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How can I remove very old, very rusty screws from a fence post?

You can drill, file, grind or saw off the screw heads and any protruding threads, and leave the rest inside the fence post. The new latch can be chosen and positioned so its backing plate hides the ...
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What stain would match my paneling?

It's faux-oak, but specifically faux-oak with some sort of "pale" (perhaps "blonde" "pickled" or "bleached") faux-finish.
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How to join 2x4's in the long dimension

You might be able to use something called a “truss gang nail plate” that looks something like this: They are used all the time to join trusses in the flat plane. Good luck!
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How can I remove very old, very rusty screws from a fence post?

There are core bits sold for this purpose which will drill a nice clean hole around the screw. Remove the plug containing the screw, glue in a standard-size dowel, done.
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Thoughts on fixing old wooden front door?

That looks darn good for a 100 year old door. Start by sanding off the old finish. An orbital sander with 120 grit paper will do. You will have to get into the grooves by hand. ( not an easy of fun ...
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Cabinet replacement on built up floor

A 2x4 and 3/4 plywood is very close to the 2 1/4 depth of the floor. Adding that will definitely carry the weight of the cabinets. The big issue will be the footprint of the new cabinets. The depth ...
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Cabinet replacement on built up floor

The new cabinets can placed in the same footprint of the originals, in some cases, cover over it. This does limit what you can do in the way of a remodel, this would be the case if you choose to set ...
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Prevent a Crawl Space Door from Warping

You could improve the existing door by making a few inexpensive changes. Add 1"x2" wood door stops around the frame in the place where the door will close to when it is flush on the outside ...
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Dried out wood diving board needs refinishing

Linseed oil is a good choice and so is a quality marine varnish. Wood filler is not such a good idea. It has a tendency to crack and crumble when used in small repairs and if you need larger repairs, ...
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Rotten wood on the ground

Any real wood in that location will be a continuing problem. The design with the trim right on top of the stairs lends to constant wood rot from water. It is not practical to explore removing ...
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How to determine what length and diameter GRK RSS screw to use?

What you do is figure out the required strength and use the appropriate fasteners. Once you're into the back piece by twice the thickness of the front piece that's probably enough. With self-drilling ...
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Wavy edge siding - single board replacement

Replacing your siding should be the same as replacing any other wood siding. I typically use a thin pry bar to start easing the damaged siding up off the lower course that below the damaged piece, to ...
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Radiator Covers - MDF or Plywood?

MDF is normally used in applications where paint is the finish for the reasons you have mentioned. For the rare occasional wetness, be sure the inside is also painted (doesn't need to look nice, just ...
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How to remove old paint from the wooden deck?

You should be able to pressure wash the rest of that paint off. But some of that wood looks rotted. Is that just a section? I would start by driving the nails / screws below the surface of the wood. ...
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What stain would match my paneling?

Your best bet is to take your filler, spread out some dabs on a piece of scrap wood, and let it dry. Then get your best guess stain color and apply it to one of the dabs. If it's too light, try ...
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