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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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Top/clear coat for painted metal

I'm currently working on a little DIY project to repaint the metal outer case from an old IBM PC that unfortunately sat in an attic for 20 years and rust got the better of it. The case is heavy-duty ...
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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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Basement half wall advice

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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Put polyurethane on marble?

Is it ok to put polyurethane as a protective coating on a marble countertop? I want to protect the marble from scratches and staining by foods and other kitchen hazards.
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How can I touch up the paint on crown molding where I inadvertently applied wall paint?

I've painted the drywall and even though I carefully put the paint tape around the ceiling molding, I still made some marks on it. So I tried to remove it after with a damp/wet cloth, it didn't help ...
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Wood finish to handle high temperatures (not turn cloudy)

I'm building a mobile bench top for my home brewing system. The system will be all electric powered by heating elements actually in the kettles (think hot water heating elements). When this type of ...
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Fill grooves of old wood paneling

I have old wood paneling that was painted with semi-gloss paint not too long ago. We want to fill the grooves and make it look like drywall and smooth. I found this article. It seems simple based on ...
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Chrome vs nickel plated screwdrivers

Is there any difference in performance or endurance of nickel vs chrome plated screwdrivers? Some companies offer both and the former (nickel) is cheaper for the same blade (& handle).
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How do I scribe a curved sink?

How can I scribe this very curved sink? I want to fill the gap. Bought the cabinet as you see it. I can remove the small 3/4' thick rectangular piece (it is pocket screwed in). The ultimate goal it to ...
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Changing gloss marble finish to honed finish

How can I tone down the gloss of a small marble countertop. It is currently high gloss, and I would like to reduce it to what is usually called a honed finish. My inclination is to use wet emery ...
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Normal working time for Quikrete 5000?

I'm having a hard time finding the "working time" specifications for Quikrete 5000. The Quikrete 5000 Data Sheet says "higher early strength", but I'm only assuming that means it will achieve a ...
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Identifying/removing mystery finsh

I have a pre-1990 Mayline Ranger Drafting Table, with a mystery finish, under the rubber mat. It's soft and sort of sticky in places. It appears thicker in some spots too. Some of it comes off easily ...
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How to Fill Gaps Between Hardibacker and Drywall?

Trying to figure this out. I am going to be using Hardibacker for wet areas around the tub-shower above the acrylic tub/shower surround, and drywall for the rest of the room. There will be no tile. ...
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Desktop for Custom Space

I had a space to put my workspace that is kind of unusual, very long, I had a desk built, but the finish on it is a joke. I went to Ikea to see if I could buy one of their custom desktops (prefinished)...
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Where do I add window casing with a replacement window

I don't understand where I'm supposed to add the casing. I just put in a replacement window. There's the old window frame, the new replacement window jamb and a little space between them. Am I ...
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How important is it to use 4x12 vs 4x8 sheets of drywall? [closed]

We are going to be starting drywall hanging in 2 weeks, which is the final part of my GC's contract. We are separately hiring another contractor for mudding and painting. My GC has informed me that he ...
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How to trim a cut on a hollow core tabletop edge?

I have a hollow core tabletop, which is too wide for where it will go. I'd like to cut it into two pieces. What is a good way to finish the cut edge? Or is it just easier not to bother and get a ...
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Is there a good way to fill a pocket hole in a finished piece of wood?

I'm building an oak handrail and had originally planned to assemble the entire project and then stain and topcoat it. As such, I planned on joining the handrail to the newel posts with pocket holes ...
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Can I put insulation under roof between joists

I bought an old home. There is new blown in insulation on the floor of the attic. The attic will not be a bedroom BUT will eventually be a kid's playroom. My plan is this: Build a subfloor over ...
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How can I finish off a three gang switch with one switch missing? [duplicate]

I removed one switch from a three gang switchbox. I simply don't need it. All the wires to that switch have been trimmed and taped off and the same at the opposite end of those wires. Now, what can ...
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