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wood expansion joints

My wood expansion joints are fine, but the gaps between the wood and the concrete is very wide in spots. The driveway is cracking from the water getting underneath, I believe. Can I simply use clear ...
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Taping drywall and cementboard butted together

When taping cementboard butted against drywall, is it better to use drywall (paper/mesh) tape with joint compound or cementboard mesh tape with thinset?
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Will my floating laminate flooring contract in winter enough to show the edges?

I have an old laminate floor. In summer it always showed signs of buckling. Now I fixed it by installing an expansion gap of about 0.6 inch (15mm) against the wall. Now the buckling is gone. However I ...
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New concrete up to blacktop's soft edge

I want to make a concrete walkway next to a blacktop driveway. This is on private property, and the total length of the walkway will be about 20 feet. I don’t want a curb, and I want the concrete to ...
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Butt joints with screws

I'm building a small wooden foundation for a new shed (pic below, joints in question highlighted). I'll be using wood screws to put it all together. My question is simple, should I be screwing through ...
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How to repair chair pocket joints with limited tools

I have broken chair that I'd like to fix. I have no wood working tools or experience. All I have lying around or currently have access to are ropes, hammer, nails, screws and wood glue. The chair ...
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How do you add a T join in to an existing underground drain pipe?

I have an existing drain pipe that takes water from our roof catchment, and sends it down into our drinking water tank (this is our household water supply). We now have a new building, and I wish to ...
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Can pavers set with polymeric jointing sand be powerwashed?

I recently started the process of cleaning my paver patio because the paver was absolutely covered in moss and weeds. I've been using a pressure washer and blowing out the material alongside cleaning ...
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Changing loft bed's beam to diagonal braces?

We have an IKEA loft bed for our 12 yr old. One of the beams that prevent legs going apart, is messing up with access to his chest of drawers. I want to change that beam to diagonal braces like ...
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Plastic push-fit vs.compression joints

I want to know the use scenario of both, I have a 40 mm drain pipe in the ground and 40 mm shower trap pipe so I want to connect them both. I guess for my use scenario it might not matter much due to ...
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Roof Rafter/Beam Joint pulling apart and sagging

There is a joint in my attic where 4 beams or rafters meet. Someone used a 2x4 to support one of the beams, but it did not work because the beam was in two sections.As you can see in the pictures, ...
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Filling garage floor control joints

TL;DR: How should I fill this V shaped, shallow control joint in my garage most effectively? Joint rough dimensions: 5/8 in. wide at bottom 1 in. wide at top 3/8 in. deep Do I need backer material ...
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How to finish Butt joint and corner bead within 5"?

I created pass through door between my kitchen and dining room. I am done screwing sheetrock to cover framing. I need to finish this job with drywall tapping and corner bead installation. Now as you ...
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Hold several 2x4s together for tabletop?

I was thinking of making a very rudimentary TV stand with several treated 2x4s I have here. The tabletop would look like this. What can I do to hold all these 2x4s together so that they're sturdy? I ...
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How can I replace missing parapet wall “joint caps”?

My home has a fiberglass roof deck with parapet wall surrounding it. The parapet wall is covered in aluminum (at least I think its aluminum) that matches the vinyl siding and color of the fiberglass ...
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How repair a joint that should have been joined by screws

I've built a 12 by 8 platform that's 8 feet up in the air, and there's no way to get behind the outer beam now without complete disassembly (custom cut around a chimney). I should have followed my ...
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How can I attach deck railing boards to the top of the rails?

What's the best way to attach a board to another board that's resting over it? The rail is a 2x4 and it will be held, on each side, by a 4x4. Under the 2x4 rail I'll have another 2x4 that will keep ...
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Wood glue or screws for joint?

I posted a question about this, and someone mentioned using Titebond wood glue for the joints in the following drawing. My question: for these types of joints, will wood glue create a stronger bond ...
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Tape vs corner bead order of installation

Where a drywall sheet joint meets an outside corner, is it better to first install the tape over the joint or the metal corner bead? My old drywall finish guy did tape first, I think, but my new guy ...
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Protect screws in joint and make it look nicer?

So this is what the joint looks like. It's solid, but as you can see, the screws are exposed so they'll be rusting pretty soon. Also, the joint looks horrible. It's PT wood. What can I buy to make ...
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Join two 2x4" so that screws are not visible?

How can I join two 2'x4' pieces of treated wood like in the picture so that the screws are not visible? Or maybe it's possible not to use screws?
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Taping or not unexposed wall joints

I have some joints between drywall and drywall and also drywall and cementboard that will not be exposed because they are behind cabinets. Do I still need to tape them together? Does taping provide ...
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Straighten and strengthen this joint?

How can I straighten and strengthen this joint? I can remove the screws holding them together if needed, but that's pretty much all I can do.
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What wood joint can I use to connect railing members over a post?

For the fence we'll be using 2"x4" pressure-treated wood that will be attached to 4"x4" PT posts with wood screws. What wood joint should I use so that I don't need to buy any more hardware to make ...
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What is this wood joint called?

