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Remodeling a pre-1920's home with planks on the interior walls

I own an older home in central PA; my guess it is pre-1920's and I was going to remodel the living room and insulate the walls and run new wiring. The walls are horse hair plaster; when I removed the ...
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How do I replace missing drywall strips after an asbestos abatement?

I'm getting ready for my first major DIY project (about a week away). Here's a summary: We confirmed the presence of Asbestos in our house heating vent insulation and acoustic ceilings. We're ...
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How do I prevent mold in drywall mud pail?

I just opened my pail of drywall mud and discovered mold on the sides. It has been a few months since I last opened it. This happened to me a few years ago. I tried using the mud anyway, but the bad ...
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How do I replace part of my bathroom ceiling?

I had a leak in the roof above my bathroom. I had a contractor investigate. He looked at the roof carefully, and he examined the ceiling with an infrared scanner while it was actually leaking. He ...
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Can I mix joint compounds with different setting times to get a custom setting time?

I'm currently skim coating some really bad looking walls and my 45 minute joint compound is setting too fast for me to get a nice finish. Can I mix the remainder of my 45 minute Joint Compound with ...
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What should I do after mistakenly using moldy paint on drywall?

I was painting my basement and used a six year old five gallon bucket of paint. It had about 4 gallons of paint in it. The surface was black, but it didn't smell bad. I thought it was the dye ...
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How should I insulate around pipe/cable holes in drywall?

Notice the gaps between the pipes and the drywall in the pictures above? These gaps appear in both the walls and the ceiling, and I feel like in at least one case, I've noticed a difference in air ...
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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 should I do about this possible mold I found under paint?

I live in Austin, Texas, which is important in that we don't receive much rain, and it's not very humid. I was peeling paint off of the old drywall, and found what appears to be mold on the bottom of ...
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Was my mold issue handled properly?

I hope we didn't screw this up. We're in a rental and there was mold (blackish/grayish spots but it didn't look fuzzy) on the bare sheetrock garage walls and near a dryer vented into the garage (fixed ...
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How bad is a leak-through?

I replaced a Fluidmaster in a toilet, and I suspect the fill valve was slightly loose because, after about 12 hours there was a small puddle in the bathroom and the ceiling below was damp. I turned ...
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How do I install drywall when the door is too close to a concrete wall?

I'm looking for suggestions to finish one of the walls in my basement. I've included the pictures of the wall below. As you can see the doors are right up against the wall on both sides. There's ...
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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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Hanging 73 lb frameless glass panels on drywall

I have to hang a bunch of glass panels on drywall. they have no frames. Each glass piece is 70"x33.5" and weighs 73lb. the thickness is about 1/4", 5/16". most need to get hung on drywall, a few of ...
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Does the type of sheet rock behind a glue up tub surround matter?

Since the drywall, green board, or cement board is covered completely why does it matter. The exposed area would be exposed regardless.
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Is it hazardous to leave a hole in the wall for a week or two?

Yesterday in a fit of manliness I accidentally punched a hole in the wall of my bedroom. I will eventually get some putty to fill in the hole but I'm concerned about the fibrous dust that may be in ...
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How can I fix a ceiling above the shower that was damaged by water?

Our pipe coming out of the wall was leaking a very fine stream of water. We haven't had time to fix it. I don't know what that bumpy stuff on the ceiling is called but it's all peeling off. I know the ...
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Running electrical cable within dry wall

First of all, I'm a beginner. Secondly, I've a renovation started in the basement (see picture here), so I need some help. So in the bedroom, there's actually a socket already present just as you ...
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How do I solve my problems with a paper faced outside corner bead coming loose?

I'm doing drywall work around where the outside corner of my tray ceiling vertical meets the regular ceiling. I bought paper-faced metal corner beads and spray adhesive thinking it would be quicker ...
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Is drywall replacement necessary where a bulkhead was removed?

