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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

I'm building a wooden gate for my deck, and I want to put in a cross brace to reduce sagging. I want to install the brace so that it transfers the load from the top unhinged corner, to the bottom ...
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What is an appropriate cut radius for a semi-circle bench for a 36" round table?

I'm designing a dining room space, a 36" round pedestal table is ideal for this space, but I'd like to add a semi-circular bench on one side (like a booth at a bistro). I'm wondering what the ideal ...
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Can I get away with 5/4“ cedar decking across a 24” span in a children's play structure?

I am currently in the process of designing/building a play structure for my son. The structure will include a 5' high elevated deck, that is 6'x4'. The supports for the decking will be 24" ...
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Who do I call to approve minor interior structural changes to my house?

I want to knock down an interior wall in my house and make a dropped ceiling flush with the remainder of the room. It should be a fairly straightforward home improvement project that I am quite sure I ...
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What should I use for a sandbox bottom?

I'm building a sandbox for my three-year old. It will probably sit on the deck, so it needs some kind of bottom. Ideally, we should be able to move the sandbox around the deck. Is it necessary for ...
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Importance of Following Procedure

I'm an amateur at woodworking/masonry/anything home-improvement related. I'm building a bench, and the following (parts 7c and 7d) forms part of the bench's building procedure. I can't visualize nor ...
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How to build plastic prototype? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the place for this question but I couldn't find out any StackExchange website for this question so I'm posting it here. I always wondered how companies build the plastic ...
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Utility Tray - how to calculate loads on beams

Im planning on making a tray for my truck/ute and want obviously need to work out the number and position of beams as well as the sort of material (cross sectional area to accommodate loads). how do i ...
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Assemble and dissemble tools for vanity table

I am planning on building my girlfriend a vanity desk where she can apply her special make-up and all that lady stuff she enjoys as my anniversary gift. I have a concept in mind but one thing I know I ...
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Is a hexagonal house feasible?

Recently I have been considering the economics and feasability of building a house versus buying a used one. In my design I settled on a hexagon as the logical shape for the frame, which I am ...
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What design should I use for a desk that is only around 1' deep? [closed]

I have a small apartment. I have an empty wall space that is approximately 1 foot 'deep' as it butts up to what I would call a "room divider" wall. I want to use this space for an office desk. I need ...
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How do I design a shed to make optimal use of building materials?

I read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own, in which he builds a small building to use as a writing studio. The architect's design called for wall studs to be cut to 8ft 1in (out of 10ft sticks), ...
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How would I create a curved floating desk and shelving unit?

I want to create a modern desk that also works as a shelving unit such as the one below: The idea is that I will have a corner desk which at one end has the desk curved under the computer tower ...
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How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?

I have a house built in 1940, which has a mix of copper, PVC and galvanized pipe for its plumbing at present. I am going to be gutting the upstairs bathroom in the near future, and have access to ...
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How do I build the support structure for a 36"x14' built-in desk?

I would like to build a 36 in deep desk into a 14ft wide space that has floor to ceiling windows along the back. My initial idea is put cleat plates on the side walls, then run a 2x6 joist at 12 in ...
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What are the best practices for a low deck built half on a concrete slab?

In our current place, we moved the main access door from going into the kitchen, to entering an old laundry room converted to a mud room. In order to do so, the front door was moved over about 4', ...
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Help me retrofit a closet in this room

Here is the floorplan of our master bedroom: Being a 1940s house, the closet [lower left] is woefully small at 3' x 2'. I'm thinking about a way to expand it. The obvious answer is to build it out ...
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Design guidelines for walk-in shower sizing?

I'm renovating my bath and am interested in a walk-in shower area (i.e. no doors). How can I calculate a "safe" distance from the shower head for the door area? Are there design guidelines for ...
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How should I lay my engineered flooring to account for a hearth?

I'm scratching my head over how to layout some new flooring in relationship to our walls vs. hearth. This is an engineered floor with somewhat wide boards (about 4.5") As it happens, I could lay ...
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Suggestions for a kitchen layout for my house? [closed]

We have just started to renovate our newly bought apartment. It is part of a very nice old building located in the center of Granada Spain. The apartment is approx 120m2 and we are in the process ...
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How to read this floor map scale?

