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    Thanks Beardy, I did this sort of thing when I...

    Thanks Beardy, I did this sort of thing when I created box stairs trying to sort out all the fiddly bits using offcuts on plywood to lay it all out, so creating a template like this is a good...
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    Thanks Kevin, lots of really good info here. The...

    Thanks Kevin, lots of really good info here. The first issue is always working out the nomenclature so I stick with goings.

    My measurements are as per the illustration, just double-checked. The...
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    Stringer stairs to deck

    I'm building some steps up to a deck and looked up how to do the calcs for the stringers. There are so many variations my head spins. I want to clear up a few things. I gather you just work out how...
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    Weirdly my reply to this disappeared. 30 yo...

    Weirdly my reply to this disappeared. 30 yo simple country weatherboard on gentle sloping farmland, piers 0.5 to 1.2m, no brick walls, no water source/ponding nearby. Been an issue over 10 years but...
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    Finding cause of sagging floors

    I live in a timber house that sits on brick piers. One section of the house seems to be sagging as doors no longer shut and floor tiles are cracking. I purchased a long builders spirit level but I...
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    Thanks for that. Interesting the current stairs...

    Thanks for that. Interesting the current stairs are sleepers on cement bricks and my parents are in their mid 80's, so a rail needs to be included as its a bit of an incline, but I take your note on...
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    Constructing box stairs

    I'm working on an old weatherboard holiday house that is on gently sloping ground. A treated pine deck surrounds the house and I'd like to construct box stairs leading to the lawn, so you could sit...
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    Iíve left the job so wonít be back for a few...

    Iíve left the job so wonít be back for a few days. These are flat head nails at least an inch long. They may be just in loosely but you canít access the underside of the head without gouging the...
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    Sash balance windows - how to access weights

    I'm working on an old house and replacing broken sash cords in the double-hung windows. When you open the lower sash there is a door to access the weights in the sash channel. However, some of these...
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    Thanks everyone for the info. It's going to be a...

    Thanks everyone for the info. It's going to be a choice between Sikkens and Intergrain products (DWD) as they both have a primer coat and a tinted top coat. i'll use a paint stripper to remove the...
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    Thanks. I was thinking of using Sikkens for the...

    Thanks. I was thinking of using Sikkens for the worst exposed bits. I agree 3 coats is needed in these conditions, but not FeastWatson, I'll try something else. I see there are also boat varnishes...
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    447230 I agree about options there - just...

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    I agree about options there - just wondering if there had been any recent improvements. The first and second images were FeastWatson years ago, so didn't stand up well. First one easterly...
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    Exterior clear coat for rural timber house

    We have a 1980's timber kit home on a farm block that has a lot of clear coated window frames and doors. While many of these are on the veranda away from direct sunlight and rain, many are fully...
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    Yeah that's the sort of thing. Tonneau cover...

    Yeah that's the sort of thing. Tonneau cover clips, forgot about those, thanks for that.
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    Flip tongue bolt

    I'm trying to find a bolt/stud that will hold a sheet of ply on the front of a timber pet cage during bad weather. I've not seen these things in hardware stores but it involves a protruding chrome...
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    Thanks for those replies. Doing more work with...

    Thanks for those replies. Doing more work with the saw and its driving me nuts. I'll look into the blades at Timbecon as I need an specialist.
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    The original blade was a cheapy that had fewer...

    The original blade was a cheapy that had fewer teeth and the forums suggesting tossing it, so arguably it would be worse. But I might give it a go.
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    Diablo saw blade flexing

    I recently purchased an Ozito plunge track saw and changed the blade to a Diablo 40 teeth based on recommendations I'd seen elsewhere. After a bit of fiddling I've got it working well but it won't...
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    Yeah turnbuckle is what I meant - couldn't think...

    Yeah turnbuckle is what I meant - couldn't think of its name!
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    Panel side gate sagging

    I have a panelled gate (see photo) that I have trouble keeping from sagging, as it drops a few cm over time on the latch side (you can see I've already dropped the lock bolt holder). I replaced the...
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    I'm going to check it out on some waste timber...

