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Building an inbuilt wardrobe based on PAX - how do I finish?

I have an Ikea PAX frame that I am using MDF to make look inbuilt by building a fake wall to enclose the frame. My questions are about what materials I should be using to fill in: the screw holes? ...
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Covering interior foam around newly installed windows

I had windows installed a while ago and was left with unfinished foam around the edges. Admittedly I've left it for some time, partially because I struggle with the language of the country I live in, ...
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Polyurethane coating drying splotchy, despite stain taking to the wood just fine

The issue: I've been refinishing an old table I've had sitting around for years that was in terrible shape, stain-wise. Yesterday I sanded off the old stain down to 220, wiped up the dust with a damp ...
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Finishing basement wall over old exisiting window

I'm planning to finish walling in a room in my existing basement, (It will not be a bedroom or livable area so no need for windows etc...) The original basement was built in 1940's. There is one ...
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Can 2nd floor addition handle drywall and other finishes?

I bought a home about a year ago which was originally a simple one-floor 2 bed/1 bath setup. At some point many years ago a prior owner built out the second floor to add two more rooms and a full ...
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How do I finish this roof/attic space?

I hope you can help with a question. I have an unfinished room in my house that doesn’t have any insulation and and anything on the underside of the roof (sorry for not knowing the name of this space) ...
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How can I hide or modifiy concrete column bases in my finished basement? [closed]

In my basement are what look like the bases of two support columns poking out at the base of my walls. These walls run in the middle of the basement. The bases are concrete and trapezoidal in shape, ...
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What order do you finish a room?

My son and I are going to redo a small bedroom. It currently has the thin faux wood siding on the walls usually in a mobile home and the ceiling actually has faux tile that would be normally on a ...
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How to polish the narrow side of Stainless Steel gate

Due to welding, the SS gate looks unpolished. The problem is buffing wheel is not reaching the edges. It's too narrow to buff the corners and edges. Likewise I have installed Stainless Steel Hand ...
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What is the proper way to seal / finish between drywall and concrete garage

Recently bought a house where in the garage there was a stripe of baseboard around the garage a few inches above the floor. I removed this because it was damage and cracked, and I am wondering what is ...
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Uneven wall studs impacting project to finish garage

I'm in the planning stages of finishing our garage. My goal is to run new wiring, add insulation, drywall, and install a wall-mounted organization system. The house was built in the 1960s and is ...
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Too-short a return for baseboard

How would you deal with this situation as far as installing baseboard? Would you do a return?
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Thick joint compound to level with plaster - can this be rescued?

We recently completed a home rewire that went well! The team was minimally invasive but did have to trench some areas near block wall with no access. They've sent their drywall repairperson out to ...
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What is a good exterior finish for red oak? [closed]

I have several exterior architectural details made of red oak that I need to finish. (These will be new and so have no existing finish on them.) They will be on the south facing side of the house, so ...
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Cope, miter, or butt baseboard with a bead profile?

For the baseboard in the picture below, would you recommend coping, mitering, or butting the internal corners? The profile is about 7" high and .5" think. I intend a paint finish.
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Basement "bad idea"? Finishing top half, leaving bottom half exposed

My ranch home in Ohio was built in 2020. It has a 2300 sq ft unfinished basement with 1 sump. I want to finish the basement, so I had a few companies review the moisture levels since I noticed the ...
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Best way trim to finish shower to bath transition?

I'm about to start tiling the shower for the master bath, and I wanted to make sure we used the proper transitions from tile to the drywall. I guess I have two questions.. is there anything I need to ...
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How would I smooth out an interior concrete beam?

I live in a building that was constructed in cast concrete. In a few places, the finished wall surface is the raw structural concrete rather than a normal wall construction. (The original interior ...
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What clear product for sealing an exterior stained door

I have a light-colored oak exterior door which I have stained. I have realized I need to seal it somehow. In reading what would make sense for sealing a stained exterior door, I came across marine ...
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How Do I Properly Seal/Finish Slate For A Workbench Top

I have two very nice pieces of slate from the remnants of a small pool table. I'd like to cut them to size with my circular saw, using a wet masonry blade, and then seal/finish them to use as a ...
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Considering putting unfinished or finished storage in second floor over living room with a raised ceiling

A large area of my living room has a 10ft ceiling, which is raised 1ft from the surrounding 9ft ceiling. Currently there is nothing on the second floor over that raised ceiling, and there is no access ...
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How to restore satin/brushed finish on brass

Trying to restore this piece of plumbing I bought and accidentally scratched. In the image below you can see one of the original scratches at the bottom. I did some research online and found that the ...
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Finishing A Newly Installed Stair Landing

I am currently wrapping up finishing my basement, and am trying to figure out what to do with my stair landing. Because of a ~2" increase in height compared to my old basement floor, I had to ...
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How to smooth out uneven drywall?

I'm working to refinish a room and found that the wall underneath a window juts out, likely from a new window installation by the previous owner. I want to make it smooth before painting; what’s the ...
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Metal vs. masonry paint for a matte paint finish on flat aluminium sheets?

I have powder-coated aluminium sheets that I'd like to paint, such that the finish looks matte, like a normal wall (i.e. no gloss). I concluded that simply sanding the powdercoating layer a bit, to ...
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What is this wall finishing?

