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How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?

Background: I'm gluing and screwing 5/8 in drywall on the ceiling in my own home. I'm attaching it with screws and construction adhesive directly to the attic joists -- which are 16 in OC. I'm ...
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How to tile over shower wall surround flange?

Background I've been following this guide from Family Handyman on installing a fiberglass tub surround, and am to the point where I need to tile over the nailing flange. They say to put 1/4" tile ...
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How to frame steel studs parallel to concrete ceiling “joists”

One of the drywall I need to hang runs parallel to the joists (concrete joists and slab above it), and I'm at lost on how to affix the upper tracks which would be between two joists. I've seen this ...
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Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?

I'm plastering my first drywall and have been given advice from a friend who as done it a few times before. He believes I should not sand down the mud (a.k.a. jointing compound) between coats, but I ...
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How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?

I am taking down several items hung on our walls; this will leave about two dozen holes ranging from small nail holes to anchor holes about 3/8" in diameter. I am looking for a way to fill these holes ...
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Seal crack between brick wall and drywall

I've had an extension done a year ago and the builder did a wonderful job, but now after the winter the drywall is pulling away from the brick wall and there is a slight crack. The brick wall has been ...
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Is it OK to install a TV mount when it can't be attached to a stud at all mount points?

I have a TV wall panel that can only reach two studs. I was wondering if it's fine to screw the left side and the center on studs, and have the right side anchored in the drywall. My TV is 30lbs with ...
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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Why can't I drill deep enough into my wall for wall anchors?

I am living in a condo and have a problem to put anchor in the wall (drywall? I don't know th exact type of the wall). when I drill it doesn't go deep enough to put anchor completely in, so it can't ...
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How should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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How to fix a cupboard to 32mm thick plasterboard

I want to fix a cabinet to a bathroom wall. The wall is 710mm wide and has a single stud slightly off-centre, about 270mm from the right, but which is too near the middle to be useful for hanging the ...
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house built on a slab and has about 1" gap between the walls causing a draft

My house was built on a concrete slab in 1998. My son put up wainscoting in the living room and when he pulled off the baseboard he said you can see the house next door. He then checked several other ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier behind drywall in house with T1-11 siding?

My home interior walls are thick redwood paneling in the bay area mountains. i'm about to start removing the wood in my second bedroom and want to install a moisture barrier on the 1 outside wall of ...
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What am I doing wrong while finishing drywall inside corners?

I'll admit, I'm definitely a novice when it comes to finishing drywall. I've done loads of patching, which doesn't typically require working with corners. This time, however, I'm doing a whole room. ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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Why does the plaster crack beneath the window sill?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. Can anyone tell me why the dry lined plaster in our house so frequently cracks beneath the edge of the windows? At first I thought it may be relating to the ...
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Can I use spackling to repair this damage between wall and celing?

This is the spackling I have: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1308097&KPID=961778&kpid=961778&pla=pla_961778
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20 ft.Ceiling cracks chunks falling off

We have a 25 year old home and have lived here for 17 years. Our living room ceiling height is 20 ft. and the seams where the drywall was put up is cracking and just recently have the cracks are ...
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What could be causing cracks in the drywall of a newly renovated home?

We bought an older home and completely renovated it about 18 months ago. Now I am starting to see small cracks in the drywall in the ceiling and walls. What could be causing this?
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Ceiling access panel or pvc pipe options

I'm finishing a small basement office and I'm almost ready to put up drywall. I've been dragging my feet on fixing one issue. There are pipes running along the floor joists to the kitchen sink. The ...
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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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Can I put plywood over the drywall on the common wall between my house and garage?

My garage is attached to the house. The wall that is common with the house is finished with drywall. Can I put plywood over the drywall?
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How can I remove brush marks from a wall painted with metallic paint?

I recently painted my kitchen wall with a metallic paint. I love the paint and the look it gives my wall, except I have brush marks in it. This wall was a new sheet rocked wall that was mudded and ...
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How should I apply brick to interior wall? [duplicate]

I came across this question and I was wondering what ended up happening,real brick or brick veneer? I want to lay the brick over drywall on one of the walls(13x10feet)in the basement. I just wanted ...
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Dry wall, mounting 13KG whiteboard

So I just bought a 1800mm by 1200mm whiteboard for my study and what never occurred to me (stupidly enough) is how to mount this thing to a drywall. It has obviously came with x8 raw plugs and x8 ...
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Drywall thickness

We recently bought a home with an upstairs loft area, advertised as a bedroom. We've found out from several contractors that the drywall is unusually thin--almost 1/4 inch. We've put two gigantic ...
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Can I change the fire rating of 1/2 inch drywall?

