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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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What is the best and least expensive way to update my walkout basement?

I have a walkout basement that is paneled and has a dropped ceiling with out a ceiling grid. In need of serious updating, but I have already put so much money into this house, I am looking for the ...
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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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first time drywall repair

I need to fix a hole that is about 12x16. I am cutting it to the studs and plan to attach both sides of new piece to a stud. I am capable, but there is a lot of info out there. Nails or screws? Do I ...
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What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?

I have a party-wall in my apartment-née-condo that seems to have two sheets of drywall installed against eachother. All attempts to find some sort of stud or resilient channel / furring strip have ...
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How to hang curtains drywall with no gap

How can I hang curtains on an exterior wall that only has 1/2" between the interior(painted) drywall surface and the beginning of the exterior wall? I tried to use a hollow wall anchor #6-32 x ...
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How big a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone?

How big of a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone? The previous owners left numerous holes in the drywall. Each with the diameter of a coaxial cable, which I want to patch up. Can I use ...
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Help identifying type of texture on walls

Probably a dumb question, but I'm having trouble determining if these walls are orange peel or knockdown textures. The first two photos below are in the same room, but at the minimum seem like ...
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Attach net/hammock to interior walls

Imagine a square room with four walls (12x12). Say you wanted to string a net across the area at a height of 6 ft, like a hammock. The net will be attached on all 4 walls, and it must support up to ...
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How often should I recaulk the ceramic-tiles in my bathrooms and kitchen?

I'm wondering ow often should I recaulk the ceramic-tiles (with silicone) in my bathrooms and kitchen to prevent any water penetration into the walls? Thanks!
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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 deal with glued-on drywall?

I'm in the process of gutting a bedroom. I had to remove a pocket door, move the light switch, add a couple of receptacles, and deal with some rot/mold/insects on the exterior wall. I found that ...
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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 these metal ceiling drywall joists be removed?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement with the intention to leave it as an exposed ceiling. Would I be correct in understanding that the metal ceiling joists (highlighted in blue in ...
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Should drywall used on a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used on walls?

Should drywall used in a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used in walls? We are demoing a closet this weekend, and will need to repair the remaining drywall in a few places.
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Our walls have a rancid smell after painting twice. Going on 2 months now! Help!

2 months ago we bought an apartment in a brick building. We painted the bedroom and living room with what must have been shoddy paint. There's been a rancid smell ever since that is sour and tangy and ...
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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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How do I remove painted knockdown texture?

We scraped our popcorn ceilings and had somebody do knockdown texture in the whole house. Problem is, that when the guy went to prime over the texture, some of the texture started peeling off on the ...
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Recurring crack on second floor ceiling

We have a 13 year old 1 1/2 story house (colonial with vaulted ceiling and dormers on front, 4 BR, 2 BA upstairs on the back side. The foyer is 2 story, with stairs going up to the second level. At ...
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Dry Lining Wall - Should I stagger the joints in this project?

I have 5 sheets of 8' x 4' sheet rock laminated insulation to affix inside a bedroom - the wall to which I am affixing is a cavity brick wall built in the 1990's. The internal height is just under 8'. ...
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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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How do I prevent interior doors from sticking in the winter?

We have several interior doors that only stick or won't completely close in the winter. We also get cracks in the drywall mud above the doors so I think something else is going on besides just ...
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Can I attach a noticeboard to a plasterboard wall using superglue?

I would like to put up a cork noticeboard (with wooden frame) in my kitchen, but the location I want it has several wires and pipes behind it and I am very wary of drilling into it. So I'm looking for ...
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How to paint / decorate both sides of a plasterboard?

This christmas for a family home DIY project we've used plasterboard. Not being DIY savvy, thought it would be a nice and easy to material to work with, and it was! Now we would like to decorate our ...
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How can I hang heavy objects on a wall, without leaving any marks?

Command Hooks don't hold very much weight wise and I would like to mount heavy objects - e.g. a whiteboard ... any ideas? (yes this is drywall - I cannot leave any marks in it ). context: college ...
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Advice for Removing Raceway Wiremolds

I'm trying to remove several Raceway Wiremolds. A few of the Wiremolds seems to be firmly stuck to the drywall. I'm worried if I pull too hard it will rip out chunks of paint/drywall. Any advice on ...
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How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?

