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How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
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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 mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
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How can I refinish an interior chimney pipe to make it appear rounded?

Right now my interior chimney pipe is hidden behind a wall and I want to remove that wall and expose the pipe, but the pipe itself is not so pretty. My fireplace is a wood fireplace with a double ...
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Why is my (white) painted plaster going brown on the borders of the underlying plasterboard?

We've recently had our spare bedroom ceiling plastered, and there was a loosish bit of plasterboard that was secured by the plasterer before skimming the entire ceiling. After painting it I observed ...
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What are the pros and cons of rolled-on wall/ceiling texture paint?

I just recently learned that some wall/ceiling textures can be applied with a paint-roller and special texture "paint". Here are a couple examples from Home Depot: I was hoping to get more ...
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Can I hang a bathroom shelf with command strips or something similar?

I'm currently living in an apartment that doesn't allow me to put anything larger than a finishing nail sized hole in the wall. I have a small bathroom shelf that I would like to put up that consists ...
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Second layer of drywall on textured ceiling: Do I need to sand down or remove the texture before second layer goes on?

I have a textured ceiling similar to this: Some of the texture peaks at 1/8", but it mostly peaks at 1/16". I am going to be applying a second layer of drywall with Green Glue in between and I ...
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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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What is the weight capacity of your typical 2 1/2“ drywall screw when driven 1 1/2” into a stud?

Update 11/3/2012: In spite of being informed by multiple sources (here on SE, a guy at the Genie Clip Canada office, someone at the SE physics site, and even my own personal test) that I should be ...
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What's the best material to patch gaps between moulding and the wall?

I am installing new moulding (aka baseboards, woodwork, etc). A few of the walls sort of dip inward, so a gap is left in between the moulding and drywall. What's a good material for patching this ...
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What should I do about a gap between hardwood and drywall?

First-time home-owner - house less than 1 year old. We had our home built last December, and have been discovering all sorts of problems with it. The latest was a trail of ants within our kitchen ...
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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 do I get invisible edges on my spackle jobs?

I have a basement that I am looking to eventually paint. The basement has spackle in various places on the walls, in many cases, way too much spackle appears to be applied, in a rather messy way, ...
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What's the best way to hang this large picture on insulated plasterboard?

I would like to hang this fairly large framed picture on my living room wall. The frame measures 167x75cm, and weighs roughly 8.5kg. Both top and bottom of the frame had snapped previously (while ...
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Is this a good drywall hole cutter?

Has anyone used this: Stanley Drywall Hole Cutter There are no reviews for it and I can't seem to find any on the web. I like the fact that it has two saws, though since I've never used a cutter ...
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can i paint my bathtub wall?

One of our bath walls is green Sheetrock with a white semi gloss paint finish. As you can see on the pictures attached, the paint has started to bubble and strip. What can we do now? shall/can ...
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
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How to fit clothing rails into plasterboard to hold adequate weight?

I am converting hallway storage into a wardrobe. The dimensions are h 234cm W 132cm D 45cm I would like to put up two rails for clothing and some shelving for loose items My question is how would ...
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What advice would you offer somebody who is building a laundry chute for the first time?

I'm looking to build a laundry chute from our bedroom closet to the laundry room below. The positioning is such that the wall of our closet is shared with a storage closet in the loft above our ...
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How to fix numerous holes in drywall?

I bought a property for relatively cheep, the one bedroom has about 8 holes or so ranging from about 2-3 inches and others 4-8 inches most of which are in a 4 foot square area. I don't know the exact ...
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What thickness drywall do I need for 24" OC wall studs in a detached garage?

I am currently finishing an older 3-car detached garage. Both the wall studs and the ceiling trusses have 24" OC spacing. I know that for the ceiling, I'll need to use 5/8" thick drywall, due to the ...
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How should I repair drywall where heating registers used to be?

We recently had an asbestos abatement crew remove heating ducts in our house that had asbestos-lined duct insulation. Part of the process required them to remove the duct registers in the wall as ...
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Can my drywall act as an air barrier?

I am preparing to improve a building in a cold climate zone. Since it does not seem to be properly insulated, I am reading a book about insulating and weatherizing. That teaches me that I should ...
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How should I insulate the walls and ceilings of this 1920's semi-detached brick house?

I'm renovating a 1920's semi-detached house. The plaster on the walls was slapped straight on the wall about an inch thick, and the ceilings were lath and plaster which had been overboarded. Most of ...
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How do I keep drywall around a patch from crumbling?

While patching my kitchen ceiling, I cut the hole larger to get to the joists and install my drywall "normally". On one of my edges the old drywall keeps crumbling away. My plan is to make the hole ...
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What wall material should be used behind the Kerdi system in a tub/shower?

