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it could attract termites depending on the conditions


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Depending on how deeply you've set those posts, the braces you show may not be adding any significant amount of rigidity. Diagonal bracing would be better, but may be overkill. My 5'-high platform for two rain barrels (with posts sunk 3' deep) has no braces on the thin ends, and has diagonals only to provide more support to the middle of the longer sides. ...


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I wouldn't trust it with a rain barrel. The braces interfere at the laps, which adds some rigidity, but I'd either use diagonal bracing or rely on diaphragm strength, e.g. 3/4" exterior plywood screwed not nailed to the posts. [ edit/afterthought: You might also consider the possibility that, under strain, the braces shown could split lengthwise at the ...


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No, it will not support the weight. It will bend in the middle. You need to either put some studs underneath where most of the weight will be. Generally, studs are 16" on center. Or, you can double up the studs which will work also. Hope this helps.


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Here's an excellent pictorial breakdown and quite detailed explanations of most types of joinery: US DOT According to Chicago's exceedingly stringent Deck Code (pages shown are labeled 34 and 35) you can do either a half lap or a butt joint. Both require hot dipped galvanized (min. 1/2" or 5/8", depending on splice type) through bolts, washers and that ...


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If this is for studwork, i.e. constructing internal wood-framed walls, doorways etc, a 22" 7tpi saw should be suitable. You would use a finer-toothed saw if you need a better finish with less tear-out/splintering, or if cross-cutting very narrow pieces. Unless you are sawing large logs, the saw should be ok for a variety of uses.


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First you need to decide if you want one drill to do everything. It isn't always the best choice but it can be a good choice if drilling into brick or concrete is rare. Functional types Drill Driver - should include separate settings for drilling and driving. There will be a variable torque setting that avoids tearing the heads of screws. Combi Drill - ...


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Drilling reasonable-sized holes in wood and driving screws into wood can be done with practically anything. Base your decision on price and included accessories. Drilling the occasional small hole in concrete can be done with the same tool. Drilling many holes (or larger holes) in concrete requires a hammer drill (ok, it doesn't 'require' it, but the work ...


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Pros: I can't think of any. Cons: You will have gaps and screws showing, it will be extremely hard to clean, plywood will suck up poly faster than a fat guy drinking a milkshake, ditto the whitewash... Real not to do it are simple. You would have to sand down everything to prevent splinters. Good chance an inspector doesn't even pass it. No way I ...


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When the door side hinge holes have been stripped out of the cardboard-like wood, or MDF, which serves as the door's interior frame, I have removed several inches by using a razor knife to cut away the door skin from, say 6", and then replaced the MDF with a solid wood block. I glue it in and clamp it, of course.


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If you want the boards to look brand spanking new again, you will want to go with method one. I'd use a heat gun to do it, and not the harsh chemical strippers. Either method takes about as long as the other and the heat gun method is less toxic, and, you either already have a heat gun and don't need to spend money, or you'll buy one and have it for a long ...


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I don't think pressure treated wood should ever be painted. It just never works in the long run, no matter how long it stands in the open unfinished. PT wood has high amounts of metal and mineral salts in it that will always retain moisture from the surrounding air. It will always be wetter and change size more dramatically through wetting and drying cycles ...


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Most mills do not produce and sell treated wood rated for contact with the ground, so any wood in your deck that will be in contact with the ground should be treated, and gotten wherever it is to be got. Buying wood from a mill is often cheaper, though it is not always. A smaller operation with a smaller economic influence (like most mills open to the ...


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This may be a good question for the new woodworking forum, since it is furniture related. What you have there is good enough to support a small playhouse or shed, definitely good for mattresses and occupants. Your main concern will be the side to side stresses, the fastening of the posts to the sides, and what it would take to make a "quiet" joint. I am ...


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You could try a steam iron over a linen cloth it works on dents on solid wood. I appears on the picture your dent might be a break in the wood. Give the steam a try.


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There's no way to answer this (what will the shelf hold, weight-wise) without knowing what your garage ceiling joists are, if they are part of a truss or just joists, how long the span is, and really, what they were designed to hold up in the first place - many garage ceiling joists are barely in spec to hold drywall, much less a load... A FAR better ...


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The 45 miter will be your best bet into the corner. Aside from that, please do consider where you want your joints carefully. I would keep them separated as much as possible, yet not in an area where I am going to work at, unless, you are going to sand and finish the top in place and you are certain that you can get the joint relatively flat and smooth. In ...


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The pressure treated material will need to set unpainted for about 6 months. Not only is it excessively wet from the treatment process, it will leach some of the treatment through the surface for a time. In essence giving no surface the primer or paint to grip on. There may be water based stains that will work, but no opaque paints, especially oil based. ...


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I called a popular exterior paint company, and they quoted me about the same price whether the cedar is painted or stained.


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You can get vinyl sheets really cheap especially if you don't care how they look. I have picked up a decent sized sheet for $20 on craigslist. Your other option is polyurethane. 2-3 coats will give you a decent barrier for the water.



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