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Dangers of Asbestos Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation in Your Home

Vermiculite is a popular insulation material, but much of the vermiculite used in the U.S. before 1990 was contaminated with asbestos. Removal of vermiculite insulation can be costly and complicated; but in some cases, you may be able to leave the material in place with proper precautions. Read on to find out more.

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How to Attach a Tub Drain to a Shower on a Concrete Slab

Lee asks, “I’d like to remove my bathtub and replace it with a walk-in shower, but my home is on a concrete slab. How can I go about it?”

You can either have a custom shower pan made, or cut a trench in the slab and relocate the drain. Read on to find out more.

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How to Find and Remove Odors in a Bathroom

Janelle asks, “There’s a bad odor coming from under our bathroom sink. What could it be?”

Odors in bathrooms can be caused by problems with drain traps or vent pipes. Read on to find out more.

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How to Shim Out Electrical Outlet or Switch When Installing a Tile Backsplash

Roxanne asks, “How can I make electrical outlets flush with a new tile backsplash?”

To shim out an electrical outlet, use an electrical box extender. Read on to find out more.

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How to Repair a Sinking Concrete Driveway or Sidewalk

Chuck asks, “The walkway next to my driveway is sinking. What can I do to stop it?”

To fix a sinking sidewalk you’ll need to jack it up then fill in the area under it. Read on to find out more.

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Sealing the Walls and Floor of a Basement in Your Home

Chris asks, “What should I use to waterproof the walls and floor of my basement?”

Sealers are available for the inside of basements, but the first line of defense is outside. Read on to find out more.

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Homeowner’s Guide to Sandpaper

Using the right sandpaper can make all the difference in a woodworking, painting, or finishing project; but choosing between the many different abrasives, grits, and backings available isn’t easy. Read on to find out how to choose the best sandpaper for your next home improvement project.

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How to Remove Drywall on Tongue and Groove Paneling

John asks, “Is there an easy way to remove drywall from tongue and groove paneling?”

If the drywall wasn’t glued down, it should be easy to remove, though it will be messy. Read on to find out more.

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