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  1. Plumbing
    For a while now my Bosch SHE44C model dishwasher has emitted a very unpleasant odor after a day or so of unloading. Doing some research online it appears there are a two common techniques used in order to prevent dirty water backups and the associated unpleasant odors; using a “high loop” for...
  2. Building & Construction
    First post, been looking all across Google for the answer but no avail. So I'm leaving it to the DIY experts here! I live in central NC on a house with a crawl build in 1994. There is a foul odor that is in our garage smells kinda like sour milk. Its sour but sometimes sickly sweet. Very...
  3. Painting
    Hi All, Looking to repaint a bedroom that was stripped of 1970s wallpaper and painted two years ago but continues to emit this plaster type smell from every single inch of every wall in the room. Had air tested which contained typical VOCs from paint, cleaners etc but this is my toddler's...
  4. Painting
    I moved into a house with a wine cellar that has a strong oder of creosote. I believe the cave is supported by railroad ties as they are used elsewhere on the property for retaining walls. Can anyone recommend a way to block out this odor? I read about alcohol based BIN sealant, will that...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    Hi. I hope I am posting this in the correct place. Our heat vent in one bathroom is on the floor, right next to the bathtub. I try to keep it covered with a towel when our daughter takes a bath, but sometimes water goes down the duct. Just recently I have noticed a moldy smell coming from the...
  6. Flooring
    Hi - This is my first post, but with a 113 year old train wreck of a house it will surely not be my last. I have a plywood floor in our laundry room which also serves as the dog "foyer." One of our dogs is very tiny and it has been easier for her to just pee on the floor rather than go...
  7. Remodeling
    Hi, I'm about to order insulation for the house I'm building. After some reading I see that many people have been complaining about the smell of the Owens Corning batt insulation. OC Switched to using a bio based formula in 2011 which is what produce the "burnt caramel" smell. Supposedly that...
  8. Painting
    I have carpet installers coming on Friday. Tonight (Wednesday) I pulled up old carpet to prepare for them. The smell that I thought was only from the carpet is still present. I'm going to clean the subfloor with bleach/water tonight then use Zinsser BIN to seal the subfloor tomorrow AM. If...
  9. Plumbing
    I have a 10 year old AO Smith gas heater, model number FSG 50 248E. This morning I woke up to a strong odor of what I describe as paint or thinner. I have had the gas cut off for over an hour and have drained the heater. The odor dissipated during this but after refilling it has come back...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    We had our roof replaced last September. Previous roof was very old. The contractor was really messy and a nightmare. After it was all done we looked up in our crawlspace to find fragments of the old roof and wood chunks. When the weather got warm over the summer we noticed a lot of heat and a...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi there! A friend of mine recently bought a townhome. His garage has this funky - almost rotten garbage - type smell. He had the lower half of the drywall removed to see if there were any dead critters in the walls which ended up just being a waste of time and effort. Two things we...
  12. HVAC
    I woke up the other day to a smell and smoke coming out from the kitchen ac vent. I went and check the ac unit and shut it off. I notice that the heat coils are coming on when the ac unit stops. The coils are located on top of the inside unit. I remove the top to look at the coils, I started the...
  13. Plumbing
    We have 2 bathrooms, which share a wall. I've been noticing, on and off, a sewer-like odor from the sink drain. Sometimes it's quite strong, sometimes it seems to be there for a day or more. Then it's gone. This has been happening for months. I started smelling it from the shower drain now, as...
  14. General DIY Discussions
    Thanks in advance for anyone who can help! :thumbsup: I purchased a house in central NC at the end of January 2012. During home inspection, we discovered a mold problem on the floor joists. We had a professional company come in and treat, kill, clean, etc. the mold. We also had a...
  15. HVAC
    Hi, We have a new Majestic direct vent natural gas fireplace. (Majestic CDVR33 – Natural Gas) After burning it at least 30 hours continuously it is still emitting terrible chemical odor. The odor is smells so toxic we do not operate when we are in the home. We had a gas fireplace in our...
  16. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Do you know why Juniper bushes smell like cat urine? Is there any way to get rid of this smell?:)
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, Recently, I killed mold on the drywall in my basement and then took out all of the drywall. It was not a HAZMAT amount of mold, but enough that I needed to kill it, and I did, with bleach. That was several days ago, but now the mold smell is worse than it was, by far, and I can't seem...
  18. Plumbing
    Solved: How to get rid of new plastic toilet seat odor? (super strong) {Solved} Hi all. I just bought a new, cheap $10 plastic, soft seat. When I opened it up I almost died from the massive outgasing of the fresh plastic odor; super, super strong. So, I immediately set it outside to air...
  19. Plumbing
    We are desperate for some help! Our one-story house was built on a slab in 1974 and is in Arkansas on a very flat piece of land. There's been a lot of precip for the last 2 years, and the drainage is lousy, so often our yard has spots of standing water or is squishy to walk on. Our septic tank...
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