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How do I vertically connect two 4x4s on a deck to build a roof?

I have a deck I am going to put a roof over. It has 4x4s for vertical supports that I need to extend upward to attach my trusses to. What is the best way to connect two vertical 4x4s?
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How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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How can I repair a bump in a wooden desk?

I inserted a screw in the underside of my desk but it was a little bit too long. Result: A small bump in the top side and flaws in lacquer. Photo: Who knows how to fix this?
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How can I repaint a bad paint job?

I just got a wooden sweet cart made for myself. I asked someone to paint it for me but he did a really bad job. He didn't let paint dry completely so it has smudged all over an looks uneven. How can ...
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Relative maintenance costs of painted vs. stained cedar siding?

I'm house shopping and I have a pretty good idea about the costs to maintain painted cedar exterior siding, but I've run into a few homes with stained cedar exteriors. How does the cost to maintain ...
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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

The bag in the photo below stained my wood table (see the photos). The bag had held some heavy books an was laid face-down on the table. I don't know if this happened through basic time and ...
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Should there be a bottom on a raised flower bed?

I am wondering if people usually fill a raised bed completely with soil, or make a "bottom" for the soil to sit on? If a bottom is made, is it treated wood to avoid mold and deterioration? And if ...
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What tools and techniques are required to bend wood?

I am trying to achieve this curved wood look as pictured below. I am interested in knowing what tools I need or if I need a particular kind of wood. (I am referring to the white curved section)
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Easiest way for non-diy people to link a square wooden post to a wood board?

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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How can I prevent a desk from being bleached by the sun?

I have a computer desk that's situated close to a window, and over the years the sun has stained the top of the desk, I'm looking for a type of desk/type of wood that won't get stained by the sun? I'd ...
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Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs

I seem to have an issue with the table top and legs I have purchased from IKEA. For reference, the table top I purchased is here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/ and the legs I ...
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How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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How to fix particle board at lock screw (Ikea Effektiv)

What is the right way to fix the particle board around the lock screw of an Ikea Effektiv full size cabinet? The movers seem to have dropped one end and essentially the wood around three of the lock ...
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Can I apply stain to an oil treated oak counter top?

I purchased a counter top that was pre-treated with one coat of wood treatment oil at the factory. Can it be stained and varnished ?
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How to remove dried hot glue from a closed door?

Ok so in my room someone used hot glue to close off a small passage way to the attic above. I have searched all over the internet for ways to remove the glue, but none of them seem to work. So ...
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Is this swing beam safe?

Please help. I made a swing for my kids and now am wondering how safe it is. The swing beam is pressure treated yellow pine 4x6 and 16 feet long. The swing hangers are attached to the 4 inch side of ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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How do I fill a gap between my hearth and the hardwood frame around it?

What type of caulk or sealant should I use to fill a space on my fireplace hearth between the slate & the wood frame that surrounds it. The hardwood floor was refinished, but the wood framing ...
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What are the pros and cons of medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?

I heard mixed opinions about making cupboards and beds from MDF. Some said it doesn't matter, MDF is as durable as whole tree or sandwich boards. Some said that MDF is weak, and will not last for ...
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How can I hang a 250 lb wooden piece of art on the wall?

I have 3x8 Brazilian Cherry timbers cut with tongue and groove that stack on top of each other to make a very large wooden piece of art to hang on my wall. I have all of the pieces glued to each other ...
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Any way to do a mitered corner without a table saw?

I want to use some left over wood from a table i did to build a 1ft^3 storage box to use in the living room. The wood has a beautiful pattern but it is plywood so i do not want to expose the edges. ...
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How do you match depth of already installed trim?

One of the harder things I have come across when buying houses is making some of the poor craftsmanship, look at least OK. One of the things that keep popping up is when floor trim (and actually this ...
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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Cutting depth of a Jig Saw

I'm looking at getting a hand held Jig Saw like the Bosch 150 CE because it has the longest cutting depth 15cm(6"). I'm wanting to do some end notching on 150mm x 150mm lumber. For example: What ...
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How do you explain wood grain? [on hold]

I'm new to this topic. What would be a simple explanation of wood grain? When you look at a wooden table or wooden panel, how can you describe it in terms of what you see?
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When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?

