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Why are carpenters' pencils flat?

My assumption is that it's so they don't roll away. But if a carpenter spends the majority of his/her day working on a flat surface, a regular pencil wouldn't seem to have the tendency to get away ...
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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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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 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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How can I sharpen oscillating tool blades?

Is there any good method of sharpening these things?
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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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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I didn't find it here. I've read a number of websites and there always seem to be a little fluff and maybe this favorite tool or that. I'm thinking ...
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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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Gluing two halves of a door together

Needed a door that matches that the doors from 1940s in my house. So I bought a 30" door on Craigslist and cut it down to 23" by cutting out the middle of the door as you can see in the ...
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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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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 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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Tools/techniques to remove a long section from a wooden board

I am building interior wooden cills and from a 3m x 250mm board/plank (25mm thick) I need to remove a rectangular section about 50mm thick along most of its length, giving something like: I have a ...
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How do I install a new, non load bearing wall in my basement?

I'm looking to finish my basement and simply want to wall off the concrete blocks that make up the wall. I want to insulate it as well so that it becomes a usable family room when I'm done. How do I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I extend my loft hatch opening?

I am hoping to extend the opening for my loft hatch using the following method. I want to move the cross piece from position Q to position P. I intend to screw a temporary support across the top of ...
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good books on carpentry

I have some experience with making basic furniture (beds, desks, shelving) and installing trim and fittings (hanging doors, replacing kitchens) and I am interested in learning how to get a better ...
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How to stop a circular saw from locking?

I've been using my new circular saw for about a week. Today while making a plunge cut it just locked. It didn't get stuck on anything inside the board and it consistently locked every time I tried to ...
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Broken step on staircase

We have a broken step on our carpeted staircase. How can I remove then refit the carpet without damaging it? When the carpet has been removed, I will have to repair the step if possible, then refit ...
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Can insulation foam expand around window framing and cause warping?

I was just wondering if insulation foam (I used regular Great Stuff from HD) can expand in dry conditions around a window (frame) and cause warping and damage to the window up to and including ...
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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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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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How can I build a screen door?

I have a guesthouse with an unusual door, 32" x 76", and it needs a screen door. Home Depot has tons of cheap-o screen doors that could be cut down to maybe 32" x 78" safely, but an additional two ...
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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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Rotten wood: to fill or not to fill?

I removed the paint from this wood, the top ring of a raised garden. While scraping I got to a soft part and easily removed this rotten wood, creating the hole in the pictures: it is 2x2x5" Should I ...
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Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards

I have two different blades (which are almost new) for my mitre saw. One has 24 teeth, the other has 48 teeth. Which blade should I be using to cut oak floor boards?
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Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. The baseboards are hung for carpet, but we're replacing the carpet with vinyl. So I have a pretty good sized gap to cover. I'll probably use 11/16 ...
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How to rig up temporary steps?

My yurt is up, but I need some steps. The deck is 32" above grade. Eventually I'll build a landing / small deck, but I'm too busy with other projects right now (like closing in the yurt wall canvas!) ...
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How can I estimate the load capacity of a set of shelves?

I'm pricing and researching supplies for built-ins in my living room. The plan is cabinets on the bottom, a cubby for a TV and staggered shelves for several hundred HEAVY books above that. My ...
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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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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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Replacing sill (bottom plate) of wall

I need to replace the sill of an exterior wall (load bearing wall that faces the outside the home). I ripped the sheet rock off and noticed some very old termite which was apparently treated years ago ...
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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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Cutting a 4.5m long 2x6 in half with a circular saw

My question is about cutting 2x6 boards in half with a circular saw ("Skil"-saw). Now, I've looked around, and there are many sites describing how to cut off a small piece from a larger piece, the ...
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Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?

I apologies if this was already covered but I could only find a thread on books, and it was geared towards someone having some basic skills already. While I am far from useless, I never had a reason ...
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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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6-1/2" over 7-1/4" circular saw

Why would anyone get a 6-1/2" over a 7-1/4" circular saw? Is there something a 6-1/2" can do that a 7-1/4" cannot?
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real dimensions of 2 by 4 in inches/centimeters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are 2“x4”'s really 1.5“x3.5”? Just by looking at a 2 by 4 plank I can tell that it is neither 2in × 4in or 2cm × 4cm. What are its real ...
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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

The drywall around my door frame is proud of the door frame. One one side it is pretty small, maybe 1/16in. But on the other side, and part of the top, it gets as large as 1/4in. I am unsure of the ...
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How can I make my woodworking project square?

I understand how one checks for square. But, what do you do when it's not square? I put together four boards to begin forming a cabinet. I checked for square and nudged it into place. Then I ...
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Is a 2x4 strong enough to hold up a porch swing?

I'm hanging a porch swing, but the beams run the wrong direction for the support hooks. I've looked up in the attic, and there's a 2x4, lying flat, that runs the correct direction. Will that be ...
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Will a door rubbing on the carpet cause excessive wear?

We recently had carpet installed in our master bedroom. We love it! My husband trimmed the door, it opens & closes well for me. The door is touching or rubbing the carpet when opening & ...
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What are the differences between wood and composite shoe molding?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. I'm deciding between composite (I think it's PVC) and wood. They are quite similar in price. How do these 2 materials compare in terms of: ...
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Safely securing a 4x4 vertically and horizontally

I'm looking to find the safest way to secure a 4x4 to act as a beam for rope-climbing. In the picture below, the "top" beam sits on-top of two 4x4 posts. The rope will extend from the far right of ...
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Is it better to pull old nails or hammer them flat?

When doing work like replacing drywall and trim, I'll pull all the old unused nails from the studs, joists, etc. I do this mainly for two reasons: a) so they don't get in the way of new fasteners ...
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