I'm evaluating options for sound-proofing drywall, and am considering sound-dampening clips such as Genie Clips. In this approach the drywall isn't directly mounted to the wall studs. How would I ...
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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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repair drywall in the shower

How do I repair a moisture damaged drywall in my shower? This is a painted wall, and the paint is gone in some areas and the spots that have no paint get soaked when I use the shower. In these areas ...
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Plaster Wall Ice Damming Water Damage

A couple weeks ago ice damming in my gutters caused a lot of damage to my plaster wall inside my house. I got an estimate of around $2500 to fix the issue so I'm going to attempt it myself. Here ...
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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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Need help with choosing primer

What kind of primer should I use on my kitchen walls that I scraped clean of old texture? I put a number of gouges in the dry wall. Is that bad?
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1/4“ to 1” gaps in corners of my newly “professionally” installed drywall

The drywall in my bathroom was put up yesterday, & has yet to be taped & miffed in. There are considerable uneven( up to an inch ) gaps in 2 of my inside corners. I don't want to let them ...
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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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What is the best way to cut receptacle holes when hanging drywall?

I will be installing drywall in a 10x10 room this weekend, walls only. I'm planning to use the longer sheets so there is only a single horizontal seam on each wall and install the top sheet first, ...
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What are the implications of driving a drywall screw too far into the sheet?

I'm not gonna lie. The early stages of my very first home improvement project completely smacks of novice DIY'er. I did so many things wrong that I've since learned from, but the first mistakes are ...
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What's the best way to plug circular drywall holes left by electrician?

I'm having recessed lights installed and want to know the best method to plug the holes left by the electrician. I was thinking of something like paint stirring sticks and construction adhesive to ...
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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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What size Screw/Nail should I use for a 6 lb painting in drywall?

I am sure you experts get tired of questions like these, but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to hanging things on drywall. I ordered a piece of framed wall art, which is listed at 6 lbs. If I'm ...
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How to locate In-wall speaker cables (behind dry wall)

I moved into my new house about a year ago and discovered a wall plate that has 4 pairs of speaker wires stuffed in there. According to the labels on the ends of the wires, there are speakers for our ...
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How to repaint bathroom walls that have a vent but lack an exhaust fan

I am in a condominium apartment in a building that was built in 1965. My bathroom has a wall vent for air circulation but it does not have a motorized exhaust fan. The paint is flaking and pulling ...
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
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Can I mount a 60" TV and mount weighing a combined 95 pounds to a drywall or plaster? [duplicate]

I cannot find studs on my firewall but, when I drilled a hole on the wall, it seems to me that either the plaster or drywall was thick enough (like 1/2"). Can I Mount a 60" TV and Mount Weighing a ...
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How can I attach to drywall with aluminum studs?

First, how can I find the studs? My normal and good stud finders are mostly baffled. Second, what should I use to anchor into them? I'm thinking some sort of self-expanding toggle bolt?
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What could cause a crack in the drywall where the wall meets the ceiling?

My wife and I bought our home 3 years ago. It is roughly 50 years old, and had recently been shored prior to our purchasing it. There were a few cracks in drywall here and there, nothing that wasn't ...
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Rule of thumb for prefilling drywall vs. recutting a piece of new drywall

I had a leak in the roof of my garage in the corner. I called a professional to come and fix it, so the leak is now fixed. I was left with a hole in my ceiling inside the garage. I proceeded to ...
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How do I prepare a painted wall before applying an orange peel texture?

I have a sheet rock wall that had been primed and painted. I would like to put a orange peel texture over the top. What do I need to do to prep the wall if anything?
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How much weight can screws in drywall withstand?

I've always had the question of how much weight can a single screw into a drywall withstand? For instance, I would like to do things like this: It's hanged with 5 screws. The whole thing weights ...
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Is there an easy way to convert a regular railing to a banister one?

There's a pretty small hallway and I would like to make it a bit more visually spacious by trying to convert the regular solid railing into a banister one. I'm looking into reusing as much material 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 ...