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Marijuana smoke migrating to my condo!

I would consider adding a positive pressure to your living space with the fresh air being pulled from a wall on the opposite side of the house. I have installed this type of fan in several multi-...
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Marijuana smoke migrating to my condo!

I just had a friend that went through this about 8 months ago. This is not really a DIY question if you want a long-term answer. I will get back to how his situation turned out... Your answer is ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

I use foam rubber weather stripping gaskets: Alternatively, rubber hose works equally as well. Just buy it in a profile slightly wider than the gap, then tuck it in the gap. Friction will hold it ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

Those gaps are rarely sealed because the stove needs to be moveable for cleaning and service. Food will get behind and under the stove, and you'll want to be able to pull it out and clean. If you ...
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How to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

I have had some similar projects. On occasion, I have been able to force glue into a joint with a glue syringe and clamp the joints together. The key to this method is cleaning out the joint with a ...
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Is there really any difference between yellow and white PTFE tape?

The colors mean something, but the meaning has changed over the years so some info may be old. The CURRENT standard is: White = single density tape and is ONLY good for small fittings up to 3/8 in. ...
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Cracks in asphalt driveway

You first need to fill in the cracks. Home Depot has a variety of products available. Some are latex based that are easy to apply but probably best used for smaller cracks up to 1/2" wide. Others are ...
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How to repair separated rails and stiles on solid wood doors

Is the joint still solid? That is, if you grab the two pieces on either side and shake them, is there any movement? If it's solid, then it means that the gap is just a result of shrinkage, and it's ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

There are metal and there are silicone rubber pieces with a T cross section designed for just for this purpose. https://www.amazon.com/Stovetop-Extender-SE24BLA-Oven-Guard/dp/B0027DW4QG. The tops of "...
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Effective method for waterproofing a tube through a hole drilled in the side of a bucket?

What you want is called a bulkhead fitting. This has a gasket to make a seal against the container, and threads to connect to whatever fittings you need. Some have outside threads on only one side,...
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Can I make my stamped concrete a uniform color if there are pieces that are different colors?

There are 3 options: 1) Solid Color Concrete Stain: Just like solid body stain for wood, this is provides a uniform color and should cover the two different color stains you have. However, many feel ...
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Teflon tape always leaking

I think some modern NPT threads are not as well made as in the past. I have had more leaks than decades ago. Used to be white Teflon tape would work every time, but the last four (recent) 1/2" and 3/4"...
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Do I seal just the grout or the tiles and grout?

This greatly depends on the type tile you have. If it is a manmade tile such as porcelain, or ceramic, then you don't have to worry about sealing it. Most natural stone tiles, especially softer or ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

As isherwood noted, you don't want to do this in any permanent way. However, there are lots of companies that sell plastic/rubber strips that are meant to fit in this gap. Just Google strip to block ...
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How to prevent vermin from entering garage via space under garage door?

Install weatherstripping on bottom of garage door. From the pics, I can't tell if the garage door rolls up or swings to open. If the door rolls up, the weatherstripping can be installed on the very ...
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How can I seal the edges of a linoleum floor that possibly contains asbestos?

You are far more likely to die from worrying about asbestos than from asbestos. I just finished dealing with the same thing you are. Where possible, I installed engineered flooring and underlayment ...
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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

If you look at polished granite with a magnifying glass, you'll see the tiny fissure and pock marks that allow moisture from water and other liquids to penetrate into it. Just because it's polished ...
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Sealing gas duct vents with silicone

If your question is about the air ducts, why not use the correct material for the job, rather than silicone caulk. Duct sealant is, literally, made for the job. It also costs less, on a quick look.
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

No. You're limited by what you can do from the outside, and obviously that's not much. Energy efficiency is only slightly reduced in such cases, as airflow into and out of the compartment between ...
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How to seal around ceiling duct?

I would use drywall compound and fill in between the wall and the duct. And then I would tape using a UL181 tape (I like foil mastic) over the inside edge of the duct and the wall. Apply the tape flat ...
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Winterizing new wet-treated pressure treated pine deck

Leave it exposed to the elements. You're not doing it any favors by sealing it with plastic. In fact, you'll run the risk of staining it by trapping moisture and/or fostering mildew and other ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

Yes. The extent to which that is "sealed" is debatable, but there's certainly no issue with finishing over cured stain - it's done all the time. Just stay food safe (and be sure to check ...
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How to patch hole in furnace pipes?

There are a several things you need to do. Remove the fan from the heating duct. This will entail properly wire-nutting the wires and terminating them in a junction box that is covered but left ...
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How can I protect the soleplate when framing basement walls?

Any framing that directly contacts concrete should be pressure treated. So option 3. Sealing is an optimistic concept at best, .vs. ensuring that there is proper drainage outside the basement, but you ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

Two notes: Indoors or outdoors, you want to use only boiled linseed oil (not raw). Neither Home Depot nor Lowes sells genuine, boiled linseed oil. They sell only "boiled" linseed oil. ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

About 35 years ago, I build an Adirondack Chair using pressure treated wood. To preserve the wood I used an old farmers recipe using Linseed oil, which follows... Apply oil, after time to soak in, ...
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Can/Should I seal laminate "wood" flooring?

There are lots of grades of laminate flooring. When I say lots maybe hundreds. These are the main things that figure in on how moisture will affect your laminate (almost all apply to engineered ...
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How to seal seams between wooden deck rails?

Miter joints are almost always susceptible to expansion issues like this. It's worse when exposed to direct moisture and heat. Caulking isn't going to entirely stop that from happening--may make it ...
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have had the same problem with vinyl frame windows. There is nothing you can do except replace the window. With vinyl windows, you can usually replace the entire sash quite easily. Contact the ...
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