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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
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How do I double screw corner posts

I'm building a dog house for our new puppy and got stuck on something. The plan... I want to build a frame and put external and internal walls so I can fill with insulation as Winter where we live ...
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Best way to join frame members in a rectangle box using bolts? [migrated]

What is the best way to join these wooden beams together, to form a rectangle box which is capable of significant weight? I'd like the ability to deconstruct it, so something involving metal bolts ...
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Cinder block retaining wall repair

I inherited an old retaining wall (from the 1980s? repaired once or twice here and there): It has a few cracks and the mortar has gone bad so I'd like to repair it. So I removed the cinder caps, ...
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Entry Wood Door Repair on Finish

We have double entry doors and when I removed our old handle set, it took away alot of the paint that was originally on the door near the handlesets. Needless to say, I want to try to fix this issue ...
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Fix the big crack on wood post

We moved in a house at Dallas area and the wood post at my deck has a big crack in it, I read some post that it is normal, but if I don't treat it, will it keep cracking. Thanks a lot of any ...
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What kind of stains/treatment/varnish do I need to make to my wooden door frame

I have an interior door frame, which has been sawn locally in Sumatra, Indonesia from what is referred to as 'damar'. This I suspect is Agathis borneensis, or possibly Agathis dammara. I looked up ...
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Staining a previously oiled fence

My cedar fence has previously been treated with both marine oil and nut oil but I am no longer able to obtain these products in BC. It is drying out badly and needs staining. What prep work do I ...
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How much linseed oil is needed to treat a beechwood counter top?

I'm going to be treating beechwood counter tops with linseed oil (following these instructions). The person in control of the budget has asked me to figure out how much oil will be required (so we ...
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Hemlock dining room table finish [migrated]

I have a hemlock rustic dining room table with a semi gloss finish. I recently tried to buff a smudged area with 0000 steel wool and paste wax. It left a haze with surface scratches on the finish. ...
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How to repair wood furniture surface from chemical blemish?

I left a can of Raid insect spray on top of a piece of furniture and unbeknown to me there was some sort of chemical goo that dripped off the can overnight and it seemingly ate through the surface ...
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How to repair broken off wood from a chair?

I have an old chair that part of broke of some time ago and was lost. I've finally got round to fixing it as it's a bit of an eyesore. I started by using some woodfiller which I had lying around, but ...
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How many times can you unscrew a screw in wood before the hole is stripped? [closed]

This is obviously a broad question; I am just looking for a general idea.
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
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Wood Staining in a Garage

I am working in the garage with the garage door open as I am working for ventilation. My garage also has gym equipment in it. Am I able to use the garage again soon after or do I have to wait a day or ...
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What is the side load bearing capacity of wood screws?

I'm trying to figure out the viability of a project to suspend bicycles from the garage ceiling. What I don't know, however, is how much to worry about the bearing capacity of wood screws to hold a ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

I have a creek I need to cross with a footbridge. While the creek is only about 3' wide, the main span of the bridge will have to be somewhere between 14-17' feet long, due to low, wet, and loose ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

I need to build a footbridge across a creek and, due to soft and low land around it, will need a long span crossing the creek. I found this tutorial by Ron Hazelton where he makes a bridge with a 12' ...
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I need to Mount a 55" Sony TV on a Wood paneling wall w/no studs

My wife and I rent a duplex in an old neighborhood of Honolulu, HI. We have talked about mounting our 55" XBR-55X810C Sony 4K TV since we bought it, and yesterday we bought a mount on a whim. It's a ...
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How can I avoid sap seep in my woodworking projects?

I recently started getting into more DIY projects around the house and decided to make a fairly straight forward desk for my computers and monitors. This is a 3x6' desk with black metal pipes for ...
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Create a constant 5 mm gap between decking and side panels

I have some decking for which I've built the frame, and the main "floor" decking already but haven't done the sides for yet. The decking goes right up to the edges of the subframe that it sits on. ...
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How to remove excess nail hole filler

I recently had my windows and trim replaced and the contractor was very sloppy filling in the nail holes on the trim. There are big globs of whatever he use left on the wood any ideas on what I can ...
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Stacking freshly stained boards

I am staining boards to build a shelving unit for my dad. Staining before building, which I know is backwards but there is a reason for doing this. My question is... Can I stack the stained boards if ...
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How to extend arbor base?

