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  1. How do I seal ants from getting through a baseboard and vinyl floor?

    Flooring
    Right above the vinyl floor is the baseboard. This is where the ants invade my home. Where the white board meets the vinyl fake-wood looking floor is where the ants are getting in. What material should I use to inconspicuously seal it? Someday I will want to remove the baseboards. I want...
  2. Spray painted indoor mural--how to make it safe?

    Painting
    Hello! I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, but my husband had some of his friends spray paint a mural in our baby's room (due 9/4.) It's super cool and we love it, but I didn't even think about the chemicals/safety until it was complete. I'm looking for advice on how to...
  3. When to water pop?

    Flooring
    I know about water popping when staining floors, especially maple. However, I am skipping staining. I will be sealing (Bona DriFast Sealer, 2 coats) followed by bona traffic HD (2 coats). Is there any advantage to water popping under these circumstances? All the google searches I could find...
  4. Seal Coating AFTER Cold Patch Repair?

    Building & Construction
    Hello everyone, I am currently doing a 'live in' flip where I'm almost done and ready to put it on the market. One of the last projects I have is my driveway. The garage concrete slab is about 2-3 inches higher than the settling asphalt apron. My plan is to diamond cut out about 2 ft back...
  5. Best sealer for cedar outdoor furniture

    Painting
    Hi all- My dad just finished an outdoor cedar dining table for my deck. I'm working on a sealer to protect the wood from the elements (I'll bring the table indoors to avoid the Boston winters) but I much prefer the look of unfinished (as opposed to stained) cedar. The deck gets late am/early pm...
  6. Flagstone Seal or no seal?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Installed flagstone steps and landing. I like the wet look because it brings out the different colors of the rock. what product do you use to seal TN flagstone? I've seen where the product has clouded up and flaked off. Maybe flagstone isn't good with sealer? Seal or not? What sealer?
  7. Removing grout sealer from tile

    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...
  8. Basement Floor leaks, help please

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I hope this is the right place to post this… My wife and I bought our home around 1.5 years ago and have had water issues coming from the walls and a crappy chop/patch job from the realtors contractor. We have just foamed the walls a few weeks ago (pictured) and it has definitely done the...
  9. Grout Sealer Recommendation?

    Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Anybody got a recommendation on a good grout sealer? Easy application and long life would be a plus! Here's the tile job: Shower floor: 1/16 "grout lines with Mapei unsanded grout on small mosaic subway tiles. Shower walls and bathroom floor: 1/8" grout lines with Mapei sanded...
  10. Grout Recommendations?

    Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hey you guys got any recommendations for grout (1/8" grout lines in shower and bathroom tile)? Looks like my main choices are Tec, Polyblend and Mapei. Something I wouldn't have to seal would be nice but would rather not deal with apoxy. It looks like Tec has some no-seal options (Power...
  11. Concrete table

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm trying to make a concrete table and I've been using Sakrete 5000plus concrete to make little sample blocks to test out the concrete and see how it will come out. A test run if you will. I've been running into a few issues that I can't seem to avoid. 1. In some of my failed attempts, I've...
  12. Painting rooms / Paint questions

    Painting
    Hello everybody, I was browsing for a popular DIY chatroom so that I could learn a bit from forum threads and posts. I am trying to paint the whole upstairs of my home which required extensive patching after I had knob & tube removed. All the patches are smooth to the touch. Walls are plaster...
  13. Painting with toddlers

    Painting
    I am a new crafter, just trying to do fun stuff with my kids, I am really not savvy with the terms and materials etc so please keep replies as though you might be answering a child! lol I am the mom of this operation but it's totally uncharted territory for me! We painted some wood boards for a...
  14. May have messed up sealing VCT

    Flooring
    We have put down two coats of acrylic sealer on our newly laid vct (both products Armstrong brand)--and it is uneven with visible swirls and drips. This is in a small kitchen less than 180 sq ft, is there anything we can do about it? We intend to put down many more coats of sealer, but wanted to...
  15. Want to do this right. New laminate coming in on concrete. Old cat pee problem

    Flooring
    Hello all. I could use help to make sure I'm doing this right and doing it once. Excuse that this will be long, but I want to be sure I get all the facts out there. We just purchased 12mm laminate with attached padding (might regret, but it's what I've got, so what I'm going to be working...
  16. Lowe's gave me bad advice! Now how to fix???

    General DIY Discussions
    I stenciled my patio concrete with exterior flat Ben Moore paint. It came out amazing after many hours of blood, sweat, and tears. I went to Lowes's to purchase a sealer to protect my artwork. They sold me H&C Concrete and Driveway Protector and some shark sand to give it some grit to prevent...
  17. custom stain an seal of door jams and trim

    Painting
    I have a customer who is suffering from powder post beetles and needs some trim replaced. He calls it a bleached oak look and said the last guy he used mixed paint and varnish together to get duplicate the look on new pieces. I have not experimented with this yet mostly because upon research I...
  18. Best roller to use with B-I-N on Popcorn Ceiling?

    Painting
    I am starting a project sealing a house that has been smoked in for at least the last 7 years. On the good side, as I am cleaning the walls in anticipation of sealing them the overall odor is really improving. (Or I'm just getting acclimated to the odor that made me gag when I first walked into...
  19. Sealing Concrete

    Building & Construction
    I'm going to be sealing my concrete driveway and patio soon and was wondering if anyone had any brands of sealer they would recommend. Also I was wondering if anyone had any input on the below questions. The colored stamped concrete was done about 60 days ago. Should I use a water based...
  20. Sealing limestone backsplash

    Remodeling
    I just had 2" x 8" limestone brick backsplash installed in my kitchen. I bought non-enhancing sealer, which the installer used on the tile before he grouted. It is now time to seal again and i am thinking I would rather use the enhancing sealer because the tile looks so cloudy and faded. Is...
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