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What should I do about partially tacky urethane finish?

so I've been refinishing an interior bench. The bench had a very old polyurethane/resin finish which I sanded completely off, there was nothing other than bare wood when I stained it. I stained the ...
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Scratched finishing on IKEA furniture: how to fix

During assembly, we managed to damage some outer finish and expose the wood underneath: Is this fixable (say by putting some white "coating" on it)? If so, could you please point me to a solution? I ...
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Can I put gypsum and paint finish on top of a concrete fast set repair mortar?

I have a finished concrete pillar in my living room that I need to be patched and painted. The pillar has final gypsum and paint on top of concrete. Since the concrete is chipped off I need to use a ...
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How to remove yellow blotch from MINWAX Stainable Wood Filler on pine wood

Before staining the pine wood siding of my balcony, I used MINWAX stainable wood filler to cover nail holes and knot cracks. The holes are filled alright, but there is a yellow blotch where the ...
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What is required to enclose and finish my basement stairs?

I am finishing my basement, including enclosing the stairs: new treads, adding risers, drywalling in the sides. My question concerns structural requirements for the stairs. Photos below for ...
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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 fill gap between brick and drywall?

Where my ceiling drywall meets a brick wall there is a gap. This is smaller at the brick itself (maybe 3/16") and then larger where the mortar is struck. This seems too large to fill with caulking......
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Is there a easy way to procure muriatic acid to “faux antique” a mirror?

I've read that the best way to "antique" a mirror is to use hydrochloric/muriatic acid to burn away some of the metallic backing. According to different sources it can be found easily at hardware ...
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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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How do I weatherize an MDF shed?

I had some spare MDF lying around, and didn't have much to do with it. We needed somewhere to shove our grill and gardening tools, so a couple of screws later I now have a reasonably unattractive MDF ...
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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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Gutted a basement and found a window, what should I do?

I recently gutted my basement in an early 1900s home that was finished in the mid-80s, and discovered a window! This window is directly under my front door, hidden by a deck that I've never really ...
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How to adhere drywall to cinder block

I have just purchased a home which I will be renovating prior to moving in. The house was built in 1950 and has cinder block ex/interior walls. I have an area going into the hallway which attaches to ...
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Consistent way to sand and repaint doors?

I have several closet and bedroom doors that are currently varnished/stained, which I want to sand down and paint a semi-gloss white. Should I do something other than sanding to remove the varnish, ...
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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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What are these light marks on my new (unfinished) oak counter tops?

I have some solid oak counter tops that I've cut and fitted, and now I'm ready to start finishing them. Right out of the box I noticed some lighter colored, reflective blemishes around the top. They ...
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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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Running wire through built-in drywalled entertainment center

See the following picture for the entertainment center in question: It was originally designed for 4x3 Standard Definition TVs to be placed in the bottom left alcove (partially hidden by the Corona--...
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How can I install a pre-hung door when soundboard has been installed?

Normally a 2x4 wall has a finished thickness of 4.5" (2x4 + 2x 1/2" drywall) I have 1/2" soundboard under one side of the drywall so my finished thickness is 5" I know that I can custom-order pre-...
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How do I repair a flaking finish on my wood windows?

I have a few windows around the house which all have a funny flaky appearance. It looks pretty superficial; the wood under the flaking looks okay. It's on windows that were here when I bought the ...
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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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Drywall mudding tape wet under and over

So, I am new to the drywalling thing and I went to tape/mud a few butt joints, but my process was to put mud on the joint, then put the tape over, but then instead of letting that first mud undercoat ...
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Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?

I'm replacing a half dozen board ends in a hardwood floor due to water and carpenter ant damage. Each is about 4-6" long. I have the old boards cut and removed, and in fact I can slide the new boards ...
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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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How can I patch my slab around a rough-in pipe in a difficult to access location?

I've got a situation similar to this one (slab finishing/patching around roughed-in plumbing remodel), but in my situation the finishing job poses a couple extra problems: 1) The trench routes under ...
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What should I do about streaks in my finish?

I just stripped, sanded, stained & then applied fast-drying oil-based polyurethane to my hardwood table. All went well until I sanded the second coat of polyurethane with 220 grit sandpaper. The ...
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What is the best way to seal my deck?

I Have an outside deck, it currently has a layer of varnish on it, I Think the wood type is Meranti. The deck is exposed to lots of rain and also harsh sun, and the varnish has started to peel. I ...
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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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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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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 kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
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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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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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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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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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How do I frame in the open front of a 12' high shop/garage building

My building is 32' wide, 26' deep by 12' high. I believe it was built as a carport for RV and other vehicles. The 3-walls use 2x4's 24"oc - the front opening has a good sturdy header that runs the ...
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Suggestions on finishing a concrete vault

I have a newer home that the builder put a concrete vault in. It is basically the porch that was dug out fully to make a room under it with a steel security door. The concrete porch is the ceiling. ...
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Is it possible or feasible to build basement walls without anchoring?

I want to finish my basement. All of the basic protocols I have seen is install a sill plate by anchoring it into the conrete. After that, build a wall and put it on top of the sill plate. Attach to ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

How would one go about fixing this highlighted gap in the photo: The bookcases are attached together and level (though the potato quality photo may not make it appear that way) But as you can tell ...
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What are my refinishing options for a concrete patio?

I have an external concrete patio, about 3 years old. I'm wondering if there are any finishing or refinishing options to make it look a little better than just boring 'ole concrete.
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

So, I am working on changing the stain on my particle-board cabinet(disassembled). I sanded, and then pre-stained the various pieces. I have also applied the first coat of stain(ebony) to the wood ...
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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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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 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 ...
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

I am drywalling my unheated, partially-below grade exterior garage. A four-foot tall concrete wall runs along the parts of the garage that are below-grade. Above the concrete walls are 2x6 wood ...
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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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What to mask space between panel floor and balcony with?

We have put the floors on our own. They're not perfect and we have left too much space between the floor and the window. And a standard finishing element like this: is too small. Here are pictures ...
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Should I spray texture on my drywall repair?

I'm in the final stages of repairing three holes in my apartment and have just finished sanding down the mud. There is a slight texture on the walls so I picked up some 'orange peel' texture spray but ...
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Protecting a finished wood exterior door

I have a solid wood exterior door, that I had stained and finished by the maker. I was looking for a way to prolong and protect the finish. I thought about waxing the door (especially the exterior ...