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  1. Building & Construction
    The back of my house is solid brick with cantilevered decks and sliding glass doors leading out to the decks. Under each of the sliding glass doors there is a gap ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch between the wood and the brick. I was thinking of pushing foam backer rod in there and caulking over...
  2. HVAC
    I'll make a very long story short and jump to the bottom line. The HVAC contractor did such a poor job with the ductwork that the unfinished basement never gets above 65º all summer. And that's with it being on its own zone that's never been used. I could seal all the leaking joints and...
  3. Flooring
    I have a 1912 one story bungalow. It has three bedrooms, a tiny bathroom and a wonderful galley kitchen. It was neglected for years and was empty in foreclosure when I bought it. It has I think the original hardwood floors, however in all three bedrooms I had to pull up the rugs, the owners had...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi I'm sealing my 3M Cultured Stone and found SikaGard acrylic high gloss sealer at Home Depot. I tested it on a stone, the stone sucked it up indicating I would have to give it two coats. Can you recommend a brand of sealer that is solvent based, ideal for cultured stone and durable...
  5. Building & Construction
    We are looking to get our asphalt driveway resealed and we have called in 2 contractors who have given us very different stories. Background: The driveway is between 6-9months old we think (just bought the house). It looks like it has a limestone base and then large stone aggregate top that...
  6. Flooring
    Just recently I had marble floor tile installed in my kitchen. I purchased HG Impregnating Floor Sealer and attempted to apply it as directed. It turned out okay for the most part however some spots near the grout lines left a visible line on the tile where the squeegee overlapped. How can I...
  7. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    before i get started I want to thank the guys helped me thru the other post, he helped tremendously.As right now, i have my living room, dining room and kitchen, all tiled out in the middle, leaving just the peices around the edge, For the most part im happy with every. But on to my problem then...
  8. Blog
    A properly applied stain is part of regular maintenance to protect your deck from stains, mildew, the elements and damaging uv rays. Stain products exist for every type of deck, including composite decking. Selecting the appropriate product to match the your deck material and applying it the...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    I am living in an apartment right now and for reasons i wont go into moving out or asking the landlord for repairs is impossible. currently the place is so full of holes that if some one smokes outside i can smell it in the kitchen on the second floor. attached is an ms paint drawing of one of...
  10. Building & Construction
    I wanted to share the progress, approaches and experiences as I go through my basement finishing project. My basement is about 1700 sq ft with 7.5 foot foundation walls. It has a few small basement windows and a bulkhead. there is not a lot of light and given the amount of concrete I was...
  11. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    How can I stain and seal traditional mexican tile. Would like to stain grout the same color also.....what products do I use....
  12. Electrical
    I am installing 4" HALO Airtite cans in toilet/shower area using new construction cans and one area of ceiling is 5/8 sheetrock and the shower stall will have 5/8" plus thickness of tile on ceiling. The ring that extends down from the HALO can is only 1/2" (I assume for 1/2" sheetrock) so I am...
  13. Flooring
    I recently bought my first house. The house is 14 years old and the inspection revealed a leak under a bathtub. I had a plumber come out to repair the leak and he said under the house looked great, no water damage. Tonight I started on a project to lay down vinyl tiles over the existing...
  14. Building & Construction
    I am doing some work on a log cabin built with 4x4 square logs. there was no tounge and grove put in when it was built so now that the logs have cured and shrunk, there are fairly large gaps between some of them (up to 1/2") and rain is comeing through. I was thinking about filling the gaps...
  15. Painting
    Afternoon ladies and gents... saw a thread in the HVAC section about a poor homeowner and issues with neighbors smoking indoors that reminded me about a question I've been meaning to post here... We bought our condo from a chain smoker, who smoked a pack a day inside. Before moving in, we...
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