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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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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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Relative costs of painting vs. staining 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Building a ledger for indoor use with with some cut to size 2 by 4s, should I stain or paint them?

I'm builduig a ledger for indoor use (to support a work surface) with with some 2 by 4s cut to size, my question is, should I stain or paint them to protect them? for spills etc, or is staining indoor ...
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Is it safe to shave off 1/8" from a load-bearing stud?

I am trying to install a small metal media cabinet in a load-bearing wall in my basement, but unfortunately the cabinet is about 1/8" too wide to fit between the studs. Is it safe to shave off a ...
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Hang a floating mantel

We recently replaced an existing fireplace mantel and my wife would like me to re-purpose the old mantle as a high mounted shelf in our soon to be occupied nursery. The original install was a 1x1 ...
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What is the width of the expansion gap between solid wood and ceramic tile of equal thickness?

I want to install a T transition between 3/4 inch oak 2 1/4 strip floor and ceramic tile of the same thickness. There is a 1/2 inch wide "tooth" on the bottom of the transition. How wide should the ...
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How can I find a match for ~100 year old door/window trim?

Our house is around 100 years old, and during the course of a bathroom demo, the contractor irreparably broke part of the window trim. Of course, the big box and local lumber stores are completely ...
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Where can I get unusual dowel/shelf bracket sizes? [closed]

I need to put up shelves inside a custom shelving unit. However, the original toggles that held up the shelves were lost in a move. I was thinking dowels but I've been told that the originals were ...
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What is a chairleg camstud?

I am trying to assemble a chair I bought online and cannot find a how-to video for it . The chair leg has a "cam stud" for the 2 screws and the instruction states "make sure the cam studs face out". ...
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Wood Fence Designs

I plan on building a wooden fence out of pressure treated lumber this spring. I like the idea of 4x4's as posts and 2x2's for spindles. My wife and I do not like privacy fences. The function of this ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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How do I fix this wodden door my dog bit or scratched with its nails? [duplicate]

How do I fix this wodden door my dog bit or scratched with its nails?? The apartment is rented! I am Freaking out. The dog had never done this before.
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When is it ok to sand against the grain?

Everything I've read says that you should always sand with the grain of the wood. What if it's impossible to sand with the grain? For example, I'm installing a brand new stair post - the kind with the ...
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What is causing/caused these brown circular stains in my cabinetry?

Recently moved into a 1950s-built home and have unearthed a number of brown, circular stains on the wood inside various closets. These rings don't appear on the plaster walls, but rather on the wood ...
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What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...
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What's the best way to fix skirting board without nails / screws?

I need to put some skirting board up which will be fixed to some skimmed, dot-and-dabbed plasterboard. I need to fix it without nails / screws however, as it's in a basement/cellar conversion, and ...
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Poorly applied water based stain - help!

1 week ago I attempted to stain my new deck and did a very poor job. I rushed and over applied and now it is streaky, patchy and uneven. I have read that you can apply stain over the excess areas then ...
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How to apply varnish of a different color on a varnished wood shed?

We have a wood shed that's only 1 year old or so. After the wood shed was assembled, we applied a varnish called mahogany. That day, I was at work. When I came home, the varnish has already been ...
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Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: ...
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What size dowels to use for joints?

I'm comfortable with the process of creating and joining wood with dowels, but I'm not sure what size dowels to use in which cases? Specifically, I'm working with 1" thick stock (3/4" actual), what ...
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Can a 61-lb speaker sit on a shelf screwed to pine wood paneling mounted directly over masonry?

I'm trying to create more room for guests. If I raise my speakers up, that's 2 more people. But they are 61-pound speakers, and would injure someone if they fell. [So, while not important for ...
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Can I install wood stair treads over old Linoleum

Installing maple tread and riser kits into my bi-level home. The stairs currently have linoleum on them. The lino peals up easy leaving a the paper glue layer on the stairs. Can I install the solid ...
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Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?

Should I keep the bathroom door open or shut after a shower to keep it from expanding? What if the fan is on as well?
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How can I repair this rotted section of wood siding?

I have a section of wood siding that is soft and rotting. Complicating matters (and possibly causing the issue) is the placement of the seating area of the deck. The previous owners built a privacy ...