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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

We have 2x10 triple wood beams which are not only uneven lengths, but they have chipped wood from when a steel column was installed. My question is, how should we go about sanding/smoothing out the ...
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Is it necessary to use more than two grits for a sanding job?

A lot of sandpaper multi-grit packs suggest that you should work your way through all of the grits from coarsest to smoothest on a job. The way I see it, it seems like only two are necessary - the ...
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Removing stain from wood deck after sanding

I spent a few hours today sanding my wood deck floor with a standup orbital sander. I was using 36 and then 60 grit sandpaper. It's done a decent job, but there is still a lot of stain left that isn't ...
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Do I have to scuff semi-gloss paint with sandpaper before second coat?

I applied one coat of semi-gloss paint over a week ago and am finally getting around to the second coat. There is over 80 feet of crown molding and trim to be painted and it's not a basic pattern. Is ...
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How can I make the surface of marble rough without using chemicals?

How can I make the polished side of marble not slippery? I don't want to use chemicals to do this because these pieces of marble will be used as stepping stones in gardens. WHAT I'VE ALREADY TRIED: ...
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Help ! Weyroc / uneven floor needs levelling

we have had an extension built on the back of an old house and they fitted a floating floor with Weyroc top. We have bifold windows right across and want to put in flooring. Problem is that the floor ...
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Textured walls now smooth- do I need to prime? [duplicate]

My walls were textured plaster so we had someone skim coat them (Spackle and sand) to make them smooth. Right now they are smooth but if you rub your finger in it- it’s dusty. Can I paint normally (...
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How to restore the brushed finish on stainless steel appliances

Someone in our household absentmindedly used a green ScotchBrite pad to clean a couple of the stainless steel appliances in our kitchen. In some cases, they went across/against the grain. The ...
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Flat ceiling too rough after drywall repair

I had drywall damage on my ceiling from a leaky roof. I cut out a patch of the ceiling and re-drywalled and mudded the area and it looked pretty good actually! Then I used a three-quarter inch nap ...
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How do I fix a botched brush on primer job

My primer came out lumpy and I sanded it and it feels smooth but it looks uneven how do I fix it without sanding into the underlying material
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

I have just purchased a new glass cooker hood which is 600mm wide. The gap I have for it is also 600mm wide, though perhaps 599.9mm as it is currently a very snug fit. I am a little worried that the ...
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What kind of sander do I need to get the paint off this kind of fence?

I have a fence with a tricky structure with regard to how to sand it. What kind of sander should I get to remove the paint from this fence?
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Are these black marks on the wall from sanding?

I was told these markings on the wall are from "sanding". I believe the walls are plaster. I wasn't sure if I should believe it since it's in a strange pattern. However, it might be ...
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Dealing with peeling paint from a peaked joint which has mesh tape underneath

I'm painting all my walls so I started prepping the surfaces by sanding. When I got to a peaked joint I proceeded to sand it with an electric orbital sander and paint started peeling more and more ...
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Sanding stained surface to tone down shade

I am refurbishing an old door that had many coats of paint I removed. It has 7 panels, which I am staining, and the frame will be painted semi-gloss. After staining on one side of the door, I wasn't ...
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How can I remove the finish of hardwood flooring before installation?

I bought 500 sq ft of used engineered hardwood flooring, about 7 inches wide. It is stained a very dark color and I'd like to sand off / remove the top layer to reveal the natural color. Any ...
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Cleaning beetle tracks in wooden floor during sanding

I'm renovating / rehabilitating a wooden floor, which is probably about 60 to 100 years old. I used a random orbital sander to clear a small section as a test, with this result: The problem is that ...
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Is re-sanding needed after primer is applied to wood cabinets?

Just wondering if I should re-sand the primer I just applied to wood kitchen cabinets, BEFORE I apply the cabinet paint I purchased? The kind of final coat I bought is Valspar latex with oil-enriched ...
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Is it appropriate to sand a hardwood floor with a 20, 60, 100 grit sequence?

I went to Home Depot to rent a Square Buff Floor Sander to refinish my Kitchen floor. They said I could use 20, 60, 100 grit sandpapers to do the job. Please note that they do not have any sandpapers ...
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Why do grindstones produce a finer finish than sandpaper?

I don't understand why a grinding stone seems to produce a much finer finish than the same grit of sandpaper. For example, if I grind a piece of metal with an 80 grit silicon carbide grinding stone ...
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Why don't I see more progress when sanding my stair treads?

Doing some DIY around the house, any suggestions would greatly help. I want to refinish my indoor steps and railing(sand and repaint) When i am trying to sand the steps its very hard to sand it, ...
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White spirit vs. meths vs. IPA for cleaning/preparing surfaces

White spirit (aka mineral spirits or mineral turps in the US), methylated spirits (aka denatured alcohol in the US), and isopropyl alcohol are each used for preparing surfaces, or removing oily ...
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meshed tape exposed on sanding

Newbie here trying to DIY somethings around the house. I am following these steps to cover/fix a ceiling hole: Put sheetrock, apply mesh tape , apply mud, sanding and painting. When I am sanding down ...
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Why is my freshly applied paint coming off on the roller?

