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How do I scribe a curved sink?

Start by making a template. Using a dry-erase marker, draw a line on the sink where it will meet the new cabinet cutout. You can hold a ruler flat against the rectangular piece shown in the photo to ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

Vertical Only, here’s the proof & truth! Why and How Horizontal’s Wrong (and why Vertical’s right)...don’t ruin new from the start: 1 – Defective Seam - Horizontal rows needing more than one ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

Two notes: Indoors or outdoors, you want to use only boiled linseed oil (not raw). Neither Home Depot nor Lowes sells genuine, boiled linseed oil. They sell only "boiled" linseed oil. ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

TL;DR: Hang the sheets horizontally. I have worked in a 2-3 man wallboard hanging only. We would hang around 100+ boards a day and complete a home with garage in 2 1/2 days to 3 max. The garage is 5/...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

About 35 years ago, I build an Adirondack Chair using pressure treated wood. To preserve the wood I used an old farmers recipe using Linseed oil, which follows... Apply oil, after time to soak in, ...
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Raw linseed oil on counter top: drying time?

Raw linseed oil does not harden. That is the fundamental difference between raw and boiled (often chemically treated rather than actually boiled, these days) linseed oil. It will be gummy for a very, ...
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Cope, miter, or butt baseboard with a bead profile?

Unless you are very good with a coping saw, that should be mitered. However remember not every corner is exactly 90 deg. Get a proper measurement and adjust your miter saw accordingly.
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

Lots of good answers here. I was a finisher in a cabinet shop for many years and this is how used to do it. Avoid anything with silicone to get on your hands or near your wood project. It causes fish ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

Horizontal. Joints on timber are worse off than joints without backing, the reason being timber moves drywall doesn’t. Also any imperfection with the framing will show up like dogs balls if fixed ...
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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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Is it possible or feasible to build basement walls without anchoring?

You could put down a bead of construction adhesive under the sill plate. That will glue it to the tiles. You do need the wall secured somehow because you will not want to be seeing it move around as ...
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Is it possible or feasible to build basement walls without anchoring?

Or you could buy a ramset that is a powder driven concrete anchor, no drilling is required and would have a minimal effect on the asbestos.
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Is there a good way to fill a pocket hole in a finished piece of wood?

There are many ways to fill the holes. Here's a good link that shows a comparison of what the results look like for six different methods: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/6-ways-to-plug-fill-pocket-holes-...
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Where do I add window casing with a replacement window

Casing should almost always lap onto the current window jamb. It's the final edge for the wall finish. In your case, you have a slight level variation, which is usually handled with an extension jamb. ...
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Chrome vs nickel plated screwdrivers

Nickel is softer than chrome but chrome is brittle. Many high-carbon tools have a chrome plating, but many times there are other softer metals flash coated first to allow the other metals to "stick" ...
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Best way trim to finish shower to bath transition?

As long as those edges are supported from behind the wall, you don't need to do anything. You can fill the gaps in with the thinset when you actually do the tiling. Along the flat wall, think about ...
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Uneven wall studs impacting project to finish garage

Do not try to straighten studs by hammering them. Once sheathing is on the studs they cannot be straightened. Decades ago bowed studs were straightened by cutting a saw kerf or a notch in the outward ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

I am red seal journeyman interior systems mechanic I can put up 100 or more sheets a day by standing vertical. Walls over 12' high stager but joints with backing added for proper fire rating. If you ...
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Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so, with what & how?

Is the wall dry? is the paint in good condition? If it is dry you could use joint compound. If the paint is pealing it would need to be scraped first. I like using mortar on block walls because it ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

We built our log cabin about 10 years from recycled logs. We wanted to protect our logs from rot, boring beetles, and carpenter ants. Originally we made a trough and soaked our logs in boiled linseed ...
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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

This article says it is food safe only after it is fully cured. According to finishing expert Bob Flexner, all finishes are food-safe once they have cured. Polyurethane varnish does not present any ...
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

In my last house a daylight basement the original sheetrock was glued to the cement walls with liquid nails that worked very well. I did pull it all out and add furring for electrical spaces. (I don't ...
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Applying polyurethane to a vertical surface?

Preventing runs is as easy as following one simple approach: Start heavy, finish light. What that means is that you immerse your brush to maybe inch of depth, scrape off one side on the can, and ...
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What are these light marks on my new (unfinished) oak counter tops?

Quarter sawn oak has those rays. They aren't a defect nor will they go away. This figure was prized by early Craftsman builders.
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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 repair damage to finished fibreboard

Looks like someone opened the door with an object in the way. It's going to be very difficult to replicate a factory-applied vinyl coating as a DIY project. I'd contact IKEA about a replacement, or ...
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How can I finish off a three gang switch with one switch missing?

I can't speak to the codes portion of your question, however my husband has been changing out our builder's outlets to z-wave since we moved in. As long as your wires are capped off (I'll assume ...
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How can I finish off a three gang switch with one switch missing?

Leviton (and I am pretty sure LaGrand) make sectional wall plates including blank sections. Like these. You could assemble a two-switch + one-blank plate to cover your now empty section of that box. ...
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How to trim a cut on a hollow core tabletop edge?

As in the comment, a hollow core door has wood around the edges, and the center contains a cardboard spacer in a honeycomb pattern. When I shorten such a door, I cut it to the desired size, then ...
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How do I scribe a curved sink?

Thanks to all of your comments I completed this task. Here is what I did: Bought a $5 compass from Ocean State job lots tacked a small 1/4" lauan to the side, butting against the sink Transferred the ...
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