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What is the best way to seal my deck?

I Have an outside deck, it currently has a layer of varnish on it, I Think the wood type is Meranti. The deck is exposed to lots of rain and also harsh sun, and the varnish has started to peel. I ...
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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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What is a heavy, dense wood for a soundproof door assembly I am putting together?

I am going to attempt to create my own door assembly (frame, door, etc) for my soundproofing project and am looking for very dense, heavy wood. The first wood that comes to mind is oak, but I suspect ...
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Combined wood and aluminium windows

We would like to have wooden windows in our newly bought apartment which we are renovating at the moment. The apartment is old and we feel that alu-windows does not fit the "soul" of the apartment. ...
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How long can I leave a wood fence after power washing, before staining?

If I were to pressure wash my fence this weekend. Could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The only reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain ...
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Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends?

Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends for a pergola?
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I have a light dent in my wooden door, what is the best way to fix it? [duplicate]

I had created this small dent in my door and I am wondering how to fix it.
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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How can I replace patio cover columns?

My patio cover has wood columns (that support the over hang) that actually go into the ground and are rotten. I really need to fix this but not sure how to go about it. It has 4 columns. I'm ...
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How to even out the colour on wooden stair treads

I am currently renovating my staircase, and I want the treads of the stairs to be stained wood while the remaining of the staircase will be painted white. I have stripped the old paint of the treads ...
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What's the difference between “Wood Filler” and “Floor patch & Smoothing Compound”?

I'm getting ready to repair a small dry rot spot in my bathroom floor and am conflicted on which product to use. When I visited my local big box store, they had a couple options: 1) High ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Will the highlighted legs bow?

I don't really know much about building anything so I was trying to keep this as simple as possible (2x4s and OSB, wood glue and screws). I'm worried about the highlighted legs bowing. This is for a ...
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How can I calculate the minimum allowable cross sectional area of a table leg?

I plan to DIY a 6 legged table with the following dimensions: 140 cm long 70 cm wide 100 cm high I know the breaking strength of the wood, but not sure how to calculate how thickness of the table ...
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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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Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
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How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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How to deal with Carpenter Bees boring into my front porch?

I noticed a single "bumblebee" hovering in front of my front door for days. When my handyman was out doing some repairs, he told me that it isn't a bumblebee, but a carpenter bee. Then he showed me ...
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How do I match the color of old wood with stain after a repair?

I had a need to do a repair on some wooden trim in a kitchen. The new wood is the same type and grain as the piece that was removed, but the color is considerably different. The old wood was cleaned ...
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Compound mortise and tenon joints on corners (ie. legs of a table)

I am playing around with the idea of doing a workbench that can be disassembled, using pinned mortise and tenon joints. I haven't found anything that could be used where two spans meet at a corner ...
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Can you screw something that will not loosen?

I'm working on a wall hook project that is meant to be permanent (so once you install it you don't have to take it off the wall because of loose hooks or knobs - used for hanging keys or coats). One ...
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How do I fix a spot on my wood desk?

Some wood seal got removed on my desk. There is a noticible spot. Is there anyway to fix it without refinishing the whole thing?
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advice for cantilever on temporary, free-standing wood structure

My daughter wants a piñata at her 6th birthday party. Unfortunately our back yard has no convenient tree limbs or other ways to hang the piñata, so I want to DIY something to hang it from. I'd prefer ...
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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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What thickness, size, and quality plywood is required for an aviary floor?

12'L x 5'D x8'H size aviary needs what thickness plywood to hold human weight. Aviary floor is slightly elevated from the ground. Also, please specify how many floor joists it needs to hold the weight ...
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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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How do I repair wood that's been damaged with mold and bleach

My kitchen tap is set into the wooden counter instead of the metal sink, so water has dripped into the wood around the tap and made it moldy. I put some bleach on it and it did remove the mold in one ...
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How do I attach a shelf to a plaster wall invisibly?

Following this question: How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way? I have another - what would be a good way to attach a shelf to a plaster wall, if it is completely supported (i.e. ...
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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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Do I need to do any maintenance for a wood retaining wall?

What do you do to protect your wood retaining wall to stand for extreme weather condition (hot and cold)? I just look at mine and thought that before winter arrive do I need to do something. Is it ...
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What adhesive/glue is best to join PVC pipe to MDF?

I'm running a piece of 90mm diameter PVC pipe through a sheet of 20mm thick MDF. I've cut a hole the right diamater in the wood to fit the pipe through, and I'm wondering what the best glue would be ...
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is it OK to lay an engineered wood floor that is 27' long without putting a T-joint in the middle to avoid buckling?

I am installing an engineered wood floor (bamboo). My LR/DR is 27' long. The installer said I ned to put in a T-joint transition between the LR and DR, at the 18' mark, to avoid buckling. I am ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony. I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different lengths (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I ...
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Calculating Tie Plate loading and double shear

I am considering the use of L strap ties from Strong Tie. I will be connecting two 4x4's in an L-configuration. The image at the very bottom-right corner of the below PDF illustrates exactly the ...
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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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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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What can I do if my wood boiler keeps tripping the high limit switch?

I just installed a outdoor wood boiler and added 2nd thermostat in house. When I start wood boiler the high limit switch gets hot and trips. The only way I can keep it going is to put a jumper wire in ...
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What could I be getting stuck on when drilling into a stud?

I was trying to drill a hole for bolts for a TV mount, using a 7/32 bit. About 1" in, the drill wouldn't go any further. It as was in the middle of where my stud finder indicated a stud (but it was ...
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How can I join two beams at a corner post in a historical building?

I am rebuilding a porch on our 200+ year old house. It is in a historic section so I am limited to what materials I can use. The porch is 16' wide by 7' deep. I will have 3 wood posts across the ...
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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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Sawdust from treated wood on my lawn

Over the weekend I built a playhouse for my kids in the back yard using pressure treated lumber. As I was cleaning up I realized that my lawn was covered in chemical laden sawdust. Has anyone here ...
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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 can I repair leaks in metal wrapped wood gutters?

I've noticed a good bit of rain water leaking through what first appeared to be my gutters on my roof. When I got on the ladder and took a few pictures ( attached ), I noticed I've got wooden gutters ...
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How can I protect the wall of a simple wooden cottage from rain?

I have newly moved to a property with a small cottage. It is located in a hot desert climate, close to the sea, with occasional rain during the winter. The cottage is made from relatively thin ...
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What is the essential beginners tool box? [closed]

I have limited budget, and am a firm believer in buying good tools that last forever, and not budget tools that last 5 minutes. I want to be able to build some items for my garden, a few planters, ...
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How should I shut down a woodburner that is attached to an electric furnace for the night?

I have a Monarch Add-A-Furnace wood burner connected by ductwork to my Armstrong Air electric furnace. I use the wood burner when it gets really cold outside, but shut it down at night because I do ...
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How can I repair stacking doors that are not closing properly and running off the track?

I live near a dam. My front entrance runs along a canal Stacked / Folding Wooden Doors I have 4 X 6 pane stacking doors at each of my balconies and I am experiencing the following problems. The ...
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Remove gloss from wood

what is the best way to remove a layer of clear varnish from my garage doors. I need to get them ready for winter and would prefer to stain them but it will not paint over the laquer very well. Sand ...