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US Building Codes - Do I need a handrail on this initial section of stairs?

I realize that building codes tend to vary by jurisdiction, but I'm wondering, in general, do I need a hand railing and/or guardrail on this initial section of stairs as shown in orange? My hope is ...
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How to calculate stair stringer when total RISE is small?

I have a interior landing (a room entrance) sitting at 12 inches from the floor. I'm having trouble running the numbers on the stringer calculation since dividing the total rise by 7 is 1. That ...
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How do I get the most out of cracked lumber?

I'm about to build my first* large project with real hardwood, and because random widths and lengths lumber is so much cheaper than standard cut lumber (and typical cut lumber sizes are often not even ...
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How to install hinges after cutting custom door past wooden edges and composite exposed?

I had to cut a standard door (30x80) down to a custom size to fit into a custom opening for a renovation project. On the hinge side, I had to remove enough material that I am now past the solid ...
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Why my hardwood floor is buckling

I’ve replaced the carpet in one of our room with hardwood, about a year ago, which buckled up by the end of the summer this year. There is a crowlspace under the house, where I found no leaks, but ...
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Can I drill through joists?

My dad just bought a house and let me move in. He's home once every three months so its practically my house. I just have to take care of it. What I want to do is have my internet closet on the ...
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how to fix: the lock core came out and it's still locked?

I captured a photo for The problem, the core came out and the key just rotating 360 degree with no effect. any help please?
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I have wood block of 50 * 50 * 50 mm. I want to make 1mm hole ( depth), having diameter of 40mm. Which power tool should I use?

My question is about making a big hole in wood. I have wood block of 50 * 50 * 50 mm. I want to make 1 millimeter hole ( depth), having diameter of 40 millimeter. Which power tool should I use?
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Cutting Wood Siding in Place

I am replacing a bathroom window with one that is slightly bigger than the original. I will need to trim the length of the existing wood siding a few inches to match the trim of the rest of the house ...
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Installing a replacement window in new construction scenario

I am replacing a wood window that was build in the early 1900's. The original installation was really odd, it was mounted in place by the trim boards. Two nails on the outside of the trim into a ...
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How should I reinforce the center of my desk?

I've built a desk out of melamine 55"l 26"w and 30"d the sides are the same material and the center of my desk bends and causes my monitor to wobble. I'd like to reinforce this without large ...
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Router bit for baseboards

I have old baseboards in our house and need to replace just a two foot section. I figure it would be cheapest for me to attempt to mill mine own. I had a guy work on our house a few years back that ...
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How do I support a deck-style floor in crawlspace?

This question is kind of a follow-up to the one asked here: how-should-i-add-flooring-in-my-crawl-space. My crawlspace is exactly as the one described. Basically my house is on a slope and have a ...
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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 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 attach beadboard to plaster walls without blowing out nails?

I am replacing old beadboard on our plaster walls. Around the windows there seems to be cement under the plaster. No matter if I use a nail gun, panel screws, nothing will penetrate the cement. The ...
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Lightweight lumber or lumber alternative for building a 6'x7' portable privacy screen?

I'm planning to build a privacy screen to be attached between two posts of the pvc railing of a composite deck. I want the attachment to be temporary so that it can be removed and stored during winter ...
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Closing severe gap along baseboard and floors

We have very unleveled floors along this wall that wood paneling is going up on. The wall is about 10ft long and there is almost a half inch difference in the height of the floor. The baseboard was ...
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Roofer or framer that installs a Velux Sun Tunnel?

Who normally installs a Velux Sun tunnel in a new construction of a house? Roofer or Framer? Half the project is done on the roof and the other half in the house? Thx. (yes, I know there are ...
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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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Melting snow on the deck leaked into the house. Is my deck flashing incorrect or insufficient?

Last fall I had a small deck built to replace three masonry stoops that were falling apart. The sheathing behind the stoops was not flashed and was rotting. The contractor did a good job as far as I ...
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Gluing Table Aprons to Plywood Table Top

I'm building a tall, large standing desk and removable legs are required for this to fit through doors. I'm using pocket screws to attach the aprons (hardwood maple) the table top (birch veneer ...
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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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Tooth Count for 6 1/2 inch Circular Saw Blades

Why are 60T and 80T finishing blades not available for smaller circular saws? Diablo makes 60T blades starting at 8-1/2 and DeWalt has 60T blades starting at 10in. Is this because the smaller ...
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What type of wood should I use for a washer/dryer platform? [closed]

I would like to build a shelf that will allow me to place my washer and dryer on it as well as two shelves. Ideally, I want to house laundry baskets under the shelf. What type of wood would you ...
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French cleat mod?

