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How can I remove plaster board/drywall rawl plugs?

I have used red head metal plaster board rawl plugs. The kind that flare out flat when you screw the bolt in. I now need to remove them. Is there a trick to remove them so I can reuse them or take ...
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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 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 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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Should I cover a skylight well from the inside?

I made the mistake of having a Velux skylight installed in my bedroom. The installation was done by pros, both inside and out, and it has never leaked through 2 hurricanes. The installation was done ...
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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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What's the best practice for non-90 degree corners on drywall / plasterboard?

I am putting up some drywall in my basement which has been tanked out. I'm using metal C-Stud to keep the plasterboard away from the walls. Am just about to board round the bay window and wanted some ...
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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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My kitchen has no real walls. Is this going to be a problem?

I recently redid my kitchen, which included removing the back splash and putting in new tile, but when I went to remove the old tile, I found that the tile is only attached to drywall. Knowing this ...
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How do I install a non-load bearing wall on a carpeted concrete floor and finished drywall ceiling?

I am looking to close off a stairwell with a new drywall wall. The area it will be installed is already finished with carpet stretched over the concrete floor and a popcorn drywall ceiling. What are ...
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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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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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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 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 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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Can you use a hopper gun to spray finishing plaster?

I'm intrigued by spray plastering. It seems that most people use machines like this, costing thousands, to spray finish plaster: ...
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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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Used circle cutter in wrong place in drywall, best repair method?

I'm mounting a TV and used a circle cutter attachment on my drill in the wrong location. I cut through 2 1/2" sheets of drywall and still have the discs of drywall. What is the best method 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 ...
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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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Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?

I pulled off some original paneling on two walls, hoping to find decent drywall underneath. There is unfinished drywall, but it's not 4x8 sheets. It's pieced together with as many as three sheets from ...
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Dry Wall Mud Rehydration

Can dried out drywall mud be rehydrated? I have a container of dried out drywall mud and I wondered if there is anything I can do to make it usable again.
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How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?

In my house, there are maybe three or four outlet boxes and switch boxes where there was damage done to the drywall surrounding the box at some point. There are no structural or electrical issues ...
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What to do with small patch of wallpaper in middle of wall?

I have a patch of wallpaper in the middle of a wall I am trying to paint. Its only about 18 inches tall and 6 inches wide. It doesn't seem to want to come off, I tried using a razor blade to take it ...
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Concerns about hanging a hundred plus mugs on dry wall

Newbie here! Among other things, I collect Starbucks mugs from my travels. I have over a hundred mugs and they have spent most of their life in boxes in the garage - until now! I was thinking of ...
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How can I build a table into an alcove?

I have this weird portion of a second bedroom where about 4 foot of it is 2 feet deeper than the rest of the wall. What I want to do is fix a butcher block in that space to use as a desk. What is ...
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How to screw the edge of a sheet of drywall where there is no stud directly behind it?

wall A old wall ________________ edge of frame new wall ________________| | | Wall B | I recently floated a ...
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Should I replace or patch a plaster ceiling?

My house is about 109 years old, excellent condition, other than cracking in the plaster ceilings. I've had one 3x3 section even fall out in my dining room. I want to replace the ceiling in the ...
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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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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 long does setting-type joint compound have to dry before priming?

I put the final skim coat of 90-minute hot mud on the walls this afternoon, how long should I wait before priming? I've seen everything from overnight to 3 days, and the manufacturer's website ...
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Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?

I've seem a lot of people telling that greenboard drywall SHOULD NOT be used in bathroom and wet areas. However, in Brazil (where drywall is kind of a novelty yet) the manufactures recommend ...
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How can I mount speakers that don't have mount adapters?

How can I mount a pair of speakers to my apartment walls? Specifically, how do I mount speakers that have no mounting points? They are from a turntable set from the 80's most likely before the ...
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What is the cheapest way to add texture to a wall

The previous home owners used a perforating tool to remove wallpaper, and just painted over all the holes and lines. I am in desperate need of some texture with no budget. I need to put a new baby ...
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Max gap size for effective drywall joint compound

I am getting ready to mesh tape and apply joint compound to my drywall patch but I am wondering if my replacement piece is not snug enough. After doing a bunch of adjustments and trying to cut for my ...
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Can I demo plaster walls but somehow keep the window casing?

My house was built in 1915. It has cracked (original?) plaster over lathe, poor insulation, leaded paint, and knob and tube wiring. To fix all of these things, I'm demo'ing the upstairs down to ...
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14ft Ceiling beam sagging 5/8" - what to do?

First some background: Our home is a 2 story detached. On the main floor it is entirely open concept, with a ~14' drywalled horizontal support beam separating the kitchen from the living room area. ...
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How much seam allowance should I have for drywall joints?

When hanging drywall, how much distance should I allow for seams? Do pieces fit flush against each other, or do I leave a gap? This is for USA construction, in case there is some code for such ...
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Can I hang a key hanger without attaching it to a stud?

I am trying to mount a key hanger on a wall, I drilled two holes in the dry wall, they went right through with little or no resistance, I'm guessing because there was no stud behind the wall. I stuck ...
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Can drywall with ripped paper be repaired?

I damaged some drywall when doing demo in a bathroom. Some of the paint peeled back and exposed the paper, which ripped off of the drywall. Can I do a thin coat and sand? please help, already ...
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Should I be concerned about my house settling?

I bought my home about a year ago (September 2011). It's a split-level ranch built in the mid-70s. I have a couple of spots, especially on a wall going perpindicular through the center of the house ...