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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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When did fire-rated Type X drywall become code? [closed]

I have 1/2" drywall in my attached garage. There is living space above it so current code would say to use 5/8" Type X fire-rated drywall. My house was built in 1977 so I was wondering when the ...
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Difficulty/Cost to repair drywall from tv mount?

So I have wall mounted a very large TV and my wall currently has a 1 foot x 1 foot hole that I used to install an outlet for power, there are like 8 holes in the wall, and then a 6" x 6" hole toward ...
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Can I leave drywall floating in the corners of my basement ceiling?

I was planning on installing drywall on my basement ceiling and realized that I have nothing to screw the drywall on after the last joist. On one corner of the room there is 12 inches from the last ...
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How do I fix scratches from sanding drywall?

I've never sanded drywall/spackle before so I don't know what is acceptable or not. I'm remodeling my bathroom and have put down a few layers of spackle. Everything looks good and I just wanted to ...
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Electricians came in last week to drill and install pot lights.. are they in charge of plastering and making sure all is OK for painting? [closed]

So Electricans came in to install some pot lights. 8 per room. Some of the pot lights have cracks around the drywall where the hole was drilled. Some cracks they created while drilling the holes were ...
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Drywall installation on the ceiling without help

I bought a piece of drywall(48x26 inches) and ready to install it. Please see the images. The height of the ceiling is about 11.35 foot. I tried to hold it with my hand, but it is heavy. I can't ...
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How do I cut drywall on the ceiling accurately?

I want to cut the drywall on the ceiling accurately. The thing is that the drywall is thick and it is on the top. I have to stand on the ladder; one hand use utility knife and the other hand hold the ...
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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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What type of drywall tape should I use for a drywall to plaster patch?

What would be the best drywall tape for drywall to plaster patch? The patch is on a non-insulated garage ceiling, so there will be temperature swings from 0 to 100 probably through the year. I had ...
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How do I get invisible edges on my spackle jobs?

I have a basement that I am looking to eventually paint. The basement has spackle in various places on the walls, in many cases, way too much spackle appears to be applied, in a rather messy way, ...
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Is there an easier way to remove a double layer of drywall on the ceiling?

I'm pulling down the ceiling and am having difficulty pulling down the drywall because it is 2 layers thick. I'm using a hammer and a wrecking bar but it is going a lot more slowly than I'd hoped. Is ...
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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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What's the best way to hang this large picture on insulated plasterboard?

I would like to hang this fairly large framed picture on my living room wall. The frame measures 167x75cm, and weighs roughly 8.5kg. Both top and bottom of the frame had snapped previously (while ...
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How to fix a towel bar drywall anchor getting loose?

I have a towel bar which isn't anymore firmly attached to the dry wall as it should. You can see what the situation looks like in the picture below. This was most likely due to the screw not being ...
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Should I hang drywall up to the ceiling (using steel studs)?

If my studs are 3 meter high, will I have any problems if I hang drywall up to 2.4 meters, leaving 0.6 meter of stud showing? Or should the drywall cover all the studs? PS: I'm using steel studs.
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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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How do I tape new drywall that is butted up against a textured wall?

I'm replacing the bottom 12" of Sheetrock after water damage. The existing drywall is textured. How do I tape it? Do I have to sand off texture for 6" and then tape it and texture?
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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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I'm looking for a drywall finish that will hold a magnet

I want to modify a wall so that small magnets will stick, and even hold a small dead weight. I would prefer that the magnetic area not look all that different from the rest of the wall, I don't want ...
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How to tell if wall got waterdamage?

I had a dishwasher flood, due to plumber putting it in wrong. I had the hard wood floor replaced, the cabinets have mold on bottom of it, and the sides that I can see are bubbled up to about half way ...
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What tool should I use to cut through a wall to get to my attic?

I have a very small attic space above my bathroom, and there is no access to this space. The tube that goes from the exhaust fan to the roof is not attached, and I would like to attach it to get ...
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What do I need to replace after water damage during construction of a new home?

While setting our new T style modular ranch style home we had a large amount of rain come before they had the sections set and now have water laying in some sections of drywall in almost every room. I ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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What are the benefits of purple drywall?

I am about to drywall a basement. Go purple? Can purple be used around showers? Are there any additional costs or install problems with the purple drywall? Does it require any extra steps? Why ...
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Small stud wall to sloping ceiling under stairs

We have an under-stairs toilet that we are replacing. The toilet was quite old, so the drain was 20cm from the wall. Apparently newer toilets require the drain to be pretty much flush with the wall, ...
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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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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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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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How to secure bookcase to drywall right over concrete without drilling concrete?

I got some tall bookcases and want to set them up against a wall in a condo. The wall is shared with my neighbor and as such it seems to be a half inch drywall right over a concrete wall, so I don't ...
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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 do I use a Stanley IntelliSensor to locate the joists/crosspieces in my ceiling?

Six months ago I posted a question about fixing a circular light fitting to my plasterboard ceiling and thank you to bib for a really detailed answer. Returning to the problem I have borrowed the ...
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What should I use to wash the walls in my kitchen prior to repainting them?

I am repainting the walls in my kitchen. I am sure grease has accumulated. The instructions say to "wash the walls", but do not say what with. Should I use vinegar, Clorox, Tide, ...?
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How do I stop mold growth on greenboard behind my shower wall?

We have greenboard behind our shower wall. There are signs of mold growth on it. Can it be cleaned up with a bleach solution and then painted with RedGard?
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Will greenboard retard mold growth?

I have had problems with mold in my kitchen behind the sink cabinet a couple of times. I have gutted the sink cabinet, the drywall behind it and the lazy susan area, leaving the countertop in place. ...
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Should I use a vapor barrier when repairing a portion of the wall?

I'm replacing sheetrock 2.5' up from subfloor in remedy to mold issue. Does it make sense/provide benefit to put up a vapor barrier for this portion of the wall? The sheetrock that remains is ...
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Mold on drywall. Should I clean-up or replace?

Apartment next door got flooded and some water sipped underneath the wall. The floor buckled and had to be replaced. After removing floor trim I discovered some mold under the baseboard. I cut out a ...
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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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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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How do I smooth out where painted wallpaper meets wall?

When I bought my current house wallpaper was everywhere. And I noticed soon after that the painted kitchen was a painted kitchen without removing the top border - comes down maybe 10 inches. You can ...
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Does 2008-era drywall contain asbestos?

I changed the brake pads on my motorcycle today and I read in the manual that you have to be careful when cleaning them with compressed air because asbestos fibers might get into your lungs and cause ...