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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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How to prevent outdoor wall touching concrete fom getting moisture issues?

In my house the drywall is contact with the concrete. This is putting lot of moisture in the drywall and eventually it will start to rot. What is the best solution in this case to isolate the wall ...
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Can i leave existing drywall alone when adding two small walls to a finished basement?

I am building two small walls in a finished basement to create a enclosed landing at the bottom of the stairs. The new walls will meet at 90 degrees, both will be coming off studs in the existing ...
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Make new walls match thickness of old walls

I'm working in a 1952 house and the studs used then are apparently 3 5/8" thick instead of the studs today at 3 1/2". I know it's really close so I'm wondering if I fill in door ways along a wall to ...
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What should I do about this unfinished corner?

I've got this bit next to my back door that looks like it was never properly finished. There doesn't seem to be any structural issue, so I'd feel comfortable fixing it myself. Trouble is, I have no ...
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How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?

I'm evaluating options for sound-proofing drywall, and am considering sound-dampening clips such as Genie Clips. In this approach the drywall isn't directly mounted to the wall studs. How would I ...
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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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What is the maximum weight loading from a drywall screw stud? [duplicate]

what sort of weight can I hang off a drywall screw stud?
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How to adhere drywall to cinder block

I have just purchased a home which I will be renovating prior to moving in. The house was built in 1950 and has cinder block ex/interior walls. I have an area going into the hallway which attaches to ...
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Am I going to die of Cancer from Asbestos if not handled correct? What more should I do? [closed]

So I have scrapped down old pop corn ceiling and removed staple on tile on drywall attached to plaster, that can be only lord knows how old. I didn't hang any barriers up as we are planning to do ...
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Replacing drywall above boiler… to Code? Inspection?

I own a mid-1800's house in New England, with a fieldstone foundation and dirt floor basement. I now have a mold problem in the basement. There is lone sheet of drywall above the boiler & water ...
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Drywall over plaster with furring strips

So I just removed staple on ceiling tiles from my curling to find they were done on top of plaster, my questions are: 1) is there any fear in any case of the drywall adding to much weight to the ...
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What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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Termite damage? Coming through drywall

Please see the pictures. Single small hole in the drywall. The debris is from one day. Is this a termite exit hole? We live in Sacramento - Central California. I can't find any other signs. The ...
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Can a condo interior room walls have steel studs that are paper thin?

I'm a bit puzzled about what's behind the drywall in my high rise condo built 3 years back. When drilling into an interior room wall supposedly where a stud should be(found by a stud detector and yes ...
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How to (portably) mount warped plywood artwork on apartment drywall?

I have a 4' x 4' piece of plywood artwork (acrylic painting) that has become warped. It used to be mounted to drywall using velcro strips, but now the outward force of the warp is strong enough that ...
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Is tile primer suitable for plastering in bathroom?

I've plasterboarded using moisture resistant board and plan to title round the bath using Tile Adhesive Primer first. I was wondering whether this primer is also suitable for plastering the opposite ...
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Painting on drywall that has been stripped of wallpaper?

We stripped wallpaper off our bathroom wall and found that the builder did not size up the wall first, he papered directly onto the drywall. We have sanded the drywall best we could to try to smooth ...
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Shellac, Texture, and Smoke Damage

We have a 4-plex that started on fire. The sheetrock in a couple of units was saved. To lock in the smoke odor, we were told we need to use a shellac primer. However, we would like to texture the ...
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Why use drywall tape when you can just mud over the crack? [duplicate]

Got a semi-small drywall project with several "joints" and just wondering what would happen if I didnt use the tape? (corners and "butt-joints")
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How can I hang ceramic art on drywall?

Artist recommends using 4" dry wall screws inserted at an angle to hang his art. This does not look sturdy. Any ideas ? The art is a large ceramic tic tac where 2" of the screw is inserted in one ...
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How to fix over-tightened metal drywall anchor?

I was installing a metal drywall anchor for the first time, and accidentally over tightened it. Now it isn't tight on the wall, and is unusable. I can not remove the screw from the wall, and am ...
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What is the easiest way to install 4“ recessed lights in 6” holes?

I purchased some nice-looking 4" recessed LED fixtures to replace my existing fixtures that use incandescent bulbs. I've now discovered that my current recessed lights are of the 6" variety. I like ...
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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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How can I repair this damage to the walls in my garage?

The walls in my garage look terrible, they are ripped at the bottom all around the entire garage. I have no idea what caused this. What's the best way to fix something like this? I've also got foam ...
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What to do first: prime walls or install baseboard? [closed]

I have a brand new wall, taped and sanded smooth, ready to paint. What should I do next, prime it first and then nail the baseboard? Or the baseboard first, then prime? I noticed that professionals ...
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What is the best way to cut receptacle holes when hanging drywall?

