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Long crack in I joist flange

That looks like typical checking just from the wood aging and drying out. It's down the long axis of the beam vs. across the beam which would indicate a problem. Also that portion of the beam is ...
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How can I cheaply make my scraped linoleum floor more bearable?

How smooth is the current flooring? Are the scrapes purely visual and ugly, or are they raised (or gouged?). If it's physically ok and just ugly, one option could be to do your sanding thing to make ...
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At what point should I replace wooden floor boards on second storey

If a single board has rotted through, cracked, is broken or otherwise severely damaged beyond repair (and make sure you get lots of input on what "beyond repair" actually is), then you would ...
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Removing grout haze from quarry tile

After trying so many things, what finally made an impact was Mapei™ UltraCare Epoxy Grout Haze Remover. It looks like I may need to do a couple applications, but the haze is coming up. @MTA's ...
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Removing grout haze from quarry tile

You were on the right track with vinegar as an acid, but it’s not strong enough. My quarry tile had the same hazy look as yours. I mixed 1 quart of 37% muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) with 1 gallon ...
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Are my ceilings and flooring going to cave in?

It depends what the house is built from & on what, but generally old houses move - what you need to establish is not how far it's moved already, but how fast it's going. Without that information, ...
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Replacing portion of marble floor that blocks appliance removal?

Hmmm yes, cabinets need to sit on top of the finish floor- with either flooring under them or shimmed up in another way so they will be at the height that would sit on top of the finish floor. ...
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