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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Before. I have done both and you can certainly do it either way but it is easier (and cheaper) more sturdy to fasten and shim the bottom to the floor without carpet in the way and because of the ...
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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

I have experience with both. I'll try to answer your bullets and then some other thoughts. Which adds more to a home's value? Well, typically bookcases don't add to the value because some people ...
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Is it customary to build "built-ins" over carpet?

You should cut away carpet. The cabinets will last longer than the carpet and will just be a mess when it's time to install new carpet. I'd want the cabinets secured directly to the floor, not ...
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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

If you want strong bookshelves, you need to consider sagging. I can highly recommend playing with the sagulator (http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator/) which helps calculate expected sag. I have ...
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Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

The Ikea Billy adds no value to the home since it's obvious to anyone that it's just Ikea furniture. Built-in shelves add some value if well-executed. Which is stronger is entirely up to you. ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

One method is to take a board of the right height, plumb it with the bookcase next to the wall. Then take a compass or something to hold your pencil at the right distance and scribe a line along the ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

Most likely, there are holes in the side of the shaft. Put the wires through the holes and tighten down the ring to hold it in place.
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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Either will work fine. On the grounds that full-on, high quality floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall shelves are unlikely to change, I'd probably put them in before the carpet (or cut the carpet out to fit ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

Those are connections for speakers. They are not amplified. To use a normal headphone signal (3.5 mm) with them, you will need an amplifier between your device and the wall connections. Basically, ...
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Should I use Pressure Treated Wood in a basement?

Most building codes require PT wood that will be in contact with basement concrete floors. So the bottom plate of a 2x4 wall and code requires the use of fasteners (galvanized) approved for use with ...
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Is it work making a small bedroom smaller by installing built in booksheves?

Most house buyers won't be going in with a tape measure. If it's likely to be a problem, your realtor will let you know when its time to sell. They will probably recommend a short list of work to be ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

The best way to mask the variation is to move the book case unit away from the corner a small amount. Having a margin that is overall 3 or 4 times larger than the gap you see now will make the ...
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How to permanently secure shelves for built-ins

I took a quick look at the assembly instructions. If you wanted the shelves permanently attached the time to do this was while assembling the cabinet. Instead of using the shelf pins you would use ...
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Filling holes in book shelves

Caulk would be my least preferred. (One can't sand it.) Joint compound is probably okay if you're willing to do a few coats (it'll shrink). Best would be bondo -- the car body filler. (Note that you ...
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Build shelves into wall, but is it load bearing?

The exterior wall above this indicates that it is almost certainly load bearing. To remove the studs in the wall, you'll need to remove the weight with a temporary support that runs to the foundation ...
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Electrical outlet right above bench

Moving it up a foot doesn't violate any codes to my knowledge. Sure it is in a awkward location but as long as it is grounded correctly and is using a tamper resistant receptacle, there should NOT be ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

If you are happy with some DIY work - grating type diffusers which have an array of holes each maybe 15mm square, with the array mounted "some distance" below the light surface will provide full ...
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Should I use Pressure Treated Wood in a basement?

Yes you should use naturally durable (Redwood, cedar), or preservative-treated wood (AWPA U1 and M4) for sills or sleepers on a concrete or masonry slab that is in direct contact with the earth if you ...
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wall mount speaker's input jack

These are binding posts These are binding-post connections -- you can connect stripped wire ends to them by screwing the stripped end down under the turning (nut) portion of the binding post, or use ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

Well... if they are halogens, they are bulbs. Replaceable bulbs. Replace them with something else. You have to be cautious when selecting LEDs because some LEDs can be even harsher than halogens,...
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Cabinet to conceal dryer hose -- okay to mount just to floor and ceiling?

For what it's worth this was my solution to the identical situation. I bought a stacked (not stacking) machine with zero-clearance at the rear and a side vent (you can barely see behind the vacuum at ...
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How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

how the panels of this tub were connected such that if the top panel were removed, the whole structure wouldn't loose rigidity and become floppy The top of each section should be secured to the studs ...
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Wall-to-wall Ikea Billy bookshelves without attaching to wall?

On the one hand, the bigger it is - by combining the bookcases together - the less likely to actually tip, the danger if it ever does tip is much greater because one it starts tipping you (or a small ...
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How plausible (and how hard) is it to modify a billy bookcase to fit a gable-end corner, floor-to-ceiling, with an impinging 45deg roof

None of this would be considered trivial. For example, just to do the left bookcase conversion for the 45-degree top. After cutting off the top of the cabinet to make the 45-degree angle, you would ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

Quick & Easy Solution: if there's any chance that the shelving may jiggle: use shims to prevent most, if not all, of the jiggle (score shims w/ box cutter & snap to trim excess shim flush w/ ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

They look to be adjustable on the direction so first step would be to try and change the pointing angle to be less disturbing. I can not zoom in enough but the first picture looks more like a LED ...
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How to deal with halogen lights hurting your eyes?

I'm assuming the lights you refer to are in-ceiling recessed (a.k.a. "pot") luminaires using a PAR20 type of halogen lamp. Depending on the manufacturer and model, some of these come in two parts: the ...
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Should I remove the baseboards and trim for built-ins?

If the plan is to take it with you, leave the base and make the appropriate notch in the Murphy bed. It should not harm the integrity of the structure of the bed frame. Do what you can to confirm this....
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Can built in bookcases be installed on carpet

I think you can go either way regarding the carpet. Installing the book case is really not much different from moving a piece of furniture shelving along a wall, filling it up with things and then ...
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