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  1. Plumbing
    If you have experience using or designing whole house filters, would you please share your knowledge with me? We have a well with a sediment filter and a water softener. Until I shock the well with chlorine, we have black staining in the toilets and occasional sulfur smell. We have a septic...
  2. 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...
  3. Painting
    I recently used an oil based wood stain on a DIY project and was wondering what to do with the rag I used for the staining. I know rags soaked in oils and stains can combust if in a pile or what have you, but I only used one rag and it isn't "soaked" in stain. The label says to put rags in a...
  4. Painting
    I am building a new house. Interior doors and trim will be Knotty Alder, prefinished. Stain color is called "copper", which is kind of a medium cherry. I can get some exterior doors with Alder interior, and windows (Anderson 400's) with either pine or maple interior, but not alder. I will...
  5. Painting
    Hi everyone! I have a 1200-sq-ft, 2-story deck behind my building in Chicago. I noticed the wood was greening earlier in the summer (it hadn't been sealed for 7 years), and purchased TWP 1500 in a dark color, after speaking with OPWDecks/The Sealer Store (they suggested it would hide any flaws...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have lived in my current home for 6 years now. When I moved in the basement was finished (poorly), but had carpeting. There were 2 bedrooms and a family room and some utility space. Right away we started noticing an odor coming form the basement but coudn't pin point the source. It was a light...
  7. Building & Construction
    A friend of mine is staining his cedar deck before it gets too cold in Michigan to do it. Last year he had planned on staining, so he did some sanding to open the pores and then ended up not staining. He ran out of time. His question now is, how long are the pores of the cedar open? And does...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I would like to stain the fence and would like to know how to clean it before staining. It's about 4 years old and turning grey. Is powerwashing an option or do I need to use some product?
  9. 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...
  10. Painting
    I am stripping my Trims in the entryway of my house. I removed the paint but then I noticed there is a chippy paint at the bottom of the trim that comes out without any chemical as long as I use a sharp scrapper. Do i have to remove all of this chippy stuff before I stain or can I sand the trim...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hello all: My wife accidentally spilt citronella candle wax on our deck. The deck is made of PT wood and has yet to be stained/finished. My question is: What is the best method for removing the wax so we can get to staining? Thanks in advance! EDIT: I actually tried searching the forums...
  12. 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....
  13. Carpentry
    Hello, sorry if this is the wrong channel for this question. I thought Carpentry was sort of close since my question has to do with working with wood. Anyway, just a small question. I just stained some pine wood car siding in my basement. Soon I am going to coat it with that Polyeurothane...
  14. General DIY Discussions
    For [oil-based] staining of interior window trim - is it better to use liquid oil or gel where accurate edging is needed? Also, would cotton cloth be the best applicator?
  15. Painting
    Have just had new oak floors in living area. The old hemlock colonial style baseboard was stained a dreadful pickled color (circa early 1990's). I am way, way, way over budget so I must reuse old baseboard. Struggling to get the stain and finish off, I have tried chemical removers and sanding...
  16. Flooring
    Does anyone know how I can find someone to aluminum oxide coat an unfinished/stained board? My flooring installer has been screwing up my stairs (lesson learned: hire a stair professional to do stairs) and basically installed my 2nd floor starting about 1/2" from where he should have. Now I...
  17. Flooring
    Pulled up all my carpet, I'm going to stain the concrete it has paint spots on it. The paint spots are, I'm guessing 25 years old. :laughing: I want something easy and fast or will it just stain the paint spots? I need help.
  18. Flooring
    The house I purchased has the original hardwood floors from 1958. I'm guessing they are oak and they are 2 inches by 3/4 inch solid wood. In 1991 an addition was built on to the back of the house. At this time a wall was knocked down and approximately 130 square feet were added to make one large...
  19. Carpentry
    Hi, I'm sorry if this is a duplicate post, but I am new to the forum. Here is my problem... I have a beautiful pine dresser, but I left a drink on it and it bubbled. So now there is a bubble on the top of my dresser. I would like to fix this but I am not sure where to start. This would be my...
  20. Carpentry
    I want to replace the carpet on my stairway. The problem I have is that on the bannister side of the stairs, there is already a portion that is made of wood. I have now determined that this wood is red oak. But, the wood is only 1/2" higher than the plywood, over which the carpet was...
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