Is drywall necessary when bulkheads are removed and new cabinets will cover the space made by the removal? Are there safety issues if the drywall is not replaced?
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Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?

I've tried finding a definitive answer but it's far more common for folks to have block walls in basements that need to be furred out, so the information deals primarily with that and I believe this ...
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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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When can spackle be used instead of mud?

My wife was reading this article, wherein drywall damage due to the removal of construction adhesive was fixed with spackle. I thought this kind of repair required joint compound ("mud") and not ...
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How do I paint over a textured ceiling without removing the texture?

A painter I had at one time painted the textured drywall mud ceiling (off white color) in a different part of the house. He had to change to a sprayer because he said the drywall texture was coming ...
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What's behind my plasterboard?

We've just moved house, and I've never had to deal with plasterboard before. I'm in the UK, and the house is about 10 years old. My understanding was that behind the plasterboard would be a gap ...
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Does resilient channel change the orientation that drywall is mounted?

I'm contemplating installing resilient channel and in the ceiling, my understanding is that drywall is hung perpendicular to the floor joists above. When resilient channel is installed, it runs ...
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What could be causing these cracks in the drywall?

I have quite a few cracks in my drywall. They run along the drywall seams. They don't seem to affect every drywall seam, just some of them. Some seams that don't have cracks have bubbling of the ...
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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 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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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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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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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 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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How should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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Drilled holes too wide for drywall anchors- how to fix?

I drilled holes for drywall anchors too wide - so now the anchor and the screw is loose. How do I fix this?
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Is it possible to move a vent from the floor to the wall without ducts?

my contractor needs to move the floor vent to the new closet wall. His plan is to simply partially close off the floor vent, then build the closet wall over the remaining portion, allowing the air to ...
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Options for covering an in-wall safe removal?

I recently removed an in-wall safe which fit neatly between two 16"-on-center studs. But now I'm left with a big hole in the wall where the safe once was. Since the hole is behind a closet door, I'd ...
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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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Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?

My bathroom walls were a mix of plaster and drywall with various layers of paint, primer, and skim coating. I attempted to skim coat the walls myself to prepare for priming and painting, but I wasn't ...
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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 should I prepare drywall for wallpaper?

If I am posting wallpaper, is it still necessary to apply joint compound? I though that corner could be cut because the surface won't be exposed especially if i cut all the beveled edges off and ...
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How can I pass cables vertically through walls that contain fire blocking?

How can one pass (speaker) cables through walls from the floor to the ceiling. I am assuming that drilling a small hole at the top, dropping the cable I want to pass through and catching it at the ...
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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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When building drywalls with suspended ceiling do I need wall height to actual ceiling?

I'm building classrooms in the large basement of our home; we're in Spain and have an English school we're expanding. Room to room sound insulation and resonance are the major concerns I have to ...
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Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?

My contractor is giving me the runaround. I really like the guy, but I feel like this is unacceptable. My new cabinets look off because of it. What should I do?
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Could this cracked drywall be caused by a shifting house?

We are in southern Illinois and last Sunday my wife noticed a crack above the kitchen cabinets. We started looking around and have found cracks all over the house in different areas that were not ...
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Do I need to cut into my drywall to install a switch?

I'm looking to put a light in outside my house. The light is going to be positioned directly behind the outlet I have pictured below where the wires are sticking out. I want the switch to control ...
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How do I cover up small holes in plaster ceiling?

I accidentally punched these on the ceiling while moving stuff around. They're around half a centimeter in diameter, and the ceiling seems to be plaster. How can I mask/cover these up the most ...
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Garage Fire Wall

I'm in the process of selling my home and the Home Inspector has said the follow: The fire rating is compromised due to missing drywall at the access opening to the area under the front entry (wood ...
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Tips for texturing ceilings?

I'm getting ready to texture ceilings for the first time using an air-compressor / hopper. I plan to practice first on some old sample sheets of drywall I have laying around but was also hoping to ...