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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello all, I have had this gap between the brick and the foundation wall when looking from each side of the house since the house was built few years back. I would like to know if I should get this patched up or keep it open for ventilation. I do have a basement and I have not noticed any...
  2. Building & Construction
    This is a three story building. Several of the gutter drains terminate directly into the ground into I'm assuming the waste line that takes it to the street. The drain is just short of ground level so there's a small gap where water escapes before going all the way into the ground drain...
  3. 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. Flooring
    Loose laying vinyl sheet flooring in our basement directly over concrete pad. Basement flooded a bit recently and water got all underneath the flooring (we've got 3 bedrooms down there), meaning we had to get all furniture out so we could get flooring up so it could dry...total pain. I want to...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I used concrete for my fireplace surround and hearth. I need to seal it because I have young kids who are prone to spilling EVERYTHING. The big box store sold me this grout sealer to use for this purpose. Is this safe to use, considering its going to get pretty hot? I'm worried about the heat...
  6. Carpentry
    Hello, Attached is a video of me walking across my back deck. This home is new to us, so don't blame me on the deck's condition. :wink2: I still think I can salvage it, but what can I do to make the awful sound stop? We live in a high humidity area, is it because of moisture in the air? Should...
  7. Building & Construction
    Let me explain current situation first. I had a water leaking issue in the ground floor from the side of my town home where vinyl siding was below grade as you see it in the first picture attached. I dug up soil so siding is now above grade. There were heavy rains over the past weeks, and no...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Just had (today) a beautiful new 15x15 concrete yard laid by a very good, reputable local masonry contractor. I asked him whether I should seal the concrete and he said no - he would just leave it alone. I also asked whether I needed to mist it or water it to help with curing, and he said it...
  9. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello, I just had all new waterlines/plumbing done throughout my home. Thing is, when they put in the new valves in my small bathroom (no shower/bath only) they removed 3 tiles behind faucets, put new valve, and put in the new handles............. but! where the tiles are to be replaced (I am...
  10. 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...
  11. Plumbing
    My house has a handicap accessible tub insert with a door. I was clogged, so I went and got some drain cleaner and one of those plastic zip ties with the barbs on it. I couldn't get the barbs through the holes in the drain very well, so I decided to unscrew the drain cover. the drain cover...
  12. Roofing/Siding
    Problem : I've had a stucco failure on a small section of my house and removed all of the crumbling old stucco to reveal a section between 2 and 3 feet in height and just over 4 feet in length (15 sq ft). This Florida (high humidity) home was built in 1984 and poorly maintained by the prior...
  13. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi all! I am new to the forum, and fairly new (and self-taught/trial by error) to DIY building and crafty things. So here's my dilemma: I am building a coffee table for my patio and want it to be fairly waterproof in case of rain, sprinklers, cold drinks on a hot day, etc. The table top...
  14. Remodeling
    Hello I'm renting a home and one of the baseboards in the basement closet has a little bit of black surface mold, I'm currently running a dehumidifier to keep things dry. It gets worse whenever it rains so I'm certain that the water is coming from the outer walls. My question is after I replace...
  15. Plumbing
    I'm fixing up a fraternity and I think the seal between one of the toilets and the closet bend is bad. They are the commercial flushometer type toilets. Do these toilets use the same wax seal as the normal tank toilets? Also, how do I line the toilet up correctly -- I have to keep in mind...
  16. Insulation
    So I installed my 2" xps board on my basement wall and the PL-300 really took and held well. However, when I put my hand over the top of the board I can notice a slight draft coming from behind the board. Should I seal this or leave it so it can "breathe"? If I should seal it, what should I...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hi Everyone, some church folks are trying to help a woman who could use. Here are pics for context: https://plus.google.com/photos/101121747107058059688/albums/5791500448163200561?authkey=CPeA56aK4IzUwQE. We understand that some major work needs to be done to remedy her issues long term. But...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am in the planning stages, I have a small front porch with a basement area under it. the current concrete slab has a crack and leaks. I plan to remove the current slab and pour a new slab. I want to make sure I dont have future leaks. I was looking to see if there has been any experience with...
  19. Painting
    I have a new redwood fence (feb 2012) and a new redwood deck (1week). Im definitely going to seal my fence this week but my question is 1. How do i clean it? Do I have to buy some special cleaner or can i just hose it down with water? I do NOT want to use the cleaner that turns the wood black...
  20. HVAC
    There is much more to this story, but I'll make it simple. I have a 4" duct that I can't remove, but I would like to completely plug it. Sticking a small towel in there has worked perfectly, but I worry about safety or insurance issues. Any recommendations for something I can stick in there to...
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