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Figuring the angle of a cut

I have a 2x4 that is 86 inches long which needs to be cut so that one end is 2 inches and the opposite end 1.75 inches. How do I figure the angle of the cut? Could you please give me the step by ...
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How can I prevent a wooden door from expanding and binding when it rains?

When we have heavy driving rains it causes the front door to expand and we're unable to close or lock the door until it has dried out and contracted. There is no veranda so the rain hits straight ...
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Dealing with woodworms

I am dealing with woodworms at home and I am looking for an effective method to contain their spreading and eliminate them from my furniture. I would just like that they chose another place to build ...
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Can anyone tell me how the wood finish look on this wall was achieved? My guess was either by staining plywood or using vinyl sticker. I am planning to build a wall panel similar to this and was ...
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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 to stack 2x4 table legs?

I have a desk made with 2x4 legs I want to increase the height for a work table. I'm thinking adding 5 1/2". How to I connect the new piece onto the original leg? I've been looking at pocket holes but ...
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Is there a way to protect particle board cabinets from moisture/water?

I've been researching cabinet options and one of the cons of particle board or MDF cabinets is that they don't respond well to moisture. So, is there a way for me to protect, finish PB or MDF ...
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Materials for building a sound proof home office in a 5 ft x 6 ft x 8 ft cube

I have a big living room 16ft x 22ft x 10 ft(height). I wanted to take a small corner 6ft x 5ft x 8ft(high) to build a home office. I was initially planning on building a steel cube frame out of 3/4 ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...
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Shed panel warped, but isn't anymore

I had a shed delivered two weeks ago. It has been stored up right for a week when I noticed that some panels were bent/warped. It's now being returned and collected this week. See picture. However ...
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Is wood flooring in bathroom a right decision?

We have decided to install wood flooring in bathroom. Is it a right decision??
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How to determine load bearing ability of boards

I need to build a dolly to be able to easily move an indoor vertical garden. I can find the load limits of the casters, but don't know what type of wood to use. I've looked at dollies online, but ...
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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 and ...
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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 to stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
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Floating wall mounted office desk

I'm currently about to embark on redeveloping my home office. We have a room with a small alcove and want to mount a desk top inside it. The approx size is 220cm x 80cm We can source the wood we ...
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Can I connect an outdoor wood stove to my current HVAC system?

How to install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source? (Main is electric furnace with forced air) I've read this question, it doesn't really answer what I need to know. What I would like to do is ...
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Completely paint with wood filler?

I have a very old house with many layers of exterior paint. I am trying to have a new paint job "done right". They removed as much paint as they could using stripper and scraping, but there was still ...
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Type of tool used to fasten wood to brick

The brick foundation under my porch has latticework that is mounted on wood. A number of these wood pieces have rotted and I would like to replace them. They have been mounted to the brick with a ...
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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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Dirty water stain on oak worktop

I have had a solid oak worktop delivered and placed it on some sheets next to my radiator until ready to treat with Danish oil. Just about to start and it looks like the radiator has leaked and soaked ...
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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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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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Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

Looking to build a utility/storage shelf in the unfinished area of my basement. Considered dropping the $170 to get the metal unit from Home Depot (in the U.S.), but thought that now that we have a ...
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What primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?

I recently purchased a new pre-hung exterior door for my house. We opted for a solid-core Douglas Fir instead of the fiberglass models as the wooden door was substantially cheaper. We want to paint ...
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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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How to achieve a sun-bleached effect with wood stain

I have a new wood shelf that I am trying to stain to a sun-bleached colour. I believe the wood is pine. Before staining, I sanded thoroughly with grit 60, 100, 150, 220. I also used a conditioner ...
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How to correct a twist in a 2x4?

I making a work bench surface and after putting the boards together in a rectangle I noticed a twist in one of the 2x4s. The result is that it will not lay flat anymore. Will adding joists help ...
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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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streaks in polyurethane finish on freshly stained farm table

I applied too much polyurethane finish on newly stained wood farm table while applying third coat. I tried sanding with 220 grit and applying a 4th coat but there are still very visible streaks. ...
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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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How can I fill hinge mortises and latch bores so I can reuse old doors?

I have several old solid wood doors. I want to refinish them and use new hinges and doorknobs. How is the best way to repair existing hinge cutouts and holes and door cutout and holes? Thank you. ...
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Can I replace metal porch swing components with wood?

Have a metal porch swing that we haven't used in 6 years because a weld broke on the slat in the back that holds the two ends together. Wondering if I could replace the mesh fabric and the metal ...
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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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Shou sugi ban treatment of external timber cladding

I'm considering a shou sugi ban (Japanese burned wood) cladding on the building I'm currently working on. I've done a quick test with a few small pieces of the board I'm thinking of using and the ...
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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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“sap allowed” in walnut timber

I've been looking at getting some timber for a shelf, and found a place online selling walnut "sap allowed" - which I initially took to mean "might be 'sappy'". Having thought some more about it ...
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New Wooden decking. To stain or not to stain [duplicate]

I had new wooden decking installed on my balcony. The guy that did the job says it doesn't need stain because the wood is already treated: http://www.diy.com/departments/premium-brown-softwood-deck-...
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Stain a half stained deck

I now own a deck where the previous owner (for some reason) stained half of it a year or two ago (they did mostly the inside). I'm lucky to have the same product that was previously used. If I stain ...
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How to drill 45mm diameter hole in 90x90mm timber post?

The reason I asking is that with my current equipment: SDS drill bit: SDS drill: I have no chance. The drill bit gets "stuck" as soon as it touches the wood. By stuck i mean it wouldn't move ...
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Can I use 2“x6” as roof rafters for porch addition over concrete patio?

If I tie into a 6/12 pitch roof with 2x6's. Will I be able to span a concrete slab of 11' 6"? I will be setting 4x4 post every 6' with 2 2x6's with 1/2" osb sandwiched between them as the form to set ...
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What degree do I make bevel cut to form a 28ft ring with 2x4s

I'm trying to make this circle for my pool to put 3" of sand in it
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How do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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Build a small fence around the BBQ grill

Has anyone out here ever build a small fence around the BBQ grill. What I would like to build one is to withstand against the strong wind where we live in. I live in Southern Colorado and our house ...
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roof ridge beam support

I am building my son a batting cage that measures 14'x40'. I have finished the concrete slab and I am now framing a 3/12 pitch roof over it using rafters and not joists. The roof will be supported by ...
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Is this termite damage and if so how do I repair it?

I was moving a bolt storage rack in the basement, and when I took it off the wall, I noticed that the wall behind it was moldy. Then I noticed a ripple in the paint going all the way up, and when I ...
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Can I resize a bench [closed]

I've finally found two identical bench's on an auction site that are almost perfect as I'm looking to create a breakfast nook In my kitchen that im doing up. Unfortunately just measured and one is ...
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Finishing with boiled linseed oil

I'm currently working on an oak table and I'm finishing it with boiled linseed oil is this a stand alone finish? I normally use a clear varnish but fancied trying something different. Will the linseed ...
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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...