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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 don't bookshelves come with wall mounting screws included?

From the linked assembly instructions: Screw(s) and plug(s) for the wall are not included. Assess the suitability of the wall to ensure that it will withstand the forces generated. Use screw(s) and ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

Use Screws Anyway If it was me, I would quietly ignore "I am not allowed to secure it using screws in the wall." We are talking about a couple of screws here, which would leave ~ 1/4" ...
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Make a built-in desk level with uneven floor, or true level

1/2" isn't bad. I'd make it true level. You'd never install cabinets out of level I don't see why you'd make your built-in desk follow the floor.
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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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What are these plastic rods and crimps under my couch cushion and can they be replaced?

Those are called stay wires, and they can be replaced. When a person sits on the couch, a certain number of the zig-zag springs will be directly underneath them. The stay wires link the springs ...
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Painted desk is still tacky after two months

Old paint, thick layers, cold or humid work area / storage all contribute to this problem. This also extends the drying time between layer application, meaning that even 24 hrs might not have been ...
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Disassembling IKEA furniture—how can I deal with broken dowels?

There are several techniques. Locking pliers gripped to the dowel (perpendicular) and hammer on the locking pliers to pull the dowel out of the material. pre-drill the dowel slightly smaller than the ...
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What is the purpose of these small unaligned studs for building a precut chest of drawers?

These are clips that prevent the thin material that is slid into the groove from coming out and provides more support for the panel and to prevent racking. The thin plastic goes in the groove behind ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

I haven't built anything into a recess like you describe so this is conjecture. If you're fitting it into a recess and it is encased on all 5 sides (ceiling, floor, left side, right side, back wall), ...
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Asbestos in old furniture adhesive?

As I've posted before, the risks of asbestos exposure on a very infrequent basis in a residential setting are highly over-blown. The real risks were for construction workers (pipe insulators, HVAC ...
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How can I hang things on a freestanding stud wall without it tipping over?

You could simply add a couple of triangular pieces of wood at the bottom next to the amplifiers.
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

It is impossible for the bookshelf to rotate forwards and crush anyone, child or not, the way you have drawn it. For it to fall on someone (who pulled on it, or climbed it) it would have to rotate ...
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Why don't bookshelves come with wall mounting screws included?

While they are 100% sure what type and size of fastener is required for assembling the product, they have no control over the type of wall/support you are installing/fastening the product to (concrete,...
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What is name of these furniture wheels?

It is a six wheel caster. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=six+wheel+caster&iax=images&ia=images image from indiamart.com
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Make a built-in desk level with uneven floor, or true level

Go with true level wherever you can, and in this case it's probably warranted too. If levelling the desk poses no optical distractions, then go ahead. But there are cases where it might be better not ...
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How can I hang things on a freestanding stud wall without it tipping over?

Another option (should be a comment but comments don't allow pictures): https://www.guitarstorage.com/
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What does code say about powered semi-permanent furniture?

Do you need actual outlets? Chargers and lights can both be run off of USB, and a USB hub+extension cables doesn't even involve real wiring. It also works in both 120V and 240V countries with just a ...
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Disassembling IKEA furniture—how can I deal with broken dowels?

All of the other answers provided great solutions to your problem so I just want to address this thought: If the dowels were metal they'd prob be a lot harder to break Right, they wouldn't break. ...
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Knob removal on dresser

A screw through the drawer and into the knob is the only way I've ever seen this done. The knob was probably installed before the finish was completely dried and firmly stuck to the wood. Work it back ...
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How can I turn these table leg attachment screws?

Those aren't screws. They're engagement dogs, or maybe cams, which connect to a mating part in the table leg. You're expected to use something like a flat-blade screwdriver from the side and rotate ...
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What type of black metal can be used as furniture hardware?

What's in the photo is painted. Any pipe you use will require surface preparation for paint to last a long time and not chip off easily. Galvanized pipe will require either the galvanizing to be ...
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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

Some 1/2" drills will allow the chuck to open to 5/8". If you can fit a dowel in the chuck, clamp it in the chuck, touch it to a file while the drill is running. Use the drill as a low tech lathe. ...
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two-part fastener for right-angle wood connections

Good question! These aree common on DIY furniture. It's a cross-dowel and bolt. One commercial name is a Veritas Knock-Down Fastener. A similar device, with a head to keep it level with a surface, is ...
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Disassembling IKEA furniture—how can I deal with broken dowels?

First of all, for any IKEA fans out there, this should not be taken as a strike against IKEA. Many different brands of flat pack/assemble it yourself furniture have the same issues. Glue No, glue ...
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Painting a white Ikea desk to an oak colour?

White Ikea is almost certainly white melamine. That surface will have to be sanded to have any hope of paint sticking. It's possible to achieve an "Oak" faux finish by painting, (sometimes ...
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Disassemble IKEA Godmorgon drawer

I have had and solved this problem. There are three wood dowels on each side between those cam lock screws. You must cut them. When you do, you will be able to tilt the side piece in order to extract ...
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Create closed loop with threaded pipe

The link shows a hidden trick. The front section and the rear sections are built separately, there are no closed loops in each piece. Then the short horizontal pieces are cut in half and screwed into ...
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How can I turn these table leg attachment screws?

I'm suspecting that a custom tool is needed to actuate these. Most likely the furniture maker wanted a clean look on the outside, with no visible fasteners. This dog looks like it needs a tiny ...
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