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  1. How To Guides
    Countertop maintenance is easy to follow Cleanliness is an important trait that people can possess. When someone is neat and tidy, it not only reveals a lot about their character, but it also helps people to stay organized and disciplined. When most people think about a clean house, they...
  2. HVAC
    I hope I'm asking this in the correct area, and that this question is allowed. I'm curious about whether it is possible to clean the evaporator coils that are otherwise unable to be seen. It is a ceiling mounted ACNF Goodman air handler that has the blower mounted/bolted to it, giving no access...
  3. Blog
    Winter is finally coming to an end and Spring is in the air. Everyone is looking forward to the first daffodils, buds on the trees and the opportunity to spend less time cooped up inside and more time outdoors in the fresh air. Spring also ushers in the start of home improvement season...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all, I was recently remodeling my bathroom and took an orbital sander to the trim around the vinyl window to prep for repainting. Well the orbital sander hit the white vinyl frame part and now I have a series of black scuffs on the frame. I am at a complete loss on how to fix this. Any one...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Quick question, we have a pallet of really nice colored bricks for our front porch. Contractor putting in tomorrow. The sides are real dirty, will they clean bricks when they are finished. Its getting me crazy. They are so dirty they look like they need a power wash. Is this a final step after...
  6. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hey guys, it's once again time for me to ask questions instead of answering 'em. I may have been a little hurried and careless while sealing the grout in my freshly tiled bathtub alcove. I was trying to wipe off the excess sealer as I went, but I seem to have mostly succeeded in smearing it all...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am about to retuckpoint my exposed brick wall with a custom mortar mix (1x hydraulic lime, 2.5x sand). Once I am done, I plan to clean the residue and other dirt from the bricks using muriatic acid. My question is: what is the minimum amount of time I should wait for the mortar to cure...
  8. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi, I was wondering if the esteemed members of this forum have any tidy tips for keeping grout looking nice? Mine seems to discolour pretty quickly! I've tried the usual bathroom cleaners and such but it doesn't seem to do a very good job.
  9. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    The bottom few rows of wall tile in our shower have these dark areas, which I assumed was mildew, but perhaps not. The house was built in 1931, and I believe this is ceramic tile. I've attached two pics, one farther away and one closeup. The dark areas were there many years before I came...
  10. Painting
    I'm in the process of refinishing a wood panel door. So far, I've cleaned it with Dirtex, repaired cracks and holes with wood filler, spot sanded the repairs, light fine sanded the entire door to rough up the surface, vacuumed, and gone over the door with tack cloths. Questions: 1. Prior to...
  11. Painting
    I have a wood panel door, previously painted over 20 years ago, which I want to repaint. I think latex was used, but I'll check by rubbing a small area with alcohol to see if it rubs off (latex). The door is quite dirty (it separates the basement from the garage). I want to clean the door...
  12. Electrical
    I inadvertedily got blasting sand inside a 5 hp 220 electric motor. I don't think it's much, but would like to take it apart and clean. Whats the difficulty level? Would just blasting it out with compressed air be sufficient? Motors this size are pricey and would rather be safe then sorry.
  13. Building & Construction
    Hi! My driveway has been demolishes and was made of red bricks. I have tons of them and plenty of ideas of things to do with them but they all look so dirty. I've tried powerwashing them and some came out really nice but others haven't changed at all. These dirty ones are kind of brown and...
  14. Building & Construction
    Howdy I recently bought two pipe wrenchs that are still in working condition but haven't been taken care of. They have a lot of rust on em, do yall have any suggestions on how to remove the rust?
  15. Flooring
    need help removing mortar residue on slate tiles Hello all, My husband and I just renovated our kitchen and this past week we laid slate tiles (what an adventure!). We wanted the textures and colors of true slate but we didn't realize how difficult it would be to grout. Because of the...
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