Suppose I want to pre-drill for, say, a 5/16 screw. How do I determine the correct drill bit diameter?
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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How can I paint a wooden desk with a rubberised feel?

I've acquired an old wooden desk that is just varnished wood. I would like to paint it but with the rubberised feel I have seen applied to some metals. I'm not sure if this paint exists for wood, but ...
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How to fix wood stain drips?

I have recently finished staining some wood 2x4s but I accidentally put too much stain on the wood. It dripped down to the other sides of the boards and it now looks sloppy and tacky. We considered ...
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How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
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How can I bore deep straight holes through wood?

I wish to bore a 12mm hole in a 9x2 vertically. How do I keep the bore hole straight through 9 inches?
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I have a rectangular table. Can I cut it into 3 pieces to create a removable center leaf?

The table is pretty simple: 4 legs, pine, 33" x 71". It's just too long for our space. I'd like to cut it down so it's square (or close to square) the majority of the time, but not give up the extra ...
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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Ramp for a tool shed

I need to build a ramp into a shed to roll carts in and out. It has to be removable. Door opening is 50", rise is 10" and I have 48" of space in front of the shed. Max weight on the ramp at one time ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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Is my wood stain going to match?

I have refinished the wood floors in my house with the exception of 2 bedrooms, which share a hallway with wood floors. I am redoing one of the bedrooms, and the company that is doing the floor ...
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What's the minimum subfloor thickness required for hardwood flooring?

I have a concrete slab and want to put 3/4 wood flooring on top. I'm going to lay a plywood subfloor and want to know if 1/2 inch plywood is good enough. I plan on nailing down the wooden floor.
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How do I renovate this wooden furniture?

The furniture aren't very damaged, just a bit worn. I don't have any knowledge or experience on the subject, I'm just trying to revive them a bit. I'd rather not unscrew it or take it apart. I found ...
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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

I'm attempting to build (and learn at the same time) a craftsman / arts and crafts style coffee table. It's a smaller project to learn on, before I start taking on more complex projects. I've made ...
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Strong wood coating?

I made a magnetic knife holder out of wood and coated with Arm-r-Seal oil urethane but after 3 days of curing it seems it'll get beat up too fast. What's the strongest I could use? Is this a good ...
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How to fill cracks when building wood furniture?

This is my first thing here, and I'm still an amateur at DIY. I'm building a raised bed for my daughter. I'm using wood. Right now I'm trying to find out what is the best material to fill in ...
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Possible to refinish pressed-wood cabinets?

I've got some kitchen cabinets. The wood is very lightweight and the cross-section is pressed wood with what looks like a durable paper-like surface layer. I'm not sure what they're called. They were ...
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Need to calculate load ratings for DIY wooden storage shelving

I'm trying to figure out the max load ratings for some shelving at our shop. It is 2x4's pine that spans 4 feet across and 30" deep with 2x4's as joists and angled 2x4's for support for each section. ...
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How to mate two flat pieces of wood at a point about which both can rotate?

I apologize if this question has been asked or the answer is obvious. I am unfamiliar to the terminology so searching things up is a major difficulty. I have two flat, long pieces of wood and I want ...
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What exactly is doorskin?

I've used it in a boat-building workshop, but I'm not clear on what "doorskin" is. Is it just plywood made of a single ply? What is its intended purpose? Is it sold at building supply stores that have ...
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Can I shave off half an inch of a crowned up 3 by 6" floor joist?

My subfloor is sloping up because of an very crowned up floor joist in the middle of the house. The house is build on footings, and floorconstruction is accessible from underneath. The footings are ...
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Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. ...
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How can I cover up wood floor stain spill damage?

Due to some stupidity and a large spill, I've got some nasty dark splotches on my wood. I’ve sanded and cleaned I’ve cleaned the area with white vinegar (which might have been a mistake) and ...
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How can I protect pine from yellowing?

I have read that pine can begin to yellow very quickly. I am wanting to use pine as an office desk top and want to prevent this yellowing from occurring. Would a oil- or water-based sealant be the ...
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Is there a way to remove the warp in plywood?

I just bought some 1/2" plywood from HD for a project, and the best piece I could find was still pretty warped. Is there a way to fix this? Currently, it's sitting flat on my garage floor with a sheet ...