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Should I attach the fence post(s) where my fence meets my house? How do I do it?

I'm going to be building a 6 foot tall cedar privacy fence in the spring (with pressure-treated posts) and need to determine what to do with the two posts that meet the side of my house. In order to ...
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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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What type of Drill should I go for?

I am planning to build a new Computer table and a book shelf by myself. I will require a drill machine that can drill a hole into wood and that can also drive a screw into this hole (using the drill, ...
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When installing hardwood floors, should I use rosin paper, roofing felt, or nothing underneath? Why?

I've installed hardwood floors, over top of OSB subfloor with a layer of roofing felt in between. I copied this from the hardwood floor contractor who did a kitchen in my home once. He'd been in ...
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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Is there any good method of sharpening these things?
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Window framing on old construction

I'm redoing a kitchen but I've hired a contractor to do a portion of the work. One of the jobs he was hired to do was to move and reframe two windows. He finished that job today and I'm really ...
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Dowel joints in plywood

I plan on replacing my kitchen cabinets later this summer. The old ones were home made by the previous owner and are oddly sized so I need to make my own out of plywood. Is it possible to put dowel ...
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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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Should I be concerned that the sill plate is not lined up with the foundation?

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
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Dresser/Chest with convex front

I'm contemplating building a dresser and am looking at designs and such to get my creative juices flowing. Today I noticed that some dressers/chests have concave or outwardly curving drawers on the ...
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Buckling notched jack studs - how to remedy?

Some past "plumber" decided it was OK to cut a notch for a 1-1/2" PVC pipe directly through all the 2x4 studs on one end of a window header. The result, shown in the photos, is a buckling wall. The ...
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How to rip unparallel on table saw?

I have this small but powerful and relatively versatile Dewalt. What I would like to do is rip a piece of lumber but so that the cut side is at an angle to the other lengthwise side and not parallel ...
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How to attach ledger board to under-roof siding?

I want to attach a ledger board, over the existing wood siding. Something similar to this, but immediately underneath the roof How do I determine where I need to drill the holes to attach it to the ...
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Screw stuck in wood

I can't get these two screws out and I've tried using a drill and a screw driver. Any tips?
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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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Soft touch for trim nailer

I have a cheap Harbor Freight brad nailer and it does a great job of fastening my window trim and baseboard molding/etc. The only thing I don't like about it is that the point of contact is metal. On ...
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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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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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