Some background for my question: I have three 2x12x10 planks of stock lumber we already ran through a planer to get relatively smooth. They will be used for open shelving in our kitchen supported by ...
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How do I add blocking to floor truss joists?

I removed rotted subfloor plywood in powder room. I have engineered floor truss joists at irregular spacing. Question, I need to add blocking but the top of the joist is a 2x4 laying flat. Can I block ...
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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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Repair or Replace Cut Floor Joist

After removing an old bathroom floor in a historic structure, in order to sister joists for a level surface to install new subfloor, we found that one of the original floor joists was notched, and ...
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Online tool to draw saw lines for plywood? [closed]

I want to make some shelves out of plywood which comes in 250x125 cm sizes. Each straight saw cut costs ~$3, so I would like to reuse as many cuts and at the same time fit as many shelves into on ...
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Wavy cuts when cutting closet doors

I have had this happen to me on a few closet doors I am installing. I needed to trim just a quarter inch off and I properly measure and set a straight edge before cutting. When cutting I am perfectly ...
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How do I prevent my fence gate from binding against the post?

My gate was binding against the post along the top drip rail. I figured the gate was a little too wide at that spot so I trimmed it a little shorter. Shorty after the gate started binding at a ...
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Trimming or spackling the edge of a tile schluter to drywall (Large Gap)

I would like to get any suggestions for closing this gap. The bathroom studs were out of plumb in an older house. The edge of the schluter goes from 0 at the bottom to 3/4" at the top on one side. ...
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Some advice about reconstructing a design on a kitchen wardrobe

Good day everyone! I am a novice when it comes to home improvement and therefore I am looking for a (cheap )solution for the following problem. In the house that I rent there are some kitchen ...
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How to shorten or replace this cabinet door?

I disassembled the cabinet over my fridge and shortened it to fit a taller fridge. It turned out well, about 4 inches shorter than before. But I'm at a loss about what to do with the two doors. I ...
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Subfloor options

I have 2 options for a new floor: 9mm plywood on joists, with tongue and groove floorboards on top 19mm thick 28mm tongue and groove floorboards on joists (no plywood subfloor) Which is the better ...
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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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Silicone or rubber protection for kitchen base

I have been trying to find a solution for a newly installed kitchen. On the base podium of the kitchen, the vendor did not add any rubber flaps or water protection panels to prevent wetting the base ...
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Is this a well constructed roof?

Just took a closer look at the ridge of my roof and noticed that the angle between the ridge and virtually all the rafters is quite sloppy. Is that a problem is that the way these joints are supposed ...
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Is this door striker and lock safe?

This is my first house and I didn't notice little things during the viewing etc. At the time more interested in condition of the roof/furnace/foundation. Anyway get into it and start noticing little ...
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Can I resize a bench [closed]

I've finally found two identical bench's on an auction site that are almost perfect as I'm looking to create a breakfast nook In my kitchen that im doing up. Unfortunately just measured and one is ...
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Sill plate alternatives when *not* using pressure treated wood?

I have a barn I am restoring. I do not want to use pressure treated wood for the sole plate or sill plate. My carpenter would use 4 x6 locust at 12 foot lengths, but we cannot find any. Can anyone ...
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Join two furniture panel - T joint

I have a built-in wardrobe without internal panels. I am planning to add some panels in it. I bought 18 mm furniture panels with melamine coated. How can I attach a horizontal panel to a vertical ...
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Cracks in deck supports [closed]

I have a deck supported by 6x6s. Two of which seem to be developing some sizable cracks. Should I be concerned? Can I repair / reinforce the posts?
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Create a constant 5 mm gap between decking and side panels

I have some decking for which I've built the frame, and the main "floor" decking already but haven't done the sides for yet. The decking goes right up to the edges of the subframe that it sits on. ...
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Split ladder legs for child's playset

Last year I assembled a playground kit for my son and noticed the one leg on the ladder is splitting where the step boards were pre notched to fit into. The wood is basically pre stained red cedar. I ...
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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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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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Pressure treated for base plate framing on concrete

I used all PT 2x4 for framing base plates in my basement, attaching them mostly using a powder actuated nail gun. I did it because I think I read they are more exposed to moisture being directly on ...
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Stair tread damage - repairable/replaceable? (photo)

The staircase had carpet, we want to remove the carpet and paint the stairs in their "wooden" state. On removing the carpet we have treads like this: We do not have access from "behind" the ...