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Welcome to Dave's Shop Talk's Home Improvement Newsletter of questions from our members on their construction projects, a Tip of the Month and a home remodeling article, both from our website at https://daveosborne.com.
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For exterior doors without sills and interior doors allow an extra 2" for the width and 2 1/2" for the height over the nominal size. Ref: January 2007 Newsletter.
For bifolds the finished opening is the size of the nominal size of door. Example: for a 30"x80" bifold, the finished opening is 30" x 80". Ref: September 2005 Newsletter.
What you want to do is install a 3 way switch - 2 switches to operate the same set of lights. Checkout this article:
There are 2 ways to do this, both need 3 wires plus ground between the switches. You would need to re-wire the the existing switch as shown in either of the drawings, depending where the power connects.
The longer the stringer the heavier it should be - smallest is a 2x10 most common is a 2x12. I always try to support the stringer with a post or two under it to take the bounce out. Carpenters never depend on nails alone to support any heavy load. We always try to support these loads with supports under them down to solid bearing points. The nails or screws just hold the supports in position.
This is a subject that could cause an argument with any expert removing paint/varnish. I would say the 3 most popular products in my area are:
Poly products by Lepage - PolyStripper, a solvent based stripper. Circa 1850 - a non-solvent based stripper Minwax is the third brand.
Make sure the product you choose is rated for wood, not just metal or brick, etc.
No, I never heard of it. After doing a bit of research, I would definitely give it a try. Sounds more of a New England company. Do you get the Lepage and Circa products where you live? I'm on the West coast.
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Dan and I both wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015!! Thanks and glad I was able to help,
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It seems that a carpenter is always needing a thin feather wedge to shim something. I use old cedar shingles as thin feather wedges for shimming door and window jambs. Sometimes we need a thin feather wedge to lift a cabinet or shim something. Here is a quick way to make up some thin feather wedges on your table saw with a jig.
Out of a piece of 3/4" plywood or 1x6 board cut and assemble the pieces of the table saw thin feather wedge jig according to the drawing... Read more at Jigs 4: Feather Wedge Table Saw Jig.
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