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It certainly looks like a setup to move air across under the flooring back to the furnace - either a cold air return or a heating vent, depending which way air moves when the furnace is running. If no air moves when the furnace fan is running, its purpose is harder to infer. I'd guess cold air return. In either case plugging it it probably will hurt your ...


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If you're good with a torch, you could braze yourself up a flat foot for that loopy safety thing on the brad nailer - I know that little booger, and how it dents softwoods like crazy. An alternative is to carry a flexible 1-1/2" putty knife around with you and buffer under the safety loop with it. TRY NOT to nail through the putty knife, though. 8)


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You might be surprised what a black magic marker can do in a situation like this. when carefully applied, a very simple fix. The finish looks like black lacquer, better not to mess with it.


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Cleaning the piece is a good start. You should use a cleaner intended for furniture that does not leave any wax or polish behind, such as Simple Green (there are many others). Some of the light colored marks may come off. Since it is an older piece and you don't want to do an overall refinishing, you can touch up the lighter spots and the small gouges with ...


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Youtube is a surprisingly good teaching tool, and any book on the subject will probably be worth reading but if you're serious the best and safest way to learn is to work with somebody that already knows what they're doing. The master/apprentice relationship helps you learn in three ways, 1. Direct Communication: "do it this way". 2. Critical Communication: ...


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Since the piece is already distressed I'd say just go with it. Lightly sand out any rough spots with 280, clean off the white marks with whatever works and then take a gel stain that matches the color of the distressed edges (the lighter reddish color). Once that's dry (3-4 hours, longer if its cold and humid, no harm in waiting overnight) take a low sheen ...


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You need to figure out what the finish is before you do anything. I suspect it is some kind of solid stain or paint with a polyurethane clear coat, but it could be epoxy or any other number of combinations. The type of wood doesn't matter much in your case. Here's one resource to help with your analysis. Keep googling. And check the back and bottom for ...


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If you want to get rid of the white marks you can try a cleaning product called Magic Eraser (or similar but this is what I am familiar with) this product will remove those white marks on the surface. Alternatively, you can clean the surface and use a latex paint. You will need to lightly sand the areas similar to picture 2 since you don't want to catch an ...



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