We have a rough concrete roof, and it's leaking in a particular section. In that particular section, there's very little pooling and there's some leaking. It's very sunny here, so the water ends up ...
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What is sealing the edges of this footpath?

I want to fill the cracks in between the foundation and stone pathway adjacent to it. In this first picture, you can see the void between the foundation and the stones. But if you were to turn 180°, ...
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Do I need a backer rod?

I need to make a water tight joint between the garage wall and the pavement: I have cleaned out the debris from the gap and blasted it with water to remove all the loose little things. Now, I have ...
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How to seal a hole in a plastic bottle properly? [closed]

I have to pass a 6mm diameter metal tube through a hole in a plastic bottle (common PET coke bottle) and seal it very well. I have a bottle with a 6mm hole that I did with a Proxxon FBS 240/E and a ...
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How to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

I'm refinishing solid pine wood doors in my home, the doors are original from 1940 when the home was built. After stripping multiple layers of paint, I found a few panels separated on some doors (just ...
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Can I make my stamped concrete a uniform color if there are pieces that are different colors?

This is my front walkway. Originally this stamped concrete was installed and colored the same, but at one point the previous owners had to replace a section of it and the color job they tried wasn't ...
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How to make a subwoofer that is also a clothes closet

I am building a tiny home and do not have room for a dedicated subwoofer. However, I am thinking about making a DIY multipurpose subwoofer/closet. I've read around that clothes can packed into a ...
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how to know if my home is under negative pressure?

I see dust under the baseboard but not much. And also, sometime I can smell "crawlspace" like smell but I am not very sure. How to technically test the air pressure in home? Even more, how to ...
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How should I go about refitting the seal under this interior door?

The plastic draught/sealing strip underneath the front door of my UK flat (a non-external door to the common hallway) has become partly detached due to having mail pushed under it – photo below. I'm ...
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Sealing what appears to be a non standard overflow drain

I have an overflow drain, as seen in the picture provided, that isn't sealed. The common wisdom I've read online has been to seal with a gasket, but my drain doesn't seem to be anything like the ones ...
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What is the appropriate way to seal an opening in a pressurized tube around an inserted object?

I have a loop consisting of approximately 6' of 3/8" ID tubing, pressurized with a pump running at approximately 1 GPM. I would like to add a few temperature sensors into the loop to read the water ...
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Teflon tape always leaking

I have tried 3 turns, lots of turns , less turns, I do it the right way I am like 100% sure but I always get leaks, I use it for fittings in compressed air (8 bar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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How to prevent vermin from entering garage via space under garage door?

I found mouse or rat dropping in the garage in our 'new' house. I cleaned it up thinking that maybe it was old. The other day I saw more droppings. The garage door faces the back alley where our ...
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Effective method for waterproofing a tube through a hole drilled in the side of a bucket?

How to prevent water leaking around a tube passed through the side of a bucket? The bucket is plastic approx 1mm thick wall and the tube is rubber with 6mm outside diameter. I drilled a 6mm hole and ...
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DIY Basement Remodel

I have a home that was built in the 1950's with an unfinished basement. I'd like to do a DIY remodel to the best of my ability, but am willing to hire a professional for some steps if a novice like me ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

What's the best material to use to seal the gap between my counters and the stove? It's a pretty tight fit but we don't want any crumbs and food bits to get in there. If we use caulk will it stick ...
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How to seal around ceiling duct?

We were painting our ceilings and removed the register for the central heating system. The hole is roughly cut. And I can see right through to the attic along the edges between the duct and the ...
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Toilet flange spacers and closet horn seal

This seems like a silly question but there's some toilet flange spacer kits that include rubber gaskets and I'm wondering if the top gasket needs to contact the toilet on the outside of the closet ...
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Weather Stripping seal 1/2 inch kerf door gap

It seems the doors in my home are "kerf" sealed, and the best option is the get a thicker seal? How are the widths of the seals measured?
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Unsealed flooring next to shower and strong smell of mold

Background: Started detecting a fairly strong odor in the bathroom a few weeks back. Couldn't place it, and had a hard time telling whether it might be mold, or sewage, or something else... pretty ...
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How to insulate attic areas that are unreachable

I am looking to air seal and add insulation to my attic before winter hits. Most of the roof is simple, simply slopes down towards the front and down towards the back. There is an area in the front ...
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Sealing foundation blocks and gap between drywall

I am trying to paint my garage and noticed that there are gaps where drywall meets cinder blocks and between drywall and concrete slab in the garage. Is there a way I can seal and paint the cinder ...
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seal and fix cracks in a concrete floor in basement

I have a few lengthy cracks, 1.5-2mm wide. What special paste or mortar should I use to fix cracks in a concrete floor in basement? Can it be done with cement mix or some special sealant must be ...
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Silicone or rubber protection for kitchen base

I have been trying to find a solution for a newly installed kitchen. On the base podium of the kitchen, the vendor did not add any rubber flaps or water protection panels to prevent wetting the base ...
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Best method for sealing underneath basement window sill?

