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What's the point of a thin (1/4" width) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs?

What's the point of a thin (1/4" width, ~2-3" wide) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs? I just took out a piece of drywall for some other work I'm doing, and between two studs, there's ...
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Can this sheetrock be repaired or does it need to be replaced?

Removed formica backsplash made a huge mess. Can it be repaired, and if so, how?
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How can I check for drywall behind wood panelling?

What's the best way for me to know whether there is drywall behind wood panelling walls? The wood panelling looks inexpensive, and it's in a big room (a converted garage).
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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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Is it OK to liquid nail drywall in a hard-to-reach corner?

I need to drywall around an 8" air spiral pipe coming out of a wall at a 45 deg angle and there is very little room on the side between it and the wall the pipe runs parallel to. So it is very very ...
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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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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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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?

My fiance and I are considering buying a fixer-upper house rather than an apartment when we get married. Obviously things like location, neighbors etc. are important, but; what should we be looking ...
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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 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 (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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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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How much drywall should I cut to re-route some wires?

I am just looking for advice on how much drywall to cut to move some wires. There's a wire in the ceiling that has incoming power, and a switched leg for the light in the entry way, and another ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 consistency should drywall mud be?

I've been reviewing various drywall videos and documentation but I haven't found clear details on what kind of thickness the joint compound should be. Is there a definitive answer for this? Or does ...
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How do I add fire protection to a common (shared) wall?

I own a condo, built in 1961. I've started remodeling and in tearing out my kitchen I discovered the wall between me and my neighbors is only that: a wall. No fire protection just drywall, regular ...
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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 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 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?
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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 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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How can I figure out what material my row home's interior and party walls are made out of?

I'd like to hang some shelving on the wall in my kitchen that separates my home from my neighbor's. How can I figure out what material this wall is made of? The home was built in 1950. The party wall ...
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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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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 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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What techniques are there to smooth out or remove textured (knockdown) drywall?

We have knockdown texture on the drywall in one of our bedrooms that we're turning into a nursery. We'll be repainting the walls and want like to apply some wall decals so we need to have a smooth ...
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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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How to integrate beams and venting with drywall?

I have air vents and an I-beam right when you walk into my basement. My family is tall so I am not looking to box it like I normally would. I am going to hit everything with white paint. Problem is ...
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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 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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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 ...