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Minwax makes a water-based polyurethane for...

Minwax makes a water-based polyurethane for floors - you can buy it anywhere. I personally dont' think the water based holds up as well as the solvent based but that's just me :)
02-09-07, 04:37 AM
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there is a concrete-type leveling mixture...

there is a concrete-type leveling mixture designed for prepping subfloors for sheet vinyl. You can find it in your local home center. You mix it up and trowel it down, allow it to cure, and this...
02-09-07, 04:35 AM
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It isn't that the asbestos issue is overblown,...

It isn't that the asbestos issue is overblown, but it's misunderstdood. "Friable" asbestos means that whatever substrate the asbestos fibers are made into has begun to crumble, allowing the fibers...
02-09-07, 04:27 AM
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Floating floors usually are installed over a...

Floating floors usually are installed over a little layer of foam sheet. If they didn't put that sheet down first, you'll get creaky spots.
02-09-07, 04:25 AM
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I have specified and installed bamboo floor in...

I have specified and installed bamboo floor in projects and it's a great product. Aside from it's "green" (i.e. sustainable) properties it also wears very well and does not dent. I can't speak to...
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2nd here for the drylock on the concrete...

2nd here for the drylock on the concrete surfaces, if they are not already painted.

A sheet vinyl material would be a good moisture barrier to keep dampness from coming up through the slab. ...
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THis might be a pro-job to get it looking good. ...

THis might be a pro-job to get it looking good. The best thing you could do for a metallic look is to use an automotive style body paint and spray it. I'm not sure what kind of primer she used, but...
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Sounds like a mess. I"d get to scraping and get...

Sounds like a mess. I"d get to scraping and get down to the original paper if you can. Just be careful not to damage the paper surface. You've obviously got some bad coatings in there and they are...
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If you care for the things in your room where...

If you care for the things in your room where you'll be spraying, then yes you should cover them with plastic. If you're spraying in a garage or shop it's not essential to cover the walls, but if...
02-09-07, 03:41 AM
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I bought a cherry 4-poster bed (Kincaid gathering...

I bought a cherry 4-poster bed (Kincaid gathering house collection) way back when and it had an optional canopy kit you could get, which had the four rails, four finials, and three cross pieces in...
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Best thing you could do is get a power washer...

Best thing you could do is get a power washer with some horsepower to it. The power washer will remove all the loose material, and you can then paint over the old paint that is still well adhered to...
02-09-07, 03:34 AM
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You might want to check out this link, which has...

You might want to check out this link, which has a matrix for estimating wall paper based on your room size. Cuts around cabinets are going to be wasteful, so don't expect to save much material.
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02-09-07, 03:30 AM
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It's impossible to remove the seams just by...

It's impossible to remove the seams just by painting over wallpaper. If you want to go back to a painted finish, the best thing you can do is steam off all the layers of wallpaper and start with the...
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do you have delaminated fiberglass or delaminated...

do you have delaminated fiberglass or delaminated plywood? I'm going to guess it's the fiberglass. You should really clean and remove all the delaminated portion and re-glass the transom to get the...
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Well, it appears that I have some frozen pipes. ...

Well, it appears that I have some frozen pipes. I tried everything short of buying a new zone valve and circulator pump to no avail. I called the heating guy and he said he could diagnose it in 10...
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Thanks. I found that site too and downloaded the...

Thanks. I found that site too and downloaded the manuals. Unfortunately, there's not much information in these manuals.

The house is two stories, and there are basically three zones (two...
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I both tested the new thermostat and jumped the...

I both tested the new thermostat and jumped the circuit and the pump didn't come on, so unless there's an issue with the temp/pressure, I probably have a faulty pump.
01-27-07, 08:21 AM
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You're not required to install a fan in a...

You're not required to install a fan in a ceiling. There are fan units that can either be mounted in a ceiling or a wall, and just vented directly through the wall to the outside with basically no...
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The boiler reads about 170F and 25 PSI. I...

The boiler reads about 170F and 25 PSI. I cannot find any controls mounted on the unit.

I will check the thermostat. I actually have a new digital thermostat that I got for the bedroom that I...
01-27-07, 08:03 AM
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Hitting a stud is hard when trying to install...

Hitting a stud is hard when trying to install grab bars. The best thing you can do is open up the wall behind (if possible) and add some plywood or solid blocking so you can locate the grab bars...
01-27-07, 07:57 AM
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Your drain unit should have come with a gasket...

Your drain unit should have come with a gasket but if it didn't, use the putty as instructed previously.

If the water pressure is low, make sure you didn't leave some debris in the line that's...
01-27-07, 07:54 AM
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Shower replacements are fussy jobs, so I'm not...

Shower replacements are fussy jobs, so I'm not surprised to hear that you're having difficulty finding a contractor. Unless you have a second bathroom, the job has to be done on a tight timetable,...
01-27-07, 07:46 AM
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Personally, I think you could create as nice a...

Personally, I think you could create as nice a shower experience with off the shelf components as you could by buying a packaged unit like this, and spend a fraction of the cost.

The problem with...
01-27-07, 07:40 AM
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Posted By smartbomb

A copper pan might be less expensive for you if...

A copper pan might be less expensive for you if you dont' mind going the tile route for the shower base. The copper is made up by a tin-knocker and can be easily customized (or you can make one...
01-27-07, 07:37 AM
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Up that high, a standard joint compound should be...

Up that high, a standard joint compound should be fine as long as you use a 2-3 coats of a latex enamel paint. If the durock is rough, just skim the whole surface with a flat trowel and sand. There...
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