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Does hardwood floor REALLY need an expansion gap?

When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, in this case you get floor buckling. It's been observed in practice countless times. Feel free to repeat the mistakes of others, or learn from ...
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What is the best way to bridge a huge gap between hardwood and tile?

Updated based on revisions to the question. The way I see it you have two options, neither of which is nearly as complicated as your proposed solution. Install a tile accent row with a beveled or ...
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How can I fill the gaps between barn wood siding boards?

Do not try to use caulk between all the boards. It will look like crap and on top of that, like you already indicated, it will be hard to put in there in the first place. The proper approach to this ...
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What is the best way to bridge a huge gap between hardwood and tile?

I think the solution can be even easier. Most hardware stores will carry uneven transition pieces. They're almost always wood and often are available in a variety of colored stains to match the wood ...
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Best way of closing a gap underneath a wooden fence?

I would use a Door Brush Bottom Sweep. It should prevent debris from passing through, not rot nor promote rot, and not impede opening nor closing. Example from Amazon:
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How much air under tile is acceptable?

How much air under the tile is acceptable? Virtually none. Tile installers use notched trowels for a very specific reason: To allow the mortar to make consistent, supportive and bonding contact with ...
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How much air under tile is acceptable?

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) publishes a handbook for designers. It's purpose is to provide bathroom designs and quality tolerances so that a designer can create construction documents ...
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How do I deal with misalignment in cabinet doors resulting in gaps?

Those hinges have some adjustment screws, as you can see: #1 moves the door horizontally (when closed). Use it to adjust the gap between doors as well as the relative heights of the doors. #2 lets ...
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Large gap around new toilet due to improper floor installation

I ended up getting this fixed in what I suspect is the only way it would get fixed - I had the floor fixed. I was planning on doing it myself but when the toilet started leaking a bit (presumably ...
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How to connect mismatched height baseboards?

You will need to remove the original base back to the nearest joint or corner and replace it with new. Lower the new piece in the picture half of the amount needed, and raise the new replacement ...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

Push the wall framing with your hands, does it wiggle? Grab with both hands and shake it, do you trust the nails? Try leaning up against it, do you feel safe? If there is considerable movement now ...
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Does hardwood floor REALLY need an expansion gap?

Humidity is a much bigger factor than temperature in wood expansion. And most of the humidity-related expansion is across the grain, not along the grain. The floor and subfloor are subject to the same ...
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How can I fill this gap between concrete and cement board?

I ended up filling the gap with tile thinset and cement board tape.
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Fix a gap between the drywall and the window frame

You can use a non-expanding foam made for windows and doors or you could use some backer rod and an elastomeric caulking like DAP or Big Stretch. A non-expanding foam will do just as it says, fill the ...
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Filling in these gaps in door frame

It appears that the trim wasn't properly toed into the door frame. However, it's also possible that there is drywall or a 2x that's proud of the doorframe. You can fix the gap with painters caulk. ...
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Filling in these gaps in door frame

Something isn't right if I understand the picture correctly. I see that there used to be caulking that filled the gap and now the gap is wider. This means something is moving. Moving things in a ...
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How can I fill floor gaps near the door and gaps in parquet units?

You've shown us two different things. The first is poor workpersonship. Jambs should be undercut to allow flooring to slide underneath, and flooring planks should extend further under transitions. ...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

Even if it’s not structural, over time that wood will move quite freely. If this is absolutely not a cosmetically important area at all and you are fine with potential drywall cracking at the wall-...
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Fill in gaps on our covered porch!

Assuming the screens are permanent, you could just add some overlapping trim boards to cover the gap (on both sides). Then all you see is the nice neat edges of the trim. For the part by siding, you ...
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Fix a gap between the drywall and the window frame

I'd use the backer rod. The normal thing is to seal this gap for air tightness and then trim to hide the gap. Spray foam is expensive for a small job and eventually cracks so it isn't the best product ...
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How to fill this gap between window and brick wall? (too deep for backer rod?)

If I were you I'd try this Fill the gap with expanding foam. Give it a full day to cure (it expands so doing it too soon will potentially leave it uneven) and cut any bubbles off so it's flush Buy ...
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How can I extend existing vinyl siding downward to cover top of concrete foundation?

I hope the sketch says it all. I can elaborate if you have questions
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Fill 3/8" gap between wood and wall

Just wrap a small encasement around the board and last couple inches of wall. Three boards finished to match the rails. I doubt you would even need to do 45s, just drop the side boards from the top ...
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How to bridge a gap between two countertops?

The easiest way to do this is buy a piece of 1x3 lumber. Cut a piece to go across the back and screw to wall (predrill your lumber). Put a piece in each side and screw to cabinets. You do not ...
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Repairing above-ground gaps and holes in foundation

Ultimately, I used two different types of cement for these two issues. For the narrow gap, I used Quikrete Mortar Repair No. 8620-09, since it is advertised as a tuck-point compound. This is a light ...
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What is the best way to bridge a huge gap between hardwood and tile?

I wanted to mention one thorny detail in addition to the other answer. The edge of the hardwood, presumably where it was under the baseboard molding and or drywall, looks quite different from the rest ...
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How to fix gap between drywall and brick inside the home

Use a spray expanding foam filler in the larger gaps then shape the foam so it is slightly recessed. Then use a paintable flexible caulk. Paint it if you want. The foam will provide a better ...
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Gap between sink drain and trap

I'll offer an alternative to jwh20's answer... You need to check if your drain looks like that: This type of drain goes through the entire sink. It is inserted from the top, and the upper part is the ...
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Filling interior door trim gap

Find some cheap 1/2"x (something like 1" -- could be 3/4; could probably be as big as 1-1/4). Nail that to the jamb first. (1/4" reveal is typical.) Then put door casing on top of that. Could be dead ...
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Fill 3/8" gap between wood and wall

In the end, I used joint compound to build out the gap. I used wood shims to create a backing and set a depth for the fill. To avoid compound sticking to the wood and to also give a small shadow gap, ...
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