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Scraping paint globs off textured drywall

So I am not a pro painter and when I rolled my newly drywalled and orange peel textured ceiling I didn't go in a pattern. I just rolled straight across. There are areas where there a globs from ...
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Did the cove molding that I'm removing support the drywall panels behind it?

just looking for a little reassurance really - decorating the hallway in a house we have recently moved in to, The plaster coving has been done very poorly - very uneven, very visible joins etc. I was ...
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Why does a steel door frame for drywall have a double return/backend

Title pretty much says it all, but here is a picture just in case: I think it has to do with the wall achors but I can't find a definitive answer. Just to clarify: steel frames for masonry walls ...
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How should I finish a shower stall at an outside corner?

I'm replacing a shower stall in an alcove with a plastic modular unit. The old unit ended a few inches inside the stall, while the new unit extends right to the edge of the alcove. On one corner, the ...
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Help running ethernet between floors, with double joists in the way

I will like to redo the existing Ethernet (and maybe COAX) wiring in my home. I have looked for the most ideal path from the basement through the floors into the attic and then drop into the second ...
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Paint Peeling, maybe gypsum paper too?

We just bought a house and were pulling some nails left over from what was probably crown moulding. The nails had been painted over and some of the paint came off with the nails. I peeled off a ...
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How to repair flaked plaster surface

I recently moved and noticed this crack on the wall. When I tapped it lightly with a blunt knife it broke off. I've never plastered before but I assume I will need to re-plaster this section. Any ...
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Materials for building a sound proof home office in a 5 ft x 6 ft x 8 ft cube

I have a big living room 16ft x 22ft x 10 ft(height). I wanted to take a small corner 6ft x 5ft x 8ft(high) to build a home office. I was initially planning on building a steel cube frame out of 3/4 ...
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How to secure switch box flush with wall surface

Today I removed all the outlet covers in my home, and when I got to my bedroom light switch I noticed there was all this wood surrounding the switch itself. I tore that off as well, and after I did so ...
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How to prepare a wall with drywall for painting after wallpaper removal

I have removed wallpaper on drywall. It only took 10 minutes to remove, however, the wall was primed as instructed to make removal easier. I am now trying to remove paste residue and am damaging the ...
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Brown Spots Above Ceiling/Ductwork

Any idea what these spots might be? They're isolated to just one spots on my ceiling. My ductwork is right above this area. Thanks!
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Peeling paint disaster

I wanted to paint over my bathroom. The paint was peeling and coming off in large plastic-like strips. I assumed that I could not paint over it, so I ripped off all the peeling paint. It seems some ...
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Concrete pour against green board [closed]

I'm having a new concrete floor poured in. its going to be 4 inches. The drywall that will be in contact with the cement is green board(moisture resistant). Will that be ok? or should I cut the ...
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Drywall over irregularly spaced studs - how do I secure edges?

I'm diy-ing on an 80-year old+ house, putting drywall over damaged lath and plaster (can't save the plaster because reasons). The wood lath is too weak/damaged to serve as effective backing, so I'm ...
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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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Building a 1 layer thick brick wall over drywall

Looking to lay a brick wall over drywall in my basement. The floor is a concrete slab which covers my entire basement. I am looking to see what issues or concerns I should have laying a 1 layer ...
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How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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Dealing with a badly inserted wall anchor

I didn't drill the wall deep enough (4 cm or so) and inserted a wall anchor with maybe 4-5mm missing in depth. Then I screwed a screw in cause I though that the screw will help drive it in. It didn't ...
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Foam board insulation over drywall

Guys I am living in a 500 sq ft apartment built in the 1950's and it has a south facing wall. I run the 10000 BTU AC almost 24/7 and in the afternoons the wall is very warm if not hot to the touch on ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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TV mount is 16.5“ wide but stud centers are 17” apart. Is it still safe to mount?

I am not able to install the mount by positioning it on the exact center of the studs. Is it alright if the holes are slightly off-center on the studs? The mount I am installing is this one, and my TV ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

The previous owner did a bad patch job all over the house. The patching is a lot higher than the rest of my wall. How do I go about fixing this?
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How to finish drywall under stair treads and risers seamlessly?

I'm a homeowner who's building new home and am in the process of finishing drywall against a staircase. We're trying to get the stair treads and risers to meet the drywall seamlessly and without trim ...
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Are there any tips to prevent or reduce dust when working with drywall?

