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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 ...
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Applying drywall tape - to score or not to score?

I've recently been introduced to drywall repair methods that depend on substrates such as tape and metallic mesh. One technique I've seen for the mesh was to score (i.e., make a surface cut with a ...
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Drywall clips to support partition wall points and ceiling edges

I am looking at these drywall clips made for supporting drywall edges that would normally require a piece of 2x lumber (nailer) to support the edges. I have a couple ideas on using blocking but it ...
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Is it okay for one curtain hanging bracket to be screwed into drywall with no anchors?

I'm trying to hang curtains from near the ceiling. I have 5 brackets. 4 of them have successfully been screwed into wood, at least with the top screw (the bottom screw was as a wall anchor into ...
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How to prevent half wall (drywall, steel studs) from wobbling

I want to make a half wall beside a staircase (on the edge of the upper floor). One end will be attached to a concrete column, but the other will be (so far) unsuported. Something like the picture ...
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Drywall Repair in Ceiling

My contractor replaced a section of a ceiling with a new section of drywall (about 2' x 3'), he then built a floor to ceiling closet which covered most of the repaired area. The entire section was ...
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1“ S-Type Screws OK for hanging 5/8” Drywall on short wall in basement?

I recently had my basement framed/rocked/finished, and stupidly told the contractor to leave one small wall unfished. That decision came back to bite me as I now want to finish that wall... It's a ...
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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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Can I hang over-the-door organizers from exposed drywall?

One of the walls in my laundry closet is open into the adjacent closet between the ceiling and the raw edge of the top of the drywall (about a foot gap). Is it safe to use over-the-door hooks to hang ...
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Ideas for 1" of ceiling/crown trim?

I'm drywalling around a window. The window has a 12" deep "frame", which I plan to drywall on the sides and the top, and then make a wooden sill on the bottom. The problem is that the top of the ...
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How close to the roof can I drywall in my garage?

I'd like to drywall the entire garage ceiling and I have a tall peak in the roof near the back where the garage roof meets the house roof. I'd love to keep the high ceiling, make some high shelves or ...
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Knee Wall Without Top Plate

I'm finishing our attic and I can't quite figure out the best approach. The house came with the attic already "framed" with a kneewall, but the studs are just just angled directly into the rafters ...
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2-3kg blinds into drywall/plasterboard

I want to mount my 120cm long blinds into the face of the wall above my 110(ish) cm PVC window recess, but I don't feel like standard plugs would be sufficient. There are three brackets, each held ...
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Sand Texture Ceilings

What is the easiest and efficent way to smooth a sand textured ceiling? this house is a prebuilt house about 40 yrs old with ceilings 7 1/2' high.
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Distance to leave between drilled holes in plaster

I've drilled 3 6mm holes in a wall, about 30cm away from each other. They were meant to be vertically aligned but the measurements were off and it's on about a 5-10 degree slant. Because of this I ...
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How to fix wall with paint and wallpaper?

I recently bought a house and was removing the TV mount from a wall. The wall shows signs that it's paint over wallpaper and the mount was stuck to the wall so I had to use a scrapper to get the mount ...
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matching part of drywall with fiberboard

In the basement, I've got little room behind a door, that would only facilitate something like fiberboard, but the rest of the room is using drywall. I also don't have the ability to add a backing ...