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What type of caulk can I use between the furnace vent pipe & flashing on a roof?

Looking to seal a gap between my furnace's vent pipe & the flashing on the roof, specifically here: I'll have to check if there's a missing storm collar too, but should I use High-temp silicone, ...
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What kind of sealant to use by foundation?

I have a small gap between my patio cement and foundation wall. I'd like to seal it to prevent water from going straight down. What is the best type of sealer to use? Here is a picture of the area I'd ...
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Are there any penetrating sealers for concrete countertops that will darken the color?

I am in the process of grinding and polishing a pour-in-place concrete countertop. When I am done, I want to seal with a penetrating sealer. I don't want a surface epoxy or wax sealer. I like the ...
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How to repair a shower corner bench

We noticed recently that the corner bench in our shower had a sizable crack in the sealant along one edge of the support wall. Our first thought was to simply reseal the crack, but as I examined it a ...
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How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water without draining the tank?

I need help! How do I seal a leak from my overhead tank filled with water with out throwing away or draining the tank? My tank is made from steel.
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How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?

I sanded and painted a wooden dresser. The rep at Lowe's said I don't need a separate sealer, but that sounds fishy to me. Should I put sealer on it too?
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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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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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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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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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Will sealing ceramic floor tile in the bathroom prevent mold?

We have never sealed our bathroom ceramic tile / grout. Will this allow mold to grow easier?
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Does driveway sealer have a curing time?

Should it be done at a time of year when temperatures will stay warm for a period of months, or is all well after 2-3 days?
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How do I remove footprints after sealing travertine tile?

It looks like I made a pretty basic mistake and stepped into some of the sealant after sealing my travertine tiles last night.Today you can see footprints in the sealant. What is the best way to ...
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Sealant used to prevent water getting between bath and wall?

What's the name of the 'rubbery' sealant they use between the bath and the wall, and why don't they use it in between the wall tiles? They use a hard grouting between wall tiles, but if the weight of ...
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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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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 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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What is “skin” time for bathroom sealant?

I need to replace the bathroom sealant around our bath, as our bath has moved by about a cm over the years and the watertight seal has broken. The sealant I have says "Skins in 15 minutes, dries in ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Re-seal trailer roof

I have a small metal trailer. It is 5 years old and has developed a leak. I'd appreciate advice about how to re-seal it. The trailer has a PVC coated galvanised steel body, about 6ft long and 4ft ...
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Is the permeability of normal shellac (flakes dissolved in spirits) the same as Zinsser B-I-N sealer?

I've made a whole batch of clear shellac for sealing ceiling and concrete floors in a heavily nicotine damaged apartment. But I'm worried now that there may be some differences between them, such as ...
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Is it possible to fix a leak in PP-R piping by injecting some type of substance?

I have a central heating system based on PP-R piping and radiators. The PP-R piping goes under the floor. The problem is that the pressure is droping 0.2 atm / week and I am sure there's a leak ...
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Sealing, Priming, and Painting a Window

I have a house full of wooden windows with some old flaking paint. The wood is quite solid, the glass is intact and not fogging. I was planning on scraping the windows and repainting them. My question ...
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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I repair crumbling tile sealant?

About a year ago, we hired a worker to tile my kitchen : I don't know how he worked, I wasn't there. The result seemed good enough. However, today, in some places, the sealant seems to be crumbling : ...
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Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?

I had an "expert" look at my patio (only 6m old) and recommend that I should have sealant applied to it to make it last. I'd not heard of this before and googling is giving me mixed messages. Since ...
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How can I seal a slate floor for long term protection?

I've recently purchased a house in Philadelphia which has a pretty humid basement split into a finished part, and an unfinished (workshop) part. The finished part has a slate floor that seems in ...