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How can I attach a mullion to a laminated cabinet door edge?

I want to remove center stile to easily access big items in the cabinet. Once I remove the stile, I know I would have to attach the narrow strip of wood onto one of the doors inner side to cover the ...
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Untreated pine wood - do I really need to treat it? (indoor usage)

I have a piece of furniture which is made from raw pine wood. It has relatively fine sanded surface and I like that it is not sealed or stained. What if I just leave it so, i.e. do not apply any seal ...
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Why are boards like 2x4's orientated longer-side vertical when used as braces for free-standing shelves?

Most shelves and workbenches I see all have the same orientation for their horizontal boards (as in, the braces for a shelf or the edges of a workbench, holding up plywood or other horizontal surface)....
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Floor beams separating. How to fix?

The main beam supporting the first floor has started to separate along the full length. In most places it's 1/8th inch, but maybe a bit more in the worst spot. I've read elsewhere that some 3x3 steel ...
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Adding a pergola to my deck; ok to replace corner railings posts with pergola posts?

Planning to add a pergola to my deck for shade and growing grapes and need help deciding if I should extend the posts of the pergola to the ground on a concrete base or if I can just attach it to the ...
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how to repair bi-fold door with fallen slats?

A piece of this bi-fold closet door has warped, and as a result many of the slats have pulled out of one or both of their end-points. It seems like it should be possible to repair this with clamps, ...
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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'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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How should I mount a 1x6 valance board to my ceiling for curtains?

I am trying to hang a 1x6 from my ceiling to make a wall-length cornice box for blackout curtains. I'm stuck on the best way to attach the wood to the ceiling. I will be mounting two curtain tracks ...
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Leaning Porch Fix or Replace?

Just purchased this house and need to correct the porch per city inspection. House was built in the early 1900s, and has seen severe foundation issues. The foundation has been fixed and jacked up, but ...
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Is this transom window installation done properly? [closed]

He was to install double pre-hung doors to convert our den area into a room, but then realized the glass he had ordered for the transom was too tall. He cut vertically into the wall (there's a wooden ...
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Is it okay to notch 1.5" on the bottom of beams in basement ceiling [duplicate]

I have a 100 year old city rowhouse and thinking to finish the basement. I have cleared all the dangling electric cables and rerouted the water lines the attached to the ceiling beams. All I have ...
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Is this crawl space wall load bearing?

Before I start calling contractors, does this wall appear to be load bearing? It's the exterior wall of a crawl space under the kitchen. I believe the kitchen to be an addition.
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Adding a shelf in a laundry closet that can support a 150lb clothes dryer

I'm considering adding a shelf in our laundry closet to hold our 150 pound clothes dryer, as an alternative to the massive hassle (e.g. here and here) of moving a 300+ pound vertical washer+dryer ...
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How to add "partial" ceiling joist to support mini split cassette that needs 16" OC joist

Our ceiling has 24" OC joists, and we are adding a mini split ceiling cassette that needs 16" OC joists. Can I add a "partial" ceiling joist to support the mini split? That is ...
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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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Can someone help identifying these trim profiles?

I’m wondering if someone can help me identify these trim profiles.
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How to raise my living room floor by 3 inches? Updates

Updates: I was working on the house last year and asked about this project here previously. I never got around to tackling the living room as other rooms had priority. But now I am returning to this. ...
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Asking again on how to raise my living room floor

I was working on the house last year and asked about this project previously. I never got around to tackling the living room as other rooms had priority. But now I am returning to this. Previous post ...
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Is this amount of wobble in my newel post acceptable?

I just had some new newel posts and railing installed. I’m on the fence whether or not the amount of wobble is acceptable. My wife believes it is too much to accept but I’m not really sure what’s ...
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Will concrete overhang interfere with replacing my door?

I'm going to be replacing my front door in a few days, along with adding a sill pan as one isn’t present. My concrete porch butts up to the threshold of the door and extends about 2 inches. So it ...
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What should I do about a gap over a header due to short trimmer studs?

I found a doorway in a load bearing wall that was widened to a 6' opening without adding a header. The studs were just cut and trim added around the edges. I narrowed the opening to 5' and added a ...
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Is there any good method of sharpening these things?
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How do I Trim between 2 doors that are close together?

I need to install jamb on the strike opening of my second pocket door and trim out both. I'm stuck because it looks a bit stupid to me, the doors are to close to each other to trim each out normally ...
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How to fix misaligned floating desk frame?

