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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

I would leave the posts in place and build the wall around them. The footings for the posts are not the same as a footing for a load bearing wall. That slight difference in the beam at the bottom will ...
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where can I get a true 3/4" x 3/4" molding?

If you want to make it you'll need a router and a corner round over bit with a 3/4" radius. For that small amount of material you are likely better off just looking up woodworking and calling ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

You want to even out the underside of a (presumably) nail laminated beam to install a wall where the line of posts are. So to make it level just add thin wood (MDF . plywwood, hardboard, card, ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

A reasonably sharp masonry bit will drill (poorly) thorough wood. A dullish one will drill quite poorly through wood. But it will make a hole (it just won't be pretty.) So, you can use one bit, and ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

It would be faster and easier if you use right drill for the material. Forget nice, just use drill for wood and then switch to drill for concrete. To prevent damaging wood drill when it hits concrete, ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

If you only have one drill, then I would mark and drill the holes through the wood first with a wood bit, using a depth stop to just miss the concrete surface. The change to bit and do the concrete ...
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How to reinforce a notched beam but keep notch?

I've heard a rule of thumb for comparative strength of beams is the square of the inverse. So in your case 3.75 squared is 14.06. It is now 2.75 so the new comparable strength is 7.56. Now if you ...
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Hang inside mount shutters on drywall , or add window casing

The shutters can be installed directly to the drywall if you use screws long enough to go through the drywall, which is typically 1/2" or 5/8" thick, and into the wood framing behind the ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

You don't need to do anything. You don't need flush attachment along the entire underside of the beam. That defeats the purpose of a beam. Consult with a skilled framer. He'll show you that you'll ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

You don't want to build a load bearing wall under that beam. The posts are, and will continue to support the load of the beam (in conjunction with the pockets at the end that the beam is resting on) ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

In terms of the tip, it's not the carbide hardness that matters for the wood, but whether the tip cuts: masonry and concrete bits do not cut, they hammer and grind. Such a bit set to wood will just ...
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Lag bolt pilot hole diameter for softwood - unthreaded shaft splitting wood

A "Lag Bolt" is a screw - it doesn't go all the way through (your question says through the wood). The wood needs to be step-drilled to match the diameter of the unthreaded part. A bolt ...
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Can I make a 14' 4x4 used horizontally out of multiple 2x4x8?

Calling a local lumberyard and having them deliver lumber in the right length will be about 1000x less work even accounting for any delivery fees. Also, an actual long enough 4x4 will definitely sag ...
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Can I break the furnace cold air return to pull hot air from a wood stove?

Perhaps an HVAC expert can chime in, (I'm not) . However I think this may not be a good idea. The burning of the wood produces some fumes that are not good for humans. Most of the time these go up ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

It would seem that the 3 existing posts are temporary, right? So to install a load bearing wall to replace them would involve a top plate nailed or screwed to the 2x10's when you say "uneven ...
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How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

My question is, how should we go about sanding/smoothing out the uneven chipped wood so that it can be perfectly level It looks to be unlevel for the entire length of the board, correct? Aside from ...
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How to properly protect fence post with Flex Tape?

The diagrams on that article show the concrete cap below the soil level, whereas your drawn diagrams do not. Quoted explanation from the article, emphasis mine: The effectiveness of the tape is ...
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How to reinforce a notched beam but keep notch?

You’ll be guessing until you actually calculate the load. The Code requires attic space be designed to carry 20 psf (attics with storage ICC Table R301.5). So after you add up the Live Load (you old ...
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How to reinforce a notched beam but keep notch?

There are all shapes and sizes of tie plates that you could attach to each side of the beam where it has been notched. Achieves the same end as sistering but with less material.
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What type of contractor do I call to build a custom pool equipment enclosure that attaches to my fence?

Would figure a pool company will have or knows someone that knows how to build pool equipment enclosures. They don't want their equipment being in the wrong enclosure. Ask neighbours/friends for ...
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How to properly protect fence post with Flex Tape?

What the website is trying to tell you is to apply the tape to ONLY the portion of the post that will be underground and contacted by cement. They do advise starting the tape about 1 inch above the ...
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Strengthen ceiling joist with external bridge?

If I was doing this, I'd remove the ring hanger from the single joist and add three 2x6s across several joists, three or more, and then bolt the ring hanger across the three 2x6s. Using 2x6s give you ...
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Paintable wood sealer - does this exist

I suppose it would depend what you consider to be a "sealer" - you could epoxy coat it (and then you'd need spar varnish or something like that over the top for UV damage prevention) and ...
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Best way to finish a wood mantle over a wood stove

Upon review of a datasheet it looks like the additives to tung oil finish are combustible at temps near what the stove would emit at it's mount point. I'm going to repurpose this to a shelf in a ...
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Will 5/4 decking span 26" for a dock?

For normal deck purposes, 5/4 decking is recommended for joist spacing of 16" or less. 2x decking is recommended for spans of 24" or less. I would imagine docks should at least follow deck ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

Not gonna happen. Because concrete is not a material that is drillable. As you know, drills work by cutting with a sharp head - they peel off a layer, giving (under ideal conditions) a thin spiral of ...

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