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How should I join sections of concrete sidewalk poured in stages?

I am pouring a sidewalk that will span roughly 60 feet from the front to the back of my house. I am intrigued by dry-pouring it but my construction background is steering me to doing it the right way ...
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How do I cut away joint compound?

I used a square dowel to mostly fill a gap between a too-short vertical wood panel and the ceiling. The dowel had a slight warp, so when the glue dried, I added a layer of joint compound to bring it ...
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Best way to hang 6 foot drywall sheets

I am developing my basement into a rec room and I had to cut my drywall into 6' sheets to get them down my staircase. It is unfortunately what it is and I have to make the best of it. I already got my ...
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Does caulk or spackle make more sense here?

Notwithstanding my user name :), I'd welcome some advice on whether caulk or spackle would be better to fill these gaps and produce a uniform surface. The left side is a heavily painted metal window ...
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How can I wrap trim around a corner where the floors have different levels?

My floors are not exactly level and floor quarter round molding does not tie together. Any ideas on how we can make this look good?
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Sikaflex self leveling sealant keeps draining

I’m trying to fill a gap between my driveway and foundation wall to stop basement water leak. Per inspector’s recommendation I applied some Sikaflex self leveling sealant on top of backer rod. It’s ...
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Can a stringer be cut and joined to fit a narrow stairwell?

I have a narrow unfinished basement stair with open risers. My wife would like to see the stairs "looking not like basement stairs". To do that, I'd add risers, and replace the treads with ...
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What is the difference between a no-hub coupling and a shielded no-hub?

What is the difference between a no-hub coupling (corrugated metal sleeve): Versus a shielded no-hub (smooth metal sleeve): Then there is a flexible coupling, which oddly is not called any kind of &...
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advice on re-connecting 2" PVC piping

A few years ago in a pinch with a failing septic system I diverted some grey water to a reed bed (see elbow marked "remove...". Unfortunately although it works, I painted myself into a ...
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How can I keep 4x4 pergola beams from separating?

We’re building a pergola using 4” thick 7 ft fence posts. The uprights will be separated by the length of a post and fence posts will also run around the top as beams. This will mean that there’s a ...
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Extending Rotted Feet of Swing Set 4x4s

I got a new swing set for my daughter which was standing just fine but has rotted feet I would like to replace. I would like to replace the rotted feet by cutting them off above the rot and joining ...
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What is this foamboard between garage floor slab & house foundation, & how should it be dealt with when garage concrete is replaced soon?

There is grey foamboard between house foundation & garage floor slab. I'm not sure how far down it goes, but it starts at bottom edge of drywall. Is this insulation? Or part of an expansion/...
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Do drywall butt joints between joists need to be reinforced to be flush?

I am in the process of placing drywalls on ceiling and walls. I am placing the sheets perpendicular to the studs and joists. I would like to understand better how to prevent cracking and shrinkage at ...
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Spacing tool for joints - anyone know what the tool seen here is called?

Does anyone know what this tool seen at 4:48 is called? I tried searching for various names of what I thought it might be called but can't find anything. Or a similar tool would be fine - basically ...
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leak between sink siphon and drain (photo), how to fix address this?

I have a leak at the junction between the sink tube and the drain placed in the wall. I don't understand how this is working, on my others I have a screwcap which tightens the joint inside. Here I ...
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How can I separate glued wooden flooring planks?

I have had a 20mm thick wooden floor laid and due to a plumbing problem have to take it up again and re-lay. The fixer glued the tongue and groove together with PVA which I now need to separate, clean ...
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Will Evo stick interior wood glue hold up to occasional outdoor use?

I’m making a pine wood box that will be used outdoors from time to time, not all year round but may be exposed to some rain/moisture. I've used simple butt joints for the corners as it’s getting ...
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When abutting Ipe decking inline is it best to meet it at 90 deg or perform a 45 deg scarf cut?

I'm using Ipe with mounting clips. When abutting two pieces is it best to scarf 45° or just abut it at 90°?
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Can I use a corner bead over wood?

So for context, I had a stack pipe replaced, then I had a carpenter come and build a new wooden enclosure (see pictures) to cover the stack and the other pipes bringing water to an upstairs bathroom. ...
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How can I build a floating corner bench from 2x10 lumber?

I am looking to make a floating bench that spans a corner. 10' either way. I recently built an L-shaped block wall with steel supports embedded within the concrete. Now, I need to build the bench. ...
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How to join two metal bars?

