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Drywall,taping attic ceiling

I'm remodeling my attic in my bungalow, the way I want to do it is to leave the rafters exposed so I get a rustic loft look. What I done first was put wood strips up between the rafters then installed ...
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How to mount handrail to drywall over concrete

Any help how to hang the railing back up on the stairway. It is townhouse wall with drywall and concrete behind it.
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Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts

This house is about 20 years old and we purchased it last April without seeing any of this stuff. The inspection came back OK but we found a decent sized foundation crack on the walkthrough under some ...
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paper (tape) showing after sanding

After some initial sanding of a taped joint, the tape/paper is showing. It's sticking out and frayed, and still needs some sanding. What are my options for dealing with this? should I apply more mud ...
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Do I need to tape a drywall plug?

My understanding is that drywall tape is to provide structure to the mud as the framing members shift. In my case, I've cut about 17 5" holes in my garage drywall ceiling and saved the plugs. I plan ...
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Hanging drywall: How to shim 1.5"?

I'm working on framing a wall where a sliding glass door once sat. In retrospect, I believe I should have used 2x6 lumber to frame the wall, rather than 2x4. While one side sits perfectly flush with ...
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How do I remove this type of screw/nail (Cadet Heater FWC wall can)

I am a newbie. I want to remove Cadet Heater wall can and patch up the drywall but it appears that the wall can is secured by 4 round flat screws on the side. I tried pliers but it's small and round ...
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What screw/fitting to use on this wall?

I am putting up some wall rails for my mum, she is not local so I need to go in and do the job in a day so need to get the correct fittings etc in advance. The problem is I am not sure what material ...
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Why is Easy Sand not suitable as a skim coat?

I have Easy Sand 90 joint compound. Its label says not to use it as skim coat. Why can't I use it?
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What could be eating through my drywall

Tonight I noticed this section of my wall in the basement. It looked like something had been eating through the drywall. The area is so tight and I know 100% that it wasn't damaged by me. So what ...
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How can I determine the date of manufacture of drywall?

How to determine the date of manufacturer of drywall prior to 2005?
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What might be a good way to fix this damaged drywall(?)?

I had 2 3M Command hooks on my wall. When I was removing the hooks, I damaged the wall, as you can see in the photos below. I wonder what might be an easy/good way to patch the damage. Thanks!
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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How far out off the wall framing do gypsum panels for the ceiling need to be?

How many inches does fire drywall need to be from wall out on ceiling?
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Fix drywall around outlets

I completed my first drywall project and I learned that I hate doing drywall. Apparently I'm not good at it either because when I finally screwed on the outlet covers it is obvious my measurements ...
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How to level an existing wall

We are about to replace our countertops in the kitchen & put a new backsplash up. The cabinets will remain. We have found the wall is unleveled. The area from the top of the countertop that is ...
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Install fire/smoke alarm directly to stud or in electrical box?

I am installing (6) brand new smoke alarms in my home, including running all new 14/3 wire to each alarm. I have purchased "old work" electrical boxes for all of the alarms. However, the existing ...
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Safe to remove entry stairwall?

We have a split entry that is minuscule with stairs heading either up or down and a tiny landing. I would like to remove the wall separating the up from the downstairs (it may be the only wall that ...
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I want create some hanging shelves using zinc E-Z Drywall Anchors & Sisal rope. How much weight could this method bear?

I recently bought a projector and am looking to build a shelf for it to sit on. I rent, so I really don't want to do anything with the ceiling. The configuration I'm currently using is just a standard ...
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How should I wall mount a TV with one metal stud and a gap between the drywall and exterior block?

I am mounting a TV on a wall (see photos). There is a 7/8 inch gap between the drywall and the exterior, and a single metal vertical stud (Florida) as indicated. I want to center the TV, which is ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Removed tiles… what's underneath and how to proceed?

I've removed a couple of tiles from my bathroom wall (for a remodel), and I'm unsure about what each of the layers are underneath, how to proceed, and how to make sure I'm not damaging anything ...
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Torn drywall surface from tile removal

Our home had a wall with stuck on tiled 12 inch mirrors. In removing the mirrors almost all of the underlying drywall surfaces were torn to some degree. I have very little experience with drywall and ...
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How to repair anchor holes and re-mount bathroom tissue dispenser

I need to repair the holes where tissue bracket was installed, then re-mount it. About 3 inches behind the drywall are bricks. I thought about re-mounting it with 1 inch toggle bolts after repairing ...
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What type of anchor is this and what is the max capacity ?

I want to mount an item that is pretty heavy on the wall but the studs don't align with where I would like to mount it. Here is a picture I the anchor I am using (using two of them): What type of ...
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how to attach furring strips to drywall (for pegboard installation)

I am planning to attach 4'x6' pegboard to drywall in my garage. One vertical end of the frame will be directly screwed into a stud but the other end can't be. I am wondering what kind of screws should ...
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How much drywall should I remove around a moldy area?

