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What can I do about this damaged area in my doorframe?

I would remove the door trim on the right hand side of the picture. Cut out maybe 1 to 2 feet of the damage piece and replace it, using long screws to hold it. Make a new striker hole and replace the ...
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What can I do about this damaged area in my doorframe?

Non-standard method, but it should be strong: The idea here is to fasten the striker into something solid (the wood pillar) on the left) and not to the damaged door frame. Remove wood from pillar so ...
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Does an old photo frame need to be sanded before painting?

You should give the old paint a light sand to provide a “key” so the new paint will cover well. a fine grade sandpaper is all that is needed. A light sand is just enough to see gentle scratch marks in ...
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Fixing water-damaged, rotting frame. Who to hire?

Does that stud seem structurally weak? Houses are framed and built with redundancy baked directly into the code books. A single rotted stud is not going to make your house collapse. Besides, houses ...
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How can I tightly join two perpendicular pieces of wood in a loft bed from the inside corner without access to the outer side?

I'd be cautious with anything holding up the top level that's not a bolt going all the way through the wood. The Ikea stuff tends not be overbuilt at all, so the wouldn't be a lot of extra wood to ...
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Bed frame legs don't touch floor

Centre rail feet are not supposed to touch the floor. If they do, they interfere with the flex of the slats. They’re only there to prevent the slats breaking when folks initially get into bed - or ...
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Screw and washer should go through flat area or curved?

The depression you're asking about appears to be simply sloppy manufacturing to me. It doesn't seem like an intentional countersink. If it was you'd probably have flat-head screws instead. The ...
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What kind of Extruded Aluminum sections to replace main wooden frame on this DIY project?

Edit: You are looking for a 2x6 aluminum tube. This should be pretty much have the same physical properties as a pine 2x6 (which looks like what you have in the lower picture). In the upper picture, ...
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Tire Swing Frame

Personally I would feel a lot safer using an A-frame. If your kids are anything like I was at their age, they're going to be swinging with all they've got. Plus, consider the weight of the tire (it's ...
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Low ceiling clearance non load-bearing door opening question

Please keep in mind that headers are made to absorb some of the twist and vibration when someone decides a door needs to be slammed, leaned against to keep out little/big brother/sister, and other ...
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Low ceiling clearance non load-bearing door opening question

Just to add what Ecnerwal is saying - and he is 100% correct - I often use pocket doors in basements with lower clearance. You can screw pocket door frame directly to the joists and save and inch or ...
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Low ceiling clearance non load-bearing door opening question

This is perfectly fine. There is in fact a whole building science based protocol for not using double top plates or double studs even on structural walls. If the name comes back to me I'll provide a ...
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Is it ok to install a patio door tightly in the rough opening?

It would be a mistake to install any window or door tightly in the framing. Houses move, and units installed tightly can get bound up and/or damaged. Your window should be installed level and square ...
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How to repair door trim that was chewed by dog

It looks like the casing sustained most of the damage. It appears to be aged pine or fir. The challenge will be finding a matching profile. You may need to replace the casing on the entire opening ...
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Shape of logs of insect screen frame

The 45 deg cut gives more surface area for glue if you glue and more strength , 90,s are easy and can be nailed or glued but any paralyx (not totally square) will show more and be weaker than a 45. I ...
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Door frame pulling away from wall

Long (3") screws (3 or 4) through the jamb into the framing of the house should do it. Be careful not to drive them too tight; otherwise you'll warp the jamb and the door will fit loosely. In a ...
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Bed frame legs don't touch floor

The center post do normally touch this supports the slats and keeps the frame level. It is difficult to tell how far off the floor this is there could have been a plastic foot at one time. I would use ...
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How do i install a wooden door frame to a brick frame wall?

If you're installing the frame in a new wall, then you should have 'tie-wires' embedded into a groove running up each side of the frame. These are usually L-shaped lengths of galvanised wire about 4mm ...
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Laundry closet door wont close

Trim molding will not hold a standard hinged door. It would take a skilled carpenter to move a hinged door outward. What part of the machines is preventing them being pushed further back? Could it ...
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Screen door frame bulging

That appears to be a fairly standard aluminum door and that the door frame has gotten a bit bent, and you do seem to have identified the area where it's catching. I'd suggest that you bang the frame ...
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Raising Door Frame On Load Bearing Wall

I had a similar situation recently and here's what I did. Disclaimer-there might be better ways to do this and I suggest you wait on more answers or comments. I created a temporary header near the ...
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12' sliding door frame shimmed up against header and sagging at point where shimmed

Without a full mental picture, here are my initial suggestions... Can I remove those shims? Probably. Head jamb anchor points are sometimes needed to prevent horizontal (in-out) movement in the frame, ...
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Does this TV cabinet need the screws or can it rest on the frame?

Depending on the material and the screws you may not need pilot holes; just a little force to get them started. The shelf will provide additional lateral stability. Whether or not you need it is an ...
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Does this TV cabinet need the screws or can it rest on the frame?

Drilling pilot holes for screws is always a good idea especially near the edge of the board so you do not split it. Drilling pilot holes is not difficult, you want a drill bit the same diameter, or ...
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Proper Method of Beam to Colum for two story column?

I’ll try to help. There are several issues. First, I don’t think the posts have to extend two stories. I think the posts could extend from a foundation support up to the deck structural system. Second,...
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Is this vertical crack/split in stud significant?

That crack looks fine to me. From the image it looks to be mostly superficial... I might drill a pilot hole if the screw is going dead center where the crack is, just to make sure the crack doesn't ...
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Is it safe to remove water damaged OSB and drywall from interior walls?

I'm guessing that this is a shear wall, or that the wall wasn't originally finished with drywall and required at least some diagonal bracing because it's load-bearing. For that reason I wouldn't ...
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How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame?

Look for tell-tale signs. Can you see or even measure the thickness of an exterior wall, perhaps by looking at the jamb of an open door or window? If the width of a door's jamb (not including the ...
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How should I extend rim joist for deck extension?

It should be acceptable to cut back the existing rim joist and ledger to allow supporting one corner of the extension on the same post. assuming the post and footing are sufficient for the added load....
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Rafter supports

Look for plans to make a W style truss. Much much better than the oldfangled design that you picture in your question. The W style uses a bit more material for the struts but will support the upper ...
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