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Installing cabinet hinges backwards?

I have a frameless cabinet hinge like this that I bought for a closet-like piece I am building. However, I quickly realized there was a problem; the hinge is designed so that the door lays flat in ...
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How can I get eave rafters cut flush?

This may seem like a silly question, but I removed two old facia boards. The beams butted against them are all uneven. I've tried an orbital sander but can't seem to get it to sand evenly to flush. ...
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Help identifying the type of shelf support

please could someone help me identify the type of shelf support in the pic below. This is from a kitchen cabinet shelf, need to order some spares, but can't find anything that resembles it online. ...
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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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Cam lock & dowel alternatives

I have a chest of small chest of drawers held together by metal cam lock & dowel pegs. The cam lock & dowel regularly come loose. I am looking for suggestions for alternatives? the cam lock ...
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Install a recessed medicine cabinet with stud problems

I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. When I cut a peephole in the drywall, I determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. On the ...
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Best option for replacing rotting redwood exterior trim

I have 12” painted redwood fascia boards rotting in places, and I'm looking for a smooth board to replace it with. Exterior kiln dried treated and primed pine has been suggested but would have to be ...
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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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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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How to cut many shallow grooves on the side of a square aluminium tube?

I would like to craft a slatted ventilation panel/grill like this: The frame will be made of square aluminium tubes (25 mm side, 3 mm thick). The slanting panes will be cut of 4 mm thick aluminium ...
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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 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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How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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does “clear opening” on rafter loading tables mean horizontal projection?

I am looking at some tables of allowable roof loads for southern yellow pine: http://www.southernpine.com/app/uploads/AL_27-32L.pdf Rafters are typically at an angle to horizontal. I'm wondering if ...
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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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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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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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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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