I have a phone/tablet support that is made of two bars of maleable aluminium. It was joined with a plastic cover that broke. How can I join the two bars again? Maybe there is some kind of device like ...
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How deep to cut the lap-joint for joining the wooden beams without the glue

Hello to the great woodworking community! I'd be grateful for a bit of advice concerning the building out of the following construction: I bought the glued dried pine wood already. I will use screws ...
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How to repair drywall tape between ceiling and tiles on wall?

I recently moved back to my own place after having rented it out for few years. I noticed only later that the drywall joints in the inner corner of the ceiling of my tiled bathroom wall are ...
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How would I tighten a screwless kitchen shear?

I have a pair of J. A. Henckels kitchen shears that look exactly like this: The joints are covered with a blue cap on both sides. I sharpened them recently, but they still don't cut well, and I ...
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Where to apply liquid membrane at a tile/drywall ceiling edge in a shower?

I have a new-construction bathroom with a shower stall. I am tiling all the walls and using greenboard drywall for the ceiling. On the wall, the substrate is HardieBacker with Hydrodefense. The ...
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Wooden expansion joints

When I laid my concrete driveway I used wood to separate the concrete so that in the future I could remove the wood and position proper expansion material. Now I find I can't remove the wood as it is ...
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Expansion joins in 3m x 1.6m concrete retaining wall (with a brick wall ontop)

I'm working on creating a concrete retaining wall; which is between two large rocks; and will support a wall, and roof on top of it. The whole building is a 3m x 3m shed. When the retaining wall is ...
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Routing tongue and groove flooring in-place, compensating for inconsistent widths

Long story short, supply chain issues and long waits for contractor scheduling has found me with a 1300sqft of LL Flooring Bellawood Natural Matte Hickory, solid 3/4" hardwood flooring. The ...
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Best way to remove a particular hardwood floor board glued to the subfloor

I finished the hard wood flooring then I found that the joint board extends over the door to the bathroom. I am now working to extending the tile floor to the door, and need to replace that board. ...
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Should I redo PVC that needs to be forced into position?

I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and the plumber I hired redid the drain for the vanity based on a recommendation from the inspector to get it under the joist level (which I appreciated, ...
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How to temporarily join fiberglass poles?

I need to be able to repeatedly attach and disconnect two solid fiberglass poles. The poles themselves will be the same diameter (~3/8"). The joint doesn't need to be stronger than the poles when ...
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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I am working on making wood panel for one of my wall ( I made this wood panel using prined mdf ). All the wood joints are not that much noticable except two. I used wood filler in all joints including ...
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Ceiling tapered drywall joint falls between furring strips. How do I align the edges?

I was in a hurry and I did not realize that if I use an entire sheet the joint with the next piece will fall between the furring strips. This is on the ceiling. Since the two tapered edges (the 8' ...
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Joining two desktops - options

I have an office-style desk, with a 25mm thick wooden top. I know it is fake-wood because there's edge trim around the lot. But its not enough surface area, so I wish to abut a "return" in ...
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Small joint that allows relative movement in one axis for M2 sized holes in to connect multiple components

I have multiple components that use M2 size holes that I want to connect with each other, but without restricting the relative movement in one axis with each other. They are supposed to be connected ...
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How can I connect floating 2x6 wall plates to 4x4 posts?

I've started designing an outdoor shower for my house, and need some advice on the framing. The vertical posts are 4x4 PT lumber and are the only thing already in place. As I've designed it, the sides ...
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Cracks on Sheetrock joint compound

There is a round hole in my ceiling wall which i want to fix. I covered the hole with steetrock as best as i could, put a meshed tape around the border and then applied sheetrock joint compound. But ...
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How to join two pieces of sheet metal?

I have a piece of sheet metal flashing I would like to extend by about 6". Due to its installation, it would be impractical to remove it and put a new piece that is of the right size, so a ...
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Edge-to-endgrain butt joint

I need to make this out of 2x4 lumber. It's not load-bearing but needs to be somewhat stiff against skew (L-to-R in the image above). The part I'm not sure about is the end-grain to edge butt joints ...
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Uneven floor and pending joints

We found out after buying the house, when sanding the floors, that it’s uneven. We looked in basement to find out that there is wood pending between the joints. Is this normal for house built in 1960? ...
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Disconnecting Long, Clipped Pipe Runs

When the installer fitted my floor standing boiler, he neatly, clipped the main 22mm feed to the wall. The pipe in question enter the room at floor level and has several components (pressure reducer, ...
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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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