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Is it feasible to make a sealable hole in the freezer door seal?

I want to operate a small mixer in the freezer, for churning ice cream. I can close the door over the power cord, but the door seal isn't flexible enough to enclose the power cord, so it creates a ...
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How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?

We recently had a new metal kitchen sink and Formica counter-tops professionally installed, but the installer did not apply any caulking around the sink. During a follow-up call with the counter-top ...
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Can/Should I seal laminate “wood” flooring?

I bought a house with "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks are pressed wood with a wood print veneer. My agent was telling me that spills and moisture in the seams will cause the planks to swell ...
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How do I seal a leaking plughole fitting?

The plughole in my bathroom basin is leaking. The leak is between the plughole and the basin (i.e. through the circular hole in the basin in which the metal plughole is fitted), and it seems to me as ...
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How to seal small cracks in wood door?

We have a solid-core wooden front-door and would like to repaint it as our dog has scratched it many times (ahh the joys of pet ownership). We've sanded down the rough spots on the door but we noticed ...
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Is there some flexible cement-based mortar?

I live in an apartment in a multistoried building. The building is assembled of huge enforced concrete plates - one plate is size of a wall of a room. One of the inter-plate seams has a crack in it ...
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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 can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?

Our contractor laid down a tile on our renovated bathroom and somehow did not realized that it was defective (see picture). The defect is some sort of metal mineral (kind of rough) the kind that ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...
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How do I plug a leak in my refrigerator's water fountain casing?

We seem to have developed a slow water leak at the bottom right edge of the casing for the water dispenser in the left door of our GE refrigerator. This is causing water to drip slowly along the front ...
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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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Can I use my shower while grout is curing?

I just recaulked my front bath and accidentally popped loose a tile in the process. I reinstalled the tile and allowed that to set before grouting. I just finished grouting the tile, and I read on ...
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What wood protection should I use for a kids swing set in the desert sun?

I recently acquired this kids play-set which is all plastic except for the wood bars on the climbing net - see below: I've read the answer to this question but am still unsure about what I should use ...
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Which side of door should I install a threshold draft excluder?

I purchased this door bottom, MD Building Products 3 ft. x 1-3/4 in. x 1-5/8 in. Vinyl Door-Bottom Moulding, and the directions are straight forward except they don't indicate which side of the door ...
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What's the best way to seal around this faucet?

This faucet is not hooked up to a live pipe, but it still sticks out the side of my 110 year old house. The siding is fiber cement containing asbestos (and no, I'm not worried about working with it). ...
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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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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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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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Need to know if this is mold or not

This may be an obvious answer to some but I know next to nothing about molds / fungus etc. Is this mold, or black mold? I've been finding it throughout my house, usually by window sills, and am hoping ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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What to use to seal grout in shower

I have just re-newed grout (in my less than one year old shower installed by builders) that on close examination had slight cracks but never the less water got through and soaked my bedroom carpet ...
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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

I bought a new batch of beige granite countertops and they look great, have a good shine, but they are retaining moisture easily after sealing 3-4 times. I use Aquamix Gold on all my other granite ...
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How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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What is needed to fix or replace a cracked old seal on a refrigerator door?

I'd like to replace or maybe just gum up the seal of my 1990's Maytag refrigerator. It's really quite a beast and the last time a repair man came (to extract a receipt which made its way into the ...
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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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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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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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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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Which adhesive sealant for bathroom fixture escutcheons?

I'm installing some shower fixtures and the escutcheons need to be sealed and adhered properly but I'm not sure how to do this the right way. Here is a photo of all 4 fixtures/escutcheons. I'll refer ...
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sliding door leaking air, is it installed correctly?

I have 2 very newly installed ( < 1yr) jeldwen sliding patio doors (aluminum clad) , and I found that they are leaking air on inside around the bottom and side edges of trim. I am wondering ...
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How do I seal a painted deck?

The builders of my home painted my front and back porch. The railings are white, and the decking itself is the same color as the house. It looks great, but the paint has all peeled up. I'm in the ...
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How do I fix a gap in my refrigerator door gasket seal?

Today I noticed that the gasket seal surrounding the refrigerator door has a bit of a gap along the lower quarter of the door. The photo below shows my refrigerator door - notice how the white gasket ...
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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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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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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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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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Is caulk sufficient to seal around my new bathtub?

I installed a new tub which does not have a flange. Before I put up Duraboard what product, if any, should be used to seal the space outside of the tub's edge (garden/jacuzzi type of bathtub edge). ...
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What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?

My vertical composite siding is starting to pillow outwards on the bottoms. See LP siding. How can I seal it for a few years until I replace it with vinyl siding? Here is a photo from the web.
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Seal basement floor before tiling

My basement is prone to getting water in it after big rains. I know that we definitely have a leak in the wall on one side of the basement so we're having a contractor come in and demo the whole ...
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When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?

I have just built my very first picnic table (really, my very first anything). I used pressure treated lumber and galvanized hardware. I would like to seal the table before I put it outside, but I'm ...
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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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 ...