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Help ! Weyroc / uneven floor needs levelling

we have had an extension built on the back of an old house and they fitted a floating floor with Weyroc top. We have bifold windows right across and want to put in flooring. Problem is that the floor ...
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How to fix wood shingle that's coming up?

Had the house power-washed today in preparation for an exterior paint job. Afterwards I noticed a couple of the wood siding shingles popping up a bit (see below). Presumably they knocked them out of ...
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How would you build this vegetable plot?

After clearing the old wood surrounding a vegetable plot, I'd like to build another one to keep the border between flowers/vegetables and grass tidy. I'm guessing that a wooden frame is a necessity, ...
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are 1 1/4" screws enough to hang 3/4" plywood?

I have 3/4" furring strips over concrete wall. I'm putting 3/4" plywood atop the furring strips. This is inside, covering a basement wall. Will 1 1/4" screws be long enough to attach ...
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Can I use a corner bead over wood?

So for context, I had a stack pipe replaced, then I had a carpenter come and build a new wooden enclosure (see pictures) to cover the stack and the other pipes bringing water to an upstairs bathroom. ...
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Safely and cleanly remove mirror stuck with silicone adhesive from wooden frame

I have a 27" wide mirror that has been glued with a silicone adhesive on a plywood frame that's about 10mm thick. The height of the mirror is roughly 36". I'm looking for some advice on how ...
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Carpet Tile for maintaining Squeak subfloor

I live in a larger two story 2000ft condo, where there are problems with carpet subfloor making squeaking sounds. After investigation, its due to loose subfloor screws or not being properly screwed ...
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How can I build a floating corner bench from 2x10 lumber?

I am looking to make a floating bench that spans a corner. 10' either way. I recently built an L-shaped block wall with steel supports embedded within the concrete. Now, I need to build the bench. ...
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Kitchen Cabinet Materials with lowest emission, Vocs, etc

What are the kitchen cabinet materials which have Low Air Gas toxic emission, (low VOCs, low formaldehyde) ? I see different material types: Solid Wood, Veneer, MDF, Laminate, plywood, metal, Melamine,...
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Carpet and Padding Type for Exercise and Floor Pressure, Seen in Hotels

I am doing exercise, light weightlifting, aerobics, and yoga on carpet. I use exercise mat, however I noticed its not enough. What is good type of carpet and padding, that holds up to exercise ...
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Carpet makes Whistling Sound

My carpet is around 5 years old. Now its starting to make a whistling sound stepping on it. I started doing Yoga/Stretching recently with a proper yoga mat. It requires lot of deep stretch which may ...
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How can you repair split wood that cannot be moved?

My goal is to install a new set of blinds in an existing window. It looks like a former owner tried to do the same thing and split the wood on the side of the window casing. Unfortunately the location ...
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Will wood glue hold on pressure treated lumber for exterior barn doors?

I have a bunch of 5/4” x 6” x 8’ severe weather pressure treated boards from Lowe’s and was going to wood glue them together and then trim it out with 3/4” x 4” pressure treated wood boards I have. I ...
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How to widen rough opening for installation of pre-hung interior door?

We bought all our interior doors at 825mm width (~33.5"), which actually measure 865mm (~35.5") including the frame they're pre-hung in. However, the drywall guy has left us with rough ...
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Max span on 2x4 truss

I am refitting an old shop above my garage to be an ADU. It was built in the late 70s / early 80s, and the truss system is 2x4 trusses on 22" centers. The trusses are professionally built & ...
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Reason for two studs next to each other inside wall? Safe to drill through?

I'm looking to move this outlet to the other side of these studs, so that the outlet doesn't overlap with a wainscoting stile. Doing so will involve putting a ~3/8" hole though the studs to run ...
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how to brace parallel beams against concentric curvature?

I am trying to rehab an old wooden footbridge that got trashed by a falling tree. It's based on a beam on each side, made up of two 2x12s. One got broken, and we've jacked it up and will patch it ...
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I'm using a biscuit joiner and my butt joints are about 1/16 off. Am I doing something wrong?

I feel like I'm using the joiner right -- making, say, an inverted U, I: set up my reference marks on both pieces so they match clamping the sides to my work bench and aligning the biscuit joiner ...
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What type of plywood to use on top of a thin subfloor

I'm trying to prepare floor for a new laminate flooring. I noticed that the thickness of the subfloor plywood is only half an inch. I researched it is recommended to have at least 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch....
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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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