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  1. Can Marble Be Cleaned/Restored?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a one piece light cream marble vanity top with backsplash in my bathroom that was installed in 1990 when the original owner added a bath. I would really like to keep it, but it's been stained with what I think is permanent hair dye (the color matches the hair I pulled from the p-trap)...
  2. How to clean the inside of a window air conditioner?

    Hi everyone: While I'm doing research on a new furnace, I have no central A/C. For that reason, I pulled out an old air conditioner to use in my window. However, that window A/C unit is filthy inside. I don't think I ever cleaned it after about 8 to 10 years of use. A couple of years ago, a...
  3. Stone Patio issues- no drainage, needs repointing

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi Everyone, I have a stone patio with the following problems: 1- It has had a lot of dirt/grime/gunk in the stone. The stone is also somewhat pitted, likely because the previous owner didn't seal it. 2- After 7 hours over 2 days I've been able to remove a lot of it using a bleach solution a...
  4. Insulating Basement Block

    Hello community, i have a concrete block, unfinished basement and i want to start working on insulating and framing the walls. My question is before i start do i need to scrub my concrete walls and clean them? Or can i just leave them as they are and insulate right on top of them? I will be...
  5. How can I remove urine smell from Vinyl?

    General DIY Discussions
    Sorry, I don't know where else to post this thread. So, the seats to the VW beetle I have were stored out of the car for years. Rodents nested in the bottom seat and of course, it got nasty. I've removed the seat cover (upholstery) and cleaned it some with a small upholstery cleaning machine...
  6. Ok to use Simple Green on LVT floor?

    I have luxury vinyl tile flooring. Can I use diluted Simple Green to mop/scrub the floor?
  7. New Porcelain tile - always feels dirty?!

    Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi, I recently had a tile floor put in, porcelain unglazed tiles. We have tried to clean the floor countless times, using Sulfamic acid tile cleaner as well as trying vinegar. No matter what we do, it always feels dusty. How can we fix this? Should we seal the floor? Buff it completely...
  8. removing tire sealant from concrete and cooldeck

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Does anyone know how to remove the tire fix-ant (I don't know what brand they threw the can away) from our patio concrete and pool cool deck?
  9. Should I Power Wash Brick on House?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Recently bought a house built in 1960 with a partial brick facade - the rest is cedar paneling. The house across the street was built by the same builder in the same year and is a mirror image to mine. Their brick looks very clean and like new however mine looks old and dirty. So I'm...
  10. Wet Subfloor--Clean or Replace?

    The two photos show the subfloor at the edge of my bathtub. There was a gap in the flooring at the edge of the tub which allowed water in. The wood seems solid, but it looks like some mold has formed. Is there a way I could clean the wood or does it need to be replaced? Is it likely that...
  11. Need advice on how to clean a concrete laundry sink

    This isn't exactly a plumbing issue but I didn't think any other forum here was more appropriate. We have an old concrete laundry sink from the 1930s (pictures below). We intend to keep it, not replace it. It has decades of soap scum build-up and such. I'd appreciate advice on the best way...
  12. How do I remove white spots on metal?

    General DIY Discussions
    Ever since I bought my home I've noticed there's what appears to be white water spots on the metal doors, flashing, etc. Based on the patterns and locations I assume it's caused by the rain. I've tried everything from CLR to diluted vinegar to no avail. An no, it's not bird droppings...
  13. Clean Polyurethane Self-Leveling Sealant Off Concrete

    Building & Construction
    I was doing well sealing the joints around my cellar door when the back of the sealant tube blew out and dumped sealant on the patio. Using water to clean it up seemed to make it worse. I dabbed up as much liquid sealant as I could. I was wondering what is the best way to get the rest cleaned...
  14. Removed insulation from old boiler pipes, asbestos??

    HI, Removing an old boiler from the house which was built in '59. Anyway from the water boiler to the radiant heat system under the kitchen floor the 1" copper pipe was insulated with a material that appeared similar to paper shopping bag from outside, beneath was white material that was very...
  15. How much should I pay???

    General DIY Discussions
    :help: :surrender: Can some one tell me how much they would pay a teenager to clean pine needles off an aluminum roof and out of the gutters. The roof is shingled, not paneled, and I can't find any instructions on how to walk on it. :wallbash: So if anybody has information about that too...
  16. Un-painted galvanized roof preparation

    Hi there,apologies if this topic has been discussed before as this is my first post, so here goes.... Im looking at painting my roof,it has never been painted before although it is fairly old.There are spots of rust here and there but not alot and by the looks of things,its only surface...