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Wood Pellets Soft Wood Vs. Hard Wood
by chr6 in Home & Garden
Pellet stoves can be an economical alternative to gas or electricity for home heating. The wood pellets sold for these stoves come in a variety of wood types and qualities and are sold in various units of measure as well. Opinions vary as to whether hardwood pellets or softwood pellets deliver greater value and heating economy. Hardwood PelletsHard woods such as oak, birch or maple compose mo

Is Red Elm Wood a Harder Wood Than White Oak Wood?
by markku in Home & Garden
The comparative hardness of hardwoods can determine how well a particular species will stand up under use. It is also an indicator for the craftsman as to how well the wood will fare in cutting, shaping and finishing operations. HardnessThe Janka scale is the most often used comparative figure when evaluating woods. It rates the hardness of wood as the amount of force necessary to embed an obj

How to Install an Exposed Wood Beam on a Residential Vaulted Wood Ceiling
by Georgia in Home & Garden
Installing a non-weight bearing exposed wood beam on a residential vaulted ceiling is largely a decorative project, and can be accomplished on any size of ceiling. The beam can be stained prior to its installation to match or stand out against the wood ceiling. This project requires a tall ladder or other method of reaching the vaulted ceiling safely and comfortably. The installation needs only li

How to Make a Strong Little Bridge Out of 15 Thin Wood Sticks & Wood Glue
by hyperNURb in Hobbies, Games & Toys
Creating a strong bridge out of thin wood sticks is an ideal project for kids of any age. Using items available from your local craft store, you can create a structure that can support the passage of miniature car toys and action figures, and create a new element to your child's playtime. Creating a thin wood stick bridge is an ideal afternoon project that is fun for the whole family, but does req

Can I Mix a Light Wood Hutch With a Dark Wood Dining Table & Chairs?
by Cenneca in Home & Garden
Antiquated thinking causes some homeowners to believe they should not place light and dark wood furnishings in the same room. However, adding a light wood hutch in the same dining room as a dark wood dining table and chairs gives designers the opportunity to play with more colors, textures and tones. Personal StylePersonal style plays a pivotal role in your decision whether to mix various wood

How to Install Wood Fencing Panels Using Existing Wood Fence Posts
by kpkp in Home & Garden
If the fence posts of your existing fence are in good shape but the fence itself isn't, you can replace the fence panels and attach them to the existing posts. To check whether your existing fence posts are in good enough shape to reuse, poke the wood with the tip of screwdriver. If the wood is soft to the touch or becomes smashed in when you touch it with the screwdriver, the wood may be rotting

Can I Use Anything Else Besides Wood Like Tile or Faux Wood on a Floor of a Victorian Porch?
by Janne Lammi in Home & Garden
Wood is the traditional material for a Victorian porch, but wood has some limitations. It can become warped or splintered with wear and exposure to moisture, and requires regular maintenance. Many other flooring alternatives exist, although you'll want to carefully select one that complements your Victorian home. ConcreteConcrete is no longer relegated to sidewalks and patios. Concrete can be s

Types of Wood Thickness for Wood Siding Board & Batten
by Jeeebus in Home & Garden
Board and batten is a siding method that began in Europe and made its way to the United States in the 1840s. Board and batten is a system of thicker boards attached to the surface with nails plus thin strips of wood at intervals to hold it in place. Board and batten siding is available in a variety of wood types and different thicknesses. About Board and Batten SidingBoard and batten siding is

Will Paint on a Wood Porch Floor Hold Up if There's Exposed Under-Wood?
by xeemzor in Home & Garden
A painted wood front porch adds to the style and appearance of your home but only if it is well-maintained. If the undersides of your porch boards are exposed, moisture from the ground below can be absorbed by the wood, causing the paint on the surface to blister and peel. When building a new wood porch or replacing an existing one, taking the time to prepare the wood properly will ensure a satisf

How to Clean Wood Floors With Black Streaks Between the Wood Joints
by Piercarlo Slavazza in Home & Garden
Wood floors are delicate surfaces that should be handled with more care than many other types of flooring. Using too much water can cause the wood to swell and buckle, while using the wrong cleaning products can cause damage to the wood surface. Black streaks can sometimes form between the wood joints, because residue sets in between the cracks of the wood panels. The streaks can be fairly easy to

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