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What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?

We had a repipe job done on our home 5 years ago. I was stupid and did not research the company before they destroyed drywall throughout the house. After the pipes were replaced they informed me ...
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Remove a screw with a broken head

Used an impact driver to screw into a (pre-drilled) stud. The head of the cheap screw broke off, just about flush with the drywall. How do I remove this screw?
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How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

The home I bought has exterior walls made of ICF (insulated concrete form). I don't know the brand or type, I just know that somehow the builders attached the drywall to the styrofoam/concrete. I'm ...
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How can I tidy up a hole in drywall that has pipes coming through it?

We recently bought our first house and have discovered that the previous owners replaced a radiator with a heated towel rail that's plumbed into the house's central heating system. The issue is that a ...
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Can I repair a plaster ceiling with drywall?

I had a leak from my upstairs bathroom that came into my kitchen. The repairs for the leak can be done through the kitchen ceiling where the damage is. My ceiling is plaster that has been ...
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How do I fix a hole/gap between my shower tile and the dry wall next to it?

The dry wall immediately next to my shower tiles was damaged by being exposed to too much water over time. I let the wall dry out then removed the damaged section of drywall by pulling it out with my ...
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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 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 can I get a reasonable plaster finish in an awkward recess?

I am plastering my basement, having drywalled it. It's mostly done, but there is an awkward recess around the gas meter that I still need to do: Would just leave the plasterboard exposed and paint ...
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How can I hang small weights from a drywall ceiling in a way that's minimally destructive?

I need to hang some plants (small, a few pounds max) from the ceiling but I don't want to go the usual toggle bolt or the drywall anchor route. These create holes that are too large for the kind of ...
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How can I prevent mold on the wall/particle board behind the kitchen sink?

Behind the kitchen sink I noticed this deteriorating situation happening so I took it apart until I found no more mold and then washed with bleach (1 tbsp to 1 gallon) and let it dry good. It's all ...
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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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Dry wall and the damp course

My plan is to dry wall my garage. I've checked and the walls have cavities, So as I understand it, damp should not be a problem, however I have noticed that the floor is below the damp course. My ...
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Are these foundation issues significant?

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. It is 8 years old. We have found one that we like, but I am a little hesitant about going through for two reasons. The foundation ...
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What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?

We have begun a bathroom remodel project. All the studs were exposed by removing plaster, wood lath and old plastic tile. We began attempting to install the ceiling drywall first. We were able to ...
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Why is the drywall in my garage sagging?

The drywall on my garage ceiling is sagging badly. Is this because it's too thin (I think it's 1/2" and I guess it's supposed to be 5/8") or is it because of humidity or something else? If I ...
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How do I cover large gaps in drywall?

We've just completed our first drywall project and the outcome wasn't so great in places. There are a couple spots in particular that have 1/2-1/4" gaps. I was wondering, is there a nifty way to ...
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What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but it doesn't seem immediately obvious how a thin strip of paper tape actually helps the mudding process in drywall installation except for perhaps reducing the ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?

I purchased some purple drywall (mold and moisture resistant)for installing in a finished basement bedroom. One wall is an exterior wall. Do I need to install a vapor barrier between the drywall and ...
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Does bare drywall need to be primed before painting?

Is it necessary to prime bare drywall before painting? And do we need to prime existing textured, painted walls before we mud over them?
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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Is there a way to get an oil stain off painted drywall?

Somehow oil or something got splashed on the painted drywall and now there are two stains present. I was wondering what tips people have to attempt to remove the stain, or is the simple solution just ...
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Which stud should I mount to if they are different widths?

I'm trying to mount a pull up bar to the studs behind my drywall. The studs are 16" apart, but seem to be of different widths. Specifically, I see a 3.5" stud, 3.5", 2", 2", 3.5". Are these just 2x4s ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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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 can I pull/push a PVC pipe closer to the wall?

I live in an apartment building, and recently I had to uncover some pipes which were covered with dry wall. I want to replace the dry wall, however one of the pipes (120mm diameter - for rain water ...
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How to determine what caused this crack on the wall?

