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Are railroad ties suitable for a retaining wall under tree canopy?

This video shows a sharp cliff near my house that leads down to a stream. The drop is about 20 feet. I would like to build a 4' high retaining wall right around where you see a stack of dead branches. ...
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What's the right type of lumber to construct a small TV platform?

I'm buying a new TV, which will be my first flat-screen TV for the home theater. I currently have an old RPTV, and our center channel speaker rests on a stand that supports it on top of the TV. Since ...
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Can I use LVL 2x4 outdoors (pergola roof)

A few days ago, I got a letter from the HOA telling me that I have to replace the warped, twisted, sagging 2x4s forming the roof of my pergola. I have absolutely zero confidence that any PT 2x4 I buy ...
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Warp resistance of plywood vs solid SPF lumber

I need to fabricate a small wooden masking platform that will serve to reduce the gaps between radiator pipe holes in the floor and the floor itself. Basically, the gaps are more than what pleases the ...
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Drying milled lumber

I want to mill my own lumber from a forested property and mill I have access to. I understand there is a long drying process involved, and I intend to dry a large volume. What is the process for ...
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Is AC2 lumber ok to use with aluminum?

My "local" big-box home improvement store sells a pressure treated lumber called AC2. Apparently this is different from ACQ in that its environmentally friendly, but still can be safely used with ...
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Type of Lumber for carport load-bearing post replacement?

So I need to replace the 5 load-bearing posts on my carport due to visible rotting. Do you recommend using the standard Southern yellow Pine Pressure treated 4x4 lumber I see in your typical big box ...
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Joining two composite decking boards side by side

I described my problem in this question here How to fix deck board at edge not lined up with beam? This is the outcome of that project. There ended up a bit of gap in some area like 1/8" - 3/16". It'...
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How to drill straight hole in 4x8 beam?

I need to drill a 0.5" hole for a big bolt going through 4x8 beam (used in swing). Now I only have the hand drill and no drill press tool (which could be nice). I only need to make 2 holes and they ...
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Footing for 4x8 swingset beam and playhouse

I am building a playhouse with swingset attaching to it. One side of the swingset beam (4x8x12) will be A-frame. The other side is attaching to the playhouse. I have a question about attaching to the ...
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A-Frame Bracket for 4x8 swing beam

I would like to build the A-frame swing structure. One end of the beam attaches to the playhouse. The other end is the A-frame and I plan to use 4x8x12 treated lumber as the beam since I already ...
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Beam size and material for 15 feet long swing

I need to create a 15 feet span beam for kid swing (300 lbs load / 150 lbs and 2 swings assumption). One end will bolt to the tree (just for convenience). What "treated lumber" lumber size and ...
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Use Textured Strand Lap Siding or concrete board to attach outside deck trim

I want to "cover" the outside of the deck trim because the look of treated wood isn't good. But if I use deck material (composite) to run around, it's going to be expensive. I am planning to just use ...
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How to waterproof inside cedar shed?

I want to build this shed like the picture below (I got from someone else) using my leftover cedar fence pickets: However I don't know if it will leak water from the side. There isn't much protection ...
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Which nut/washer combination to join timber to timber (joist to rafter)

I am fitting some new joists in my roof and will be bolting the new joists to the existing rafters. Both joists and rafters are 47mm thick. After some advice from a friend (which may of course be ...
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How to tell if 2x4 is untreated and safe for indoor project?

I bought some 2x4s from homedepot. Took a picture of the stamp. How can you tell if it's treated or not? Is it safe for indoor furniture project?
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PT lumber as the swingset frame

I am planning to build a swing set for my kids and was going to use PT lumber. I was not too much concerned with the chemical issues because my kids were now old enough. Also, the PT lumbers are ...
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Different joist spacing of extended deck

I have an old deck with 16" joist spacing but that was because they used 2x8 joists and span 9 ft with 3 ft overhang. I am planning to extend the deck but won't go further than 9 ft. So with short ...
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Can I use two 2x8 beams instead of one 4x8 beam for deck?

I am trying to "optimize" materials purchase when building a deck. So I got two questions: Is two 2x8x16 beams the same as one 4x8x16 beam for deck support? Do I need to bolt / nail them together or ...
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Will 2x6 cedar be ok for monkey bar rails?

I'm planning a build of a back yard jungle gym/mini ninja warrior obstacle course and I'm in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, I don't mind spending more for cedar and I prefer the look, however, ...
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55g aquarium dimensional lumber support

I know there are a lot of questions on here questioning the weight bearing capabilities of dimensional lumber but this seems like such a specific scenario since the load is static and completely even. ...
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Finishing nails into treated lumber indoors… a disaster waiting to happen?

We framed out our new kitchen island with some leftover lumber, some of which is treated. Our cabinets came with some extra skin, which is roughly 1/8" thick, and we already attached it to our island ...
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Safe/professional way to transport lumber with just a roof rack

I'm doing some home improvement, and have the necessary skills, tools, etc, for the job. There is one thing I'm lacking: a large pickup truck for transporting lumber. A buddy of mine used to have one, ...
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Stucco around lumber

I have a masonry wall that I'd like to hang a 2x6 on (6 side against the wall) so that I can use it as an anchor for a curtain rod. I would then like to stucco around it. I was wondering if it's okay ...
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What nominal lumber size is 11/16?