I currently have 1/2 drywall on my wall sepating the garage, which is now an accesory apartment. The house was built in 1975. Code says it must be 5/8. It is not possible to take everthing down to ...
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Is fiberglass mesh tape a good choice for drywall?

I'm going to be doing some drywalling shortly and was wondering what experiences other have had with the self adhesive fiberglass mesh tape. Is it a good choice or am I going to regret using it?
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Trouble finding studs in garage

I have a new house, and the garage shares a wall with an interior wall... trying to hang a pull up bar on it, so I need to find the studs. I took pictures of the house as it was being built, but all ...
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Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?

I've tried finding a definitive answer but it's far more common for folks to have block walls in basements that need to be furred out, so the information deals primarily with that and I believe this ...
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Can blue (lightweight) drywall compound be used for all coats?

I had a guy come in to do some drywall taping today and I had a bag of 20 min hot mud and a bucket of each green (regular) and blue (lightweight) joint compound. I always though that the green should ...
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How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?

Every winter, we get cracks like this where the walls meet the ceiling in certain rooms. We just got our bathroom redone, so it's most bothersome here. When springtime comes, they "seal" back up. ...
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?

In the kitchen of our new house, there is a slightly unusual extension to the side of one of the cupboards where the wall has been covered by a flat piece of veneered chipboard, the same finish as ...
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What is eating my drywall?

Something is leaving scars in my drywall and deposits on the outside that I presume to be wood. These deposits are flat, stick out from the wall, an inch or more square, with a gap between the top and ...
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What plaster compounds should be used when plastering an unheated building?

Remodeling an old school that was built in 1902 that had plaster stripes on inside walls. they want it to look original. Will it work to put 1/2inch OSB on the wall and then a layer of plaster on the ...
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How can I waterproof a bathroom ceiling?

I live in an apartment building. The resident upstairs has overflowed her bathtub 3 times in 2 years. The water damaged my ceiling and has been repaired twice. Now the ceiling will be replaced at her ...
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Where could the water leaching from the base of the drywall be coming from?

I am building a new home and have insulated the walls with 1" of foam and paper backed fiberglass insulation. After the contractor put up drywall he recommended plastering the ceilings and the walls ...
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How do I splice a drywall metal outside corner bead?

When re-finishing my ceiling (formerly popcorn, now smooth) I had some trouble with the edge of the tray ceiling in the master bedroom. Since the length of the tray was longer than a standard metal ...
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What could be causing these cracks in the drywall?

I have quite a few cracks in my drywall. They run along the drywall seams. They don't seem to affect every drywall seam, just some of them. Some seams that don't have cracks have bubbling of the ...
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Drywall - final joint compound coat

While remodeling an older house (where nothing is quite straight) we used fiber glass mesh joint tape and 3 coats of joint compound. The first coat was applied with a 4 inch knife, the second with an ...
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Will a drywall anchor work fine after it's already open or engaged?

I'm going to install some shelving that is going to require either drilling into the stud, or using drywall anchors. The brackets are kind of thick (half an inch), so I'm wondering if it matters if ...
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How do I repair cracks in thincoat plaster?

I have a crack in the thincoat plaster that is over the drywall. There is an orange peel texture over the thincoat. What is this caused by, and what is the best way to repair it?
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Skim coating textured walls

We have plaster textured walls through out our entire house that are in good condition, but are just ugly. Is it ok to skim coat or is drywall a better solution. We are first timers doing our own ...
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How to strengthen cracking joint compound after application over insulating foam sealant

Long story short, the wife is pregnant and wants the cats litter box 'outside.' My solution: put a 1'x1' hole in the wall ~10" deep between our living room and patio. Place a pet door over the ...
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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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Hanging a Ceiling Fan from a drywall ceiling with aluminum profiles

The ceiling in my bedroom is made of 1/2" drywall suspended with 2" aluminum profiles from a concrete ceiling. I want to hang a ceiling fan in this room, but I'm wondering how to support the weight of ...
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Draft from under baseboard - pull back carpet or remove baseboard to caulk?

Using an infrared thermometer/camera, I found what seems to be a draft coming from beneath a baseboard in the corner of a carpeted room. I understand that caulking can stop drafts from under ...
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How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?

I was finishing the space above a garage. The space was buried in blown in cellulose insulation and we framed in some walls, laid a subfloor, and finished the room. During framing two different ...
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Can I insulate my exterior walls myself using blow-in?

I live in western Washington, where we see plenty of rain, but only a month or two of freezing temperatures each year. My exterior walls are drywall with horizontal wood siding. I feel crazy as I ...