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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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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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Should I be worried if I missed the studs while mounting my TV?

I think I missed the studs based on how easily the drill moved through the drywall. My LCD only weighs 27lbs and the mount itself is 5lbs (rated to hold 165lbs, and uses 4 8mm lag bolts). I pulled as ...
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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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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Leveling drywall patch

Due to a problem with my furnace, I recently had a lot of moisture get behind a wall and of course, mold to follow. All said and done I will need roughly 3 4x8 sheets to replace the damaged drywall. ...
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Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?

I'm having a contractor do renovations in my kitchen, and we are converting a wall into a half wall with countertop. He just started doing the drywall, and from my inexperienced eye it looks like he ...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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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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How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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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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Does bare drywall need to be primed before painting?

Is it necessary to prime bare drywall before painting? And do we need to prime existing textured, painted walls before we mud over them?
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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?
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Drywall mudding plywood to emulate drywall

I have a need (long story) to use a long strip of 3/8" plywood under a door casing vertical piece and I plan for it to be slightly wider than the casing. It is joining old lathe and plaster and, for a ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Picture a plaster wall. Now imagine that a significant section has been removed of it and now needs replaced. Ive tried to replace the plaster with 1/2 inch only to realize the wodth difference im ...
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damaged drywall: Repair with spackle or replace drywall?

My dog scratched up part of our interior wall next to a door. He tore off the molding around the door and also scratched some of the drywall off. There are no holes in the drywall, but there are ...
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Kitchen backsplash tile (24“ x 1.5” x 1/2") to drywall; which mortar & trowel notch size?

I will be installing kitchen backsplash tile to a drywall. tile size: 24" width x 1.5" height x 1/2" depth tile type: limestone tile Which mortar or mastic would you recommend as well as trowel ...
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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

For reasons including time, money, ease of installation, and structural strength, should drywall be installed horizontally or vertically.
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Metal around wall register boot for trim

Below are two images of what im talking about. Around the duct boot for the wall register is a metal box to make up for the difference between the wall and where the trim ends. What is it called and ...
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Repair paperless drywall or tear out and install new?

I removed a large wallpaper mural from drywall in a house we purchased. The previous owner didn't put a release compound or protective sealer on before gluing the wallpaper on. When I pulled it off, ...
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Dry wall damaged

I have removed stickers from the drywall in my kids room. The stickers didn't come off clean. What's a good way to restore this? I am planning to paint a chalk board over this. Should I use some ...
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Insulating between boiler room and bathroom

Part of my bathroom is directly above the boiler room. The boiler room is only accessible via an external door and is well ventilated with wall and door vents, so I consider it more like an outhouse ...
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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 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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Fix bad drywall mudding/paint

For my first-ever drywall mudding attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Mudded the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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Hanging pictures on a sloping plasterboard wall…?

So I've just moved house and I have some fairly heavy pictures (one painting, one framed picture) that I want to hang on my wall. Problem is, the walls are sloped (I'm in an attic room) and they're ...
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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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How to run drywall backer parallel to I-joist?

I'm trying to install a non-load bearing basement wall parallel to an I-joist. The tricky part is, how do I run a drywall backer parallel to the I-joist? The top plate is wider than the flange of the ...
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Can a drywall ceiling support hanging a 20kg chandelier

I want to know if a drywall ceiling support hanging a 20kg chandelier
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How to fix spacing with a California corner

Ugh. So I just framed two walls that form an interior corner. When I layed out the walls, I did the typical mark the centers on the 16's. What I did not account for, however, was the corner. I did ...
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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24" OC Interior Wall Framing for UDC

I am framing my basement tomorrow and I'm thinking of using 24" OC for my interior non-load bearing walls. I plan on using 2 sheets of 5/8" sheet rock with a noise dampening compound. Is 24 OC legal ...
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Is there a way to trace water pipes through walls?

I recently purchased my house and I am trying to find my internal valve to turn on my external faucet. Unfortunately the previous owner put in a bathroom in over where the water line enters the house ...
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How to use thinner insulation than the steel studs?

Here in Brazil I can only find insulation that is about 35-40 mm thick. I intend to use it inside steel studs that are 70mm thick and I'm worried it might crumple or sag due to the extra space. What ...
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Pipe blocking drywall placement

I'm new here I'm redoing my 2nd floor Bathroom and this is my first major project. when the plumber redid the plumbing in the wall (coming from 3rd floor and joining waste from 2nd floor bath and ...
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Any suggestions for repairs of nasty cracks in my walls and the door?

I have 1 day to finish all those repairs before a new person moves in. Is there any way I could fix them fast and reliably? The first one is a hole in a dry wall and the last one is a door which is ...
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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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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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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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workaround for ground anchor settling in clay

We have a sun room built by a contractor for which building plans had to be approved by the city and a professional engineer. The room is about 12' x 12' and attached to the house. It sits on a ...
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How can I install drywall that has warped from improper storage?

I have 90 sheets of drywall that I stored for a couple of months against a wall. The warp is minimal but noticeable. I tried hanging a sheet on a wall. The nails pulled through in the middle where ...
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Drilling under a vent

I'm about to drill through dry wall to place in screws to hang a coat rack on. I noticed that there is a vent directly up on one of the places I have to drill on (picture shown and drill area marked w/...
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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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Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B