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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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How can I tidy up a hole in drywall that has pipes coming through it?

We recently bought our first house and have discovered that the previous owners replaced a radiator with a heated towel rail that's plumbed into the house's central heating system. The issue is that a ...
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Can I use a paint+primer to fix a bad paint job?

We didn't prime walls the first time after putting up drywall and we painted it. We put two coats on it already and can still see drywall patches. Can we use paint with primer to fix this using same ...
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Can I repair a plaster ceiling with drywall?

I had a leak from my upstairs bathroom that came into my kitchen. The repairs for the leak can be done through the kitchen ceiling where the damage is. My ceiling is plaster that has been ...
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How do I fix a hole/gap between my shower tile and the dry wall next to it?

The dry wall immediately next to my shower tiles was damaged by being exposed to too much water over time. I let the wall dry out then removed the damaged section of drywall by pulling it out with my ...
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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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What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?

We had a repipe job done on our home 5 years ago. I was stupid and did not research the company before they destroyed drywall throughout the house. After the pipes were replaced they informed me ...
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What insulation should I use in my attached garage?

I'm currently tearing out the sheetrock and everything in my attached garage to do general repairs to other things. I quickly found that there wasn't a single bit of insulation (which explains a lot ...
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How can I build a table into an alcove?

I have this weird portion of a second bedroom where about 4 foot of it is 2 feet deeper than the rest of the wall. What I want to do is fix a butcher block in that space to use as a desk. What is ...
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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 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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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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How can I hang small weights from a drywall ceiling in a way that's minimally destructive?

I need to hang some plants (small, a few pounds max) from the ceiling but I don't want to go the usual toggle bolt or the drywall anchor route. These create holes that are too large for the kind of ...
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How can I prevent mold on the wall/particle board behind the kitchen sink?

Behind the kitchen sink I noticed this deteriorating situation happening so I took it apart until I found no more mold and then washed with bleach (1 tbsp to 1 gallon) and let it dry good. It's all ...
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Dry Wall Mud Rehydration

Can dried out drywall mud be rehydrated? I have a container of dried out drywall mud and I wondered if there is anything I can do to make it usable again.
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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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Dry wall and the damp course

My plan is to dry wall my garage. I've checked and the walls have cavities, So as I understand it, damp should not be a problem, however I have noticed that the floor is below the damp course. My ...
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Are these foundation issues significant?

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. It is 8 years old. We have found one that we like, but I am a little hesitant about going through for two reasons. The foundation ...
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What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?

We have begun a bathroom remodel project. All the studs were exposed by removing plaster, wood lath and old plastic tile. We began attempting to install the ceiling drywall first. We were able to ...
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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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Can furring strips be installed diretly to a cinderblock wall not in a basement?

I've tried finding a definitive answer but it's far more common for folks to have block walls in basements that need to be furred out, so the information deals primarily with that and I believe this ...
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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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Why is the drywall in my garage sagging?

The drywall on my garage ceiling is sagging badly. Is this because it's too thin (I think it's 1/2" and I guess it's supposed to be 5/8") or is it because of humidity or something else? If I ...
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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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What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but it doesn't seem immediately obvious how a thin strip of paper tape actually helps the mudding process in drywall installation except for perhaps reducing the ...
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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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Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?

I purchased some purple drywall (mold and moisture resistant)for installing in a finished basement bedroom. One wall is an exterior wall. Do I need to install a vapor barrier between the drywall and ...
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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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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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How to mount a pull-up bar to drywall on resilient channels?

I'm trying to mount a pull up bar on a drywall. The wall is shared with another unit though,so there are resilient channels behind the wall, and so the studs are offset from the dry wall sheet. What's ...
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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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Which stud should I mount to if they are different widths?

I'm trying to mount a pull up bar to the studs behind my drywall. The studs are 16" apart, but seem to be of different widths. Specifically, I see a 3.5" stud, 3.5", 2", 2", 3.5". Are these just 2x4s ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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What's the best practice for non-90 degree corners on drywall / plasterboard?

I am putting up some drywall in my basement which has been tanked out. I'm using metal C-Stud to keep the plasterboard away from the walls. Am just about to board round the bay window and wanted some ...
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How can I pull/push a PVC pipe closer to the wall?

I live in an apartment building, and recently I had to uncover some pipes which were covered with dry wall. I want to replace the dry wall, however one of the pipes (120mm diameter - for rain water ...
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How to determine what caused this crack on the wall?

All of a sudden this morning I saw about a 14 foot crack on a wall facing the outside (no neighbours) and I'm freaking out. I'm sure I would have noticed it before. The fact that it probably appeared ...
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What's the best way/tool to cut a strip of drywall out of my window boxes?

I'm installing nice new vinyl windows, and in order to maximize the glass area, I've ordered new construction windows to avoid having to set them in the existing window boxes and live with the frames ...
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Can you “extend” a drywall stud?

I installed shelves in a closet with unevenly spaced studs. The shelves are mounted to the studs and they are level and secure. The shelve mounts can support a clothes hanging bar. The bar has holes ...
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How to fix a large hole in drywall

My girlfriend knocked a chair over when she tripped and it made a large hole approximately 6 inches by 6 inches in a triangle shape. How do I fix this as fast and as cheap as possible ?
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How do i hang shelving on drywall over concrete [duplicate]

i do know that there is concrete behind the drywall because it is a fire wall. I cannot drill into it for obvious reasons not to mention, the owner wont allow it. Any ides? thanks. Lewis
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What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back and one without?

What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back flange and one with a flat back?
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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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Frame wall with steel post at corner

How do I frame this corner? There are already two walls up (the one on the left that will become a closet), but that the corner where they meet is a steel post. Obviously I can't move that, and I ...
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Yellow stains on plaster wall patches

I live in an old 1910s house and it turns out my walls aren't drywall. It is constructed of rock or some type of masonry. Over it, there was really, really old wallpaper, which is, over this, covered ...
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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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Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?

I'm preparing to drywall my attached garage and have run into conflicting opinions on if I should staple the insulation flanges to the sides of the stud or the face. I live in the San Francisco bay ...
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Drywall Mudding Not flush to wall

This was my first attempt at mudding drywall, and I thought it was smooth and flush to the wall; however, after painting the wall I did notice that the edges of the mudded seams were completely ...
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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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How can I install a curtain rod on a drywall?

Originally I though this would be an easy process, however where I used to live all the houses are pure concrete, therefore something like this used to be relatively simple. My question is how can I ...
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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 ...