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Exterior Door Molding  
Hello, Can you help explain how to install exterior door molding? We had a sliding deck door replaced recently but on the outside, the Cedar shakes …

Bevel cut set up 
Hello Carpenters, I am looking for a jig solution to achieve a 66 degree length wise bevel cut on both edges of a 14 foot long 5" wide 3/4" thick PVC …

Chopped hinges in at an angle? 
I am replacing a door which the previous carpenter has chopped hinges at an angle for. Although flush to start they go deeper into the door the further …

Mount Guitars on wall 
Hi there! I just bought a semi-detached house which is separated by a concrete wall. As I hanged some of my guitars to the party wall of the adjoining …

Which cordless drill is best 
Hi there, I am wondering which you think would be the best cordless drill for driving a 19mm by 300mm long auger wood drill bit? It is for putting in …

Different Size Floor Joists 
I am renovating my dads house for him and after having ripped everything out I am now on to the structural side of things. I need to nog out the first …

Remove long staples from wood floor? 
Long staples were placed in a plywood sub-floor, every few inches. They are really hard to get out. Do you have any ideals on how to remove long staples …

Treat wood rot  
Hi, I hope someone out there can help. We have a wooden sculpture of great sentimental value, made 8 years ago from marine ply and painted. Sadly …

Wardrobe sliding door  
Hello, I have removed some stud work to make a new opening within an existing wall for some sliding wardrobe doors. The wall is not perfectly vertical, …

Stair Hand Rail on wall 
Hello, I need to install a stair hand rail on a wall (the staircase has a wall up each side). The stairs turn to the right 8 steps up,each step …

Wobbly Newel Post  
I have a very wobbly newel post at the end of a short balustrade at the top of our stairs. It is the simple solid kind. (Not like the big hollow kind I …

Strong Floating Shelves 
I have two ready made floating shelves, My issue is I live in a steel frame house. I have asked different people and everyone says the same, they will …

Handsaw Nib 
Some older traditional handsaws have a small nib on top off the blade about two inches from the end.This small nib appears to be formed by removing a section …

Uneven doors 
We built a Suncast wooden shed on the patio. Later we poured a concrete slab built for it to set on. We went to special care to ensure the slab was level. …

Best glue for wood window mortise and tenon joints 
Hi, I was reading your guide on the best glue types and uses: https://www.carpentry-tips-and-tricks.com/wood-glue.html I am currently making some …

How to finish kitchen cabinets at ceiling 
Hello, How do you finish kitchen cabinets at ceiling level? There is a small gap above mine so I need to add a trim/molding above the kitchen cabinets …

Conservatory Window Sills 
Please Help! My husband and father ordered everything they needed to build a small conservatory which is brilliant. The only problem is we are having …

Can I replace ceiling joist hangers with Noggins? 
Hello Sir. I want to board my roof space to provide extra storage space. My home is an English 1930s built property with 4 inch x 2 inch joists spaced …

Staircase newel post install 
Hi, I am installing a staircase to my loft. It is a full size staircase with double winders. One top, one bottom. It is more or less symmetrical in layout, …

A swing set question 
Hello, I'm building an all-cedar "swing fort" from blueprints I purchased online. I'll try my best to briefly describe it before asking my question. …

Staircase Installation 
I have 3 questions about a staircase installation which I hope you can answer so that I can organise which order I need to have work completed in my …

Framing a door opening 
I'm framing a door opening, what size do I need to make it? How much wider should you make the door opening in a wall depending on the size of the door. …

Trying to fit a hand-rail 
Hi there, I am trying to fit a hand-rail to a newel post in my house. When measuring for the height, do I come up 900mm from the first step to the …

Nail or screw concrete wall 
Hello, great website! There is some information I need that I can't find on your site though. What kind of nail/screw do you recommend I use for …

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Even up decking boards 
Hi, How do we even up decking boards edges after they've all been screwed down? We've just installed some nice new decking in our back garden and …

Miter a countertop 
How do you cut a 221/2° miter in a 2ft (600mm) countertop? Hello, hope you can help. Two of us have volunteered to build the bar in the new firehouse. …

When Laying Wood Floors, Which Way Up do the Boards go? 
When putting down wood floors, step, or decking, should you lay the crown face up or down? To prevent cupping I was told to put the crown facing down. …

Stair return barrier - building regs 
I have a staircase that turns at the bottom with fan steps. The main staircase steps leading down to the fan return used to face a wall but this wall has …

Skirting boards on different floor levels 
Hi, Any tips on fitting skirting boards on different floor levels ? I am looking to have oak skirting boards and solid flooring fitted in my hallway, …

Building a Linen closet? 
I want to start building a linen closet for storage in the corner of a room. I'm just going to add the front door framing and one side wall, utilizing …

Collar beam 
Hi, In roofing terms, what is a collar beam and where does it go? Thanks, (This person wished to remain anonymous)

Oak Veneer Finish Door Frames 
Hi, I am installing some Oak veneer finish door frames , that I will be hanging some oak veneer doors into. I'm just wondering what ways I could …

Condensation control in newly built loft conversion 
I have my new floor down and I am now cutting the insulation between the sloping ceiling joists (rafters) and have found my existing felt is saturated. …

How level does my floor need to be? 
Hi, How level does a floor need to be before laying new engineered boards over it? I'm about to start laying a wood engineered floor over my existing …

Best trap door hinges 
Hello, I have a trap door in my basement floor at home to get into the crawl space. Right now there are no hinges on the door, it's more like a "loose …

Sound proofing 
Is sound proofing required between adjoining houses for loft conversions? I've seen no mention of it on any website i've visited. My house has …

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