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How can I attach lodge pole rails to 5" wooden fence posts?

We want to build a lodge pole fence. Each pole is 5" x 8'. Each rail is 5" x 10'. Posts will be concreted in every 10'. One rail at the top, between posts. Second rail at bottom, 1' above ...
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What hinge to use for hidden raisable notebook platform on desk

as many of us now days I am stuck working from home these days. As my appartement was never designed for this, I do not have dedicated computer desk and I am stuck with using dining table as my ...
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Pergola Material for Desert Climate

I'm building a roughly 12'x12' pergola on a concrete slab in my backyard in Las Vegas. Planning on attaching to house via ledger board. 6x6 posts will be set on metal post bases attached to concrete ...
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Recommendation to avoid wood beams to get rotten and break

I'm trying to see what can I do to avoid my carport to fall apart. When I bought the house two years ago I noticed that the wood beams that supported the cover for my carport were getting wet close to ...
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Interior doors no longer fit flush with frames when closing

I've had some hooks over the top of my bathroom, bedroom, and office doors for the past few months. I remember the doors fit fairly snugly to the frame when I closed them around the time I moved in (a ...
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Increasing the depth of existing brickmoulding

I want to install a storm door and the minimum require brick moulding is 1" whereas mine is just 1/2". Is there any way to securely tack on another piece of 1x3 (dimensions of my my existing ...
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Putting a mirror on the inside of a wardrobe door

How can I put a mirror on the inside of a wardrobe if the shelves come all the way to the door?
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What do I need to know before rehanging original doors?

The previous owner of my house removed several interior doors, but kept them in the basement in case they were needed later. We now, in fact, want to restore the unit to having doors in these doorways....
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Floating shelves in alcove - one side kitchen cabinet

I have an alcove I want to install some floating shelves in. However, one side of the alcove is formed of a kitchen cabinet, while the rear and the other side is plaster board (although with studs). ...
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How to seal gap around bottom of shed, between ground and planks?

We started building a shed in our garden. Now we would like to close the sides using wooden planks. To keep the wood in a good state as long as possible we want to leave a gap between the lowest plank ...
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Cutting and reattaching bookshelf legs

The problem is that I have just moved into a new flat (upstairs) and my expensive wooden bookshelf won't make it up the stairs and around the corner into the flat. It can't make the turn by a matter ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

I've been researching for some time how to cover a curved stair riser that had been previously tiled. I wasn't pleased with the look of the tile, so I removed it and sanded back the mastic before ...
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Why doesn't the blade on my miter saw spin?

I have a Guild Compound Mitre saw, 1200w. The motor works fine and the blade spins a couple of times (2-3) seconds then stops. I have tried removing the blade and placing back on. I have noticed blade ...
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How can I cut railed horizontal fence boards for a 50-degree angle?

I am installing a horizontal WPC wood composite fence that uses aluminum posts with embedded rails. The tongued boards measure 0.6" x 6" x 72". I need to make one 50-degree turn in the ...
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External render on a timber/ brickwork joint

We're currently converting our garage in a brick property into habitable space. The garage door has been replaced with a timber stud wall and the goal is to render the front of this new wall along ...
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Bracing a broken bedframe

I have an Ikea bed made from some type of particle board. As shown below, the main rail running on one side from the head to the foot of the bed has cracked. Of course, the usual advice for such "...
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How can I fix hollow PVC pipes to wooden boards (MDF) to make a table?

I have some PVC pipes (hollow) and Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) boards. I'd like to make a small table with these, using 4 PVC pipes as the "legs" of the table. But I am unsure how to fix ...
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How can I make my reused quarter round trim miters fit?

I am on a budget which means I am reinstalling the existing quarter round trim after putting in new floors. I am sanding down and repainting the existing quarter round. I laid out the quarter round (...
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Should I trim a door to fit a 1930s doorframe or reset the frame?

What you're looking here is a 90 year old door frame. A previous owner threw the original door out, encased the old frame in laminated chipboard and put in a sliding door. I've bought a brand new ...
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Stairs and trim

My wife and I decided to update our upstairs trim to a white after finishing the basement that way. I've run into a problem with the laminate stairs. Prior to the white, the trim was stained a dark ...
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How can I repair damage to the corner of a 4x4 post?

I'm updating my outdoor shower, and planning to reuse the existing (20 year old pressure treated) 4x4 posts. They're still solidly seated in the ground and surrounded by decking so I'd like to avoid ...
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How can I connect floating 2x6 wall plates to 4x4 posts?

I've started designing an outdoor shower for my house, and need some advice on the framing. The vertical posts are 4x4 PT lumber and are the only thing already in place. As I've designed it, the sides ...
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How to fix sagging timber roof trusses?

This is a follow up from a previous question: (Is this a sign of my roof trusses sagging?) Do you know how to use ratchet ties (or some other method) to fix sagging roof trusses? Here is an image of a ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

Good day everyone. I recently replaced my existing keyed Schlage lock with a keypad security lock on the door from my mudroom to my garage. The door is metal and the frame/jamb has thick rubber/...
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How to get a "wide" shim instead of a long shim

So I have a long gap between a joist and floorboards on one half of 6 foot joist that I'd like to close. I'm toying with the idea of just adding shims to the top of the joist rather than lifting up ...
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Are the rotting windows and window sill salvageable?

