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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 subtly?...
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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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Wall surface is too smooth after spackle

I had a hole in some drywall that I repaired with spackle paste. I sanded it down so it is level with the existing drywall. The problem now is that the spackle is smoother than the surrounding drywall....
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Seal crack between brick wall and drywall

I've had an extension done a year ago and the builder did a wonderful job, but now after the winter the drywall is pulling away from the brick wall and there is a slight crack. The brick wall has been ...
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Can I change the fire rating of 1/2 inch drywall?

I currently have 1/2 drywall on my wall sepating the garage, which is now an accesory apartment. The house was built in 1975. Code says it must be 5/8. It is not possible to take everthing down to ...
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How do I hang drywall where the wood is uneven?

I need to hang some drywall; my ceiling has a couple spots of uneven-ness. There's a few spots that are about 1/4" out of whack and another spot where joists+hanger are a little less than 1/2" down. ...
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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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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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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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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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Gluing small pieces of drywall

What is a good kind of glue to glue small pieces of drywall that are too big for mud patches but small enough that driving a screw through would crumble the drywall piece?
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Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts

This house is about 20 years old and we purchased it last April without seeing any of this stuff. The inspection came back OK but we found a decent sized foundation crack on the walkthrough under some ...
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how to remove these screws without taking a huge chunk of wall with them

I'm not sure what these screws are called so I'm not sure what to search for. On mobile having trouble tagging, so feel free to edit. Below are pictures of the screw in its deployed and non ...
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Applying drywall tape - to score or not to score?

I've recently been introduced to drywall repair methods that depend on substrates such as tape and metallic mesh. One technique I've seen for the mesh was to score (i.e., make a surface cut with a ...
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1“ S-Type Screws OK for hanging 5/8” Drywall on short wall in basement?

I recently had my basement framed/rocked/finished, and stupidly told the contractor to leave one small wall unfished. That decision came back to bite me as I now want to finish that wall... It's a ...
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Sand Texture Ceilings

What is the easiest and efficent way to smooth a sand textured ceiling? this house is a prebuilt house about 40 yrs old with ceilings 7 1/2' high.
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Is there a functional/performance difference between standard and self adhesive mesh drywall tape?

Its all in the title but I am preparing to do some drywall work and I plan to use a self adhesive mesh tape for the job as I have always had trouble getting standard tape to work (just don't do it ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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How should I wall mount a TV with one metal stud and a gap between the drywall and exterior block?

I am mounting a TV on a wall (see photos). There is a 7/8 inch gap between the drywall and the exterior, and a single metal vertical stud (Florida) as indicated. I want to center the TV, which is ...
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Covering attic baffles with plywood instead of drywall

I have these newly spray foam insulated baffles with 2x6" rafters, and I would like to cover them directly with plywood (for aesthetic reasons) rather than drywall. Is that an issue with fire ...
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Best way to hold interior wall insulation in place prior to drywalling

I'm insulating the interior walls in my house with rock wool insulation for sound proofing. I'm having drywallers come in to drywall everything in one fell swoop and the insulation needs to be in ...
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What type of drywall do I use around a zero clearance fireplace?

I have removed very old and very ugly ceramic tile from the wall around my zero clearance fireplace. What type of drywall should I use to repair what was torn down? It is a wood burning fireplace that ...
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what order should I be replacing floor and drywall in?

I'm replacing particle board panels with drywall (after adding some insulation) and removing the laminate floor and the carpet beneath with proper subfloor. I've got the acoustic tiles down from the ...
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Fix bad drywall mudding/paint

For my first-ever drywall mudding attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Mudded the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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Can I put plywood over the drywall on the common wall between my house and garage?

My garage is attached to the house. The wall that is common with the house is finished with drywall. Can I put plywood over the drywall?
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Where could the water leaching from the base of the drywall be coming from?

I am building a new home and have insulated the walls with 1" of foam and paper backed fiberglass insulation. After the contractor put up drywall he recommended plastering the ceilings and the walls ...
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How should I repair a new crack in the ceiling drywall?

Last night there was a huge, house-rattling windstorm. This morning, there's a new hairline crack in some ceiling drywall. What's the best way to repair it? Should I fill the crack with spackle first, ...
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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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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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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 properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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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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Any suggestions for repairs of nasty cracks in my walls and the door?

I have 1 day to finish all those repairs before a new person moves in. Is there any way I could fix them fast and reliably? The first one is a hole in a dry wall and the last one is a door which is ...
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What type of anchor is this and what is the max capacity ?

I want to mount an item that is pretty heavy on the wall but the studs don't align with where I would like to mount it. Here is a picture I the anchor I am using (using two of them): What type of ...
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What is the best way to tell a water stain on a drywall is wet

We had a leak in the roof a while ago that caused water stains on the wall. The leak should be fixed now, but we wanted to wait a bit before painting the wall until we are sure that there is no more ...
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Nylon “expansion” anchor in drywall

Here we have an anchor named "universal anchor", that is supposed to work in every kind of wall (concrete, hollow, drywall, etc). I've used it in concrete and it is very good, but I'm a bit worried ...