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Is there a non-popcorn non mess ceiling cover?

I have a house built in the 60s. Bought it 10 years ago and finished doing most of the updates - it hadn't been touched at all since being built. However there is one thing left. Ceilings. I ...
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Fixing a curtain rail to dry wall

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to DIY, so I'm after some advice... I've recently bought a curtain rail for my living room, and I need to fix it to the wall. However, the wall is not brick -- it ...
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

First of all, I'm new to all this. I recently applied mud to the corners and did some texturing in my basement. Two days later I notice there are cracks in some places. Why is this happening and what ...
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How does wood paneling compare to drywall?

what does wood paneling do better or worse than drywall? For example cost ease of installation ease of modification maintenance longevity fire resistance noise insulation heat insulation etc.
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

I'm currently in the process of restoring my 1906 home's bathroom. At some point in the last 10-15 years the bathroom was given a cheap remodel. New plumbing and outlets were run and drywall was hung ...
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I would like to view answers and answer questions [migrated]

I would like to view answers (and answer) questions. I have years of experience in construction and HVAC, but little experience with computers. How can I get a few reputation points to do above?
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Hole for the receptacle is too big

The holes for some of the receptacles in my house are a bit too big: So when I screw them to the box they are wobbling. Any easy way to fix it?
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Primer on drywall for one year without paint

I just bought a condo that is one year old. There's primer on the wall without paint for one year. Should I do some light sanding and then paint it? Or should I just clean and wipe down dust on the ...
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When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?

This may be a bit of a subjective question, but I was just thinking about it. I've seen many electrical boxes that are full of drywall compound, often to the point of having to dig the wires out of it ...
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I'm needing to install a recessed medicine cabinet but studs are problematic

So I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. when I cut a peep hole in the drywall i determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. and ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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I need to anchor a standard where there is a one-inch hole in the drywall

While I was putting in anchors to hold a shelf standard I had one that didn't install right and I was left with a one-inch hole. Some kind of anchor or support absolutely has to go there. It's too ...
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Is there a moisture barrier I can apply between drywall and paint?

We are going to paint a small bathroom. Over the years the Sheetrock looks as if water has been exposed to the walls. Is there a moisture barrier that you can put on Sheetrock before painting?
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Drywall skim coat over painted CMU?

I have a small section of wall (50sf) where the stairwell goes into the basement that is CMU (concrete masonry unit or concrete block) painted with at least an egg shell, possibly even semi-gloss. ...
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Installing Crown Molding - Metal Studs

I'm thinking about putting up crown molding in my living room, but the apartment building I live in has steel studs. I've seen people online use the x method of nailing to secure the crown molding to ...
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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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How to cut drywall over stud?

Let's say I have a hole like this (not my actual hole just one that I found for my situation) As you can see the existing drywall is flush with the 2x4. What I want to do is cleanly cut away ...
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How can I determine the date of manufacture of drywall?

How to determine the date of manufacturer of drywall prior to 2005?
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How much surface area do you need on studs to hang drywall?

How much surface area do you really need to hang drywall on studs? I received a shipment of lumber, and most of them have wane on both edges of the studs, which means I can't "bury" the wane on the ...
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What to use to seal around fixtures when tanking a drywall bathroom?

After I hang the drywall there is some gaps between the fixture and the drywall board (yes, I'm using greenboard that will be tanked/redgard/kerdi/etc, no backerboard in Brazil), what is the best way ...
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Did I miss the stud when I drilled into the wall?

Short version: My drill bit didn't have any wood shavings on it. Did I miss the stud? Long version: Operating just outside of my DIY comfort zone, I have erected a picture rail on the wall about ...
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Attaching curtain rail to plasterboard/drywall over studwork

We've had some new uPVC windows fitted. The upstairs bay window presented some problems and, as a result, the "wall" above the window frame is now studwork with cement board on the external side and ...
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Drywall clips to support partition wall points and ceiling edges

I am looking at these drywall clips made for supporting drywall edges that would normally require a piece of 2x lumber (nailer) to support the edges. I have a couple ideas on using blocking but it ...
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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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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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Setup for attaching drywall to metal studs

What type of screwdriver setup is best to use for attaching drywall to nonstructural steel studs? Yesterday, I tried using my dedicated drywall screwdriver with fine-threaded drywall screws (which ...
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Completely removing/hiding wall switches

My wife and I recently bought a house from people who built it in 2005 (literally -- the guy was in home construction half a century), and they did some "interesting" things. One choice I'm trying to ...
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Installing bath screen - hit metal stud behind tile and plasterboard. Safe to attach?

