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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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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

While re-doing the floor to go under the trim would be desirable, a hack might make things worse. My best suggestion is a square edge plinth block to cover the mess. Maybe you'll have to do that ...
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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

The flooring is supposed to extend far enough under the door trim molding so that no sub-floor is visible. The gap you have is non-standard and is completely unacceptable. Presumably you have some ...
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Wood filler for rotten top of post

Use a high-performance 2-part wood filler. It's like automotive body filler but sets a little slower and is easy to plane/form/sand smooth after it sets. This is one brand that I like but there are ...
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Wood filler for rotten top of post

Git-Rot is a product specifically made for this type of problem. While you should still clear out rotted wood as best you can, Git-Rot pours in as a thin epoxy and saturates the rotted wood you can't ...
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Best way to replace caster wheels

Best option - drill hole out to 3/4", cover a 3/4" wooden dowel with wood glue, stuff it in the hole, wait for glue to dry, cut it off flush, drill new hole. Wood filler is not a quality repair you ...
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Filling holes in a timber workbench top

I would use a wood patch called a dutchman. If your router has a plunge feature, make a small template to aid in cutting in a dutchman. The article the link refers to does it differently than I do, ...
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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I would sand the horizontal trim at the top down until it meets the diagonal trim. You'll want to extend the sanding horizontally to make a smooth transition from "full thickness" at the ...
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Fill groove in MDF door

Depends on size. For significant blems, I'd try wood putty, handling it as if it were joint compound. If that didn't work, I might just give up and actually use joint compound... However, remember ...
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How to fill in hinge and door handle mortises?

I'd put in a piece of matched wood, then use an appropriate filler to smooth the junction between the patch and the frame. If it's painted, you can get away with other materials.
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

If your doorframes are MDF any patching is going to be visible to some degree. I would try filling it (with slight overfill) with wood putty and sanding it as smooth as you can using finer grit (220) ...
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Tips for extending the window sill

First, thank you for adding the pictures. It helps a lot. My best suggestion would be to remove the existing ~1.5" sill. (Properly speaking, it's a stool, with an apron below.) Put a new 4" or so one ...
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Best way to replace caster wheels

For sure wood filler isn't going to work... if the previous suggestion (which is quite good) won't work for you, for whatever reason, perhaps something like Bondo would. You could put the new caster ...
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How Do I Repair this Door Damage?

Assuming this is an interior door, I'd just scribe the top of the door parallel with the top of the jamb and plane it to the line. It actually looks a tad out of square and a bit tight in the jamb.
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

For the best match, cut a thin piece of the same MDF material to fit, and glue it into place with wood glue. MDF is very easy to work with so this would be relatively easy. If the fit is good enough, ...
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How do I use DAP plastic wood filler safely?

The flash point of a material is the temperature above which it will give off vapors that can ignite. It's NOT the temperature at which the fumes or the material will self-ignite. As a point of ...
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Replacing filler in hardwood floors

Google "bowtie inlay" for details on what's possible. You can do the work either with chisels or a router (or both). And, for what it's worth, bowtie isn't the only shape out there... it's just ...
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Filling holes in a timber workbench top

If you don't mind not having the patch resemble the surrounding wood species; for a quick long lasting wood filler I've always used automotive body filler (Bondo). It is a two part product and once ...
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How to reattach door handle where wood behind has deteriorated?

Traditional mortice door knobs were attached with grub screws to tapped holes in the spindles, so the force of pulling acted on the knob on the other side of the door, not the small screws holding the ...
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What STAINABLE wood fill is best to use on a plywood floor?

There is no good filler for every purpose all wood and all fillers take stain differently. When they say "sands and stains like wood" they are misleading you. Different sections of the same tree stain ...
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How can I fill and flatten unneeded hinge mortices for painting?

If you really want the "best" way, it's going to be to remove the existing door casing and replace it with a smooth 1-by board. Like a 1x8 or 1x6 ripped to the proper width. That would remove the ...
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Raise and support a sunken laminate floorboard without removing the entire floor?

I had something similar done on two different floors (solid wood herringbone parquet and more recently on an engineered wood floor). I assume the same trick will work for laminate flooring (given that ...
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Filling in holes in a wooden porch frame made by bees

Here are two that come to mind: Drill the tunnel out to a larger, perfectly round shape. Glue a piece of wood dowel into the hole as a plug. It's not necessary to completely fill the hollowed space --...
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Filling in holes in a wooden porch frame made by bees

If you these are due to Carpenter Bees, and I think they are, there are bee larvae inside the hole that you should deal with before sealing it. Otherwise they will hatch and drill their way out. You ...
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How to fix gaps between laminate flooring and a door

Are those sliding doors or regular hinged doors? The "friend" actually did a fairly good job of installing the flooring. There usually has to be a gap between the wall and flooring because ...
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Can I widen the hole with a drill to straighten the handle?

I would plug both holes without enlarging them, glue a piece of dowel that fits and let dry. Then check on the face that the handle will cover the dowel when the handle is mounted correctly, otherwise ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps and holes in the subfloor of a hardwood floor?

Vermin would be my only concern. Spray foam is not the best sealer for the critters but staple some steel wool over the opening and put the spray foam on that. The foam encapsulates the steel wool ...
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How to remove wood filler to get to the screws

First off, make sure there aren't nuts and washers on the other side of that wobbly leg that you could just tighten up. Drill a small hole in the filler/glue down to the screw and then cut away the ...
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Filler to fill gap between frame and wood in the balcony

The piece under the slider sill appears to be face nailed facia. You try removing this piece of wood, maybe they did water proof properly and only this piece of facia is rotting. If it is only the ...
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