Our garden arbor's underground legs are completely rotted and the arbor has fallen. I wonder what's the best way to fix it. I am thinking in extending the above-ground part of the legs (which are in ...
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What kind of Sealer for particle board

I have an early 80's oak vanity in the master bath. I think the sides and bottom of the drawers are some kind of particle board. Little pieces of wood pieces/dust are constantly present. I want to ...
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What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola

We are building a wall pergola that we want wisteria to grow on top of. The pergola will only come about 3.5-4 ft out from the wall (Edit: the columns themselves are less than 2ft from the wall). I ...
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Do I need to remove peanut butter/oil stain from unfinished wood before staining?

all: We've installed hardwood stairs in our new home. Before we've been able to get them stained and finished, my son left peanut butter hand prints on them. There are now oil stains on some of the ...
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Convert Mortice Lock to Cylindrical Lock

Currently I have a mortice lock. My condo has rules on the esthetic looks of the lock. I wanted to change the lock to keyless and found something similar. However it's a cylindrical lock which the ...
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is there an oil-based sealant to discourage carpenter bees from eating cedar siding and trim

I have read that only a paint or varnish layer will do the trick, but I'm wondering if there's any oil-based penetrating sealant for cedar that has some ingredient carpenter bees find noxious, so I ...
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How do you get spray paint drips off wooden desk [duplicate]

I decided to spray paint my desk matte black and glossy red. I spray painted the top and it was fine but I sprayed the sides and I got drips. I woke up the next morning to find the drips dry and I ...
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What kind of Extruded Aluminum sections to replace main wooden frame on this DIY project?

Please note, I am not asking or suggesting Aluminum for the horizontal rods/ dowels here. I am asking about the Vertical frame. Since suggested "Extruded Aluminum Section": Wondering if that ...
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How to prep gypcrete bathroom subfloor that has wood around the toilet?

first time bath floor tiling. The subfloor is gypcrete concrete but around the toilet it is wood. The wood is rotting so I think I will take it out. But I don't know how to proceed. So a couple of ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

Shown below is an example of my exterior above my garage. I was wanting to look into painting/stucco/new siding work and wondered if what "bracing" you see as the same color of the house was purely ...
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Will I need to re-sand wood that has raised grain due to moisture?

I am refinishing a cabinet with a barn wood plank top. After sanding it down to 220 grit I applied a coat of linseed oil. Unfortunately while at work today it rained, and while it wasn't directly ...
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Is it safe to use an angle grinder with wood cutting blades?

Being a newbie to DIY and trying to get more and more jobs done myself, safety is a concern to me. I recently bought a Makita 5" angle grinder to cut some metal balustrades, job done. I considered ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...
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Step height unusual

How would you deal with a 10 1/2 inch step. We raised the bathroom floor in basement 10 1/2 inches but now have to make a step. Would you make two equal steps 5 1/4 inches or do a 7 inch step followed ...
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How should I finish a wooden countertop that will have a stovetop and a sink?

I'm doing a tiny house sort of project and plan to have a sink and propane camp stove inset into a wooden countertop. What sort of wood should I use, and how should I finish it to reduce the risk of ...
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How can I secure my spindles?

My house has 3 stories, and from the first floor to the second it has spindles. My issue with them is that they seem very rickety, and don't support any weight what so ever. Is it possible to ...
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When sanding spindles how far should I go?

I have a number of spindles on my stairs which need to be repainted. The current paint is thick and badly done. How far should I be going when sanding? So far I have all the thick paint sanded ...
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what is the best low maintenance finish for a hardwood floor

Home made mesquite flooring. What is the best floor finish? Low traffic but subject to spills...this is for the man cave. Installing diy mesquite floor tiles, 4 - 6" width, random lengths. Aprox ...
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Anyone have any experience ordering slabs or wood?

I've been looking around lately for 2 slabs of Oak possibly reclaimed for some bar tops in my house. We live in CO where pine in plentiful but Oak is not. I need something that will be a little more ...
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installing diy hardwood flooring

Ok..this one is probably alitte different. I built a two story barn roof style work shop in my back yard. Sorta small...12 x 16. I'll go to my grave wishing i had made it at least 14 x ...
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Waterproof stains for outdoor kids toys

I'm working on a large sandbox for my kid and the neighbours' kids to enjoy (it's a big Millennium Falcon). I've managed to design it so it's just wood, large 12" structural screws, and some large ...
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Sealing OSB subfloor from moisture? Patching small gouges?

What are some methods that can be used to seal an OSB subfloor from moisture? And patch small gouges (quarter sized)? Background: Small Bathroom remodel. Tile came up with finger pressure, ...
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How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?

I am building ana white style farmhouse tables with planked tops. Most people that I see building these online are using 2x pine. It is cheap and drier than some wood. Here in Northern California, the ...