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Securing a twisted beam

I discovered this twisted underpurlin. Due to the twisting, the beam is sitting on the edge of the strut. I don't want the purlin to deform further, thereby falling down from the strut. Question: Does ...
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Is particle board suitable as a subfloor patch?

I'd like to confirm that these missing bits of floorboard should have been replaced with some new sections of pine planks with the same thickness and grade. In my new flat whoever installed the new ...
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What's a quick release fastening for joining two planes of wood along an edge?

I'm building a toy theatre out of wood and I want it to be easily disassemblable for packing down. If the front and sides are basically flat planes of wood meeting at an edge: (top down view, walls ...
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Confused about locations of ceiling joists based on what stud finder found

I previously posted a picture from inside my attic showing the spacing of my ceiling joists: Further to the left of what you see in this picture, I used a magnetic stud finder and marked off the ...
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How to measure this angle?

I have scoured the internet and forum and I’m certain I’m over thinking this, but how can I measure this angle? I’ve tried using a level and find the plum, but the board will still come out wrong. ...
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Should I be disappointed about this quality of craftsmanship in new front door? [closed]

I recently had a new front door and doorframe constructed an installed in my Victorian terraced house. The old frame and door were ripped out, and a new frame and door installed. On inspection, I ...
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Are these studs actually structural?

First question on here so apologies if getting it wrong. I have removed old lath and plaster wall from under stairs to install cupboards but there is a lot of wood that appears to be structural ...
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How to replace bottom of a gable wall

I have a small gable wall that has my front door and a window. The roof comes out from the main portion of the house. The bottom of the gable wall is in really bad shape. They used a 2x4 as the sill ...
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Circular saw drift

This seems to happen on every cut I make, whatever material, width or depth of cut Clamp down guide piece. No lateral movement. Start cut flat and straight. The front of the baseplate stays tight to ...
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How can I improve airflow from this cabinet-enclosed PTAC/HVAC unit?

I have a through-wall PTAC unit in an apartment building. It's enclosed in some cabinetry with a stone top. The stone top has a grille in it that is supposed to allow air to flow out of the PTAC into ...
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Bathroom Vanity counter top storage

I just assembled a Bathroom Vanity Base Cabinet (36 x 22). After assembling, I placed a separate Vanity countertop to test if its structurally sound (from a different company). It works well. I didn't ...
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Can I remove all floor joists in a balloon framed house?

I'm remodeling an old early 1900s home that is balloon framed. I removed the subfloor so I could get to the crawl space and run new utilities. I noticed the floor joists are in really bad shape and ...
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What should be done about this twisted floor joist?

I am doing some substantial refurbishment in my loft conversion, which basically involves moving a stud wall to make a bathroom smaller and a bedroom bigger. I am in the process of lifting and ...
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Installing cabinet on a wall with a hump in it

I am installing SEKTION cabinets from Ikea and there is a hump in one of the walls. The adjacent cabinet wall is straight. The backsplash will most likely be subway tiles, I would like to go with ...
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Are these large horizontal wood planks structural in my 1900s home?

I'm currently in the processes of remodeling a home built in 1900 or even earlier. It has balloon framing and true dimensional lumber. I removed the lath and plaster on the walls and behind some of ...
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Is this frame ready to put a door on?

I've built a timber inner skeleton to a building and made a frame for a door. Which matches the dimensions of the opening in the internal wall. See photo here: The door measurements are 94cm x 204cm ...
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How do I install a panel fence on an angle to a fence post?

For reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIIuhlcqSE0&t=292s If you see how they install the panels to the fence posts, they are using some brackets on the fence post that they slide the ...
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Attaching shiplap to the back of an IKEA wardrobe

I've been asked to shiplap an area where one "wall" is the back side of an 8' tall Ikea wardrobe (technically it's one wardrobe and a portion of another). The back panel is flimsy 1/8" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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