Questions tagged [wood]

For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

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White specks on framing lumber

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. I found that some lumbers (about 4-5) on the first ...
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Will my wooden bridge withstand the weight of my small truck?

I am building a bridge across a small stream. I have 3 hemlock planks that are 24 feet long, and are 6 inches by 4 inches in dimension. The hemlock planks are positioned so that the 6 inch sides are ...
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How to fix gaps in shelf without a table saw?

I built this shelf for my office, I want to make it look as seamless as possible. I work with kids, only lightweight toys will go on this shelf. I was hoping some type of cover existed I could put ...
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How to reinforce a Wobbly hipped roof gazebo built on a concrete patio?

My husband is building a 10x10 hipped roof gazebo by our pool. It looks great, but the closer he gets to finishing and adding more weight on top with the shingles etc. the shakier it becomes. It is ...
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How to unscrew a screw that I can't access frontally? [duplicate]

I need to unscrew a screw that I can't access frontally. How can I do it? Googling a bit I was thinking of a Torque Wrench, do you think it's the right choice?
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Floor standing U wood frame built at home - what to use for a 90 degree joint?

I'm building a U frame (inverted U). So it will have two side pieces, and one piece sitting at the top of these sides. I plan to use a 3/4" melamine that is 4 inches wide. It is white melamine on ...
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How to remove or fix the stain on this table?

I think a harsh chemical remove the varnish on this table, how should I go about fixing it?
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Anchors for concrete - what to use on a concrete ceiling?

When it comes to concrete, besides metal anchors like lag shield we have the plastic ones being: wall plug, plastic anchor and ribbed anchor. Is there any other (non-metal) anchor that can be used on ...
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Install wood panel in concrete ceiling

I would like to install a 30 x 60 inches wood panel (1 inch thick) in the ceiling. Not sure how much this wood panel alone would weight. Looking for suggestions of what kind of wood to use. The idea ...
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Can i paint over this semi sanded gloss door?

The door has been painted with white oil-based wood gloss paint over the past 15-20 years (See first image). In the past, I would just paint over it which worked fine the few times I did it. Now I ...
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How to stop paneling cracks around air vent

I bought an older home which has some wood paneling that I've been caulking, Spackling, and painting. I've recently had some issues however with an area of the paneling where it was cut to install an ...
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Join kitchen worktops, one side has a 2~3mm gap because I cut the wrong side of the line

I am installing my first kitchen and have had to make two cuts. One of the cuts I've done on the wrong side of the line resulting in a 2~3mm gap. I was given Colorfill to use to join the worktops. ...
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Are wooden pallets decent wood?

What type of wood are most pallets made from? Are they worth the trouble - removing boards, removing nails, etc?
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What made these holes in my 2x4 stud?

I'm framing up a basement, and one of the 2x4 studs I bought had these curious holes in them, presumably made by an insect. The insect didn't appear to be still around, and the damage done to the ...
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Should I caulk the gap between a wood threshold and concrete?

I want to sand down and paint the threshold to my front door, pictured below. The wood itself is fine (not rotten). There is a small gap between where the wood sits on the concrete steps. I assume I ...
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Mixing Bora-care - how do I know how much to use?

I'm planning to use Bora-care as a preventive measure on some exterior wood. But I don't understand how to calculate the amount of water and concentrate to use. Here is the label with instructions: ...
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What's the easiest way to fix these deck joists?

Today I found some deck joists are either cracked or completely out of shape. I was wondering do I have to remove all the boards to replace these joists? There are two joists that seem to be really ...
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Does varnishing floors create a fire hazard?

I am considering buying a house with new wooden floors. I am not sure yet what type of varnish/sealent is in use. I am concerned that the fire escape route is wooden, and I do not want to increase the ...
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How to remove glass from old door and replace it with wood?

I have an old door that has glass panels and is covered with an ugly coating of white film. I would like to replace it with a wooden door. the problem is the door is a custom size and I can't just buy ...
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Cedar beveled siding does not seem to be overlapped and nailed properly

Until I decided to replace a couple of ~16-inch long, beveled-siding from exterior I have never given thought on the width of the exposed face. On my house, the exposed face of the cedar siding ...
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Will my DIY wood and PVC cat cage hold up?

I'm a total amateur, looking for feedback on my plan for a DIY wood-and-PVC cat cage before I build it. CONTEXT: My cat injured his spine and needs cage rest. However, he anxiously scratches the mesh ...
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How can I drill holes less than 1" from a wall?

I need to drill pilot holes through 1x1 and into a stud, with the 1x1 flush with the wall. I figure the hole has to be no more than 5/8" from the wall. My drill is too wide to drill a ...
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Can I use shiplap for shelving?

I'm looking at different shelving options and I really like the look of this shiplap wood. I'd like to use it for shelving by connecting two of them together widthwise to make a shelf that is ...
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Can lag bolts go fully through both pieces?

This is probably an overly long explanation for a question for which I think I already know the answer to, (probably obvious) but other opinions would be great. In tearing out some very old outdoor ...
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Mounting a Pull Up Bar

Due to quarantine, I can no longer go out and exercise, so I am looking to drill a pull up bar in my room. I can either drill the bar in the wall or the ceiling, both which is made of wood. This is my ...
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Treatment for wood under a Trex Deck

Just moved into a 5 y/o house with a "maintainence free" Trex deck. Underneath, it's supported by lumber as shown below When it rains the water drips through the deck slats and leaves this ...
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How can I secure a workout rack to a wooden platform?

