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What's the difference between “Framing Lumber” and “Framing Studs”?

The Home Depot website has these two as categories under Dimensional Lumber. Why would one want to exclude items from one category during a search for wood to use in a project? What is the ...
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How to apply spray-on polyurethane to a textured paint?

I am wanting to spray on coats of water-based polyurethane to a painted wood surface using a HVLP Spray Gun. The painted surface already has textured particles added into it to improve slip-resistance....
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spa + water + marble spa cover + statue + 4 people = 3,500 #

spa + water + marble spa cover + statue + 4 people = 3,500 # 55" width rests on floor covering 4 or 5 2 x 10,s of Douglas fir. Safe?
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What's the mechanism to maintain this shelf stable

I want to know what's the mechanism to maintain this shelf stable even when they tilt the wall-bed: I would like to build something similar myself (not for a bed though). I researched about gimbal + ...
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What type of wood treatment does my garden office / summer house need?

The exterior wood on the top of my garden office / summer house is looking a bit tired / worn out - see picture below. What kind of treatment should I use to restore/protect the wood? See the lower ...
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Is it OK to remove some 2x4 bracing in my attic?

I have a four year old house in North Carolina. I would like to remove some 2x4 braces to facilitate room for better storage. The boards appear to be temporary from construction. What do you ...
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What to seal new butcher block type counter top

Bought a counter top, wood butcher block as they called it, to install on my work bench. Top is raw wood. Instructions state seal immediately with Tung or Mineral spirits. Minerals Spirits? That doesn'...
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What is this grey fungus/insect, and is it damaging the woodwork?

Yesterday my parents discovered these 'things' attached to the varnished wooden fascia board outside the downstairs bathroom. They are attached to the outside of the house, in a sheltered spot. They ...
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How do I dig a fence post hole in a cramped corner?

In the corner of my yard 4 other neighbors’ fences meet. At that junction there is no post they are all just nailed into eachother. One side has a double fence. Old residents of my house didnt want ...
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How to build long, chunky bed supports

I'm trying to build a bed frame similar to the one shown below. I'm struggling to design the long, chunky white support beneath the top bunk. It looks like its about 200cm x 18cm x 8cm. For such a ...
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Painting a wooden mailbox post

I need to repaint my wooden mailbox post. When I first moved in to my house, the previous owner had let the paint all but come off. I sprayed it white, with Rust-Oleum spray paint, as that is what "...
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Floating Dock Framing Length?

I'm planning on building a floating dock and am looking for advice on framing. More Specifically, i'm wondering if anyone knows what the maximum length I can span between two floats? I inherited ...
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How can I cover a window in a nice way

I have my gaming place and workplace in front of a window because this is the most convenient and silent place I can have it in my apartment. However, The back of my screens is visible to the outside ...
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Door jamb wider than framed entry

I'm trying to figure out the best approach for this issue I ran into. So I have a door jamb that sits at 79.5" wide and the actual frame is at 79.25" wide. I have 3 options: trim either the hinge ...
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Deck Posts Were Covered With Dirt, Dealing With Rot

One of the inspection notes from when I bought my home was the dirt making contact with the posts on the deck: https://ibb.co/album/ju0n3v I dug out the dirt and it looks like this: https://ibb.co/...
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Is it safe to be in insulated attic

Is it safe for me to be in an attic with this type of insulation without a mask? I have found myself coughing whilst laying floor boards and I’m not sure whether that is general dust or something to ...
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Screw sequence for Wood Subfloor to Metal Joists

I’m building a second floor in my metal barn. 12’x24’Space, joists are 2”x6” Metal 16” on center & the sub-floor is 3/4” ply TnG using 1&1/4” self-tapping screws. My questions: What is ...
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How to fix wood surface

hi there! We bought an old condo, and it has a built-in cupboard of sorts, but it looks like this: (see photo). Any ideas on how to clean up all these scratches would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Low resource fix for loose wood planks

I just moved into an apartment with a row of loose wood planks along a central walkway. I'm only going to be here a few months, but I'd like to secure them somehow. Unfortunately for me, this house is ...
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Seal wood floor without changing the look

I’m looking to seal my new engineered wood floor to help protect it from spills, including cat pee. I know it won’t perfect but want to increase my chances. I don’t want to change the colour or the ...
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Mounting WLAN router, switch, 2 Raspberry Pis and a power strip

Hardware I would like to mount Router: AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Switch: Netgear GS116E-200PES 16-Port 2 * Raspberry Pis (3 & 4) various CAT.7 cables Powerstrip ??? (ideas are welcome, should be related ...
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Best way to fix improperly fitted skirting board?

My Mum’s had the cowboys in and they’ve made a complete mess of fitting the skirting boards. On one wall about a third of it isn’t even attached to the wall. I had a hard time finding the stud in the ...
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How thick of shims can I use to bring new wood floor up to tile height?

