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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

I just built two bookcases to line the wall of a room in my house and apparently didn't build them square enough so, when I put them next to each other, I get this giant gap. (I think the one on the ...
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noise reduction from a wooden ball wall

My husband and sons built a wooden wall in our backyard to use as a ball wall for soccer and lacrosse. Our boys bounce the ball off the wall to practice. It is about 10X10 frame with plywood affixed ...
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Identify this plaster cornice coving from the UK

I am in the UK and need to replace some coving, and am not sure how to track it down. It's probably 20 years old now, but I'm not sure if it's a generic size? Thanks!
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Toe Nailing Studs to Plates

Perpendicular set studs sometimes shift during toe nailing to flat plates, top and bottom. Is there a way or a tool to clamp 2x4 perpendicular?
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carpentry: base for a media shelf [closed]

I want to build a DVD/blueray/CD shelf of 7 feet high x 6.5 inches depth x 32 inches width. The dimensions are right and have to be respected. When I make a rectangular framework, it's quite unstable, ...
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Split/broken rafters a concern?

I'm buying a home and had a building inspection yesterday. The only major defect the inspector found was two split/broken rafters inside the roof. Can anyone tell me if these are a major conern? ...
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Framing corners

Is there a prefered method to framing an interior wall corner? I am re-finishing my basement and in the process of framing my small bathroom, hallway, small bedroom and living area. Just trying to ...
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I tightened a Titus Minifix Cam too hard and now I have to take it apart. Is that OK?

I put together this TV stand, and used a cam/bolt dowel for the first time when I got to the step of attaching the top of the TV stand (A) to the two stand panels (E). Since I assumed the cam had to ...
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3" perfect wooden round hole in cabinet

I need to make good round 3 inches hole in the wooden cabinet (see blue circle) to pass feed and load wires to a subpanel I'll put outside the cabinet. What's the best way to make that hole? My ...
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Which router bit should I use to recess a door hinge using a template

I've just made my 1st template and used it to rout out a set of hinges . I was very surprised to learn that the usual approach was to use a guide bush and a straight 2 fluted bit. This involved ...
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How to make a 19' bannister sturdy?

There's still about a foot of play in the middle. I put wood glue and finish nails in the loose spindles but very little improvement made. Both newell post are solid.
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What is the point of this doorway “header”, and can I simply remove it?

We're remodeling a room with a severely undersized doorway - it is much shorter than the standard 6'8", so much so that I hit my head on the jamb if I don't duck when walking through it. After ...
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fascia compound angles

Alright so hopefully I can explain this properly. I'm replacing a fascia board where the corner can't be a straight cut. There is one board that spans the "bottom" of the roof and one that goes up ...
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What type of wood is suitable for fascia?

I'm replacing some fascia boards, I am looking for something that is rot-resistant but I am hesitant to use pressure treated lumber due to shrinkage as it dries out and I don't want gaps (project has ...
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Strengthening a Bamboo Ladder (After a Mistake)

I am a newbie to this so please be gentle. I had some dried out bamboo lying around and for some reason, I decided to make a ladder out of it. I got one of my measurements wrong and cut out a notch ...
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What is the paint or veneer on these cabinets?

I am building a custom shelving unit for a children’s day care center, and the director mentioned they would like the same type of finish as the hanging cabinets seen in the pictures below. Can ...
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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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Using angle grinder to shave wood?

I have several 4-ft x 4"x4" pieces of wood, and I need to shave off a few millimeters of wood. Can I use an angle grinder for this? It doesn't have to be perfect, and I would only be shaving the ...
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Which insulation for gap between plasterboard and subfloor?

I have a room built under the roof on top of the garage, so eaves are directly behind the side walls. I removed the skirting boards to install the a new flooring and realized that there is a sizeable ...
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Garage shelf supports splitting and need to be supported. What is best?

The shelves in my garage have some cracks in the wood on two fo the horizontal supports. They haven't grown much, but the cracks are growing slowly. I would like to fix the issue without taking all of ...
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How to secure privacy lattice to top of existing fence gate?

I want to fix some privacy lattice installed along the fences at a property I maintain. Most of the lattice installed along the actual FENCE is solid - I’m assuming because the bottoms of the lattice ...
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What's the proper height above a subfloor, for an exterior inswing door threshold? Carpet? Tile? Hardwood?

I need to build a custom door threshold for an in-swing exterior door where there's no exterior overhang or porch. At the moment there is only subfloor, no finish floor. How high above the subfloor ...
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Why do some door locks require the key to be twisted twice? [closed]

This has been nagging me lately. Why 2 twists? I mean one twist seems enough to keep the door essentially locked. If the extra twist is for strength, wouldn't it be a better idea to implement a ...
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How to join a knee brace to the corner of a treehouse platform such that the knee brace splits the angle

I'm building a treehouse and I"m looking to put in knee braces at the corners of square platforms. There are a million pages on how to add a knee brace that is in line with the beams. My knee ...
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How to make a long straight cut in a board at an angle?

I have a board about 1.5" thick and 12" wide and 8 feet long. I need to cut the board diagonally and want the cut to be as straight as possible. (I am cutting the board diagonally. This does not ...
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Goal: make hardwood slats for a bed thin to flex, w/o degradation

My goal is to make hardwood slats for a 4' wide bed, (center support, so span is 24"), thin enough so my heavier parts flex, adding comfort so I can minimize mattress. (Ideally, pad will be 1 inch ...
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How can I attach things to the inside of a shipping container without compromising the water tightness?

