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Can You Stain Plywood? If So, How?

There’s a lot to love about plywood. It’s typically less expensive than traditional wood. It’s user friendly, and comes in sheets large enough for many applications.  However, plywood does differ from traditional wood in a few ways, and these factors affect the staining process.  Can You Stain Plywood?  Yes, you can stain plywood. In fact, …

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Can Drywall Be Recycled? How and Where?

Yes, drywall can be recycled. How and where depends on the type of drywall. Recycling centers will often take clean, dry gypsum wallboard and reprocess it into new wallboard. You can also recycle it by repurposing it. Some companies will also pick up and recycle your drywall for you. Call around to see what options …

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Can Plywood Be Painted? If So, How?

Plywood is inexpensive and strong, but it’s usually not very attractive. You may use plywood for subfloor and walls, but you can also use it for many other applications.  Plywood isn’t commonly used for projects where the wood is visible, because it looks like, you guessed it, plywood. If only you could paint the plywood, …

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How is Plywood Made?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plywood is made by joining wood veneers(whether hardwood or softwood) from various tree species with an adhesive. It’s a nine-step process that includes: heating, peeling, drying, gluing, pressing, and more. A core wood is chosen and the veneer is pressed into that material. Glued together wood veneers (also known …

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When Were Screws Invented? By Whom? What Were They Initially Used For?

While no one exactly when screws were first invented, we have evidence of them dating back as far as the first century B.C. They started as devices to help in agriculture, and only began to be used as fasteners in the 15th century. Screws are one of the six simple tools that everyone learned about …

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What Screws are Good for Fencing?

It’s better to use screws on fencing instead of nails. Wood is still a living thing, even after cutting down a tree to fashion planks. It moves and can split under the right circumstances. Nails loosen with time and movement. Screws don’t. So what screws are good for fencing? What Effects Screws Must Withstand? Homeowners …

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Can Wrapping Paper be Recycled? If So, How?

Yes, you can recycle regular and glossy wrapping paper. Papers that contain any non-paper additives should be thrown away or repurposed. We use tons of wrapping paper for Christmas and birthdays. Think of all the times you’ve seen the floor buried under ripped and wadded paper after every gift is opened. In the past, we …

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Can You Tile Over Drywall? Over Painted Drywall?

Yes, you can tile over plain and painted drywall. Wall tile is a popular choice in many homes, and the ceramic wall tile industry is booming — it has an estimated market size of $68.6 billion in 2018 and growing. Many homeowners don’t realize that drywall is already there underneath their existing tile. Read on …

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10 Different Types of Work Benches

  Not having the right space to work on intricate projects can be frustrating, especially when limited space or the wrong kind of space negatively impacts the outcome of your project. For woodworkers, finding the right type of workbench is essential. Not only can the proper workbench give you room to spread out, but it …

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Paint Brush Roller vs Spray: What’s Best? When to Use One Over the Others?

Painting your home on your own can be a major undertaking. Not only do you have to decide what kind of colors make sense for the space, but you also have to decide on what equipment to use.  While paint sprayers are better for those looking to cover difficult surfaces like crown molding or brick …

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