I know from my previous question that in most cases a cement board of some kind needs to be used. However, when the Kerdi membrane system is being used behind the tile, is it still necessary to use a ...
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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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What is the purpose of a vapor barrier?

I live in southern Brazil and I don't really know if I need a vapor barrier, mainly because I'm still confused about its purpose. The house in question have brick exterior walls and interior drywall. ...
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How do I mount the new work electrical boxes with the nail-in flange?

I have to install several electrical boxes for outlets, switches, and fixtures before installing some drywall. The boxes I have look like this: The distance between the front of the mounting ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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How can I remove soap and toothbrush holders?

What is the safest and least damaging way to remove existing soap and toothbrush holders from drywall? We would like to remove these holders because we do not use them. It seems the previous owner ...
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Which drywall screws to choose

1 1/4", 1 5/8", 2 1/2", bugle head, trim head, drill point, sharp point, coarse thread, fine thread... With so many different kinds of drywall screws available, how is anybody to know which type and ...
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How do I repair a canned light that's falling down?

I apologize if the term is not "can light", but I don't know what these types of lights are called. Anyhow, the "can" of one of our lights has fallen out from the drywall ceiling (just a bit), and ...
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Is there an easier way to remove a double layer of drywall on the ceiling?

I'm pulling down the ceiling and am having difficulty pulling down the drywall because it is 2 layers thick. I'm using a hammer and a wrecking bar but it is going a lot more slowly than I'd hoped. Is ...
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How should I repair drywall seams that have developed cracks?

The second floor of the house was built 17 years ago. Every seam has fiber tape, and every seam on the ceiling and wall cracked. It's only the second floor that's cracking. Can I just Spackle the ...
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How do I seal a leaky roof and repair the minor ceiling damage it caused?

We recently had some very heavy rains and during the worst of it we had some leaks. When I noticed the problem, I went into my attic and found out that the leak was coming from around a vent in the ...
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How do I locate studs in my wall?

First, I'm not the handiest of men, but can usually figure this sort of thing out. I just moved into an apartment in Manhattan and we're wanting to mount shelves, desks, and televisions to the wall to ...
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What is the code approved way to cut and patch fire rated drywall hung on the ceiling of a basement?

My new house is still under construction, and for code reasons the builder is required to hang fire rated drywall on the ceiling of the basement. I am sure the situation will arise eventually where I ...
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What is the best way to drywall a basement staircase?

We're going to be finishing our basement and one issue I have is how we will drywall the staircase. Unfortunately the stairs are right against the concrete wall. Should I simply put furring strips ...
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How do I tape new drywall that is butted up against a textured wall?

I'm replacing the bottom 12" of Sheetrock after water damage. The existing drywall is textured. How do I tape it? Do I have to sand off texture for 6" and then tape it and texture?
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What should I use to wash the walls in my kitchen prior to repainting them?

I am repainting the walls in my kitchen. I am sure grease has accumulated. The instructions say to "wash the walls", but do not say what with. Should I use vinegar, Clorox, Tide, ...?
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How can I paint over an existing paint design without making it permanent?

We have a baby on the way. We are currently designing the nursery. The room currently has a diamond-shaped pattern that we'd like to keep, since it is unique and cool looking, plus it came that way ...
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How do I install a glass tile backsplash on 1/2" drywall?

I am currently building a house and am at the point where the builder has just finished the drywall and is ready for the kitchen cabinets and countertops to be installed. There will be no backsplash ...
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What are the structural and health issues for a long-time slow-leaking toilet?

I recently discovered a very slow toilet leak (only when flushing), which has dampened the bathroom floor, and dripped onto the basement ceiling, where there is now a pretty mold spot. A restoration ...
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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 much movement is normal after mounting a TV on partition wall?

I have a wall that's made of plasterboards mounted on metal studs. I have mounted two DVD cabinets (each 22kg) and an LCD TV (40kg). To mount all this, I installed 6mm thick MDF panels across 5 of ...
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How well do metal inside corner beads work?

I'm currently doing some drywalling in my basement, and the biggest PITA for me is always finishing the inside corners. Recently I saw at Home Depot they have these metal inside corner bead pieces. ...
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What quick and dirty tool/method should I use for cutting scrap drywall?

I have a pile of drywall scrap that's been sitting in my garage for a few years after a remodel, "just in case". My buddy came up with the idea of turning it into "karate boards" for our kids to ...
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Is it possible to anchor a cabinet to a wall without damaging it?

I have purchased an approx 2m high by 35cm deep dispay cabinet seated on a carpet floor. This is not fully stable (the cabinet rocks a bit when you exert force on the doors to open them), and it was ...