I used Dulux™ undercoat and primer today for the first time. I cut in a small area and as soon as I started rolling, it was removing the paint! I had committed so I carried on. I let it dry and did a ...
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Looking for advice on this refinishing project

Refinishing some wood builtins (veneer). The photos below are of a shelf which appears to have the same veneer; I am using that shelf as a test bed. I have provided several photos in different ...
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Can I use joint compound over primer?

So decided to redecorate a bedroom ourselves. We removed wallpaper, scrubbed, sanded, cleaned, primed (Zinsser B-I-N White Multi-surface Matt Primer), skimmed (Make Good Plasterboard Jointing, filling ...
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How to fix an uneven (curved) upper window box to install blinds?

The top of my window frame is curved, probably as a fail in construction. Just noticed it when I was trying to install new blinds. You can see it in the picture below that it is uneven by the center ...
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Wet sanding using 1200 grit on my brown table has created a white/dust-like cover

I worked on 2 projects for painting a wood table and a metal table, where wet sanding had worked perfectly on the metal table while it ruin the wood table, as follow:- I have a wood table which i ...
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How can I remove adhesive/glue from bricks?

My wife and I bought our home 2 years ago and we recently had water damage in our basement. After getting a sump pump and drain installed, we decided to redo the basement which includes a fireplace. ...
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How do I fix an unsanded and uneven drywall repair that was painted over?

Based on the attached pictures, would anyone be able to tell me how I could go about fixing this ceiling imperfection? I'm doing some renos and learning through mistakes. This time I attempted some ...
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How to clean gunked up sandpaper?

How do I remove gunk buildup on sandpaper? After using acetone to remove some of the finish I am using sandpaper on the door. The sandpaper keeps getting black goo on it. But the sandpaper underneath ...
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Skim-coated textured ceiling - do I really need to sand before priming and painting? [closed]

My kitchen had textured walls and ceilings. I've skim-coated, sanded, primed, and painted the walls and they look great. For the ceiling, I'd like to avoid the mess (and health risks) of sanding ...
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Desert deck, waterless maintenance, no ‘beauty of the wood’, can I sand and paint @ 3-yr intervals?

I have a 10-year old deck, 20-feet in the air, with peeling paint. It is surrounded by white stucco ( below also ) so I can not afford to have chemical stripper running down the stucco and pressure ...
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Sanding solid stain off

I've been told I can not strip this stain off and need to sand it off. The spindles can stay as they're in good shape still. It's about 800 sq feet plus stairs. What would be the best and most time ...
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How can I fix streaks left in wipe-on polyurethane varnish?

I recently stained my cherry color builder grade kitchen cabinets to an espresso color using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I Put on 3 coats and all went well. I then applied 2 coats of the Minwax ...
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Paint-stripping purgatory - stuck in the middle - what should we do?

My wife was prepping our kitchen to be painted this weekend in our 1920's era condominium. Presumably lead paint is present but we do wear masks when working. There's an old door and door frame, and ...
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Should I use an orbital sander or a belt sander for sanding a section of varnished floor?

I need to sand down a small section of our floor and thought I'd buy a small sander instead of renting one for the day. I've been looking at orbital and belt sanders. In particular the two models I ...
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How long can a freshly sanded deck wait before sealing without do overs?

I just had a composite covered deck installed with wood railings. Part will be screened and rest open. The contractor is ready to frame for screened portion and advised me to stain before he frames. ...
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Over sanded between coats of varnish

I’ve finally stained and applied a first coat of varnish (oil based poly in satin finish) to a dining table. I went to sand it lightly once dried as per instructions - I think I used a way too rough ...
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How do I treat a recently sanded pine staircase?

I want to restore our Victorian staircase, going from a drabby flattened 1960s beige carpet, to a fully sanded, restored looking staircase, with painted risers, stained treads and a runner down the ...
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Getting rid of rough edges after removing old paint

I have an old weatherboard house. Removed a lot of old, flaked paint recently from a relatively large section of the house above a rickety old garage. Because it wasn't the safest place to be, I was ...
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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Black dots on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Replacing recessed medicine cabinet, uneven frame?

I'm replacing a recessed medicine cabinet, which is slightly taller than the previous one and does not fit into the existing hole. I need to reduce the height of the existing frame by a quarter inch (...
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Waxed floorboards now too slippery - how to keep look but create some friction?

With hindsight I perhaps shouldn't have done this, but it cannot be undone, so I am looking for the best way to remedy the situation! Restoring some old pine floorboards, I sanded them down and ...
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Can I rough sand a deck before rain, and finish sand after rain dries?

I am in the process of sanding and staining a new deck (built in June) but the weather is not being very cooperative. I know stain needs to sit 48 hrs before being rained on, and that wood needs to be ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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Fix drywall painting disaster

I had a team of "professionals" repaint the drywalls of a newly-purchased house. A few days after they completed the work, two kinds of defects appeared on the walls, in a large number of different ...
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Do I need to sand between coats of varnish?

I have sanded down a table and put 2 coats of paint on it. I have also applied two coats of varnish. The first coat was smooth but the second coat of varnish seems rough. It looks like wood that got ...
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