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  1. Painting
    I live in Metro Detroit. The deck is about 7 years old. I stained it last summer using Thompson's Waterseal and it is already peeling (it was power-washed, then cleaned with Valspar deck cleaner before being stained). I decided to re-do it again this summer. I power-washed it and then cleaned it...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi Everyone, I am wanting to create some cheese boards and servingware out of concrete to use at home. I am looking for an easy to use sealer or wax that would be food-safe. I have read about the beeswax & carnauba wax, are these long lasting? Or should I be looking at the type of sealers they...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    what sealer can I use on quarry tile, flexible caulk grout and also modified grout to make it darker and more enhanced? Preferably an all in one pr(Pictured below) I used this same color and brand of grout on my hearth (close up/zoomed in photo with grey tile pictured below) and it looks...
  4. Flooring
    I used Roberts 8015 universal carpet seam sealer on a carpet and didn’t wipe the excess off. Now the seam is hard and crusty where I used the seam sealer. Any way to get it off? I want to avoid cutting it out and re-seaming at all costs!
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I just purchased a large (and heavy) cement water fountain for my backyard. After setting it up (no small feat due to weight and the need to carefully level each portion), I was dismayed to discover that the two top bowls apparently leak. By this I mean when the bowl is full and the...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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?
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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