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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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Can someone help me identify this spiral staircase system?

I am thinking of buying this spiral staircase to use to get to our loft, but was curious if any of you could identify the type of staircase that it is. What is pictured is the section that sits on ...
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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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I tightened a Titus Minifix Cam too hard and now I have to take it apart. Is that OK?

I put together this TV stand, and used a cam/bolt dowel for the first time when I got to the step of attaching the top of the TV stand (A) to the two stand panels (E). Since I assumed the cam had to ...
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Nails sticking out of balusters

Recently purchased a house and noticed some nails sticking out of the balusters on a staircase. They are pretty sharp so I'm worried about someone stepping up brushing their foot up against it. What ...
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I'm needing to install a recessed medicine cabinet but studs are problematic

So I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. when I cut a peep hole in the drywall i determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. and ...
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Window Stool meeting metal window frame

Our house had no window stool on one window, just a space. I have one in progress but am unsure how to have it meet the metal base of the window, onto which the window itself rests. I don't see any ...
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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 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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How do I patch a subfloor over a return duct cavity

I need to patch these holes in the subfloor where the vents are. These holes are from a return vent that is being moved, the joist cavity below these holes is a return duct. I'm assuming using ...
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Base for refrigerator wine shelf

I have a wine refrigerator that has shelves for wine bottles - image on this question. I want to use this refrigerator and its shelves as a regular refrigerator. So I need to put something 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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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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Do I need to replace the foundation under porch posts when replacing them?

I need to rebuild my porch this summer. I think its circa 1970 and the flooring is starting to rot through. The only part of the job that is really throwing me is replacing the load bearing columns (I ...
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Mitering an outside crown molding?

I need to miter a new crown molding to an existing outside crown molding. Similar to this stock photo: My old school crown molding looks like this: Can I assume the angle is 45 degrees? Is this a ...
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Attaching swing bolts to sistered 2x10’s

I have 2x10’s that I will be sandwiching together to make a big stiff beam for an adult swing set. I’m about to put it together, but then I thought “how do you drill the screws for swings into a ...
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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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Joist hangers “droop” when installed?

Whenever I use hangers I end up with something that looks wrong. Hangers have two sets of screws. One, the "flat" screws, drive into the wood your hanging onto. The others, the "diagonals" drive into ...
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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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Identify this plaster cornice coving from the UK

I am in the UK and need to replace some coving, and am not sure how to track it down. It's probably 20 years old now, but I'm not sure if it's a generic size? Thanks!
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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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How to install coat hooks securely when holes don't line up with studs (batten depth?, length of screws?)

I have a single piece set of coat hooks to install on the wall. By single piece I mean that they are 6 double hooks all attached to a single piece of metal as backing. (source: pbimgs.com) There ...
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How to fix sagging ceiling?

I have an older building on my property that I am in the process of fixing up. The person that built it used 2x4s for the ceiling joists and it is beginning to sag a bit in the middle of the ceiling. ...
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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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stair tread molding/nosing options

I'm a homeowner and renovating my 100 year old house. The old pine stair treads are broken in several places and extremely ugly, and so they must be replaced. We also decided to open up the ...
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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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noise reduction from a wooden ball wall

My husband and sons built a wooden wall in our backyard to use as a ball wall for soccer and lacrosse. Our boys bounce the ball off the wall to practice. It is about 10X10 frame with plywood affixed ...
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How to line / fill the ugly gap around my newly hung shed door

I have fitted a new door to my shed and as you can see there is a big gap and it looks a bit ugly. How would you recommend I make this look better? Some sort of external trim? Internal door stop? ...
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How to join melamine sheets for a concrete mould?

I'm planning on making an L-shaped concrete kitchen countertop (2100mm x 2500mm) with a single large piece of concrete (Yes, I know, see below!). As the melamine sheets only come in a max size of ...
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Toe Nailing Studs to Plates

Perpendicular set studs sometimes shift during toe nailing to flat plates, top and bottom. Is there a way or a tool to clamp 2x4 perpendicular?
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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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carpentry: base for a media shelf [closed]

I want to build a DVD/blueray/CD shelf of 7 feet high x 6.5 inches depth x 32 inches width. The dimensions are right and have to be respected. When I make a rectangular framework, it's quite unstable, ...
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Split/broken rafters a concern?

I'm buying a home and had a building inspection yesterday. The only major defect the inspector found was two split/broken rafters inside the roof. Can anyone tell me if these are a major conern? ...
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Framing corners

Is there a prefered method to framing an interior wall corner? I am re-finishing my basement and in the process of framing my small bathroom, hallway, small bedroom and living area. Just trying to ...
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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3" perfect wooden round hole in cabinet

I need to make good round 3 inches hole in the wooden cabinet (see blue circle) to pass feed and load wires to a subpanel I'll put outside the cabinet. What's the best way to make that hole? My ...
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Drywall ceiling crack emanating from/near the outside corner of two interior drywall walls

I have determined that this is not a foundation problem (the cracks have existed for at least two years without getting worse, other than in the winter they open up just a little. No other foundation ...
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Which router bit should I use to recess a door hinge using a template

I've just made my 1st template and used it to rout out a set of hinges . I was very surprised to learn that the usual approach was to use a guide bush and a straight 2 fluted bit. This involved ...
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How to make a 19' bannister sturdy?

There's still about a foot of play in the middle. I put wood glue and finish nails in the loose spindles but very little improvement made. Both newell post are solid.
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What is the point of this doorway “header”, and can I simply remove it?

We're remodeling a room with a severely undersized doorway - it is much shorter than the standard 6'8", so much so that I hit my head on the jamb if I don't duck when walking through it. After ...
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fascia compound angles

Alright so hopefully I can explain this properly. I'm replacing a fascia board where the corner can't be a straight cut. There is one board that spans the "bottom" of the roof and one that goes up ...
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Using angle grinder to shave wood?

I have several 4-ft x 4"x4" pieces of wood, and I need to shave off a few millimeters of wood. Can I use an angle grinder for this? It doesn't have to be perfect, and I would only be shaving the ...
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What type of wood is suitable for fascia?

I'm replacing some fascia boards, I am looking for something that is rot-resistant but I am hesitant to use pressure treated lumber due to shrinkage as it dries out and I don't want gaps (project has ...
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Strengthening a Bamboo Ladder (After a Mistake)

I am a newbie to this so please be gentle. I had some dried out bamboo lying around and for some reason, I decided to make a ladder out of it. I got one of my measurements wrong and cut out a notch ...
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How to tighten a wooden bannister (newel post)

How to tighten a wobbly stair bannister? I tried going in from the basement ceiling, the floor boards are in the way. I tried drilling in a screw at an angle at the base to anchor to the bottom ...
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DIY Diving Board

I am thinking of building a diving board for my pool, and I'm not sure how to calculate the thickness requirement for a 250lb person to use it (I chose this because that seems to be what a typical ...
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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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Altering The Depth of a Kitchen Cabinet

The cabinets in our kitchen were installed just prior to us moving into the house. The cabinet above the fridge is deeper than the other cabinets so that it protrudes over the fridge. This would be ...
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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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Which insulation for gap between plasterboard and subfloor?

I have a room built under the roof on top of the garage, so eaves are directly behind the side walls. I removed the skirting boards to install the a new flooring and realized that there is a sizeable ...