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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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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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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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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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Is this white powdery substance on a wood shelf caused by flying termites?

There were probably about 100 or 200 so flying termites inside the house two days ago. They were all flying to the ceiling lights, and I placed buckets of water below it and many got in. I also ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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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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Staggered Barn Doors

I am looking to build two sets of barn doors for an open closet location that is approx 12-14 with a divider in the middle approx 4 feet, and then another open location that is approx 12-14 feet. I ...
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Alternatives to cam lock screws

I'm making a battery cover for my longboard, and I've used cam lock screws to attach the cover to the wooden board. (http://tim.gremalm.se/battery-chassis-for-electronic-longboard/) The cover ...
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What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it?

What is the best way to clean internal wood that has black marks/patches on it? I have tried scrubbing it with hot water and sugar soap, it has made some difference but not a lot. Is there ...
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Pergula and swing bed load question. pics included.

The pergula is cedar. It has 2 6x6 posts with 80lbs of concrete on each post. It is also connected to the house with a 2x8 board with multiple redheads with 2x8 notched runners. ...
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Structural Brackets instead of posts

Is there a calculation that is needed to figure the size of a structural bracket when replacing support post for brackets on a porch?
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be ...
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wood tongue and grove ceiling - does it need drywall under it for fire protection.

I want to install wood tongue and grove cedar wood ceiling in my family room and kitchen in a single story home. I plan on removing the existing drywall since the ceiling height is low and I don't ...
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How can I make a 3d box transparent display frame?

I wish to create a frame like this to present clothing for an exibition. I too wish to present an item of clothing with the frame outlined around it like so. Is this a D.I.Y job or is it possible to ...
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Replacing Wood siding that extends over concrete block

I have an older home that has textured plywood siding. It looks great. The problem is a small addition was built and wood siding was installed to match the rest of the house. The bottom 12" of the ...
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Solid oak wood floor acclimation time?

I am currently about to install a solid wood oak floor. The wood is to be delivered tomorrow if I measure the damp readings and the solid oak floor matches the readings of the subfloor would it be ...
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Can I attach one side of my Pergula to the existing outside ledger of my deck?

Can I attach one side of my Pergula to the existing outside ledger of my deck. My deck is currently attached to the house on one side and I was hoping to have the pergula come off it. It is a 10x12 ...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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Wood Choice for Strength in Shear and Tension Along Grain

I have a heavy gate (shown below) mounted to a concrete pillar using a 2x8 board and a piano hinge. The board cupped and finally split, so I must replace it. The mounting board has a piano hinge ...
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Birch Plywood Wood Working Bench Top Stain

I just built a workbench that I plan to primarily use for wood working and various dry jobs. Anything messy I'll be throwing on a piece of subfloor ply on top of my saw horses. The workbench top is ...
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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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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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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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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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Covering Up A Large Gap In A Wall

I was looking for advice on how could i create a partition between my two rooms which have a huge frame in between them. The place was originally covered by curtains but putting up curtains on the ...
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Span Load for 6x6 PT

Re-doing the deck of an existing bridge that spans 16' for two horses to walk across. The (6) joists are 6x6 pressure treated at 16" on center. Putting 6/4 oak boards on with carriage bolts. Seems ...
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deck repair and painting

the previous owner painted our 1000sf deck but failed to maintain same. Currently the painted deck is peeling and several small areas have dry rot of the wood decking. what is the best way to repair ...
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How should I hang two single swings on an apartment patio?

I want to hang two single swings on an apartment patio, side by side. I have an apartment above me, so I know cement is there but it is not a sturdy cover (my ceiling). I want to run a 4 X 4 across ...
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How can I pressurize stain into wood?

I'm thinking about how to stain the railing on my deck. What I have is the same design as the last three pictures on this page. I'm going to take the glass out before I stain, so there is some ...
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How do I build a white board stand?

I'm looking to create a wood stand for a white board. I have never built anything before and am looking for both insight on what to do and possible schematic ideas. I took basic construction classes ...
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How to hang shelf on 2cm thin wall?

I would like to somehow saw out a wood board that fits into the corner as seen on the picture below. The problem is that both walls are only 2cm thin. The shelf needs to be able to hold a pair of ...