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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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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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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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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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Can I use a paint+primer to fix a bad paint job? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 ...
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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 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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How to tile over shower wall surround flange?

Background I've been following this guide from Family Handyman on installing a fiberglass tub surround, and am to the point where I need to tile over the nailing flange. They say to put 1/4" tile ...
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How to frame steel studs parallel to concrete ceiling “joists”

One of the drywall I need to hang runs parallel to the joists (concrete joists and slab above it), and I'm at lost on how to affix the upper tracks which would be between two joists. I've seen this ...
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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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Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?

I'm plastering my first drywall and have been given advice from a friend who as done it a few times before. He believes I should not sand down the mud (a.k.a. jointing compound) between coats, but I ...
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How can I fill small holes in drywall without painting?

I am taking down several items hung on our walls; this will leave about two dozen holes ranging from small nail holes to anchor holes about 3/8" in diameter. I am looking for a way to fill these holes ...
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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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Is it OK to install a TV mount when it can't be attached to a stud at all mount points?

I have a TV wall panel that can only reach two studs. I was wondering if it's fine to screw the left side and the center on studs, and have the right side anchored in the drywall. My TV is 30lbs with ...
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...
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Why can't I drill deep enough into my wall for wall anchors?

I am living in a condo and have a problem to put anchor in the wall (drywall? I don't know th exact type of the wall). when I drill it doesn't go deep enough to put anchor completely in, so it can't ...
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How should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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How to fix a cupboard to 32mm thick plasterboard

I want to fix a cabinet to a bathroom wall. The wall is 710mm wide and has a single stud slightly off-centre, about 270mm from the right, but which is too near the middle to be useful for hanging the ...
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house built on a slab and has about 1" gap between the walls causing a draft

My house was built on a concrete slab in 1998. My son put up wainscoting in the living room and when he pulled off the baseboard he said you can see the house next door. He then checked several other ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier behind drywall in house with T1-11 siding?

My home interior walls are thick redwood paneling in the bay area mountains. i'm about to start removing the wood in my second bedroom and want to install a moisture barrier on the 1 outside wall of ...
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What am I doing wrong while finishing drywall inside corners?

I'll admit, I'm definitely a novice when it comes to finishing drywall. I've done loads of patching, which doesn't typically require working with corners. This time, however, I'm doing a whole room. ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

I am in the process of painting my room. I have some big patches on the drywall. I am yet to begin painting that wall. Before i start i wanted to take advice. Is there anything i need to do with those ...
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Why does the plaster crack beneath the window sill?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. Can anyone tell me why the dry lined plaster in our house so frequently cracks beneath the edge of the windows? At first I thought it may be relating to the ...