I will be installing drywall in a 10x10 room this weekend, walls only. I'm planning to use the longer sheets so there is only a single horizontal seam on each wall and install the top sheet first, ...
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How do I deal with glued-on drywall?

I'm in the process of gutting a bedroom. I had to remove a pocket door, move the light switch, add a couple of receptacles, and deal with some rot/mold/insects on the exterior wall. I found that ...
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How can I tell if this is wood or drywall?

I am trying to mount speakers on the topmost part as you can see here: Basically I am mounting it on that thin vertical area that you can see. Is this part wood or drywall? From tapping it, it ...
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How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?

I have coaxial cables that are poking out of walls in numerous places all over the house. I don't use them and I don't know why there's so many coming out of each hole. These were left by the previous ...
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How can I smooth out a poor drywall repair?

I am a new 1st time home owner. The house I purchased is an older home, and has had some "renovations". The people who were there before me 'remodeled' the kitchen by taking out a wall that had ...
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How to make paint stick to a stud screw?

Around my house, I have a places on my walls where the paint has fallen off of stud screws. They are not popped screws. Rather, they are still depressed into the wall, so I don't know how why this ...
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Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?

Below is a rough diagram of the interior wall I'd like to build. The wall is in green, and the rooms are in white. The grey offset around the edges of the walls represents 3/8" drywall. My question ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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Will a ledge of drywall get deformed with time?

I'm planning to install new lights in our living room. There's an existing support beam that I'd like to use as base for a drywall ledge where I could install my spots. A side view of the idea looks ...
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How do I find the switch plates behind the plasterboard walls?

We were having a house built and the builders have gone bankrupt so we have been left to finish everything off ourselves. The plasterboard walls have been put in and the wires are behind the walls for ...
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How should I fix this drywall hole for my bathroom paper towel holder?

The bathroom paper towel holder is loose and can't be hold anymore. It was anchored on the drywall I believe. This is caused by the hole was broken. Please see the images. Do I need to buy a ...
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Is tape applied to drywall right after mud is applied or after it has dried?

I patched some foot square holes in the wall and would like to know when paper tape is applied: right after mud is applied after it has dried and is sanded with drywall patching.
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How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?

I have an odd space above the mantle that my wife hates, and we tried covering it up with our TV, but I'm not very confident that the mantle is strong enough to hold the TV. I would like to do ...
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How awful is it to have asbestos in the drywall?

I am in the process of buying a ranch-style house constructed in 1972 and my online research just made me aware of the possibility that the entire house's drywall contains asbestos. If I have it ...
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When did fire-rated Type X drywall become code? [closed]

I have 1/2" drywall in my attached garage. There is living space above it so current code would say to use 5/8" Type X fire-rated drywall. My house was built in 1977 so I was wondering when the ...
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What are the resilient channel support specifications?

The local suppliers don't seem to have specification sheets for the resilient channel they sell. Only info is "Steel Resilient Channel 1/2 x 12' 25 gauge". Can it support ceiling drywall on 24 ...
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Difficulty/Cost to repair drywall from tv mount?

So I have wall mounted a very large TV and my wall currently has a 1 foot x 1 foot hole that I used to install an outlet for power, there are like 8 holes in the wall, and then a 6" x 6" hole toward ...
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Can I leave drywall floating in the corners of my basement ceiling?

I was planning on installing drywall on my basement ceiling and realized that I have nothing to screw the drywall on after the last joist. On one corner of the room there is 12 inches from the last ...
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How do I fix scratches from sanding drywall?

I've never sanded drywall/spackle before so I don't know what is acceptable or not. I'm remodeling my bathroom and have put down a few layers of spackle. Everything looks good and I just wanted to ...
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Can I use a paint+primer to fix a bad paint job?

We didn't prime walls the first time after putting up drywall and we painted it. We put two coats on it already and can still see drywall patches. Can we use paint with primer to fix this using same ...
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Electricians came in last week to drill and install pot lights.. are they in charge of plastering and making sure all is OK for painting? [closed]

So Electricans came in to install some pot lights. 8 per room. Some of the pot lights have cracks around the drywall where the hole was drilled. Some cracks they created while drilling the holes were ...
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Drywall installation on the ceiling without help

I bought a piece of drywall(48x26 inches) and ready to install it. Please see the images. The height of the ceiling is about 11.35 foot. I tried to hold it with my hand, but it is heavy. I can't ...
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How do I cut drywall on the ceiling accurately?

I want to cut the drywall on the ceiling accurately. The thing is that the drywall is thick and it is on the top. I have to stand on the ladder; one hand use utility knife and the other hand hold the ...
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How to repair garage ceiling?

The attic of my house is unfinished. My son accidentally fell to the filing and caused the garage ceiling broken. Please see the images. Can you advise me how to repair this?