With regard to patching, sawing, or drilling into/through drywall that is already installed (adding some outlets and ceiling fans), where dust control is a priority (the owner is very tidy), can ...
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Fixing a curtain rail to dry wall

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY, so I'm after some advice... I've recently bought a curtain rail for my living room, and I need to fix it to the wall. However, the wall is not brick -- it ...
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

First of all, I'm new to all this. I recently applied mud to the corners and did some texturing in my basement. Two days later I notice there are cracks in some places. Why is this happening and what ...
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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Primer on drywall for one year without paint

I just bought a condo that is one year old. There's primer on the wall without paint for one year. Should I do some light sanding and then paint it? Or should I just clean and wipe down dust on the ...
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

I'm currently in the process of restoring my 1906 home's bathroom. At some point in the last 10-15 years the bathroom was given a cheap remodel. New plumbing and outlets were run and drywall was hung ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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Is there a moisture barrier I can apply between drywall and paint?

We are going to paint a small bathroom. Over the years the Sheetrock looks as if water has been exposed to the walls. Is there a moisture barrier that you can put on Sheetrock before painting?
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Drywall skim coat over painted CMU?

I have a small section of wall (50sf) where the stairwell goes into the basement that is CMU (concrete masonry unit or concrete block) painted with at least an egg shell, possibly even semi-gloss. ...
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How much surface area do you need on studs to hang drywall?

How much surface area do you really need to hang drywall on studs? I received a shipment of lumber, and most of them have wane on both edges of the studs, which means I can't "bury" the wane on the ...
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Attaching curtain rail to plasterboard/drywall over studwork

We've had some new uPVC windows fitted. The upstairs bay window presented some problems and, as a result, the "wall" above the window frame is now studwork with cement board on the external side and ...
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Did I miss the stud when I drilled into the wall?

Short version: My drill bit didn't have any wood shavings on it. Did I miss the stud? Long version: Operating just outside of my DIY comfort zone, I have erected a picture rail on the wall about ...
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Setup for attaching drywall to metal studs

What type of screwdriver setup is best to use for attaching drywall to nonstructural steel studs? Yesterday, I tried using my dedicated drywall screwdriver with fine-threaded drywall screws (which ...
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Completely removing/hiding wall switches

My wife and I recently bought a house from people who built it in 2005 (literally -- the guy was in home construction half a century), and they did some "interesting" things. One choice I'm trying to ...
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Can I use 1/2“ fire-rated drywall instead of 5/8” type-X in a commercial application?

Can I use 1/2" fire-rated drywall instead of 5/8" type-X in a small commercial application? I know I need 5/8" type-X for commercial ceilings and demising walls, but I'm not sure about interior walls.
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

I am drywalling my unheated, partially-below grade exterior garage. A four-foot tall concrete wall runs along the parts of the garage that are below-grade. Above the concrete walls are 2x6 wood ...
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What's the deal with half-walls behind the kitchen cabinets? Can I cut into it?

So I've recently moved in to a new house and the kitchen has two "blind cabinets" but no real good place to put my cat's food and water where it will be out of the way. So I got this brilliant idea ...
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Do I remove cornice when I'm getting rid of horse hair plasterboard walls?

I'm removing old plasterboard walls and getting someone to help by cutting along the top edge. I did this so I don't have to remove the cornices (which seem fairly good condition). However, I'm ...
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I need to anchor a standard where there is a one-inch hole in the drywall

While I was putting in anchors to hold a shelf standard I had one that didn't install right and I was left with a one-inch hole. Some kind of anchor or support absolutely has to go there. It's too ...
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Hang blinds inside window frame on drywall only?

I need to hang some standard window blinds (blinds that you pull upward by pulling the strings down) inside a few of my windows, but my walls are concrete stucco, and there is about a 3/4" gap between ...
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What to use to seal around fixtures when tanking a drywall bathroom?

After I hang the drywall there is some gaps between the fixture and the drywall board (yes, I'm using greenboard that will be tanked/redgard/kerdi/etc, no backerboard in Brazil), what is the best way ...
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How to cut drywall over stud?

Let's say I have a hole like this (not my actual hole just one that I found for my situation) As you can see the existing drywall is flush with the 2x4. What I want to do is cleanly cut away ...
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Ceramic tiles on drywall on steel studs, any problems?

I was told that there was no problem installing tiles on drywall hung on steel studs. I had never worked with drywall before and accepted that. Now after the wall is done, if I hit it, I noticed that ...
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How to repair damaged drywall seam

In a recent windstorm, a couple of shingles blew off my house. I had some water drip into my attic and seep through the drywall in my bedroom ceiling. As a result, a definitive section of seam tape ...
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Cold upper interior and exterior walls, moisture forms when showering

The house is 3 years old. Exterior walls have bat insulation. The interior walls have no insulation. One interior wall in the top corner where it meets the exterior wall, particularly is very cold. ...
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Gluing small pieces of drywall

What is a good kind of glue to glue small pieces of drywall that are too big for mud patches but small enough that driving a screw through would crumble the drywall piece?