I am a new "DIY-er" and have recently taken upon myself the project of building a floating desk with the intent of expanding it later on (i.e., adding shelves, mounting monitor racks, etc.) ...
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Framing Advice: Building a free standing stud wall for a shower backing

I am trying to determine if my stud wall would be strong enough if it was only attached to the existing wall frame and floor joists. It would also have the track attached for the shower door which ...
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Dado rail joining

I want to put a dado rail up my staircase. The staircase turns as it goes up. There are three walls as you ascend. One on the left, one in front of you and one after you turn right to get to the top. ...
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Attic access, feasibility-how-to question

We are trying to build an attic access to our second story. The plan was by to support and cut the middle joist (pic), and box it out. The hole in the drywall is into a closet. We were going to remove ...
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Below grade wall rotted - will this solution work?

looking for a little guidance if my solution will work here. One section of my 1830s simply has a crawlspace underneath, and it seems that in the rear the sill plate simply rests on top of a ...
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Laying Hardwood in an Octagonal Pattern [closed]

Edit: I do not understand how the below is 'opinion-based' more than any other construction question. I am literally asking if carpenters here have advice on how to do a complex flooring pattern. I ...
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Why is it sufficient to shore up a ceiling on 1 side of load bearing wall?

I'm looking up information about temporarily supporting a ceiling to make an opening in an interior load bearing wall. Wooden stud and joist framed house. For the most part, the materials that I'm ...
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What to do with stair riser metal strap

I’m replacing carpet on stairs with wood. I ran into this metal strap on one of the risers. The end of the strap appears to be attached to the outer wall. Can I just remove it and place my new ...
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Is it safe to cut a window header for pellet vent pipe?

I want to install a pellet stove in our sunroom. The spot where I had wanted to put it I thought would be high enough to clear any headers above the windows, but it seems that this, what I think is a ...
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Is this old wooden basement beam actually structural?

So this beam is in a sort of annoying location for a remodel and trying to figure out if this is actually doing anything. It spans roughly 8 feet and is attached to the sill plate of the foundation ...
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How to add brick mould to this?

Learning how-to doors! Old door was inswing that had exterior brickmould built in. New door is an outswing that does not have this feature. How can I add brickmould to this fiberglass door as it sits, ...
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Securing plywood subfloor to trusses

I have a really dumb question. When securing plywood to trusses for a over garage storage space, do you overlap both ends on the truss? Images below.
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What size screws for this application

I built a cabinet (from a big box store plywood). I used 1/2" for tops and bottoms and 3/4" for the sides. This 16"dx22"hx30"w deep cabinet will be inset into the wall and ...
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Clean up entryway into garage

I'm looking to clean up the entry way to my garage. I've built a box to house some wires and I'd like the entry to the garage to extend over it and down onto a step I built also. The box is the light ...
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Where do i start when applying finish to a table? [closed]

So I'm spraying a bojo table with polyurethane. Sounds easy right!! Where should I start? Legs first so I don't have to lay the table on the topside if I where to do the top first? Does that make ...
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How would you babyproof a steam radiator that's recessed into the wall?

We just moved into a rental house (so my options for modifying it are limited) that has approximately 24" x 24" steam radiators recessed into the walls. They're surrounded by a bit of ...
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Adding storage above garage ceiling

I'd like to add some storage space in the ceiling of the garage. It looks like someone got a start on it already. There looks like a 16 foot 2x4 nailed into the top of the wall on both sides with one ...
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DIY New Window or Call a Pro?

I'm renovating our house and want to enlarge the window that is currently in this room. At minimum this would mean putting in a window that is taller, but also possibly wider. Given the way that it's ...
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How to recess baseboards in remodel

I am replacing my floors and it’s turned into a full remodel, with lots of skim coating my wall/ceilings). I want recessed baseboards. Not very common but a look I really like. All the construction ...
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will a partition wall float?

While replacing some burnt lumber I found a partition wall sitting perpendicularly atop two 2x8 joists. I need to remove said joists and the subfloor above them back to the carrier beam. I'm thinking ...
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Easiest way to get 3 x 6/8 inch piece of wood

Short version: I want to install one or more pieces of wood that are a total of 3 and 6/8 inches thick (about 2 inches wide and about 2 inches tall). They will be hammered in to a beam behind drywall. ...
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How do I fix a chip in a solid wood sprayed door?

I have solid wood internal fire doors around my house. One of the doors sticks when trying to close it, and in an attempt to open it while it was jammed shut, a piece close to the latch chipped/...
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Sill plate patch shifted when it went into the anchors, how would you fix this?

Title says it all, how would you handle a situation wherein you're patching a rotted sill plate and getting it perfect seems impossible? The plate section is 13' long and has three threaded rods ...
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Cut out size for 36” range

My new home has a 30” cut out for a range. I’m buying a 36” range, What should the width opening be to accommodate for this larger size?
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My Dresser Drawer is stuck closed

I have a dresser drawer that is stuck closed without anything inside it blocking it. The inside of the drawer is empty, so I assume it is blocked on the rails somehow, but as far as I can tell I don'...
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What is the proper way to add another subfloor layer?

I am currently replacing carpet with hardwood flooring. The subfloor is OSB laid on-top of joists. The hardwood manufacture has recommended that a layer of 1/2 plywood be added to the subfloor in ...

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