There is a large gap underneath the bottom sill of the window, that is currently caulked when the house was built. I would like to strengthen the waterproofing here. I'm thinking backer rod with ...
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Best way to seal off the rear of an air conditoner to prevent dirt and bugs from entering?

I'm trying to figure out if these is feasible firstly. I have a frigidaire 8,000 BTU window air conditioner for my bedroom and I would like to know if the rear of the A/C, ie. (where the heat sink, ...
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What kind of foundation paint/sealant is this, and how do I replace it?

It appears that the paint near the base of our house that meets the sidewalk outside is peeling and chipping away. What kind of paint/sealant is this? How should I go about repairing it? Should I ...
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Product identification/recommendation - the goo between sliding door and wooden deck

I'm replacing the lumber of my deck, and need to plan the join between the wooden steps and the sliding door frame. The existing seal seems to be working perfectly, so I'd like to replace with the ...
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Will a Deck Get Damaged if it Rains Between Cleaning it and Sealing it?

I'm looking to clean and seal my deck as per this process, basically: Clean it Allow a week for the deck to dry Apply sealant The way I am thinking of timing it, there's a chance it may rain between ...
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Should I cover this gap under my front door?

Under my front door, there is a wood board, but there is a 1/2 to 1 inch gap above the board and below the threshold. Is it a problem if water gets in there? I'm not sure if I should seal it. There's ...
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have some double pane windows with failed seals. They get condensation inside. When it dries it leaves unsightly residue that I can't figure out how to clean off. I know that I could replace ...
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What to use to seal around fixtures when tanking a drywall bathroom?

After I hang the drywall there is some gaps between the fixture and the drywall board (yes, I'm using greenboard that will be tanked/redgard/kerdi/etc, no backerboard in Brazil), what is the best way ...
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Need For Redgard On Cement Board - Can I apply it before hanging?

Basically I'm getting a guy to do my tile around my tub/shower. He swears you don't need Redgard and we are on a tight timeline so applying it when hung would put us behind anyway (We really have 2 ...
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Waterproof stains for outdoor kids toys

I'm working on a large sandbox for my kid and the neighbours' kids to enjoy (it's a big Millennium Falcon). I've managed to design it so it's just wood, large 12" structural screws, and some large ...
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Sealing gas duct vents with silicone

Is it okay to use silicone to seal gas furnace heater supply ducts? If so, do you know how long the silicone will need to cure before the system is useable? Some background: I've been trawling around ...
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Preventing draft under door

A pretty chilly draft is coming in under my kitchen door. Although this is the only door in the house without a door sweep, the door is weatherstripped and has a recently installed storm door outside. ...
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What Should I Use to Seal the Concrete Slab under the Joists?

I'm renovating a slab on grade half bath. I'm concerned about moisture/condensation forming under the joists. Should I seal/paint the slab? If so, what product should I use? Most of the products I've ...
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MDF (particle board) edge sealing for smooth painted finish

I am working with CNC routers and a lot of MDF, which is great UNLESS you need to paint the edges which are furry in some spots and all open and porus everywhere else. I build plinths that need to be ...
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Wait until summer to seal?

I have zero home improvement/DIY experience. I got someone recently to carry out an unrelated repair on my porch, and he offered additionally to apply sealant to the exterior porch window frames, as ...
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What type of sealer/stain to use on untreated cedar 4x4 lumber glued together

I'm planning on making a heavy bench top by using six 4"x4"x6' posts, and gluing the faces together with Elmer brand carpenters glue and several large bar/trigger clamps. Afterwards, I'll just ...
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Method to fasten pink board to interior foundation wall

So I'll be finishing my basement soon and will be using 1.5" pinkboard attached to my interior foundation walls. What is the best method to fasten this to the wall (construction adhesive, caulk)? ...
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Sealing open space behind kitchen counter in rental with shoddy rehab?

The kitchen in the rental house I live in has a counter which was installed rather poorly - there is a gap of about an inch between it and the wall, and mice are able to scurry up this to the kitchen ...
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What's the procedure for diluting bitumen mastic with a solvent?

The can of bitumen mastic says I can add up to ten percent solvent to make the mastic easier to apply. Applicable solvents list follows. The problem is the mastic is so stiff tat if I put a stick ...
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What should I use to seal the joints between two pieces of concrete backer board in a bathroom?

We had some plumbing issues in a bathroom that required us to open up the wall for the shower. That's been fixed but now I'm wondering how to seal the replacement piece of backer board. It'll be ...
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Sealing inside of external brick wall

We've solid brick, external walls, about 10" thick, and have moisture seeping through. We have plaster on the walls which we'd like to take off to seal the walls inside, then replaster. So far our ...