I'm not an interior designer, but I'm going to do the home design myself. I don't know how to read the scale of this floor plan. I'm going to put this into a floor planner website and design, but I ...
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How can I verify that the protective earth/ground is separate from the neutral wire in an electrical AC installation?

It's easy to verify which wire is the phase without relying on wire colors. But I'm not sure if I'm able to determine which wire is the ground and which is the neutral. I have heard that using a ...
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My living room needs more ambient light and I'm reluctant to drill holes in my ceiling. What are my options?

Problem: My living room needs more ambient light. Constraint: My living room does not have an overhead light fixture and I'm reluctant to drill holes in my ceiling. Questions: What are my ...
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How do I make built-in bookcases for the corners of a room?

I am planning some built in book shelves around a room. The issue I have is what to do at the corners of the room. That is, how not to waste space, but to make the space useful. The corner space ...
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How can I add a closet to an existing room?

So I am looking to add a closet to an existing room. I want this to be a built-in because where I live real estate listings do not count a bedroom with a free standing closet. However I can't ever ...
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What important factors should I consider when building a dog house?

I've never actually done this before, and I know that there's more to it than just slapping some pieces of wood together. I live in a place that gets pretty much all the extremes of weather, ...
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How can I conceal an over-the-range microwave?

We are in the process of remodelling our kitchen, and are going from an electric to gas stove. Because of this, we are going to need a vented range hood. One thing that we are certain about is that ...
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Interior Design Degree Question [closed]

My fiancée is interested in Interior Design. She's currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree of Business from Kettering University. What would be the next step for her if she wanted to learn Interior ...
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How do I design and build a simple, sturdy, and affordable table?

Table Design I'd like to build two tables at custom proportions to display my LEGO model city. I've already designed the layout consisting of two tables aligned into an L shape: The two ...
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How to design a radiator cover for good heat distribution?

I want to replace some battered, ugly radiator covers in my 1910 home. I have read that to function effectively, a radiator cover needs openings at the front top and bottom, so that natural ...
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How do I stick paper on the wall in a stylish manner?

I want to stick some papers on my room wall, some paintings and notes .. but looking for a way that it looks fashion. Any ideas about that?
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How can I temporarily partition a large open space to create another room?

I'm renting a small apartment which has one bedroom, near the front door there is a large open space that could easily be converted to a bedroom/office with the addition of a partition across a wall. ...
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How can I calculate the load capacity of a platform?

I'm planning to build a very basic bed frame, but I'm not sure what size lumber to use. I was thinking of building the entire thing from 2x4s (legs would be 4x4), but I'm not sure if this will be ...
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What types of materials should I consider when designing a bench?

I am building a dividing half-wall/shelving unit to separate my living room from entrance door. I am planning to put a bench on the side closer to the door (so me and my guests can sit down while ...
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Is there an online tool for designing kitchen layout?

I am looking at having my kitchen replaced. It is a tiny room no bigger than 6ft by 6ft. I would like to find an online tool that will let me drag and drop appliences and fittings into the room so I ...
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Can I use a 6 foot long table as the base for a stand up desk?

I am looking to create my own cheap stand up desk. My current idea is to take one of the cheap $40 6 foot tables where the legs fold up and buy 4 plastic crates to put on the corners of the desk ...
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Where should I place a stove master switch on an island?

We're having our kitchen redone and I would like to integrate our free-standing stove into the island unit. Where would be decent place to put the stove master switch within this island as there are ...
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Can a stove be beneath a window

I'm upgrading my kitchen and after endless deliberating, feel that the kitchen is best laid out having the stove directly beneath a window (the window is about 8" above the stove). I was wondering ...
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Building a raised wall for a pond

We are looking to build a small pond (9'x18'x6'), but we want the edge to be raised up about 8". I am thinking about using CMUs (Concrete Masonry Units) which are 8x8x16. The entire pond will be lined ...
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Prefab recommendations

I'm toying with the idea of completely knocking and rebuilding my house. Does anyone here have experience with prefabs? In my case I'd need a 2000ft2 modern but traditional-looking house (since my ...