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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

Swap their positions. Place the bookcases so that they lean into each other instead of away from each other. This will eliminate the gap between the tops. Bookcase contents are usually quite heavy....
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Why are carpenters' pencils flat?

According to wikipedia, it's so they don't roll away:: A carpenter pencil (carpentry pencil, carpenter's pencil) is a pencil that has a body with a rectangular or elliptical cross-section to ...
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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

Thanks everyone; I figured it out and came back here to update my post and noticed that Michael Karas said the same thing I realized (although it was a comment, so I couldn't mark it as the correct ...
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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

You don't have to buy or get a framing square : just measure the diagonals... That will tell you if either or both units are out of square. If they are both ok, then look to the floor - small change ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

Slightly contrarian take: start over. (I know, you've done a bunch of work, etc. They call it the sunk-cost fallacy for a reason. Strong butt joints in the rail are possible but hard and would involve ...
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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

Shopping sprees are counterproductive There isn't a Great Depression coming up, and this isn't an expedition to Mars. Buy what you need... when you need it. As far as circular saws, I can't ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

Just about any type of plywood can be bent by cutting slots on the hidden side that leave both clearance for the bend and enough uncut wood on the front to support it. I once made some speaker ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

That little plunger is called a dead latch. It requires precise and correct alignment between the door latch and the strike plate with no excuses. The purpose of a dead latch is that if it is held in, ...
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How do you find helpers for larger DIY projects?

Many community colleges offer construction trade courses. Have a chat with the instructor, he can often offer enthusiastic young students who are ready and willing to provide some sweat as an on-the-...
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How to make a long straight cut in a board at an angle?

Sawhorses with a board on top to form a makeshift table, then your green board on top, and a straight aluminum ruler (up to 3m, in most hardware stores) fastened with clamps to the green board ...
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How to widen rough opening for installation of pre-hung interior door?

I'd just replace your trimmer studs with half-thickness boards. Easy, clean, effective. Keeps things centered. Since these aren't load-bearing there's no structural concern at all. Use a nail puller ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

There are plywood products made for radius situations. Bendy plywood and Wacky Wood are a few names it goes by. Options are available from several manufacturers like Radius-bending Plywood or Flexi ...
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How can you repair split wood that cannot be moved?

Option 1 You don't have to repair the holes. Use longer screws that go all the way into the framing and hold the blinds' brackets solidly. For blinds that will be yanked and handled constantly that'...
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Can insulation foam expand around window framing and cause warping?

I have personally seen it bow "trimmer" studs in a framed window opening. It could easily warp, bow, or move a window frame itself. Breakage would likely be caused by users messing with/forcing the ...
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How do you find helpers for larger DIY projects?

If you're in the US, and you want to work within the bounds of the law, contact a 'construction temp agency'. They'll have insurance and workers comp. They might seem expensive on an hourly basis, but ...
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Why are carpenters' pencils flat?

Not rolling is only one aspect. Line thickness The shape of the pencil also allows the lead to be rectangular. Which allows you to easily draw lines of various thicknesses, simply by rotating the ...
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How can I bend plywood around a stair riser?

Take some 1/4 inch plywood, and, with a circular saw, cut vertical slices in the back side ~3/16 inch deep, every half or quarter inch or so in the area where the bend is. This may give you enough ...
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3" perfect wooden round hole in cabinet

Use a 3" hole saw or closest metric size on a drill. 3 inch hole saw Use whatever tools you use to make a round hole in a door for a lock. EDIT What is on the other side of the cabinet where you ...
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Basic power tool set for Home repair and simple projects

Cordless Drill/Impact Driver Set I agree with @manassehkatz that cordless drills are powerful enough for most tasks, and way more versatile. For anything that my regular cordless drill can't handle, ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

If not making new panels, make or purchase an H shaped moulding and set the panel halves into it. By eyeball (but measuring tape may say otherwise) the top panel parts might be pulled out and rotated ...
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Is this a sign of my roof trusses sagging?

Wow, the picture you happened to take illustrates perfectly why those metal clips are installed. The metal clips are used to keep the truss independent from the non-bearing wall. That is to say, the ...
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How can you repair split wood that cannot be moved?

Who says that piece of wood can't be moved? That looks like a standard piece of window sash stop. Right next to the top hole is a hole from the nail that holds it on. If you look down the trim, you'll ...
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How do you find helpers for larger DIY projects?

One of the people who worked on building our new house also works with several groups of people in recovery and twelve step programs. In some of these programs, people live in a halfway house or ...
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What is the easiest way to measure an irregular floor space?

If they'll accept a full-size model, use the technique for making a template for cutting vinyl flooring to the right size and shape (taken from another answer of mine): ... I use a roll of craft ...
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carpentry/ beam question

When contemplating removing structural supports where removal improperly might destroy your house, the only sensible path is to hire an engineer to assess what a suitable structurally sound ...
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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

I have used interscrews (e.g. from screwfix) in the past to join units together to make them line up nice and tight.
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Remove Trim/Baseboards Installed Prior to Hardwood Floors (No Leverage)

An oscillating tool is your friend. It looks like it would reach to the bottom nail. Looks like you were able to pull the top of the board out enough to get to the bottom nail. You also may be able to ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

That backing plate could provide some added security. With a metal door the jamb is the weakest link so the plate, if properly installed could help. It should be possible to install both strike ...
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Cutting and reattaching bookshelf legs

Really need pictures. That said, a few more things to try. You know how to "hook" a table through a door, when you put it on edge, then 2 legs through, then the top and then the other two. ...
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