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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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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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Should I cut air space in my basement foam board insulation?

I intend to finish a part of my basement following this guideline from Fine Homebuilding and Building Science. In this configuration, the foam board completely contacts the concrete. My conern is that ...
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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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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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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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What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?

I'm having trouble with polyurethane (Helmsman semi-gloss) drying much glossier than it should - like an extra-gloss instead of a semi-gloss. I'm using it on stained wood moulding, and when I did the ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

For reasons including time, money, ease of installation, and structural strength, should drywall be installed horizontally or vertically.
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How to repair solid wood cabinet finish after fire?

After a small kitchen fire in which the cabinets got fire damage, but did not actually catch fire, we repaired the walls, but are now left with a cabinet that looks (not too) bad. The black spots are ...
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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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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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How to prepare previously stained trim / baseboard for painting?

We have a few rooms of dark stained trim, casing, and baseboards that we would like to paint white. I am pretty sure it is oak, I have not seen it to be sure at this time. It has already been taken ...
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Applying polyurethane to a vertical surface?

I have built a set of free standing pantries. Each is about 3' wide, 2 feet deep and 6' tall made out of a combination of 3/4" maple plywood and maple hardwood. I have them all stained and they look ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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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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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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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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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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What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?

We have a second-hand table with a mysterious finish. The wood underneath is pale, possibly pine. With the finish, it's a slightly darker and "warmer" colour. The table is not antique; I'd guess only ...
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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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How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?

I have ripped out some old carpet and am preparing to install a new solid hardwood floor myself. In several places, the floor transitions to an existing tile floor. The hardwood floor guys told me ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

I have doors, patio furniture and windows which all need constant attention in terms of varnish and wood sealers. I have recently found a good contact for raw linseed oil, and would like to use ...
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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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How can I hide the gap at the base of the stairs and the door, when installing laminate flooring?

I am starting to plan a project to lay laminate flooring in my hallway. Already I can see two areas which are not as straightforward as the rest of the area. The first area which I can see me having ...
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Applying flammable coating at temperature below its flash point

I want to apply a xylene-based urethane coating with a flash point of 81 degrees (F) to an epoxy floor in a windowless 8' x 8' room equipped with near-new 100-CFM exhaust fan. I hope to be able to ...
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What are the differences between wood and composite shoe molding?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. I'm deciding between composite (I think it's PVC) and wood. They are quite similar in price. How do these 2 materials compare in terms of: ...
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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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How to finish room with protruding concrete ledge/foundation?

I am finishing a basement room and have a concrete ledge which is part of the foundation. It protrudes into the room about 2.5 inches and is about 6 inches high. This ledge is the result of a ...
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How / Should I insulate my Basement Walls

I’m finishing my basement and thought about insulating the walls. Picture of my basement attached. The house is about 22 years old. Poured in place concrete walls, no history of water. I started ...
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Raising interior prehung door before installation?

I am getting ready to install standard height interior prehung doors. I will have carpet installed afterwards and would like to set the doors at a good "standard" height to prevent having 1.) a big ...
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What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
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Particular wood filler suitable for oil finish?

I'm going to try doing an oil finish for the first time. I'm going to try Minwax Antique Oil Finish: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-finishes/minwax-antique-oil-finish The wood I'm ...
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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

Why do online sites say that polyurethane isn't food safe, and is there some way I can use it on my kitchen worktop and still be safe? I don't prepare or store food directly on it or use it as a ...
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Raw linseed oil on counter top: drying time?

I have a new pine countertop that I'd like to match some existing pine kitchen surfaces nearby. The previous owners of my house finished the existing counters with raw linseed oil, so I decided to ...
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How to I apply a 'standard clearcoat 30 sheen' to some unfinished hard maple

I have some hard maple stair tread which according to the manufacturer has a 'standard clearcoat 30 sheen'. I also have the stair risers, also hard maple, but that are unfinished. I wish to apply an ...
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Should I use a stripper or sander to remove paint on my deck?

I have a deck that's maybe 10 years old and the previous owners used paint instead of stain. I want to remove the paint and I already started with the Behr Premium Stain and Finish Remover, but it's ...
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What is involved when replacing wood paneling with drywall?

In a forty-something year old home, I would like to freshen up a couple of rooms that still have wood paneling (and get rid of that "this room used to look fashionable in the 1970s" look). I would ...
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What's the best way to finish this trim

So I'm doing my baseboards in my basement, and I'm running up to what was previously installed. I'm going to slide the baseboard all the way flush with the vertical part. From there, I'm a little ...
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Drywall - final joint compound coat

While remodeling an older house (where nothing is quite straight) we used fiber glass mesh joint tape and 3 coats of joint compound. The first coat was applied with a 4 inch knife, the second with an ...
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Staining Plywood

I bought some plywood from Michael's (1/4" x 12" x 24") that I am going to woodburn some designs on to. However, I'd like to put some sort of finish on the plywood so it looks more refined/elegant and ...
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How to repair damage to finished fibreboard

Not sure exactly what happened, but there is now a dent in the bottom of one of my IKEA cabinet doors, which is Fibreboard covered with some kind of enamel or plastic. I'm wondering if there is any ...