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Question DetailsAsked on 7/1/2017

new basement door caulked smell coming up through floor vents

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Should diminish maybe 50% or so in a day or two, probably 90% or more in a week. Assuming this is an exterior door, you could put visqueen over the door (covering entire door and trim on the inside) on the inside to keep the smell out of the house till it cures.

Could use a couple of large garbage bags cut to lay out flat and taped at the seams, a cut to flatten out solid (not air vented) dry cleaner's bag, or buy a small piece (called painter's dropcloths for a dollar or two in painting department of box stores) - just be careful about exposed plastic if you have pets or small child which could ingest or inhale it and suffocate.

If interior of basement is finished use painter's masking tape around the perimeter of the plastic - for bare concrete or block wall you can use vapor barrier or clear plastic boxing tape (masking tape does not hold well on concrete), but if you use duct tape you will likely end up with sticky residue on the wall after a week or so.

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