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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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Problem with Screws/Hinges on laminate door

Fitting a finished laminate door. Routered hinges and pre-drilled before screwing. Screws nearest the edge of the door caused a ripple as if screw was pushing it the laminate out. checked screws were ...
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Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?

I have been looking for a shelf system to store my printers and other misc. items next to my desk. After looking around at various hardware stores, office supply stores, Ikea, Amazon, and even second ...
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How do I build wall-mounted shelves?

I've spent the past few months getting my flat renovated, and would now like to build some bookshelves across two of the walls in my living room, and around the corner that joins these walls. The ...
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How do I increase the height of a sliding glass door lock?

I recently installed a dog door panel for my sliding patio glass door. The way the dog door was made I had to install it centered in the patio door channel vs flush with the sliding glass door. This ...
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Dado rail joining

I want to put a dado rail up my staircase. The staircase turns as it goes up. There are three walls as you ascend. One on the left, one in front of you and one after you turn right to get to the top. ...
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Below grade wall rotted - will this solution work?

looking for a little guidance if my solution will work here. One section of my 1830s simply has a crawlspace underneath, and it seems that in the rear the sill plate simply rests on top of a ...
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Is it safe to cut a window header for pellet vent pipe?

I want to install a pellet stove in our sunroom. The spot where I had wanted to put it I thought would be high enough to clear any headers above the windows, but it seems that this, what I think is a ...
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will a partition wall float?

While replacing some burnt lumber I found a partition wall sitting perpendicularly atop two 2x8 joists. I need to remove said joists and the subfloor above them back to the carrier beam. I'm thinking ...
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Sill plate patch shifted when it went into the anchors, how would you fix this?

Title says it all, how would you handle a situation wherein you're patching a rotted sill plate and getting it perfect seems impossible? The plate section is 13' long and has three threaded rods ...
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Existing external timber columns paint peeling off after 9 months - how to fix?

I've got some existing external timber columns. The columns are 30+ years old. They are not solid wood, but rather boards, used to make the uprights and then timber mouldings to make the "feet&...
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Wall Framing Question

currently renovating 1st floor bathroom, behind the tub wall was a layer of tile/sheetrock, old wood siding, and underneath the siding is 2 layers of vertical 1x8 lumber. There is no 2x4 framing in ...
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Adjust the height of landing to match the floor

In an earlier post (since closed), I asked this community how to improve the appearance of a plywood floor. From the responses, I concluded that the best thing to do was to lay a legitimate flooring ...
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Help ! Weyroc / uneven floor needs levelling

we have had an extension built on the back of an old house and they fitted a floating floor with Weyroc top. We have bifold windows right across and want to put in flooring. Problem is that the floor ...
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Recommendation to avoid wood beams to get rotten and break

I'm trying to see what can I do to avoid my carport to fall apart. When I bought the house two years ago I noticed that the wood beams that supported the cover for my carport were getting wet close to ...
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Why doesn't the blade on my miter saw spin?

I have a Guild Compound Mitre saw, 1200w. The motor works fine and the blade spins a couple of times (2-3) seconds then stops. I have tried removing the blade and placing back on. I have noticed blade ...
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Simple rustic DIY bunk bed, but is the plan safe?

I plan to build a bunk bed for a tiny cabin, used on occasional remote outings. I've slept in ones like this so I know what I am getting into, but I want to make sure my plan is not too rickety. I ...
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terms and prep for old style doorknobs

I like the look of old-fashioned doorknobs with a small rosette. I'm getting some new doors and thinking about boring and mortising them myself. My plan is to find old knobs, rosettes, locksets from ...
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Large 16'×24' "He-Shed" Foundation Needs Fixing

I have a one year old 16×24 shed, 2×8×16 treated floor joists, 2×6 trusses, 2×4 stud walls, box soffits with vents, barn side panels, trim boards, shingled roof, gutters and downspouts, insulation, 3/...
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Correct Screw length I should be buying

Can you help me out. I am planning to install this (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid-70-in-White-Twin-Track-Upright-for-Wood-or-Wire-Shelving-FG4B8900WHT/100047070) in my cabinet to add ...
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Door jamb and threshold: what goes on top?

Working on a doorway between two rooms where the floor heights differ by 3/4" so there will be a threshold that spans the two heights. Can't quite decide whether I should install the threshold ...
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How bad are these knee walls?

First, I am going to show this to a structural engineer that I've been working with. I am posting this to be better prepared to ask him questions. So if you see something wrong but are not sure, ...
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Is it normal for an experienced Finish Carpenter to put so many blemishes on walls during a kitchen cabinet install?

I recently hired a Finish Carpenter with “30+ years of experience” to install my white finish, plywood cabinets. I paid $1400 for him to mount 10 boxes (he only mounted 9 but still charged $1400 plus ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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Sill Plate not Lining up with Foundation Wall [duplicate]

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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How to properly hire contractor(s) to fix deck and railing deterioration?

During home inspection while buying our place the inspector underestimated the cost of the job to fix rot that got inside the railing on a tiny (~3'x3') balcony/deck. He said it would cost ~$1000 to ...
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Repairing a gap under a eave.

Last night I heard scratching in the wall and upon investigation found that a squirrel had managed to knock loose a piece of wood (I assume as there was no covering to be found) in the eaves where one ...
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How to correct the inclination of an old chair

I have an old easy chair, which I'm thinking to polish and use it. The chair is made of teakwood and has nut and bolts at the joints. As it is decades old and was unused for a long time, the holes at ...
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T-Nuts for Granite/Plywood table?

I have a 30"x50"x3/4" granite slab that I would like to use for a table. I'm thinking of putting 5/8" plywood underneath (20"x40"?) and before mounting the granite on top, inserting a few T-Nuts for ...
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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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What type of replacement windows can I use on my log home?

I'm stumped as to what style of window to pick for my log home (replacement). The current windows are aluminum frame, and are trimmed flush on both sides with wood, so all you see is a very thin strip ...
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Replacing stair risers: three issues

These stair risers had an unattractive tile on them so I removed it. I have three issues I need to address: I need to get the tile residue off. I'm thinking paint stripper will do the job here I ...
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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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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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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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Thinking about hiring a PE [closed]

I have a problem with the joists in my house. I have had several contractors in for estimates to fix the problem. There are estimates go from 3.5K to over 10K. They seem to have different views on ...
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