All of a sudden this morning I saw about a 14 foot crack on a wall facing the outside (no neighbours) and I'm freaking out. I'm sure I would have noticed it before. The fact that it probably appeared ...
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What's the best way/tool to cut a strip of drywall out of my window boxes?

I'm installing nice new vinyl windows, and in order to maximize the glass area, I've ordered new construction windows to avoid having to set them in the existing window boxes and live with the frames ...
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Can you “extend” a drywall stud?

I installed shelves in a closet with unevenly spaced studs. The shelves are mounted to the studs and they are level and secure. The shelve mounts can support a clothes hanging bar. The bar has holes ...
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How to fix a large hole in drywall

My girlfriend knocked a chair over when she tripped and it made a large hole approximately 6 inches by 6 inches in a triangle shape. How do I fix this as fast and as cheap as possible ?
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How do i hang shelving on drywall over concrete [duplicate]

i do know that there is concrete behind the drywall because it is a fire wall. I cannot drill into it for obvious reasons not to mention, the owner wont allow it. Any ides? thanks. Lewis
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What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back and one without?

What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back flange and one with a flat back?
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Frame wall with steel post at corner

How do I frame this corner? There are already two walls up (the one on the left that will become a closet), but that the corner where they meet is a steel post. Obviously I can't move that, and I ...
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Yellow stains on plaster wall patches

I live in an old 1910s house and it turns out my walls aren't drywall. It is constructed of rock or some type of masonry. Over it, there was really, really old wallpaper, which is, over this, covered ...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall

This was my first attempt at mudding drywall, and I thought it was smooth and flush to the wall; however, after painting the wall I did notice that the edges of the mudded seams were completely ...
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Installing/fixing ceiling drywall when trusses are uneven?

My house is an "L" shape where the short leg of the "L" is the garage. Above the garage ceiling, the trusses transition from one orientation 90 degrees to another orientation. The different ...
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How can I install a curtain rod on a drywall?

Originally I though this would be an easy process, however where I used to live all the houses are pure concrete, therefore something like this used to be relatively simple. My question is how can I ...
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Patching drywall between two corners

I have an existing floor-to-ceiling narrow deep closet (11" wide opening, straight in). I want to cover the bottom 5" with drywall, so it'll eventually look like this: Where the lavender piece ...
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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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Wall frame weirdness during renovations

so I am renovating my garage and noticed something in 2 spots along the frame when ripping down the drywall. Here is a photo: The walls of the garage have stood for many many years without major ...
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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 do I know if I will drill into a hole in a wall that was already made?

I drilled 2 large holes for mounting a flat screen in the bedroom. One hole is in a wood stud and the other is a metal stud. I will be renting out our apartment and will be taking the TV down and ...
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How to salvage this ruined wall so it can hold paint?

We have a big wall plastered with clay. It was originally brown, and we wanted to paint it white or a light pink, using lime paint. Lime paint is said to be an ideal match for clay plaster, and has ...
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Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
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How to repair a giant hole in plaster over drywall (maybe ?)

I just purchased a home in the US built in 1965 and when we removed a piece of plywood we were told covered up the access to the pipes we actually found a huge (32 in x 48 in) hole in the wall. I'm ...
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Can a natural stone wall be made waterproof without defacing it?

I have a cottage with a natural stone wall in an arid climate that sees rain only in the winter. The wall is really nice to look at: The stones were collected from the area, and attached to the ...
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How can I finish a hole in the wall?

Considering a home theater "upgrade" for the house. When I was thinking about placement for the projector, I realized that the back wall of my living room is actually the wall to the Kitchen Pantry. ...
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Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster

I'm in the process of re-doing my kitchen. One of the issues I have to deal with is that the original construction is double brick, furred out with 1 inch strips, then plaster over gypsum. This ...
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How to make wall anchors hold

I am putting up some shelving today. Unfortunately, the wall anchors don't seem to be taking. I used some plastic ones which didn't work as I was able to pull them out of the wall about half an inch. ...