What is this wall finishing? It looks like a brick veneer, or wall paper; or is it perhaps a plaster? If plaster, how would I attain this pattern? I doubt it's painted brick, but I could be wrong. ...
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Truck cab- cargo box interface plywood finishing

Using 3/4" yellow pine, ~7layer, sanded plywood. The finished project needs to appear semi-gloss white. Priority: water-resistant. Time in service: 5 years min. From my research I should seal ...
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What material should I use for painted window jamb extensions?

Beginning stages of starting to add window jambs to my basement. Question for those of you familiar...what material have you all found typically works best? MDF? Pine? Poplar? These jambs will more ...
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How should I finish the top of basement energy half walls?

Thoughts on how to go about this half wall on all the exterior walls in my basement? I have framed 2x4 walls up to the height of the half cinder block wall and installed installation. Above the half-...
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What is the best order of operations for painting a newly renovated space?

I'm just about ready to paint my basement project and wanted to get the opinion of the community on what would be the best method of approach for my situation. I'll be using a HVLP spray system and my ...
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Finishing Basement, Help with Plumbing Pipes

I am finishing my basement and am starting to plan the bathroom, but I do not have plumbing experience. The house was built in the 1980’s and completely torn down to the studs and rebuilt in 2013. ...
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Laminate flooring finishing around door jam

I just completed my laminate floor and used quarter round trim to cover the edges/gaps in the floor. I would love to get some suggestions to have good finishing at the door frames as shown in the ...
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How can I install craftsman-style door casing where it interferes with hinges?

I'm planning on updating the casing (ranch style currently) on several door frames in my house to a craftsman style and I'm not sure how the trim will fit near the hinges. Right now the reveal (R in ...
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Should I replace old drywall in closet before I tape? [closed]

I am in currently in the process of finishing my master closet. Whoever started this project (one of the previous owners as the house is 70 years old) drywalled roughly 2/3rds of the walls/ceiling and ...
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What to use to build an enclosure for projector screen case? [closed]

I need to create an enclosure for a projector screen case mounted on the ceiling. The size is 50 inches wide, 4 inches high, 4 inches deep. Requirements: The enclosure is just for visuals, just to ...
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What should I do about an Ikea tabletop that is allegedly unfinished?

A couple days ago, I purchased a "Gerton" Desktop from IKEA. On their webpage, it says nothing in terms of it being finished/unfinished, merely that you should wipe it down with oil. As I ...
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What, if anything can you attach to a beam?

I'm flipping a row home. I had two rotting beams that had to be replaced. Because of the way they align with the existing joists, they will extend below the height of the sheetrock. The two ideas I ...
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Mobile home interior finishing

I have a quick question. My parents just finished getting their double wide mobile home set, and opted out of the finish installation. (They did all but the finish drywall at the marriage line, and a ...
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How can I fix streaks left in wipe-on polyurethane varnish?

I recently stained my cherry color builder grade kitchen cabinets to an espresso color using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I Put on 3 coats and all went well. I then applied 2 coats of the Minwax ...
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Wood Floor Worn Spot!

I have a bamboo floor that's been work throughout the years in a few isolated spots. Because the majority of the floor looks fine, I'm hoping I can patch up the spots that have issues. I attempted one ...
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What finish could be applied to a wood project with paper on top to seal and preserve the paper without discoloration or damage

The goal is to finish a handmade box (slightly curved top and bottom) with hinged lid covered with stamps. Without getting into the yak shaving of stamp adhesives, is there a material that can be used ...
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Waxed floorboards now too slippery - how to keep look but create some friction?

With hindsight I perhaps shouldn't have done this, but it cannot be undone, so I am looking for the best way to remedy the situation! Restoring some old pine floorboards, I sanded them down and ...
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How can I increase the friction on the surface of PVC pipe?

So, I have sort of an odd question - I need a coating (or something) that will increase the friction on a CPVC pipe as much as possible. Specifically, I rigged some CPVC pipe to mount a light from my ...
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Difficulty closing front door

Hi I have a new home and the front door is difficult to close. They have run the doorbell wire along the inside of the upper frame (as seen in the pic) and the door rubs against it. I’m worried that ...
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Removing mistakenly applied linseed oil over lacquer?

I recently bought a small kitchen trolley from Ikea. The top is treated with linseed oil and the instructions that come with the furniture say to apply more oil after unpacking. I dutifully did this, ...
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Laminate Stair Nose Installation

Below are all the pictures that correspond to my question. Last night I installed some stair nose molding and tried to follow the instructions the best I could (the part of the instructions in ...
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Waxing Spar Urethane finished product

Is it practical to wax an article that has been finished with spar urethane? This item will be exposed to the weather for 4 - 6 hours on occasion. If waxing is practical, how long should the urethane ...
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Is there a big difference between specialised wall smoothing pastes and joint filler/finsiher?

I have been renovating some interior walls that were damaged through age and the process of removing wallpaper. I didn't want to replaster, and I wanted a very thin covering, so I opted for a big-...
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Should I sand between coats of polyurethane when finishing a table?

I am finishing an oak table. I lightly sanded the polyurethane after the first coat, as per the instructions. After the second coat of polyurethane dried, I see sanding/brush marks. If I don't sand ...
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