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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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Possible Electrical Short After Drywall Installation

I just finished tearing my office down to the studs, insulating, and then having drywall installed. The crew did the drywall install today. I have a light switch which is a dimmer that powers 4 "cans" ...
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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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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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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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When hanging two layers of drywall, can the first layer be hung with the facing to the studs?

I am hanging a double layer of 5/8" type-x drywall with Green Glue, a soundproofing compound, sandwiched in the middle. If I hang the first layer with the face facing outward like normal and then ...
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Under what circumstances is 5/8" drywall required?

From what I understand the code usually discusses things like fire rating (not specific thickness) as they relate to required material, and also the fastener pattern and what thickness to use versus ...
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Will drywall mud stick to shellac-based primer?

We are preparing to prime interior walls using a shellac-based primer, followed with a setting compound mud. Will the mud stick adequately to the shellac-based product or do we need to use another ...
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How can I hang my cupboard on a stud wall?

I have a storage cupboard in which I'd like to put some shelves. No problem with brick walls as normally I'd just have wooden battens on 3 sides, srewed directly into the wall with rawlplugs, then ...
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How to repair latex paint on drywall in bathroom?

Within the two years we've lived in our house, the paint in our master bathroom has gone from glossy white to cracked and peeling in several spots. In addition to this, staple-shaped rust spots are ...
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Can a new ceiling be build directly onto an old one

I would like to build a new ceiling on to an old slightly sagging and poorly finished ceiling (peeling paint and no joint plaster used). I see this way as more convenient and less messy than ripping ...
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How do I repair a wall after mild water damage?

Some water got in my wall near a window when it was raining (the window shade had previously put a nick on the window sill corner exposing the drywall). The water got in behind some of the paint and ...
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What are some tips/techniques for applying knockdown texture to drywall?

I'd like to get advice on applying knockdown texture and fixing my own mistakes in the process. The consistency I'm looking for is something similar to this: As per an eHow article, I think the ...
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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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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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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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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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Bathroom tile repair

I have a plumbing leak under the slab in between my bathrooms. Both the hallway bathroom and master bathrooms back each other. Both have tile all the way around the wall up to about 4 feet. I would ...
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Can I drywall over an exterior vent in a converted garage?

Our double-car garage had one car space previously converted into a study by a previous owner. It's a bit ugly, but a very useful space, so I'm going to make it nicer by putting up drywall ontop of ...
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How can I prepare a wall for reasonably heavy tiles in a shower area?

I'm renovating a bathroom in my apartment and would like to fit 12mm Travertine tiles in a bath/shower area. For most of the walls in this area I have used cement board (Hardibacker 500) attached ...
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How do I reduce the number of screw pops in my drywall?

Background: I'm gluing and screwing 5/8 in drywall on the ceiling in my own home. I'm attaching it with screws and construction adhesive directly to the attic joists -- which are 16 in OC. I'm ...
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How do I replace ceiling drywall over cabinets?

I recently had some water damage to my ceiling after a storm. For the most part, it's a simple cut out and replace procedure, but I'm stuck wondering what to do in the kitchen. There's about 1'x2' ...
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How can I mask water damaged ceiling drywall with faux painting?

My tub upstairs leaked a large portion of water directly above the middle of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling drywall doesn't have a hole in it, and the paint isn't bubbling. However after I fixed the ...
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Can I attach 2x4s to the studs in order to mount my TV?

I have a tv wall mount that can be installed into studs 16" apart. However id like to use it on a wall with studs 24" apart. I'm thinking of drilling 2x4's into the studs and then attaching the ...
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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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Do I install my green board before I install my shower pan?

I have had to take my old corner unit shower out and about to install a bigger shower. What I'm going back with is Cultured Marble. This will be the pan and the walls. I was told I needed to ...
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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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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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What type of sander could be used for both sanding spackle and doors?

So I have two diy projects somewhere in my queue: 1) I did a poor spackle job on a wall that appeared to be slightly raised between two sheets of drywall. I put the spackle on and sanded using a ...
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Good looking drywall, without mud and tape?

There are many things I like about drywall. It's easy to cut, moderately easy to hang (practice certainly helps), easy to paint, is relatively cheap, and a fire barrier to boot. I've probably missed a ...
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How does the drywall meet a direct-to-tub surround edge?

Does the drywall get placed over the lip or meet at the lip?
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How can I insulate my attic conversion, without pulling down the plasterboard?

I recently purchased a house, and it has an attic conversion. Once winter came along we found out that there is no insulation between the roof and the plasterboard. Does anyone know of a way I can ...