If I am seeking lumber that has an actual thickness of 11/16", what nominal size (e.g. nominal for 3/4" actual is 1x...) should I be looking for? I need it for a window trim.
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How to connect two bed legs to make a bunk bed from two regular beds?

I am planning to make a bunk bed from two regular kids' beds and looking for ideas how to connect two bed legs so that the result would be aesthetically pleasing, as well as constructionally sound. ...
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Rain Got To Untreated Wood Furniture Project - What to Do?

I've been building a bedframe from unfinished wood on my deck (due to lack of indoor workspace), and tarping it off at night to protect it. Apparently I did a poor job last night though, as the wind ...
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What is the difference between LVL 1.9 and 2.0?

A structural engineer gave me a header design using beams made from LVL 1.9. Looking around, I'm seeing more LVL 2.0 available locally. What is the difference?
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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how to carry 20ft lumbers to home

I need to carry one 20 ft lumber from HomeDepot to my home. I don't have a truck but have a minivan (Odyssey). The minivan does not have a roof rack though. A friend of mine suggested that I could ...
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What's a high R-value insulation material alternative to dimensional lumber

Years ago I read somewhere about a building material described like this : a composite/synthetic material (not wood) available in traditional dimensional lumber sizes (e.g. 2x4) rigid enough to have ...
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I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot?

I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot? Are there any benefits to choosing one over the other? Should I expect to see better quality from a ...
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Lumber Storage to Prevent Issues

Previously I had access to commercial style storage racks purpose built for lumber. Now I live in a smaller home. Is there an optimum arrangement to storing lumber in a garage or basement that will ...
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When ordering lumber what percentage of waste should be expected?

Let's say I'm getting ready for a remodeling project, and I'm getting ready to order 2x lumber for framing. Specifically, I'll be ordering No. 2 or better 2x lumber. What percentage of my order should ...
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How to build canted riser for queen mattress?

My wife has severe allergies and has found that sleeping on an incline helps matters. We have a queen mattress on an Ikea MALM bedframe, and I'm trying to think of a simple way to test this out easily ...
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How do I understand this description of lumber?

The instructions to a DIY project asks me to purchase something described as: 8-foot ¾-inch clear pine 1 x 8 What exactly does this mean. Here's my guess 8-foot: the length of the board ¾-inch: ...
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Best/Most Affordable Material to use for Long Rafter

I am getting ready to put a new roof on our house (changing the structure and all) and I am wondering what the best and most affordable kind of lumber or material is for the job. I need to span a 26' ...
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What is/was tunneling into this 2x4?

I have a piece of scrap 2x4 lumber that I was planning to use until I saw these little tunnel markings. Any idea what insect/creature made them? And is there any way to tell if it's still infested? ...
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How to saw inground lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber. A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change the lumber. There is also a perpendicular long piece of lumber that crosses ...
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Reusing screw holes in lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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How to remove nails from 6 x 8 lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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What are the differences between these types of small-dimension lumber?

I have a project that needs smaller lumber, 1x4s, 1x3s, and 2x2s. This project is rough carpentry just a garage shelf. I have built one example of this shelf already. I did it over a year ago and I ...
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Baseboard lumber choices for staining

I am in the process of selecting lumber for my baseboards. My flooring is prefinished maple, dark red/brown, stained, looks great. I was thinking about also smooth finished but not stained maple but ...
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Is it necessary or recommended to kerf baseboard?

I've been told that baseboard, unless done so already by the sawmill, should be kerfed before installation to prevent warping in the future. Is that really necessary or just a good thing to do? I ...
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Can I use the area above my garage for storage?

The ceiling joists in my garage are 2x8 spaced 24" o.c., and span 21'. The roof load appears to be carried by the walls, so the joists seem to only be in place to hold the drywall. I'd like to use ...
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What size timber beams do we need to span our ceiling/floor system?

We are building a hand hewn old oak log home (yes pioneer style not kit log). We want exposed solid timber beams in the ceiling of the main floor. We are having oak sawn into 2x6 tongue & groove ...
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Can used Xmas trees be recycled into particle board? [closed]

Not really a home improvement question per se but somewhat related: Can main trunks of used Xmas trees be recycled into particle board if all the branches were cut off? I mean if you had 100s or ...
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Without using dowels, how do I join 2x4s edge to edge to be 1.5“ x 7”?

I am trying to join a 2x4 supporting a workbench tabletop to another to make a backsplash of sorts. Any ideas how to do this without dowels? (No, I can't use 2x8)
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Air drying wood: whole dead limbs

I've been toying with the idea of replacing part of our stair railing and the newel post and replacing the newel post with a natural limb. I recently had to take down a limb from our Madrona tree. ...
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Can I build a hot tub using lumber?

So, as it stands now I am hoping to build a hot tub from lumber. I've done ponds and makeshift pools and such, but this I want to be a lasting thing. It'll be framed and then lined with a thick rubber....