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How can I compute the force with a fulcrum on a Murphy bed?

I've built the following murphy bunk bed: It rotates around the circles (the fulcrum) into a closed position: I decided to buy gas springs (the retracting kind) to assist in closing the bed. ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

I'll be painting the skirting boards in my room as they are in bad condition. The paint is cracked and the surface uneven and blotchy. What I would like to know is how should I treat the skirting ...
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Strength of rabbet joint for bed frame

I am about to build a custom raised bed frame. I have found the simple construction shown in the picture below, which seems suitable for my use and abilities. From what I can look up, the joints ...
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Vibration dampening solution to stop extractor fan / dishwasher vibration?

I am getting vibrations from some other flat's downstairs dish washer / extractor fan / air conditioning. We're not exactly sure what what is causing it - we can't determine it. In fact, it could be ...
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Repair squeaky MDF board for a Ottoman Divan Bed

I have an Ottoman Divan Bed that looks like this: .jpg The top part is made of MDF, unfortunately the bit where it opens on the right hand side has sunken in a little bit in the middle right. As a ...
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How can I figure out why my bedroom light won't turn on?

I changed the bulb though it was good still. I changed the switch. From the breaker box it goes; bathroom light, hall light, bedroom light, porch light. All other lights work just fine.
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How do I make a remote controlled fan turn on with the light switch?

I have installed the fan, the remote works perfectly but when you turn the light switch on the fan does not light up you have to find the remote and use that to turn on the light Help???
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How to build canted riser for queen mattress?

My wife has severe allergies and has found that sleeping on an incline helps matters. We have a queen mattress on an Ikea MALM bedframe, and I'm trying to think of a simple way to test this out easily ...
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What type of room divider should I use to convert a dining room into a bed room?

My dining room has 2 openings: 96H x 64W (do not need a door/opening) 96H x 41W (sliding door) What are my best options to install something which is sturdy (not removable). None of them should be ...
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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Bed bug crawling - Prescience

Is it possible for bed bugs to crawl but not bite when they are in their younger stages? Recently, every time I lay my hands or legs on a particular piece of furniture (a wooden chair) in my house, I ...
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How do I wire this Leviton switch?

I have a new Leviton Decora Switch with built in pilot light (Catalog # 5618-2W). I want to replace a switch currently connected to two black wires. Three sets of wires come into the box. Each set ...
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How can I build a bed frame out of palettes?

I'm moving to a new house, and on a broke budget. I found this bed design online. I'd like to do this from scratch and perhaps use wooden palettes for the main structure (adding supplemental wood ...
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Is there a window or portable AC system I can use with an awning window?

My bedroom gets ridiculously hot and I taped tin foil over the window. It didn't help much. I'm thinking of getting an air conditioner but the ledge on the window is small and the window doesn't open ...
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How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?

How stubborn you ask? Well the bed frame has three issues, but really only one and the other two are only a result of the first: The rails are too short. Not by much, maybe an inch. Maybe even ...
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How can I soundproof a grille in a wall?

I have a niche as a wardrobe in my bedroom. The niche is built upon the stairs and has a wooden grille on the wall facing their side (think of it as a window-shutter, I guess it was made to give the ...
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Can I use bolts to attach a bed to the walls of my room?

I plan on mounting my bed to the walls of my room. You can say that it will look like a loft bed without the legs. To make it look like it really is floating, I won't be using angle brackets. Instead, ...
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What is an aesthetically pleasing way to add lateral support to a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed, and while I have a pretty good handle on the surface, I'm still trying to figure out the posts. Two adjacent sides are against walls, so I could put in diagonal beams, or ...
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Suggestion for bedroom furniture for a small home?

I have a very small home ( about 50 m2 ). Currently in my bedroom I have 2 desks and 3 bookshelves, but there is no space for a bed ( my wife wants to kill me :D ). The bedroom size is about 12 m2 ...
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Wiring requirements for garage and bedroom addition

I've just added a new garage and bedroom and am about to wire them. I've done a lot of wiring in my house, know all the basic requirements for how wiring is run, etc, never had a problem with ...
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What header joist sizes do I need for a loft bed?

I've decided to design and build a king-sized loft bed for our bedroom. Basically, I've got an 80" x 89" frame, 54" off the floor, covered with slats instead of plywood (see image, below). I'm sure I'...
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How to build a wooden ladder for a loft bed?

I want to build a five foot ladder for my 6 ft loft bed that's being cut down to 4ft tall because it's too close to my ceiling. My bed is going to be in front of my window which is on my shortest wall....
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What are some good web resources for designing/building bunk bed? [closed]

I am looking to make bunk beds for a new house we are moving into. Does anyone have any thoughts on a place to get some good plans? Looking online has scared me and they all look like a scam. Just ...
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How do you build a window seat bed?

I'm new to this so just wondering besides wood, what other materials & tools will I need to build a window seat bed? I also need it to hold 300-500 lbs. It will be used with a Twin mattress and ...
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What is the bedroom section of a master bedroom with foyer called?

Is there a particular term used for the section of a master bedroom that has the bed, if there is an adjoining foyer that is also part of the master bedroom? (Master bedroom) +---------------+ | ...
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Why is this apartment's area reported much bigger than sum of its rooms' areas? [closed]

My calculation is roughly that the total area is two times the sum of the area of living room and the area of the bigger bedroom: (13*17+10.5*15)*2 = 757.0 (sq Ft). However it shows the apartment is ...
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How can I stop wardrobe door from automatically closing?

Every time the right-hand door on my wardrobe gets opened, it slowly but surely accelerates shut again. As you can imagine, this is quite annoying as it blocks light and restricts view. Is there a ...
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How can I improvise a kids double bunker bed?

I have a small bedroom and two single beds on ensemble. I want to fit them in the corner in an L shape but on top of each other. This means part of one bed will go underneath the other one. My local ...
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Is a bedframe necessary to keep a boxspring & mattress in good working order?

My wife and I managed to get a nice 'pit' in our mattress, after only 3 years of ownership. We've had it on a boxspring, directly on the carpeted floor. It's sagged enough that we can feel springs ...
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How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?

We just bought a 3-year old house and there is an odd smell of moisture in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. It smells like someone just took a shower although the house has not been used in ...
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How can I make my bed non-box-spring frame stop squeaking?

I have a foam mattress which rests ontop of a wooden frame (no box springs, just wooden framing). I have had it for over 6 months and now, even the slightest movement causes the wood to squeak. Is ...
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Why won't this bed's feet touch the floor?

My wife and I just got a hand-me-down Queen-size bed after our old one broke. It was disassembled and brought to us by people unfamiliar with its previous assembled state. You might be able to tell ...
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Does a bedroom have to have a closet?

I'm finishing my basement (actually its the second basement I've finished). And I've built what I think is a bedroom in the basement. I had the ELECTRICAL inspector in here the other day and as he's ...
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Does wardrobe/closet need doors?

I was always told to let the wardrobe doors open sometimes, so "let the air circulate". And I wonder, does the wardrobe actually need to have doors? What would be the problems (other them visual) of ...
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Do I need an egress bedroom window if I have a walk-out exterior door?

I have a basement with three hopper windows and a walk-out door. There's also a staircase that connects the basement with the upper (main) floor of the house. If I build a bedroom, do I need an ...
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Is it OK to have a gas water heater in a bedroom closet?

I have a laundry room with a gas water heater in the closet. I was thinking about taking out the washer and dryer and renting the laundry room as a bedroom because there is a bathroom next to the ...