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Is there any additional sealing operation required after grouting for the bath shower

For re-grouting the bath shower, is there any additional sealing operation (like using sealant) after applying un-sanded grout on it?
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How do I adjust this balcony door so that it doesn't let cold air in?

A PVC balcony door that separates the room from the outdoors (which is currently −20 Celsius) is about six feet tall and about two feet wide. It is attached with two hinges - the upper one and the ...
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What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?

What size rubber grommet do I need for a water-tight seal on a 3/4" PVC pipe? For example, would this rubber grommet fit a 3/4" PVC Pipe?
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How do I weatherize an MDF shed?

I had some spare MDF lying around, and didn't have much to do with it. We needed somewhere to shove our grill and gardening tools, so a couple of screws later I now have a reasonably unattractive MDF ...
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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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What can I use to fill a 6-10mm gap between ceiling and front door structure?

I live in a 1930s house with a small, open porch (as in no external door) in front of my main UPVC front door. Not long ago, the original lath and plaster ceiling in the hallway fell down quite ...
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What can I do about this gap between a wooden board and the sink?

The board already started to rot from below, so I need to replace it. How can I seal this small gap without having a permanent seal? The problem is that the boad is attached to the wall and I still ...
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What should I use to fill drilled concrete holes that are not used anymore?

Just wanted to do some home repairs and found lots of old drilled holes. I've used putty to cover them up but it occurred to me that there would be air gaps for the holes as the putty cover over them ...
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How can I join PVC pipe in a food safe way?

I want to close a rectangular vertically mounted pipe with a piece of flat PVC plastic. I will use the pipe for growing herbs on the wall outside my house, so it needs to be non-toxic. I was thinking ...
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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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Crawl Space Encapsulation Question

I live in Georgia (around the Atlanta area) and recently discovered mold in the crawl space of my home (I plan to have the mold professionally removed). My crawl space is about 30' by 15' (4' to 15' ...
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Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces

I want to seal around an antenna cable and joint through an opening that is always damp, so, please, can I use amalgamating tape where the surface it has to adhere to is damp? I have left out all the ...
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How do I keep the plastic window insulators sealed when the window has a sill?

Last winter I covered my windows in my apartment with a window sealing kit so keep out any drafts. The winds and temperatures are pretty extreme around here and the plastic would peel away from some ...
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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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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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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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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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How to seal seams between wooden deck rails?

A contractor apparently did not a good job on rebuilding my deck and after a couple of months caulking in between wooden moving deck railings doesn't provide any sealing from water dripping into the ...
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Do I need to stain or seal an outdoor structure built from spruce?

I've constructed a outdoor shower cubicle at our cabin, mainly out of untreated spruce with a little pine. This will be exposed to the elements and will obviously get wet when used. My question is do ...
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How to finish cedar deck chairs

I'm building Adirondack chairs out of cedar that I'll use on my front porch. I want to keep the natural cedar color, but also protect them from the elements and prevent them from getting gray and ...
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How can I seal around a light fixture/light switch outlet?

I Have a house built in 1972. I'm currently 80% finished in installing a ceiling fan into my master bedroom. I had an energy audit about a month ago, which revealed that I had "pretty good sealing" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I seal old Jalousie windows?

In our rented house there are old Jalousie windows (the kind with glass slats). When I was looking for ways to seal them better (it's getting cold here), I came across this: http://www.amazon.com/...
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What are the tools and procedures of a re-grout task in shower room?

I found some black mold on shower grout; and some grout may need to be re-grouted. Please refer to three red-circles in the attached photo. Would you like to let me know the right tool, material (like ...
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Should windows be sealed from the outside before the capping is done?

If a regular vinyl window is replaced, and the foam is applied from the inside around the window, should it be also sealed / caulked from the outside before the capping is done?
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What type of mortar would I use to seal cracks in our chimney?

We've got a brick chimney that's ~25 years old and it's got a quite a few cracks in the mortar (some hairline, some as thick is a quarter). What's the best way to seal all those cracks? I assume ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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French Doors - sealing and bug proofing

We've got some french doors and I'd like to seal them as well as possible. There is a gap where I can see light in the middle. The left door has a sliding lock/post that goes down into the ground. ...