    I'm going to check it out on some waste timber and play around with an old door to work out what the issue is. I think the blade or plate flexes or I may need to set a negative angle of 1-2 degrees.
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    I must say his hand planes work better then mine....

    I must say his hand planes work better then mine. I have a simple stanley block plane that never seems to work and I have the identical longer plane that I used on the job, but I didn't have my...
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    Best way to trim a door lengthways

    I hate working with doors as I always get the gaps wrong or shave too much off or unevenly, but I'm not a clumsy persons. I just can't seem to get it right.

    I don't like using a power plane as it...
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    Yeah - that's the style I ended up buying. They...

    Yeah - that's the style I ended up buying. They worked well except some of the nails were so rusted in the hardwood and they just snipped them in the pull, but in that situation nothing would have...
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    Thanks everyone. Great info.

    Thanks everyone. Great info.
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    They can handle larger nails in hardwood OK? I've...

    They can handle larger nails in hardwood OK? I've seen them on the web they seem to pump the handle or something, I guess to lock the jaw?
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    Actually - that's a good idea. I guess I just...

    Actually - that's a good idea. I guess I just need to break the nail from the grip of the timber, which seems to be the primary issue. I've got a bit of RSI so I might need to find some locking jaws...
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    Lifting large nails from hardwood joists

    I recently lifted some rotted decking and was left with a bunch of largish nails protruding from the hardwood joists. I tried to lift them out with a claw hammer but they were firmly rooted in the...
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    Joining long lengths MDF with biscuit joins

    I've got two long pieces of melamine covered MDF to cover a pipe that runs floor to ceiling in my unit's laundry. It will be an L shaped cover in the corner. I thought I might be able to use...
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    Is that the Black and Deck Powershot? I see...

    Is that the Black and Deck Powershot? I see there's also Cobra Powershot stapler at twice the price as the B&D.
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    Spring loaded stapler

    I want to attach shade cloth and insulation foil to softwood or treated pine. Can anyone recommend common brand staplers that do the work? Also, any brands that upholsterers use that you can get on...
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    Thanks scissors for your detailed reply - I've...

    Thanks scissors for your detailed reply - I've worked out what to do in what order with a bit more insight into the whole process

    Thanks also thompy - need to be a bit more careful in my marking...
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    I'm a bit lost on that question. Standard hinge...

    I'm a bit lost on that question. Standard hinge for a house door - smaller version for a kitchen cupboard. Nothing fancy. Sort of thing a carpenter would do all the time.
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    Thanks anyway - I'm going through a few of my...

    Thanks anyway - I'm going through a few of my books as well.

    Menruben's post on using a nail is a good one. I'm thinking of starting with say two shallow screws on the hinges until it tests OK...
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    Bunnings in Alexandria, Sydney. They sell...

    Bunnings in Alexandria, Sydney. They sell individual ones for $15 and pack of three of different sizes with a quick change bit for just over $40. Haven't tried one yet but will give it spin this...
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    Thanks - I also just purchased a P&N self...

    Thanks - I also just purchased a P&N self centring drill so I'll see if that addresses the issue of the screw and countersunk hole misalignment.
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    Setting and adjusting flat leaf hinges

    Whether I'm setting an entrance door or a cabinet door, I always make a mess of it. However careful I mark out and centre the screw holes they always seems to 'drift' and either the hinges are...
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    Thanks Gerard - I think you've nailed it (excuse...

    Thanks Gerard - I think you've nailed it (excuse the pun). The American Oak has a tight grain and was not accepting the stain and I guess I tried to compensate by not taking enough of it off. The...
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    Instructions for staining were quite inadequate...

    Instructions for staining were quite inadequate and didn't answer any of the points you mentioned. I initially did a test with one coat which almost went transparent so I was trying two, to overcome...
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    Clear coat dissolving stain

    I'm in my first foray into staining an not having much luck. A client has requested an American Oak shelf with a mahogany stain to match their kitchen cupboards. I'm using a Cabbots stain and given...
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