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How to achieve "Built In" bookshelves on this wall?

I'm planning to add built-in bookcases to a wall in my space, but I'm facing a few challenges. The wall has baseboard heating running most of its length but not entirely, and there's a breaker panel ...
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Insulating under built-in bump out

The built in cabinet in my 1923 MN home gets very cold in the winter. Drinks stored there have exploded in the past. It looks like the prior owner attempted to insulate it, but I'd like to try again ...
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How can I determine if I can remove this built-in drywall alcove? [duplicate]

I’d like to remove the drywall built-in pictured. That includes the ceiling, side wall and floor section. My question is how can I determine if it’s load bearing and if there is duct work in the upper ...
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Can mild steel square tubing 33x33mm Square with 2mm walls support a desk-top?

Here is the basic idea: An L-shaped computer desk mounted to the wall with no legs. (Screens will be mounted on the wall.) This is the Mounting Bracket: The length of the tube will be 22", ...
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Adding trim when walls aren't straight?

I'm doing a custom built-in in my house and as it being an old house the walls are not plumb. The cabinet is straight, level and plumb, but there's an inch difference against the wall from the top and ...
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Cabinet to conceal dryer hose -- okay to mount just to floor and ceiling?

first time attempting a built-in of any kind. We have this unattractive space next to our stacked washer/dryer and I'd like to fill it with a built-in cabinet -- drawers on the bottom, shelves up top. ...
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Most appropriate design for built in wardrobe - Long or short sections

I am going to tackle a set of built in wardrobes for our slightly-less-than standard width alcove. Annoyingly it is about 149cm wide whereas most wardrobes are 150! Silly new-build designers. The ...
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How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

I have a Jacuzzi-brand tub with an integrated multi-piece surround that came with our house when we bought it. Probably installed in the 90s if not earlier, but I don't really know. This bathroom is ...
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Wall-to-wall Ikea Billy bookshelves without attaching to wall?

I've had 5 IKEA Billy bookshelves lining a wall on my second floor for maybe 18 years. They have always been completely filled with books. Recently I decided to paint them and try to make them look ...
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Floor to ceiling bookshelf design: anything missing? okay to use MDF?

Novice here. Building a book shelf along the full wall and floor-to-ceiling of my basement. Made up some plans, since I couldn't find any that really matched. Wondering a few things. Am I missing ...
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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Building a built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a room in the basement (~7'10" tall). I've read a lot of differing opinions on whether to build the bookshelf first or put the carpet in first. ...
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How plausible (and how hard) is it to modify a billy bookcase to fit a gable-end corner, floor-to-ceiling, with an impinging 45deg roof

I'd like to build a fitted bookcase into the corner of a gable end, such as in this mockup. Excuse the poor attempt, I've never used SketchUp before. Obviously they should show shelves/dividers etc ...
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Magic Chef wall oven, no heat but clock works

I have a Magic Chef MCSWOE24S, a current-model 24" wall oven. It was working fine for months after installing it. Then we had trouble with our main electrical panel -- one of the poles was burning out ...
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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

I come from a family that is not shy about woodworking, so I am not scared of building a carcass with dados for shelves, tacking on a face frame, then trimming it out; however, I would love to hear ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

I bought a house built in 2000. I has wall built-in speakers, two in family room and 2 in game room. Both rooms have a jack panel, mounted in wall. They have rotating cups on them. I tried to put the ...
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Should I use pressure treated wood in a basement?

Home inspector once told me my basement has a slightly high moisture reading. No mold, dampness or musty smell. I am building an entertainment built-in out of lumber and MDF. Should I use pressure ...
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Electrical outlet right above bench

I'm adding a built-in dining nook, something like http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wZ_anvQj-Y4/UIJGonO14dI/AAAAAAAAGsc/70ULoHUcjvw/s640/kitchen_nook.jpg but with cabinets as base. It covers an electrical ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

I have gable roof and there are 4 halogen lights on ceilings. If I am sitting upright, it's good but due to the angle of the ceiling, if I move slightly to any direction the light goes directly to my ...
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What is a good rule of thumb for distance between support studs in a banquette seat?

I am going to build built-in seating for my dining room. Planning a 6' span and a 5' span in an "L" shape in one corner of my dining room. I have a decent plan in mind, but I am not sure how to decide ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

How would one go about fixing this highlighted gap in the photo: The bookcases are attached together and level (though the potato quality photo may not make it appear that way) But as you can tell ...
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Is it work making a small bedroom smaller by installing built in booksheves? [closed]

I have a 100 square foot or so bedroom in my townhouse that is my guest room/library/yoga room. I really want to add built in booksheves around the window, essentially reducing the room size by about ...
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Should I remove the baseboards and trim for built-ins?

I'm planning on putting in a built in murphy bed and book shelf along a wall in what is currently a guest room so I can take the space back for an office. I have 6 inch baseboards with quarter round ...
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Build shelves into wall, but is it load bearing?

I am planning to install built-in shelving only as deep as the studs in my wall. There are several things that give me pause that I have questions on. 1) the stud sensor is telling me that the studs ...
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How to permanently secure shelves for built-ins

I have used a set of Billy book selves from Ikea to create a built-in unit. I will be placing the shelves in place, then filling the rest of the holes (which allow for adjustment of the shelves). The ...
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Filling holes in book shelves

I've used Billy book selves from Ikea to create a built-in unit along a wall. I am going to put the shelves up inline, then I need to fill the rest of the holes which are in the sides. After the holes ...
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Plastic central heating pipe - cover up in built-in cupboard

I have a built in cupboard which has plastic water pipes travelling vertically up the inside (supplying a small radiator in the loft). I want to cover them up because they're ugly, awkward and also ...
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Is it customary to build "built-ins" over carpet?

I am planning on doing built-ins on either side of the utility door in the image below: This is a crude mockup of the cabinets I'm going to build: What I'd like to know is whether it's customary to ...
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Can built in bookcases be installed on carpet

My living room is carpeted. I'd like to install a built-in bookcase/media center along one wall. Should I cut out the carpet and install the bookcases directly on the slab, or is it safe to install ...
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Realistically, could you build a useful built in closet in a space that is 77.5in x 9.4in?

I have a part of a wall in a room that is deeper than the rest of that wall and measures exactly 77.5 inches across and 9.4 inches deep (196.9 cm x 23.9 cm). I would like to make that space a built ...
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How do you build a bookcase around an outside or convex corner?

How do you build a bookcase around an outside or convex corner?
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