I checked old quesitons but there's nothing specific enough for my problem. I'm putting a 13 kg screen up in my bathroom, which has tile and then plasterboard or drywall, not sure which. There is a ...
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What are expansion joint requirements for magnesium oxide wallboards?

I was asked to get some information concerning installing magnesium oxide wallboards. It's a material I just got to know and never worked with, so I want to learn what are requirements for installing ...
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Can I use 1/2“ fire-rated drywall instead of 5/8” type-X in a commercial application?

Can I use 1/2" fire-rated drywall instead of 5/8" type-X in a small commercial application? I know I need 5/8" type-X for commercial ceilings and demising walls, but I'm not sure about interior walls. ...
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

I am drywalling my unheated, partially-below grade exterior garage. A four-foot tall concrete wall runs along the parts of the garage that are below-grade. Above the concrete walls are 2x6 wood ...
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What's the deal with half-walls behind the kitchen cabinets? Can I cut into it?

So I've recently moved in to a new house and the kitchen has two "blind cabinets" but no real good place to put my cat's food and water where it will be out of the way. So I got this brilliant idea ...
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Do I remove cornice when I'm getting rid of horse hair plasterboard walls?

I'm removing old plasterboard walls and getting someone to help by cutting along the top edge. I did this so I don't have to remove the cornices (which seem fairly good condition). However, I'm ...
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Can blue (lightweight) drywall compound be used for all coats?

I had a guy come in to do some drywall taping today and I had a bag of 20 min hot mud and a bucket of each green (regular) and blue (lightweight) joint compound. I always though that the green should ...
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Should I be worried if I missed the studs while mounting my TV?

I think I missed the studs based on how easily the drill moved through the drywall. My LCD only weighs 27lbs and the mount itself is 5lbs (rated to hold 165lbs, and uses 4 8mm lag bolts). I pulled as ...
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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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Hang blinds inside window frame on drywall only?

I need to hang some standard window blinds (blinds that you pull upward by pulling the strings down) inside a few of my windows, but my walls are concrete stucco, and there is about a 3/4" gap between ...
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Leveling drywall patch

Due to a problem with my furnace, I recently had a lot of moisture get behind a wall and of course, mold to follow. All said and done I will need roughly 3 4x8 sheets to replace the damaged drywall. ...
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Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?

I'm having a contractor do renovations in my kitchen, and we are converting a wall into a half wall with countertop. He just started doing the drywall, and from my inexperienced eye it looks like he ...
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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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Ceramic tiles on drywall on steel studs, any problems?

I was told that there was no problem installing tiles on drywall hung on steel studs. I had never worked with drywall before and accepted that. Now after the wall is done, if I hit it, I noticed that ...
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How to repair damaged drywall seam

In a recent windstorm, a couple of shingles blew off my house. I had some water drip into my attic and seep through the drywall in my bedroom ceiling. As a result, a definitive section of seam tape ...
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How can I repair a towel rack that was ripped out of the wall?

The towel rod has been ripped out of the wall. It looks like it was attached to the wall by two dry wall anchors which were not attached to the stud. Basically a very junky installation in my ...
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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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How do I prevent older paint peeling off drywall when applying new paint?

We have moved into a house where the drywall walls were painted about 15 years ago. When I paint over these walls, the existing paint develops patches of bubbles and peeling. So, I don't know ...
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Cold upper interior and exterior walls, moisture forms when showering

The house is 3 years old. Exterior walls have bat insulation. The interior walls have no insulation. One interior wall in the top corner where it meets the exterior wall, particularly is very cold. ...
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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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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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Drywall mudding plywood to emulate drywall

I have a need (long story) to use a long strip of 3/8" plywood under a door casing vertical piece and I plan for it to be slightly wider than the casing. It is joining old lathe and plaster and, for a ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Picture a plaster wall. Now imagine that a significant section has been removed of it and now needs replaced. Ive tried to replace the plaster with 1/2 inch only to realize the wodth difference im ...