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Removing masking/paper from skirting

Your inclination is correct. A straight pull outward could chip the new paint. Your second inclination is also correct. You should carefully cut through the paint at the paper with a sharp utility ...
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Christmas Lights on Vinyl fences

Zipties (aka cable ties). Be sure to use ones that are UV-resistant. Cost pennies each, strong enough for the application you're talking about, non-damaging and non-permanent, and easy to remove ...
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What should I do about a huge gap under the drywall and baseboard when installing luxury vinyl tile?

Take the baseboard off and install your floor. Cut your vinyl tile even with the sheetrock, less 1/4 inch -- this will allow space for you to lift your tile and lock it in place; after you have ...
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Those are match grain veneer panels. They are usually made by attaching selected hardwood veneers to plywood using contact glues. Veneers can be purchased from specialty woodworking dealers. The ...
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Should I remove vinyl flooring to allow the floor underneath to dry out?

If you didn't put insulation and/or a poly vapor barrier over the bare dirt before you poured the basement slab, you made a mistake, and that mistake is causing moisture in the soil to wick into the ...
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Should I scrape the paper backing from vinyl flooring off a concrete floor to prep for tiling?

I would not attempt to bond mortar to fuzzy paper. The resulting bond will only be as strong as the paper itself, which isn't good. Use a combination of grinding tools, moisture, and scrapers to get ...
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Why do installers leave a gap between vinyl tiles?

No. Professional installers do not lay vinyl tile squares like that. These are literally the easiest tiles in the world to install. These are butted right next to each other. The only reason ...
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Can I install composite decking directly on top of concrete?

You can install composite decking on top of concrete but not directly. You would need to build a frame on top of the concrete similar to a normal deck. The framing could be smaller than normal, 2"...
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How can I waterproof a hole in my vinyl deck to fit a downspout?

I finally completed the deck/downspout project and thought I would provide an update of how I ended up doing it. It was quite a bit of research & prep work but I am happy to say that it turned out ...
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Can the seams on vinyl windows be smoothed out?

SmoothSeam corner available on Pella 350 Series products only. Page 5 of the Pella Window & Door Guide (PDF) There you have it. You didn't buy what you thought you bought. Bummer. Regarding the ...
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Window flange obstructing J-channel, does it serve a purpose?

Distributor stated that this can be trimmed.
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Removing masking/paper from skirting

I would use something like one of these utility knives to slit the edge of the paint to allow the paper to pull out. Using a scalpel would not be recommended because there is much less control of the ...
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Is it possible to do a vinyl fence with differing colors on each side?

Vinyl takes paint. Scuff-sand it with a green 3M Scotchbrite pad to give it some roughness for the paint to engage. Then prime with alkyd enamel. Roller and brush it carefully so you don’t throw or ...
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Ran out of flooring

Tricks for dealing with being 2" short on flooring: Steal pieces that will be in a closet or under furniture along the wall, and move them to the visible part. Replace the moved piece with new ...
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Can the seams on vinyl windows be smoothed out?

Is this level of quality control typical from Pella? I've installed 5 Pella 250 windows in my home between 2018 and 2021. 2018 2021 Your experience seems consistent with mine. I never read the ...
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Caulking where vinyl siding meets window

I'm going to reject the premise of your question outright. Windows should be flashed properly and the siding should have a drain plane installed behind it. This isn't a job for caulk. Some thoughts ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

Vinyl fence cement is available from Lowes stores. I used it to attach my fence post caps.
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How best to cut vinyl drafting board cover?

I've used that material before and cut it with a sharp razor blade and a clamped straightedge. I didn't use scissors because like you said, there's really no way to get a good clean cut. I agree ...
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How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

There is always the option to attach a "Wheel" or Roller to the bottom of the gate. The is entirely dependent upon the ground conditions you have. I did this for a vehicle gate at my place. 6' wooden ...
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How should I dispose of the vinyl shed walls?

If you have municipal trash collection, you'll want to contact the company in charge of pickup. It's quite common for them to have a website, which typically has information about how to handle ...
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Can I install sheet vinyl over ceramic tile without adhesive?

I have seen vinyl floors where the glue was put down unevenly (sparingly in some areas), and by comparison the areas without enough glue were visibly damaged on top from wear. So, I think that (for ...
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How to eliminate gaps in vinyl siding

The sliver of a gap between lapped "boards" is normal, and those boards should be left to move with respect to one another. Normally laps are installed such that they have the least visual impact from ...
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Material for water feed line on furnace humidifier. Latex required?

I called Honeywell about the issue and they said both Latex and Vinyl were fine to use for the humidifier water feed tube.
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what flooring can be installed over existing vinyl?

I've had great luck with vinyl planks that are sold by Home Depot under the TrafficMASTER name (and now some other names). See: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-Vinyl-Flooring-Resilient-Flooring-...
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How can I insulate the plywood before replacing the vinyl flooring?

You would insulate UNDER the floor, not between the floor plywood and vinyl. To properly insulate your kitchen: normal insulation material (fully enclosed is preferred) is applied between the Floor ...
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

It's book-matched panels. I can't tell from the photo whether it's veneer, plywood, or hardwood. Looks like kinda like european walnut, not pine/plywood... but without a closer look at the edges, I ...
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Vinyl flooring poor air quality and toxicity

Most building materials will off-gas for for various reasons: what their made of, what they use to “glue” material in place, wearing of surface material. A better explanation is here: https://www....
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How tight should vinyl siding be against each other?

That sounds like an excessive amount of space. Contact the manufacturer and get the installation instructions if they are doing it wrong it will void the warranty.
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Are bricks better insulator than vinyl?

A brief google search indicated R value of vinyl siding is 0.6 and that of brick is 0.8 (https://www.archtoolbox.com/materials-systems/thermal-moisture-protection/rvalues.html). So yes, brick is a ...
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How can I waterproof a hole in my vinyl deck to fit a downspout?

I wonder if you could use a Low Profile Dryer Vent like this one? (google that phrase for more options). You might be able to seal it using the stuff they use to glue PVC pipes together but that ...
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