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Why is my new pine fence turning black? Can I stain right over it without creating a bigger future headache?

We put in a new pine fence about 2-3 months ago. (Southern Yellow Pine, from Lowes. They called it “Severe Weather Pressure Treated Pine”) I have been trying to stain/seal it for the past month and a ...
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how to trim existing stud width?

I want to recess something into the wall between the studs. Problem is that it is approx. 1/4" longer than the gap between the studs. Is there a way to shave off this small amount of the ...
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Fixing substantially warped table top planks

I'm fixing up a wooden table that has sat in a warm attic for about 10 years. It's got pretty substantial bow and twist across the planks. I'm a beginner and want some advice on how best to get rid of ...
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What should I do about an Ikea tabletop that is allegedly unfinished?

A couple days ago, I purchased a "Gerton" Desktop from IKEA. On their webpage, it says nothing in terms of it being finished/unfinished, merely that you should wipe it down with oil. As I ...
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How do you know if new redwood decking is ready to be stained?

I have a new redwood deck, but I'm not sure if the wood is ready to be stained. I've read that you should wait 3 months to stain it. I have power washed it already and it has been drying for a ...
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How I can make wood stop sliding once I plane it?

I bought a hand plane in order to smooth and level my cuts I do using my hand saw. Before I use it in my project I tested it in a scrap piece of wood. But once I started planing the wood, the wood ...
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installing a 360 rotating wood panel from the ceiling

I want to install something similar to this image - I need to know what the hardware used is to support the wood hanging from the ceiling and in place on the floor still allowing for 360 rotation
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How can I re-stain a table without streaking?

I purchased a new telephone table/bench that has a slick red mahogany-color (I do not know what type wood this actually is) table top, which unfortunately my cat immediately scratched before I could ...
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Decking splitting before installation - how do I stop this?

Background: I deliberately ordered extra decking assuming that I would possibly ruin one, cull some, and perhaps a few might split, warp or cup as they dried. Since then, all but a couple of the ...
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Is this hinged collapsible clothesline design stable enough?

I need help validating my clothesline design. It'll be on our deck for convenience (I don't want to lug a heavy basket of wet laundry down to the backyard). I want it to be collapsible so we can hide ...
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What dimensions does the base need to be for a standing post?

I came across this picture and want to build a few. I want to do 10' 4x4 posts but don't know what the dimensions of the base should be to support the post. Any suggestions? The boxes will be filled ...
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Bevel a 2x6 long ways

I need to make a bevel plate (of 10 degrees) to support wooden I-joists on a single slope (shed) roof assembly. I'm working with 2x6s, and I'd really like to cut the ten degree bevel across the 5.5'' ...
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Bevel a 2x6 long ways [duplicate]

apologies if this question is answered. I need to make a bevel plate (of 10 degrees) to support wooden I-joists on a single slope (shed) roof assembly. I'm working with 2x6s, and I'd really like to ...
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Using scaffolding boards (new or used) for flooring or counter tops

I've got access to cheap scaffolding boards. Using those and a planer/thicknesser, are there any downsides to trying to use them in flooring or biscuit-jointed as worktops? I've installed normal ...
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Should feather-edge lap siding be installed directly on sheathing or on furring strips?

I'm building a shed this summer. The plan is to use a stud frame construction. Cover it in 12mm OSB3 and a breather membrane to keep the interior dry and use feather edge as the cladding. The thing I ...
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Code compliance of using UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) shims for deck leveling

I'm building a deck that will partially sit on an existing concrete slab. Slab is slated and I need to level the joists with shims. I'm planning to use custom cut UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight ...
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Can I put a clothesline between two rafters?

If I attach a rope to two distant rafters and use it as clothesline, would this put excess pressure on the rafters? This is a roof over a deck. I thought it could be handy on a rainy day, but not sure ...
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Filling in holes in a wooden porch frame made by bees

I have a question on filling in holes on the post of my sunroom. left image: sunroom and a hole on the red box. right image: a hole (on the red box). The hole is about a half depth of the post. Would ...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

I attempted to test-cut a straight line using my new electric jigsaw. Therefore, I clamped a piece of scrap wood and used another piece as guide, marked the cut lines using a pencil and fitted the ...
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Best wood for wood post base?

The bottom of my porch post is rotten. I will be painting the new wood. What kind of wood would be best for this?
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Can a wood cabin be laid directly on a existing concrete foundation if a DPC is added?

I am figuring out the foundation for a small wood cabin for my back garden, due to height being a premium I was wondering if I could put the wood directly on an existing garage foundation. Providing I ...
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Cleaning black stains from redwood

I am using redwood 4x4s for the posts on an exterior deck. EVERY 4x4 at the Home Depot is stained with black from the binding straps, etc. See pic. Obviously this is not going to work if we're going ...
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Help securing freestanding wood deck fence

Disclaimer: I know it is broken and missing some slats I reinstalled my wood fence and I need better ways to secure it. I cannot attach it to the aluminum sidings (on the left). The 2 posts are ...
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How can I reduce flex/sway in my pergola?

I'm starting my backyard renovation project. I've put in a large concrete slab (18'x26'). Now I'm building a Pergola over the slab. My pergola construction is as follows: 6 - 6x6x10 posts (Grade 1) ...
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cable drum on lawn

I have a large cable drum (5.9'/1.8m) . I will attach a ladder on one side and a slide on another. I wonder how to place it on my lawn. Once I roll it into place I plan to to trim flanges a bit to ...
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What wood to use for external steps on a metal box-section frame?