I just got a shipping container for use as storage/workshop and need to figure out how to attach things to the container walls and ceiling, without causing it to leak. I'd like to hang a garden tool ...
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Can I use a router on a vertical surface?

I am investigating routing scoop handles on some pocket doors that have already been installed. Is this possible? I would be using a CNC cut template clamped to the door. Here is what I'm trying to ...
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How do I patch a subfloor over a return duct cavity

I need to patch these holes in the subfloor where the vents are. These holes are from a return vent that is being moved, the joist cavity below these holes is a return duct. I'm assuming using ...
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How do you find helpers for larger DIY projects?

Question: In cases where you have the time and skills to do a project yourself, but physically cannot without a second skilled person to help, how do you go about finding and hiring someone that is ...
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Mark location of holes with two boards fitted together

I made a small cabinet that had a piece of plywood on top of it as part of a display platform for our Christmas tree. The plywood fastened to the top of the cabinet with screws. (1st image.) I ...
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How to join melamine sheets for a concrete mould?

I'm planning on making an L-shaped concrete kitchen countertop (2100mm x 2500mm) with a single large piece of concrete (Yes, I know, see below!). As the melamine sheets only come in a max size of ...
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What are the guidelines for drilling holes through rim or band joists?

I'd like to bore a 8" hole through 2"x12" rim joist. The hole will be used for a downdraft kitchen vent. Is that 8" hole size ok and up to code? There are guidelines for boring holes and notches in ...
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Drywall ceiling crack emanating from/near the outside corner of two interior drywall walls

I have determined that this is not a foundation problem (the cracks have existed for at least two years without getting worse, other than in the winter they open up just a little. No other foundation ...
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can a plasterboard ceiling hold a 4 kg projector

i want to mount a 4 kg projector in a plasterboard ceiling but can't find the joint so it will have to go in the plasterboard, i wanted to know if it will hold and what kind of things i'll need. also ...
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Are floor joists allowed by code to be notched at the ends?

I'm repairing termite damaged floor joists in the crawl space a 1940s house. At the chimney, there are double 2x10 trimmers and headers as you would expect but on each side of the chimney one of the ...
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carpentry/ beam question [closed]

i just recently open a wall in my basement but there is a post on the center of the wall that Im contemplating on removing. So, my idea was to apply a steel plate to the side of the beam and some ...
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Adding a sill to a Marvin Integrity window

*I'm sorry about the lengthy description. I'm photographically challenged at the moment. I went about installing a two side by side, double hung Marvin integrity windows. After doing that, my dad ...
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Does cutting into a joist too close to the top ruin it?

A "carpenter" did this to a big double joist in my house (top floor), I was under the impression that one does not cut a hole this close to the edge of a joist, especially not one this big! Should I ...
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US Building Codes - Do I need a handrail on this initial section of stairs?

I realize that building codes tend to vary by jurisdiction, but I'm wondering, in general, do I need a hand railing and/or guardrail on this initial section of stairs as shown in orange? My hope is ...
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How to calculate stair stringer when total RISE is small?

I have a interior landing (a room entrance) sitting at 12 inches from the floor. I'm having trouble running the numbers on the stringer calculation since dividing the total rise by 7 is 1. That ...
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How do I get the most out of cracked lumber?

I'm about to build my first* large project with real hardwood, and because random widths and lengths lumber is so much cheaper than standard cut lumber (and typical cut lumber sizes are often not even ...
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How to install hinges after cutting custom door past wooden edges and composite exposed?

I had to cut a standard door (30x80) down to a custom size to fit into a custom opening for a renovation project. On the hinge side, I had to remove enough material that I am now past the solid ...
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Why my hardwood floor is buckling

I’ve replaced the carpet in one of our room with hardwood, about a year ago, which buckled up by the end of the summer this year. There is a crowlspace under the house, where I found no leaks, but ...
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Can I drill through joists?

My dad just bought a house and let me move in. He's home once every three months so its practically my house. I just have to take care of it. What I want to do is have my internet closet on the ...
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how to fix: the lock core came out and it's still locked?

I captured a photo for The problem, the core came out and the key just rotating 360 degree with no effect. any help please?
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I have wood block of 50 * 50 * 50 mm. I want to make 1mm hole ( depth), having diameter of 40mm. Which power tool should I use?

My question is about making a big hole in wood. I have wood block of 50 * 50 * 50 mm. I want to make 1 millimeter hole ( depth), having diameter of 40 millimeter. Which power tool should I use?
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Cutting Wood Siding in Place

I am replacing a bathroom window with one that is slightly bigger than the original. I will need to trim the length of the existing wood siding a few inches to match the trim of the rest of the house ...
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Installing a replacement window in new construction scenario

I am replacing a wood window that was build in the early 1900's. The original installation was really odd, it was mounted in place by the trim boards. Two nails on the outside of the trim into a ...
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How should I reinforce the center of my desk?

I've built a desk out of melamine 55"l 26"w and 30"d the sides are the same material and the center of my desk bends and causes my monitor to wobble. I'd like to reinforce this without large ...