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Bathtub Leak at the seal

I would document the leaking when it does accrue, take pictures and date them. Get the contractor back to fix it. If you try to tighten up the fittings and it ends up being more than that,like a crack ...
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What Type of Caulking will adhere to Composite Decking for water proofing?

Typically you need those gaps for expansion of the boards in hot weather- if they're tight to each other they can get damaged as they expand from heat. They make under-deck panels that catch the water ...
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Sealing the roof

A typical approach (there are many options, some more prone to damage than others) to a concrete slab roof that you want to have foot traffic on without damaging the waterproofing membrane is to have ...
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What is this bathroom overflow drain sink seal and is it replaceable?

Based on a comment on this answer: So to help clarify, in that cavity in the pictures, if I stick my finger inside you can feel a hole which is the overflow dumping into this opening. It's clogged ...
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How can I insulate a window that's tight against the rough opening?

You've asked an XY question (about your solution rather than the problem). I'm not going to answer it. Instead, I'm going to tell you how I deal with this problem. Do not drill holes in your windows. (...
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What is the best way to seal open caulk tube for reuse?

The "Industry Agreed Upon Method" you seek is buy a new tube in 6 months to a year. Industry hasn't got much reason to spend worker time and storage space on saving an expendable product ...
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Old Frost-Free Sillcock Woes

I would not try to find parts if you have acces to the connections. I would convert to pex then install a new frost free faucet. Replacement if you know EXACTLY what parts to buy, with the proper ...
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What product or method to waterproof an underground concrete-bottomed water cistern?

From the potability standpoint I think you will want to definitely plan to have high performance hand operated water filter unit available to filter any water you would try to drink from this tank. ...
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Bad to seal holes around gas pipes with cement?

The feed through a foundation or wall in my state requires a listed flanged pipe. I don’t know what the coating is but there is a coating to prevent corrosion from contact with cement products. The ...
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How tight can I tighten triangular plastic nuts on a toilet base

Tightening the nuts will not improve the seal. You must remove the toilet and replace the wax ring. The nuts are meant to prevent the toilet from moving. Although, as you have noted, they are not ...
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Should the corner joints on a tiled shower bench be caulked?

I caulk all corners in the tile. This is a place where grout often cracks and caulking has some elasticity so it helps alleviate that. So yes- vertical, horizontal, bench, tile to tub or shower pan, ...
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How long should the sweep be over the framed shower door bottom edge?

The "sweep" needs to be shorter than the gap so it doesn't sit outside the bracket. Any drop that will pass over the bracket should be fine if it is on the inside edge. All you need is for ...
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How do I seal the connection between my male threaded faucet and a female brass adapter?

I would use the PTFE tape - usually in white to do this. Easily available in any hardware or DIY / hombase type store. Just remember to wrap the tape around the threads in the clockwise direction (...
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Replacing dishwasher pump motor

Try prying the seal off with a butter knife or small putty knife. There's probably scum that's seeped in between the two surfaces and hardened.
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Replacing dishwasher pump motor

Since the new pump came without the top rubber seal, do not damage it, or buy a spare. Using butter knife you help to separate it doing it without damage. Pulling and twisting (left/right) will help ...
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Is it ok to have just one big P trap at the outlet of building

Typically you want P-Traps at every sink. If the drain goes straight down into the floor, you want to avoid S-Traps. Instead you can install an Air Admittance Valve to avoid the drain suction issue ...
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Achieve airtight seal of exterior door

There's no such thing as an airtight door on a house. It's not a reasonable goal. You'll get close, but never perfect. They're not designed for a submarine. There's presumably weather stripping in ...
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What type of product should I use to seal siding to a concrete step?

The caulk you purchased can certainly be used for the sealing you need. I would use a polyurethane caulk like Vulkem. The 2 caulks are both suitable. They both have pros and cons. The differences are ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

Buy a mortar mix (or mix from scratch) and mix in your colored sand and mortar tinting until you get the desired color you’re looking for. See below: https://www.google.com/search?q=mortar+coloring+...
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Sealing yet another gap between basements

I would probably use the fiberglass material again to fill the gap but leave a 2" - 3" deep (into the wall) grove to be filled with mortar. This will cut off the mouse traffic path, or ...
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Windows not airtight?

I feel there is a light draft or visible gaps That's most likely your problem. If you can feel air blowing around the edges of your windows and/or sliding door, then they're not sealed properly. Same ...
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Refrigerator door seal is developing a gap towards the bottom. Not sure it is letting air through

The answer is found here: How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket? which points also to How do I fix a gap in my refrigerator door gasket seal? It is a door alignment issue. ...
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Silicone Grease

Every time I used any type of grease on a rubber type gasket the gasket would slip out as the screws/bolts were tightened. My recommendation would be to use RTV silicone instead of any grease. The RTV ...
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Need help finding an obscure and difficult to find seal for my leaking Shower Cubicle

For anyone who encounters a similar situation, I did just find that the channel under the door needed filling with some clear silicone sealant. Once I did that then the leaking stopped. I have no ...
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How can I fix this shower drain and eliminate its odor?

I do the same thing as Karie but in reverse order. I put the bleach in first, on the basis that bleach disolves hair while vinegar does not. After rinsing, I use vinegar to remove any calcium ...
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How can I fix this shower drain and eliminate its odor?

Here is what i did to remove the odor from my drain. 1)Use a screwdriver to remove the trap. 2) Put 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain. 3)Follow it with one cup of white vinegar into the drain. ...
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Sealing Ceiling holes

For small nail holes, use spackle. This is the simplest, cheapest way to fill small holes that aren't subject to significant movement. For cracks/seams, such as at corners or around window trim, use ...
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What kind of Sealer for particle board

Polyurethane is the modern standby product. Water-based is easier to work with, but oil-based is more durable. One coat, steel wool, another coat or two. Keep 'em light to minimize runs.
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No water comes out of the toilet's refill tube

I guess you have resolved this YEARS ago, but since I spend hours even trying to find this part (fluidmaster does not show the part on their page). Yes, there are a locking piece you are missing there,...
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Seal gap between bathtub faucet and cracking tile

That is too large of a gap to seal with caulk. If you are looking for a (very) temporary solution you would be better off with plumber's putty. Get a tub of putty (it is not expensive) and knead it ...
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