What is this wood joint called and how difficult is it to accomplish? What tools would I need beside a regular saw? It would be with 2"x4" wood over 4"x4" wood.
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Shower valve: connecting 1/2 inch pipe to 1 inch shower valve (threaded)

first off, there are images attached for best description of the problem. The setup is: The 1/2 inch copper pipe connects to a threaded joint on the shower valve (1 inch), easy, right? Except when I ...
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How can I handle this splice joint between two shorter pieces of lumber?

I want to build a mostly ground level deck. I have created plans and I want it to be 16' x 20' one long side will have a notch for a circle of rocks and a firepit. my issue is along straight the 20' ...
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Are there any join charts similar to span charts?

Are there any charts indicating what type of joints are stronger than others? For example, how would one determine which of the following joints is stronger? Intuitively I'd say longer cuts ...
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Crack in new drywall joint

so we just drywalled all walls in our bedroom. And now (~ 3 weeks later) one of the joints is cracking in the middle edge of the tape. Summary: The house is concrete. Built 1970s. All drywall boards ...
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Making a square - Joining two pieces of wood cut at 45 degrees with a circular saw

I am trying to create a 90 degree angle from two pieces of wood so that I can eventually create a squared enclosure. I have cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees with a circular saw's angle adjustment. ...
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What are the sturdiest types of joints for my lofted queen bed frame?

I'm building a lofted structure that includes a queen bed, storage stairs, and some storage space over my door. Here is a rudimentary mock-up I made in PS. All the vertical support beams are 4x4s ...
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How can I attach lumber for a shelf so that screws are not seen?

So I'm making a simple shelf like the one in the picture. I asked the home depot guy and the guy told me to use regular screws and then use filling to cover up the holes, something I already knew. I ...
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What would make a good temporary joint filler between vinyl tile?

I'm living with the peal and stick home depot tile that could be installed either grouted or groutless. I chose the latter. I have lots of dirt catchers now. Yesterday I was patching the walls ...
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\What is the best way to frame a box?

I want to create a box. I am using a lap joint for the top and bottom frame. For the vertical sides I need help. The pictures show the two ideas I had. But there must be a better way to attach the ...
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Is it safe for dryer vent ducts to overlap in different directions?

Hard to describe this in the title. What I'm referring to is how segments of duct overlap each other where they are connected. Ideally, as with plumbing, the tube the flow enters should be overlapped ...
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PVC leak-free joints without glue

I am interested in installing a PVC tubing conduction (80 mm diameter, no longer than 1 m.), with two 90 degree joints. I would like to know if there is a way to fix the joints without the use of ...
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Repairing/Replacing Concrete Sidewalk Expansion Material

I have several expansion joints in my home’s concrete sidewalks that need to be repaired/refilled. There is a lot of info regarding this out on Internet…too much in fact. I can’t determine from ...
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Does shear strength increase with the number of fasteners?

Let's say I have screws with 1,000 lbs shear strength. If I add more screws, does the total shear strength of the joint increase? If I use 3 screws, then put a 2,000 lbs shear load on the joint, ...
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Do I need a backer rod?

I need to make a water tight joint between the garage wall and the pavement: I have cleaned out the debris from the gap and blasted it with water to remove all the loose little things. Now, I have ...
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Replace a cross brace with knee braces?

I'm currently in the process of designing a watch tower and was wondering if i can replace my cross braces in my current design with simple knee braces. Cross brace: Knee brace: This saves some ...
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Disassembling IKEA Ingolf chair

I have a couple of dining room chairs from IKEA, which have been quite good for a number of years. One of them, however, has started wobbling a bit, and I saw that it was because the back of the ...
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How can I tightly join two perpendicular pieces of wood in a loft bed from the inside corner without access to the outer side?

I'm trying to assemble a double loft bed from Ikea (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80160867/), but the problem is that it's 80" wide and the room is 80" wide. This means that there's no ...
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Should I fill 3/4-inch gaps along the wall before laying ceramic tile?

We put down two layers of 3/8" plywood over planks (tar paper over planks). Some of our expansion joints are up to 3/4" at the walls. Should I fill them with something?
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How should I bond two pieces of metal without a welder?

I'm unable to access a welder at the moment as advised by my doctor but I'm needing to weld a couple of pieces of metal together for my grand daughter's birthday gift. It needs to be quite strong, ...
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Improve loose thread fitting [closed]

I have 10 laser pens of the same type(cheap Chinese ones) in aluminum and the threads are a bit loose, is there any way to improve the friction for the threads by applying some friction grease/paste? ...
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How do I get 3/8“ deep and 2” wide rabbet into 3/4" plywood with a handheld router

I am trying to get rabbet of sizable width 2" into 3/4" plywood. I was looking at rabbet bits and the depth (3/8") I need is not and issue but getting the width will be a challenge. The largest ...
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Is my pegboard stand design reasonable?

I have an idea of building a pegboard stand, for the purpose of holding kids art supplies. For example, buckets with pencils, markers, pens, paintbrushes. Possibly also some trays for papers. Below ...
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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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Is polymeric sand necessary for paver joint?

I have seen the ads and display of polymeric sand for paver joints. I am using 6x9 concrete paver with just regular paver sand. This is my first time doing this so I don't know if I will regret few ...
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Dowel bracket fixture

I'm not sure if this exists or not. A flat square piece of plastic or metal which has two or more permanently affixed dowel-type protuberances that allow various boards to be joined simultaneously. ...