I want to secure a "power rack" for weighlifting -- a square cage that supports a barbell so you don't need a spotter for squat and bench press. I'd like to fasten it to a wooden platform. ...
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Hanging hooks in a weak wall

I used to have some (guitar) hooks which were screwed into a brick wall, but 2/3 of them have fallen out. My only guess is that (since they are all at the same vertical height) they all went into a ...
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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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What should be done to check the capacity of a 100+ year old wooden floor joist?

Short version A 7.5cm x 20cm wooden floor joist from an apartment constructed in 1906 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will be subjected to an increased load. The type of loading the floor joist will ...
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What are these wooden glass dividers called (cabiner window dividers)?

I'm replacing broken glass in my display cabinet door, with glass on order. When removing the old glass and glazing I tried to salvage as much as I could, including the thin wooden strips that divided ...
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What to use to build an enclosure for projector screen case? [closed]

I need to create an enclosure for a projector screen case mounted on the ceiling. The size is 50 inches wide, 4 inches high, 4 inches deep. Requirements: The enclosure is just for visuals, just to ...
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

In my unfinished basement I am going to be installing some cantilever shelving along the walls. Basically using 2x4's attached to the joists, with a carriage bolt, and to the floor... likely using a ...
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Cause of white rot on floor joist

The structural floor system on the 4th and top floor of a house in Rotterdam that was built in 1906 consists of 20cm x 7.5cm wooden joists which are spaced at 67cm center to center. There is nothing ...
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How to replace loose 4x4 wood fence post with a steel post

The original 4x4 wood fence post for my home's side gate (that holds the catch part of a gate latch) is very loose and wobbles. The post is surrounded on 3 sides with my concrete walkway, and the 4th ...
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What is this kind of bracket called?

I would ideally like this buy the below bracket, but I can't find any reseller. Searching for angle bracket oval adjustable hole doesn't give anything similar, so I am guessing this kind of bracket ...
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Applying Spar urethane on awning type window jambs

Newly installed, Pine,(exterior vinyl clad) window sash piece was not factory finished. Do I apply Spar urethane to the jambs and sections that close against the frame? Information found online only ...
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How to fill a big cavity on a wooden door frame?

Due to an impact against it, the door lock casing in the wood frame has been uprooted. I managed to fix it back the metal part and some wooden pieces, but there still is a quite huge cavity with un-...
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Selecting wood decking for stairs

When purchasing wood for a deck, what is are the questions / process used to properly select wood for stairs and the landing area: The photo shows new planks installed with older planks, weathered by ...
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Estimated strength of U-profile shelf standards?

I would like to make a table, which is only supported by 4 of these U-profiles. Two on each end will be screwed in a brick wall. The shop doesn't have any specs on the U-profiles. Question Assuming I ...
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Chemical reaction damaged finish on my dining table

I seriously damaged the finish on the TOP of my Ethan Allen Royal Charter dining room table. The table about 42 years old. It was sprayed with a aerosol dusting product (which now I know is a NO NO) ...
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Oil on wood table

in attempts to remove canola oil stains from leaving leaking bottles on the table, I made a solution of water vinegar and baking soda. Unfortunately now, the area I was scrubbing is white from the ...
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Dealing with wood pest in roof truss

I have recently discovered the following signs of wood pest in my roof truss: A few other rafters seem to have the same type of wood pest. Which insect am I dealing with? Is this a woodworm, a house ...
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How to rectify tannin staining through paint?

I am painting some wooden internal window sills and skirting boards, and a yellow-brown stain is showing through the paint. From the answers to What are the brown stains showing through my white ...
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How deep should posts be set for an 8 foot privacy fence? [duplicate]

I am planning to build an 8 foot fence and will use galvanized post due to high moisture in the area. Looking for some advice regarding the depth of the post. These are 10 foot post so I was planning ...
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What is the best way to attach a timber block to IKEA Linnmon desktop?

I want to fix a metal wire cable tray to an Ikea Linnmon desktop with screws, however the desktop has honeycomb filling therefore it is not suitable for screws. I think maybe attaching a timber block ...
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6X2 fascia board estimation PROCESS [closed]

Assume five planks of 2X6 wood fascia is to be installed in Florida. What is the process to estimate the labor cost per 12 foot plank?. I am not seeking a quote, rather I want to understand the ...
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How should I treat outdoor wooden stairs to preserve them?

I plan to replace outdoor wooden stair planks. They are exposed to Florida heat and rain. I planned to paint them brown so they match their peers. However, do they need any other treatment so that ...
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How long will Douglas fir planks last if left untreated outside, not directly exposed to weather, but some moisture occaisionally

I have to replace some bad plywood underneath a roof overhang. I have some Douglas pine planks left over from another project, that I like to use. The (painted) plywood currently in place lasted 55 ...
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Why my jigsaw's blade keeps on being bent?

I am using a t-shaped jigsaw blade on my 400W PRAKTYL (link in Greek) jigsaw. I attempt to perform a cut, but the blade keeps on bending regardless how hard I try to place it straight: I used it to ...

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