I am going to be installing hardwood flooring (Oak) on place of carpet. The wood will mate up with a schluter (sp?) strip with tile on other side. After I remove the carpeting I see they have shims ...
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Filling in these gaps in door frame

One of my doors has these gaps on the bottom and side panels. Is there a way I can fix/fill them somehow? Adding more photos below:
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How can I repair damaged door casing?

We recently adopted a pup and are still getting to understand his separation anxiety triggers. Recently, he gouged the door frame pretty severely. I am hoping I can fix this myself, since this is a ...
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Roller Blind in window ingress

I am attaching a roller blind in a window ingress and the lintel is steel which is proving hard to get through. Will it hold if I attach a batten of wood in the ingress with grab adhesive to the ...
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Are dark stains that show up when wet embedded mold?

Recently I fixed a leak which was causing moisture related issues (obviously). Upon doing some clean up of the area before reinstalling drywall, i noticed some dark spots, likely mold, on the wood. I ...
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Close up drafty gap between wood beam and concrete wall?

Lots of cold air coming through a variable narrow - about 1-2 cm (0.5 in) - gap between a wooden beam and the concrete wall in the basement (image 1 below). What can I fill it with? Worried about ...
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Lifting 200-300 LBS with 2x8 wood - design question

I want to lift the body off my 66 VW (not the whole car). Since I already have a 450 lb rated hoist, I decided to take an advantage of it and use it for lifting. This comes handy specially when try to ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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What is a good material to block all light from a window with?

Blackout curtains have always disappointed me because they let in far too much light. Both through the fabric itself, and around the edges. I would like to create a window covering for my bedroom ...
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Wood treatment for summer house

How to treat wood on a new summer house, for which a natural look is desired? Oil/solvent or water based treatment? The manufacturer of the summer house recommends the former, but various online ...
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Wood beams for pallet rack wire decking

What size, type, and grade of lumber would I need to use as joists to support wire decking used for pallet racks over an 11-foot overhead span? 42D" x 46W" wire decks supporting up to 2,500 lbs. are ...
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What are the frames at the ends of benches called?

Even though I’m trying to build more stuff on my own, I’m DIY-challenged. So today I saw these 2x4 chair ends. Picture Source I liked the overall idea, but I didn’t like the material these chair ...
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How to angle an edge of plywood at 45 degrees?

Say you have two pieces of plywood. the goal is: to assemble the two pieces at a 90 degree angle (where 3/4 inch edges are touching) create an angled edge sit the edges sit flush against each ...
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Help identifying the type of shelf support

please could someone help me identify the type of shelf support in the pic below. This is from a kitchen cabinet shelf, need to order some spares, but can't find anything that resembles it online. ...
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What is this bug poop or dirt that keeps reappearing every few months by a wood beam?

I vacuum this up every few months and it keeps reappearing. What type of bug is living in this wood and should I be worried? This dirt seems like the bug's poop or something
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raise floor level and floor over cavity, is there a better solution?

We have had two walls removed to open into an extension (340x320cm) and to add french doors to the extension. We face 2 issues: The dining room floor is at a slightly lower level to the kitchen ...
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What are these stains on my drywall?

Originally thought it was a burn but it looks quite similar to stains from another post made here. Only reason I'm concerned is because it's not circular. It is around the same size as an index finger....
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How should I arrange artificial logs, and should they become sooty?

There is a chimney powered by natural gas: I'm using fake woodchops which are made of some sort of cooked clay. I have two problems: I don't know what is the proper way to arrange fake woodchops on ...
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Hang punching bag in finished basement

I have a 40lb punching bag that I want to hang for kids but I want to do this in a way that I can upsize the bag as needed. My basement is finished, and I'm ok with cutting out some ceiling drywall ...
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Assess damage to wooden floor

My new place has scratches on large areas of the floor, mainly around the entrance and the patio door. The floor is also chipped in some places, not necessarily where the scratches are. Can I just ...
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When to recess a lag bolt in lumber, vs. using a lag screw?

I'm trying to figure out when you should recess a lag bolt in lumber, vs. just using a lag screw? Does it depend on the type of wood being screwed into? Hardwood? Softwood? Plywood? I know you can'...
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Fitted Cupboard With Angles - How To Prevent Tops Of Doors Catching When Opening?

I designed a fitted cupboard to fit into my roof space and without any prior experience to building a cupboard with complex geometry (and not very square and level walls/floors) I've run into a major ...
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Need wood size identification (or suggestions) on barn door picture

Basically I want to build the exact door below, I really like the look of it and don't want to alter it if at all possible. I started to plan things out, but I don't do much wood work. I'm having ...
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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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Nail instead of drilling pilot hole in wood

Can I use a nail to make pilot hole in wood? Two 3/4 inch boards together then drywall. Thank you
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Ikea sidetable impossible to install

Bought an IKEA side table(listerby) today but it was impossible to install.Here is the installation instruction. If you look at the fifth step, one is supposed to use the tool IKEA provides to fasten ...

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