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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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How can I seal this dryrot spot to prevent it from getting worse?

Our bathroom shower door leaks onto the outside floor and over time, this has caused a dry rot patch on the floor. It's not necessarily severe but there's some mild "give" and I want to prevent it ...
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How to Calculate Board Breaking Force

How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends? has already been asked, but I found the answers unsatisfactory because they focused mostly on the asker's particular ...
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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 ...
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New Hardwood Floors Chipping

I just bought a newly built house in Maryland and have been living in it for about three months. Most of the house has hardwood flooring that for the most part looks really good. However, I've found ...
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How to deal with clear flakes off my wooden headboard

Tonight I noticed quite a bit of clear flaking on my wood headboard. Can anyone let me know what this is and how I should deal with it?
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How to fasten boards flush to the face of square posts

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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Can level quik be poured over wood subfloor

HOME Depot will install Laminate in all the floor of my house. My first floor is concrete, my second floor is wood, they use level quik to level my second floor. My question is that if they can use ...
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My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?

The question is pretty much all in the title: My house has metal "2x4's" in the walls. Can I hang cabinets or a TV directly on these metal studs? If not directly, is there something special I must do? ...
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Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down

I bought a whole lot of this snap together wood flooring, thinking I would just snap it together and be done. The store was closing out all different styles and colors. I was going to just mix and ...
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What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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Can I stain without stripping?

I bought a headboard that I'd like to just stain darker without going through the whole stripping/sanding process. Is there a product or method that is best for this?
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How can I protect bathroom wood from mold?

I have bought bamboo fittings in the bathroom (towel holders, dishes etc). I see that as a result of hanging damp towels on the towel holders, a black mold is accumulating on the bottom of the holder ...
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Can I hang a 100lb punching bag from this joist?

This board with its edge facing down. Can I hang and use a 100lb punching bag from it without breaking any part of the ceiling? How do you think I should do it? Should I put a strong metal bracket ...
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DIY 2x4 Treadmill [closed]

I'm looking to make a nice cheap 2x4-based treadmill for my basement, in fact, almost exactly like what this guy did. The problem I'm trying to wrap my head around concerns the belt/roller hardware. ...
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How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!

How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!!!
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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How do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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Can mortise and tenon joints be strong without glue?

I'm designing a loft bed (here's a rough picture without the cross supports and other details). Right now, most joints will be mortise and tenon. I'd like to be able to take the loft down to parts, ...
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Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece

Our bed has a piece that's at most 1 inch by 1 inch by about 6 inches. It's permanently screwed to the headboard and then the side rail gets screwed into it. On one side it's cracked. I want to pick ...
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What is a suitable treatment for an outdoor table?

I have a new outdoor table made from pallets. What is the best treatment for this wood? Note: It will be in full sun.
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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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How can I remove grease and dirt stains from unfinished wood?

I purchased a handmade toolbox, an an auction, made from an old peach crate with old cheese boxes for drawers. It was used in a workshop and has oil and grease stains all over it from years of use. ...
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How to finish wood stair treads?

I ordered the wood for my staircase and now I need to decide on which product to use. Some people recomened polyurethane or some water base resin, but I don't like that (I think it might crack and/or ...
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How do I know what type of wood I'm buying?

I am new to woodworking, and I'm working on a small project requiring some 2x4s. I want to buy this one from Home Depot. Is this solid wood or engineered wood? They didn't say anything in their ...
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What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around Pinterest, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two beside ...
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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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How do I drill a long hole lengthwise all the way through a post to make a standing lamp?

I have a beautiful post of reclaimed wood and I'd like to make it into a lamp. Not sure how to do this but I know the first step is to drill a hole all the way through it lengthwise. What is the tool ...
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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Should I let pressure treated lumber dry before building with it?

I bought some treated 2x4's from Lowes, and it was fairly wet and heavy. I went ahead and built a firewood rack, but screwing into it releases a lot of water. It got me thinking, is it better to let ...
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Metal door/ wood screws

The condo board just replaced my old wood door, with a sheet metal door. both having windows. I need to hang blinds and the kit does not have metal screws. Will my blinds be secure enough if I drill ...
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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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Wooden cabinet - Large crack

We acquired two of these cabinets from a friend a few years ago, and one of them has developed a large crack which we noticed while moving a few months ago, and it's grown to the point where most of ...
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How to repair a rock maple table leaf support

I have a solid wood old fashioned rock maple dining table with drop leafs on either side. There are 4 supports made of the same wood that can be rotated out to support the leafs when they are up. ...
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How to prevent expansion on wood block wall/door

I'm about to make a sliding door using a plywood back and a wood block front like the one below. Is expansion a problem in this case? I would probably use construction adhesive to glue the blocks ...
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Support for a 6000 lb spa, measuring 9'x 7.5', filled with water

16' x 16' treated wood deck with of 2 x 6 treated decking, supported by nine 6" x 6" vertical treated wood posts with 2 x 10 floor joist, 16" on center. Will that deck support a spa weighing 6000 ...
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Replacing a cabinet face

I've just moved into a new house and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. Last night I took all the doors off and for the first time got a good look at the shape they're in. It's not so nice, ...
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How many coats of spray paint do I need?

I am working on finish my basement. The idea is that the ceiling is going to remain unfinished but spray painted pitch black to hide all the wires and plumbing. Last weekend I did one coat of spray ...
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How do I calculate deflection in shelving boards?

How do I calculate the deflection of a hard maple board 5/4' x 11-1/2' x 6' supported at ends only that will carry a load of 125 pounds?
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Mounting pull-up/exercise beam in corner above window

I'm considering mounting a beam for climbing exercise equipment similar to what is pictured below (see here for complete details): The set up (in my case) would consist of two 20" 2x8 base boards ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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What can I use to lubricate screws?

I am re assembling a swing set made of pretty hard wood. My electric drill won't drive the screws in all the way and I have to try to use plain screwdriver. I don't want to strip the heads though. Is ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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Basement wall studs: any alternatives to wood?

I'm now getting ready to redo the basement that was flooded. See the horrifying images below.. Some questions: a) Why in the world is there a layer of plastic on studs - do I have to do the same ...
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new unfinished cabinets in bathroom

The cabinets in my bath are new and unfinished. What is the best way to protect the wood? I would like to stain rather than paint. Do I need to cover with polyurethane after I stain? Also, what is ...