My windows and window sill have rotted on the bottom. The quote for the windows without installation are thousands of dollars. Could this be salvaged with epoxy, bondo, and making frames for the glass?...
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

I am having a difficult time trying to remove the trim/baseboard in my walk-in closet. We have painters coming and a custom closet install in a few weeks. Neither of those teams can/will remove the ...
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Replacing stair risers: three issues

These stair risers had an unattractive tile on them so I removed it. I have three issues I need to address: I need to get the tile residue off. I'm thinking paint stripper will do the job here I ...
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Is it safe to assume a wall is not load bearing if the studs are on 24” centers?

I am looking at remodel options in a 2003 built townhome. In considering which walls may be load bearing is it safe to say that when walls are interior and have studs in 24” centers they are not load ...
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Secure dishwasher hoses under countertop with zip ties

Good Afternoon, I need to tie the dishwasher hoses to the countertop underneath I have decided to tie them with zip-ties in the event that I have to remove the dishwasher to access the plumbing (I ...
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Simple rustic DIY bunk bed, but is the plan safe?

I plan to build a bunk bed for a tiny cabin, used on occasional remote outings. I've slept in ones like this so I know what I am getting into, but I want to make sure my plan is not too rickety. I ...
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terms and prep for old style doorknobs

I like the look of old-fashioned doorknobs with a small rosette. I'm getting some new doors and thinking about boring and mortising them myself. My plan is to find old knobs, rosettes, locksets from ...
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Replace rotten bottom plate

I have attached garage with room above it. It has three exterior facing wall. The wall sits on 3-4 ft concrete. I am seeing some water coming through one of the wall. On the other side of the wall ...
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How easy is it to cut down a timber external door frame for use in a small door?

I have a small, weird side door with a rotten frame that needs replacing. The rough openening is around 680 x 1830mm. The wall is brick. The door opens into a garage with a concrete floor. I was ...
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Is this a sign of my roof trusses sagging?

There have been cracking/snapping sounds coming from my ceiling. I can't see disturbance with the cornices. However, when I go up into my roof, I found that these hitches (which perpendicularly ...
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Cedar shims disappeared because of COVID-19

I've been hunting for contractor quality cedar shims - the super-wide kind that easily break along the grain. The big box stores don't have them and neither do the local lumber yards. At one of them I ...
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Pulling treads and risers back into position in a housed / closed stringer staircase

I recently moved into an 80+ year old house and am looking to fix up the main staircase. It seems to be the original (oak?) wood stair that is built using the closed / housed / mortised stringers that ...
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Fixing very old, very undersized ceiling joists

I own a 24x60' uninsulated building that's about 100 years old. The roof is matched 2x4 rafters (no ridge board) with 2x4 ceiling joist (technically rafter ties I guess). As you can imagine, the ...
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Wall-to-wall desk with battens

I'm planning to build a wall-to-wall desk in a brick alcove using wooden battens to hold the desk up. I'm doing this post to find out what size screws and plugs I need and if I'm using the correct ...
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is it okay to flatten a slightly curved 2x4 against the wall with lag screws?

I bought a slightly curved (0.3 inch elevation in one corner if I lay it flat) 2x4 that I bought in order to mount a hanging bar on it. I need it to be flush against the wall so that it aligns with ...
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Help me make this rabbet cut in the top edge of a cabinet wall

I need to route out an edge in a cabinetry side to allow a top mounted handle to recess when door of the adjacent cabinet opens. I have a portable router that accepts 1/4” shank bits and I am trying ...
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Suggestions for building plywood landing and connecting to concrete stoop?

I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that ...
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What kind of sealant should I use for the exterior

The sealant that was used before has degraded and air is leaking from the outside into the room. Additionally there is a gap between the floor and the wall. For interior of the room I was going to use ...
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Renovation Planning [closed]

We would like to do the following in our two-family house, ordered by priority Sound-proofing bedrooms, potentially other living spaces (we are getting woken up at 4-5am from tenants on the second ...
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Attic knee wall custom ripped top plate - Will it work?

Can I use a table saw to cut a 4x4 at an angle to replace the top plate in this knee wall to salvage the wall? Background: I have an attic bedroom which lacked insulation. The rafters are only 2x4s so ...
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Large 16'×24' "He-Shed" Foundation Needs Fixing

I have a one year old 16×24 shed, 2×8×16 treated floor joists, 2×6 trusses, 2×4 stud walls, box soffits with vents, barn side panels, trim boards, shingled roof, gutters and downspouts, insulation, 3/...
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Leaking Door Newly Installed By Pro

We just got a new door installed by a professional and there seems to be a bunch of leaks in the door. I am not sure if this is normal or not on a new door install and if they are easy to fix myself ...
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How can I safely install a frameless melamine wall cabinet that has a thin pressboard backing, and no hanging rail?

This frame-less wall cabinet is melamine with a thin press-board backing, and it has no hanging rail. The press-board backing is set back from the rear of the cabinet about 5/8". The cabinet ...
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Correct Screw length I should be buying

Can you help me out. I am planning to install this (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid-70-in-White-Twin-Track-Upright-for-Wood-or-Wire-Shelving-FG4B8900WHT/100047070) in my cabinet to add ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

Needed a door that matches that the doors from 1940s in my house. So I bought a 30" door on Craigslist and cut it down to 23" by cutting out the middle of the door as you can see in the ...

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