The previous owner told me that during the last winter when snow melted, water got in the basement through the drywall and he had to wipe dry the floor. Last year we had one of the worst winters on ...
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What is the best way to tell a water stain on a drywall is wet

We had a leak in the roof a while ago that caused water stains on the wall. The leak should be fixed now, but we wanted to wait a bit before painting the wall until we are sure that there is no more ...
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Drywall mud differences for taping, or gaps?

Just wanting to hear a second opinion besides from friends. Are there any preferred products to use for taping versus filling screws and holes or gaps between sheets because framing is not square? I ...
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Wall surface is too smooth after spackle

I had a hole in some drywall that I repaired with spackle paste. I sanded it down so it is level with the existing drywall. The problem now is that the spackle is smoother than the surrounding ...
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Covering attic baffles with plywood instead of drywall

I have these newly spray foam insulated baffles with 2x6" rafters, and I would like to cover them directly with plywood (for aesthetic reasons) rather than drywall. Is that an issue with fire ...
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Which drywall layout will be better?

I am going to be putting drywall up on my ceiling soon and I am not sure which is the best orientation\layout for the drywall. The ceiling joists run horizontal to the following images. The section ...
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Nylon “expansion” anchor in drywall

Here we have an anchor named "universal anchor", that is supposed to work in every kind of wall (concrete, hollow, drywall, etc). I've used it in concrete and it is very good, but I'm a bit worried ...
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Shopvac drywall attachment too restrictive?

I have : 5HP 16Gal. Shopvac A drywall vacuum attachment , to suck up the dust while sanding. a brand new filter ( made for fine particles like dust) The Problem : When I start the vacuum, it ...
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Insulation and vapor barriers behind Corian/Greenboard shower walls

I've got a small bathroom that I am working on repairing/refinishing. I've removed the existing (leaky) shower and base and am replacing them with Corian-like materials (Kohler's Choreograph for the ...
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replace half a drywall ceiling?

I'm redoing my kitchen which adjoins the eating area. Part of this was removing the soffits or fur downs, which has now left my ceiling without large strips of drywall on 3 sides. The kitchen ...
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Threaded hollow wall anchors spin out partway in

Today I tried to install one of those Ikea kids storage units on my daughter's wall. It's a stud partition wall in a newly-constructed house. Before attempting it I spoke to one of the builders who ...
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Moisture Resistant Drywall unavailable in 5/8

I am getting ready to start all the drywall processes. Starting with the ceiling, I have trusses 24" on center. The code here requires type x (so 5/8") firerock on the ceiling. It is also a common ...
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Mounting a TV wall mount to stud where A/C is detected

I want to mount my TV on the wall and just purchase a wall mount for it. I've done this kind of install before, but when I was using my stud finder, it is indicating that one of the studs has AC ...
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Can I drywall directly over cinder block (ceiling) using 7/8" hat channel?

We live in a condo that was previously a Hospital. In the early 1980s they installed the drywall ceilings using metal track. We removed the drywall and track to raise the ceiling from 8' to 11'. ...
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What are expansion joint requirements for magnesium oxide wallboards?

I was asked to get some information concerning installing magnesium oxide wallboards. It's a material I just got to know and never worked with, so I want to learn what are requirements for installing ...
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Best way to hold interior wall insulation in place prior to drywalling

I'm insulating the interior walls in my house with rock wool insulation for sound proofing. I'm having drywallers come in to drywall everything in one fell swoop and the insulation needs to be in ...
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Do I need a header when non bearing wall

I've opened up a lath and plaster of a non bearing wall in my home built in 1924 (had a structural engineer look at it to confirm) but only partially - 5" under the molding (10" height). This molding ...
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Putting washer dryer hookups through nearby interior wall

I recently purchased a home and will soon be putting in a washer and dryer (both electric). The current hookups are in a small bathroom, but only a couple feet away is an interior wall, which on the ...
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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall

In my family room, I've used cable staples (like the ones pictured below) to fasten speaker wire along the wall at the top of the baseboards. There are hardwood floors in this room. Not all of them ...
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Should I smooth out or apply knockdown texture after popcorn ceiling removal?

I am removing non-asbestos popcorn ceilings on a 2200 sqft house. All walls in the house are knockdown texture. After the popcorn comes off, I can either smooth out the drywall or apply knockdown ...
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How to fill and finish joints on ceiling between pre-cast concrete planks

They are structural precast planks that form the floor above. I think the line is where the sheets are connected. I found a picture of them at ...
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What did I drill into?

I used a 3/32 drill bit for a pilot hole into my dry wall, directly in between 2 wooden studs that were about 32 inches apart, and about 18 inches from the ceiling (of a 1 story house). I mistakenly ...
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how to remove these screws without taking a huge chunk of wall with them

I'm not sure what these screws are called so I'm not sure what to search for. On mobile having trouble tagging, so feel free to edit. Below are pictures of the screw in its deployed and non ...
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Drywall mudding tape wet under and over

So, I am new to the drywalling thing and I went to tape/mud a few butt joints, but my process was to put mud on the joint, then put the tape over, but then instead of letting that first mud undercoat ...