We've got some rotting wooden outside steps that I want to replace. They're just seven 1 metre-long planks screwed to a metal framework from the underside. I'd planned to use scaffold boards as once ...
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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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Polycrylic getting sticky and peeling/wearing off

I coated a bare wood acacia table for a computer desk with Minwax polycrylic about 4 months ago and made sure it was dried the recommended 24 hours before regular use. 4 months later, I noticed the ...
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Modify a wooden desk so the legs either fold or are removable-and-reattachable

I own a janky old wooden desk, and have been using it for 20 years. Before that it was someone's kitchen table, and its at least 50 years old and has had many modifications - its not an antique ...
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Do I need to replace this eneven stair skirts to level it?

I am starting to work on the stairs that lead to my basement, I noticed that the right side skirt board is unevenly installed. It sticks out 1.4 inches in the beginning and then slowly packed inside, ...
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Installing a sill plate on a crawlspace for a manufactured home. Does it matter if I use spf white wood or treated?

What type of wood should be used on a 8 inch cement block wall crawl space for a manufactured home. Spf white wood because of the metal I beams or treated lumber.
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What is this metal bracket called?

I want to connect two parallel, overlapping wooden beams by putting two steel “braces” on each of the ends of the overlapping stretch, so four in total. These braces should look like the one I’ve ...
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Can I use a water based undercoat between solvent-based primer and top coat?

I've primed some new wood with Dulux aluminium wood primer which is solvent based. Probably overkill, but I wanted a very good seal. I plan to finish with two coats of Dulux eggshell, which is also ...
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Which varnish to choose for a first time job (desk)?

I am building desks for my children: a wooden slab on a standing desk frame. The wooden slab is 160 x 80 x 2 cm and is made of smaller pieces of oak (probably) glued together. They form a nice flat ...
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Does weathered wood benefit from paint or sealer?

2-3 years ago my father-in-law created new gates for us. He was visiting from out of town, and his visited ended before he could paint them. At that time, I didn't understand anything about wood &...
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How to prevent warping of softwood shelves?

I've been buying planed timber from my local builders merchant for various simple interior jobs. Recently I noticed warping across the width of some of my shelves. Attached shows a 20mm thick piece ...
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How do I use DAP plastic wood filler safely?

I'm trying to install a storm door on an outdoor patio in my house. There are a number of holes in the wood from previous screen door installations I think: I want to make sure the wood will hold ...
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Assessing water damage to wood beneath bathroom

Some tiles are coming up from our bathroom floor. I haven’t yet taken off the thinset mortar to assess if there’s any damage but I went beneath the house and found a good bit of wet wood. How bad does ...
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How to correctly fasten a 2x4 spanning garage celing joists?

I'm trying to hang some pulleys in my garage to suspend a 70lbs kayak from the ceiling, but the ceiling joists run left to right rather than along the length of the garage. My thought is to span the ...
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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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Wet vs dry timber for outside use

I've been googling this for a while and cannot come to a conclusion. Take for example a pergola. Beams and rafters are outside, but under a roof. How would dry and wet timber behave in regard to ...
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how to compare wood post to steel post

I was going to buy some 4x4 timber for veranda posts. However I have some steel posts 65x65x2mm. I wonder how would one calculate what size steel post can be substituted for the timber post?
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How to treat outdoor wood for use as a bar for drinks etc

I want to build a bar at home for serving drinks etc and want to use reclaimed wood. So far I've managed to get hold of a softwood fence panel. How would I treat it and get it to a usable condition?
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Is my closet wall load bearing

I wanted to take this closet out but got nervous when seeing the backed wood. There is a floor above and the basement is below, but no support beams where the closet is. Also the joists run with ...
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joining two 190x35mm to make one 190x70mm

Intended use - rafter. Would be two joined boards be as strong as one of a larger size? Minimum requirement is 140x45mm, maximum 190x70mm. I have timber 190x35mm. If I use two boards side by side, ...
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what size 2 by lumber should I use to support a swing?

I want to hang a swing in my yard and none of the trees have a suitable branch. I want to run a doubled up PT 2x8 between 2 trees spanning just shy of 10 feet. Will this be strong enough? Should I ...
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Can someone help me to verify if my balcony can handle the load of a hot tub

I would like to place a hot tub on my balcony, and need help to double check if my floor joist can handle the load. I have have 2 x 12 floor joist @ 16" o.c. with 3/4" plywood decking and 1/2" ...
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What's the name of this wood-eating animal and how to purge it?

I have had issues with an insect, which looks like a beetle, in a rented house in a humid mediterranean climate. I noticed they had infested a wooden chair from hearing a faint rattling sound in the ...
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Painting new boards installed on old front porch

Hi—I recently replaced a number of rotten boards in my old (50+ years) front porch. Here is what I need to do, and I understand timing is important: Let PT wood from Lowe’s dry out (1 month?) ...
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Restoring my deck: is washing necessary if I sand?

I'm restoring my untreated/unsealed cedar wood deck. It was left with no care for 12 years old before we bought it. I changed the damaged board and I'm now at the sanding stage. I saw all the how-to ...

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