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Screw Shell on light bulb burnt / black after light bulb died

Should I be concerned that the candelabra on a decorative incandescent bulb was blackened / burnt after the light bulb died? Bulb is hanging from an open air kitchen chandelier. lt created a terrible ...
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Quickest way to fix a wet carpet that smells

So I have messed up. I am moving house. On Saturday I hired a carpet cleaner and ran it round my flat. Something went a bit wrong when I was doing the bedroom and it didn't dry the carpet very well. ...
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Draining sediment out of my hot water heater

Trying to improve the odor of our well water, I’ve installed a whole house filter and a UV sterilizer (adding it to an existing water softener). Now, the cold water (still with a lot of iron) smells ...
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What's causing the sewage smell in my laundry room?

I noticed my laundry room has developed a strong sewage smell over the last two days. I suspect it may have to do with vent blockage, but I ran a garden hose to the vent in the roof last night and had ...
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If I can smell my trash in my garage from the room above it, should I be concerned about other vapors?

We just bought a new construction home. We have some trash in our garage bin that does have a potent smell, but I assumed it'd stay confined to the garage. This evening while putting my daughters to ...
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What are common causes of smelly HVAC?

From time to time, there's this god awful stench coming from my floor vents. It's not potent enough to where you can smell it directly at the vent, but strong enough to linger in the house and stink ...
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Is this wood the source of the odor?

I moved into a 425 sq ft apartment about a month ago. The AC had a leak for awhile. When I found it, they replaced the AC. I have had the new AC for about 2 weeks. I have a musky old wood odor in my ...
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Is the discoloration on my bed frame rails mold? [duplicate]

So the wood panels lay on top of the metal beams, it's a bed frame but I noticed these spots on the metal and rubbed them off and smelt like rotten eggs please let me know 😑
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Completely remove nicotine stains and odors from walls?

We're in the process of buying an apartment that was previously occupied by a heavy smoker for 20+ years. This isn't the unit, but the damage is about as bad. I've scoured the internet for examples ...
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AC smells horrible - Clorox in the drain tube fixes it temp

I moved into a upstairs apartment- studio 425 sq feet. The building is a 2 story building. It was built in 1971. There is a horrible foul smell from my central AC. When it is not running and with ...
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How to get rid of old house smell?

Our house is pretty old. It had an old house smell when we bought it. It's not a mold smell, not a sewer, not cat urine. It's a smell of old wooden furniture or books. The house has hardwood floors ...
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Find and eliminate musty smell in bedroom and bathroom

How can I find and eliminate musty smells in my bedrooms and bathroom? These occur in the first floor above a crawlspace which frequently has standing water. I've posted separately about making a ...
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Can you remove foul paint in new construction to bare drywall?

I have an art studio built in the back half of my garage that has been unusable ever since we painted. We built new, with drywall, the building is roughly 6 years new. We finally installed the drywall ...
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How good of a vapor barrier is OSB in a dirt crawlspace?

Some background - I bought my current house in the middle of a drought in 2007, and knew nothing of vapor barriers. The house has a nice, albeit uneven crawlspace, that is walkable for about half ...
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How to eliminate odor from crawl space

I'm trying to eliminate damp odor originating from a crawl space. Here's the situation: Half of the house has a basement. The other half is a crawl space accessible from the basement through an ...
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Smell from vent in wall?

I have an air vent in a wall in one of my downstairs rooms. Behind the vent is a Studor vent. On the other side of the wall is a small bathroom. About a year ago this room started having a smell ...
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How is running the water in one shower improving the smell of the other shower?

My wife and I had a mysterious musty smell in our master bathroom shower drain for a few months. We tried various remedies - snaking the drain (removed a small wad of hair), over the counter drain ...
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Earthy smell from hot water

I've noticed my water at home smells a bit "earthy". It's much more pronounced when hot. I called the city- we're on public water- who tested it while cold and said it's within state limits. When I ...
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Bizarre “dirty” smell around house [closed]

I live in a 1987 colonial with siding and brick. About three weeks ago my family woke up choking at 5:00 am from a dirty/ mildew type smell. We identified it as coming from the chimney and had the ...
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1916 bungalow - Removing cigarette and animal odors

I've found a property that has huuuge potential for equity building. To boot, the housing market where I live is absolutely bananas with housing stock at an near all-time low and the available housing ...
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Why does my basement smell like my drop-ceiling tiles?

So I recently refinished my basement. In the process, I replaced the entire drop ceiling with new tiles. I finished that a couple of months ago. I recall the distinct smell of the dust that these ...
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Can't track down smell in bedroom [closed]

I've posted in a few places about this but there is a smell in just one of the rooms of an apartment I moved into that has not aired out in several months. I believe it's a kind of chalky, almost like ...
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Polystyrene scent in bedroom

I want to store boardgames on the top of the wardrobe in my bedroom. Unfortunately, there are a few screw and wooden lists on the top of it, which makes it impossible to store anything on the ...
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How to solve bad smell with p-trap near exit

I have a bad smell in the bathroom, sewer like smell. Just moved in, but pretty sure that the bath, the separate shower and washbasin all lead into the same pipe, which descends into the cellar and ...
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Sewage smell in my basement - Where is it coming from?

I have been randomly getting these periods of time(a day or so) where I enter my basement and I get hit by a strong wave of what I think is sewage gas. I recently replaced the wax ring underneath the ...
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Bad smell from bathroom - plumbing

I'm living in a building of 6 floors, I'm at the 5th floor. I made a full renovation to my apartment about 8 years. Recently I began smelling a bad sewage smell from the bathroom (from drainage hole). ...
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Odd smell from hot water if I don't use it for a while, what could it be?

I moved in about 3 years ago. I noticed when I was running hot water I got a terrible fart smell from the water. I ran all faucets on hot in the house to drain the hot water heater and fill it with ...
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How can I fix this shower drain and eliminate its odor?

A house member had some health issues the past few months and, for a while, another house member was pouring buckets of urine down the shower. It developed something of a smell which we tried to ...
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Natural gas smell in house after new roof installation

We just had our roof replaced today, and I've noticed a distinct smell of natural gas at random times while walking through the house. When they were here they had large pieces of wood up against the ...
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How can I find the burnt dust-like odor in the house?

I'm trying to find what is causing an irritating smell in the house stronger in the room closest to the garage. It smells like burnt dust--like the smell when the heat comes on and the registers are ...
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Why does my window smell like BO?

I have a west facing window that seems to be emanating a horrible body odor smell. I've isolated it to the window, since I can close the cellular shades and it limits the smell. Additionally, if I ...
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What causes “old smell” in a clean but older house? [closed]

Older homes in warmer climates seem to have a somewhat common smell to them, even after cleaning them. Does someone with experience renovating such homes know what tends to be the cause of these odors?...
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tracking down sewer gas smell in bedroom

Ever since moving into our new house roughly a month ago, there's been a distinctive (but not overpowering) sewer gas smell in one of our bedrooms. Some information that may be pertinent: House was ...
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New crawl space fiberglass insulation - Strong odor

We just had fiberglass batt insulation installed in the crawl space under our house. There is a strong odor coming from the crawl space that was not there this morning before the work was done. I've ...
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Foul smell in bathroom, ONLY when air conditioning is NOT blowing/running

There is a smell in an interior bathroom with no windows. The tub is rarely used. When I noticed the smell, I got on my hands and knees to sniff everywhere, stuck my head in the toilet tank, shoved ...
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Air Quality Concern in Apartment

I just moved to a new, old apartment. At first I did not notice anything, however I am now smelling an old, greasy, cigarette sort of smell in the kitchen near the stove and stove vent. I understand ...
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Washing machine with ammonia like odor

My washing machine started to emit a very strong ammonia-odor. I googled around and seems that this happens when doing laundry at low temperatures. I do my laundry at 40 degrees (can't even remember ...
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Does joint compound or ceiling texture emit a harmful odor?

Preface: My grandmother knows little about Home Improvement or Repairing; please keep answers basic and explain as if she is 10. My grandmother lives in a new condominium in Canada, built in 2011 ...
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How do I source/eliminate the sour, spicey, musty odour in our living room?

We have a bad smell in our living room that is much worse in the morning when we open the door, presumably because it has been shut in overnight. The smell never seems to travel to the adjacent hall ...
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Five Year Mystery - Unable to find source of burning smell from HVAC system

There is a burning smell that wafts out of the vents of my 15-year old, 3-level townhouse (top level is a full unfinished attic with no HVAC). The bottom level of the townhouse is the main level (...
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Foul smell coming from dishwasher

My dishwasher is 10 years old. It is only used intermittently, but I do try to run it at least once a week. There is an intermittent sewer-like odor, that seems to come and go. It was really bad this ...
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How to get rid of cooking smell in small apartment?

I live in a small studio apartment. It doesn't have Air conditioner, and apartment window have really small opening. I keep that open always. Recently I have starting cooking at home ( its been ...
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Toilet bubbling, foul smell, no known cause

This morning the toilet started bubbling almost violently for about 30 seconds. I hadn't used any of the sinks or toilet for at least an hour prior to it happening and I haven't been able to recreate ...
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How to get rid of a permanent old people smell? [closed]

I'm living in a new place. On the second floor there is somebody who smells really bad, when I'm walking up the stairs its like a nursing home x 10 on that floor. I'm on the 4th and when I keep the ...
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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rotten egg smell in cold water only bathroom sink of new home

I live in a brand new home. Since we moved in (Nov 2015) there is a rotten egg smell in just one of the bathroom sinks and just from the cold water. It used to be now and then. Now it is 90% of the ...
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Kitchen sink/garbage disposal waste draining into backyard

I've recently discovered that my mother in-law has a planter outside her kitchen window which is catching run off from her sink. There is a pool of water and a smell that can now be detected from the ...
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Burning smell in my clothes dryer

There is a burning smell inside my clothes dryer after it runs. Does anyone know what that could be? There is no smoke (thankfully) but it definitely has a mild to medium smell or something burning. ...
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What could cause a “smelly sock” smell seeping into our living room from the crawlspace? [closed]

Our living room floor is wooden so there is a gap between the footings and the floor. In late fall, we get a horrible smell in that room. It smells like smelly socks but worse. I thought it was ...