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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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Did the cove molding that I'm removing support the drywall panels behind it?

just looking for a little reassurance really - decorating the hallway in a house we have recently moved in to, The plaster coving has been done very poorly - very uneven, very visible joins etc. I was ...
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How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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What should I do after mistakenly using moldy paint on drywall?

I was painting my basement and used a six year old five gallon bucket of paint. It had about 4 gallons of paint in it. The surface was black, but it didn't smell bad. I thought it was the dye ...
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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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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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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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How should I finish a shower stall at an outside corner?

I'm replacing a shower stall in an alcove with a plastic modular unit. The old unit ended a few inches inside the stall, while the new unit extends right to the edge of the alcove. On one corner, the ...
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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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Foam board insulation over drywall

Guys I am living in a 500 sq ft apartment built in the 1950's and it has a south facing wall. I run the 10000 BTU AC almost 24/7 and in the afternoons the wall is very warm if not hot to the touch on ...
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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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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Why does a steel door frame for drywall have a double return/backend

Title pretty much says it all, but here is a picture just in case: I think it has to do with the wall achors but I can't find a definitive answer. Just to clarify: steel frames for masonry walls ...
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Fixing minor tape blemishes/bubbling after a fresh paint job

Unfortunately 1 week after a new paint job was done with a decent job of skimming and all, there was a small flood in a laundry room above. Some water came down, but we averted disaster. It's very ...
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Help running ethernet between floors, with double joists in the way

I will like to redo the existing Ethernet (and maybe COAX) wiring in my home. I have looked for the most ideal path from the basement through the floors into the attic and then drop into the second ...
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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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How should I extend the drywall around a shower remodel?

After removing a fiberglass tub unit and replacing it with a four piece shower unit, is it best to just piece in the drywall from where you cut out the unit or remove the drywall up to the ceiling and ...
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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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Can I fix hardened bumps under inside corner tape without removing the tape and starting over?

I installed new inside corner tape in a bathroom. After all attempts to make it smooth, there are several 4 to 5 inch long bumps of hardened compound under the tape. Yes, I mudded the outside of the ...
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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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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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Paint Peeling, maybe gypsum paper too?

We just bought a house and were pulling some nails left over from what was probably crown moulding. The nails had been painted over and some of the paint came off with the nails. I peeled off a ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

The previous owner did a bad patch job all over the house. The patching is a lot higher than the rest of my wall. How do I go about fixing this?
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How to repair flaked plaster surface

I recently moved and noticed this crack on the wall. When I tapped it lightly with a blunt knife it broke off. I've never plastered before but I assume I will need to re-plaster this section. Any ...
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Materials for building a sound proof home office in a 5 ft x 6 ft x 8 ft cube

I have a big living room 16ft x 22ft x 10 ft(height). I wanted to take a small corner 6ft x 5ft x 8ft(high) to build a home office. I was initially planning on building a steel cube frame out of 3/4 ...
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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: http://www.pftplasteringmachines.com/product/pft-ritmo-plastering-...
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How to prepare a wall with drywall for painting after wallpaper removal

I have removed wallpaper on drywall. It only took 10 minutes to remove, however, the wall was primed as instructed to make removal easier. I am now trying to remove paste residue and am damaging the ...
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How to secure switch box flush with wall surface

Today I removed all the outlet covers in my home, and when I got to my bedroom light switch I noticed there was all this wood surrounding the switch itself. I tore that off as well, and after I did so ...
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How do I corner bead around two layers of 5/8" drywall?

Here it is: I still have yet to shave down the rough edges from when I scored and snapped it, but, after that, what can I use for corner bead? It's entirely possible that I will end up putting up ...
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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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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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Brown Spots Above Ceiling/Ductwork

Any idea what these spots might be? They're isolated to just one spots on my ceiling. My ductwork is right above this area. Thanks!
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Peeling paint disaster

I wanted to paint over my bathroom. The paint was peeling and coming off in large plastic-like strips. I assumed that I could not paint over it, so I ripped off all the peeling paint. It seems some ...
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Concrete pour against green board [closed]

I'm having a new concrete floor poured in. its going to be 4 inches. The drywall that will be in contact with the cement is green board(moisture resistant). Will that be ok? or should I cut the ...
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Trouble finding studs in garage

I have a new house, and the garage shares a wall with an interior wall... trying to hang a pull up bar on it, so I need to find the studs. I took pictures of the house as it was being built, but all ...
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Drywall over irregularly spaced studs - how do I secure edges?

I'm diy-ing on an 80-year old+ house, putting drywall over damaged lath and plaster (can't save the plaster because reasons). The wood lath is too weak/damaged to serve as effective backing, so I'm ...
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Using aluminum to mold drywall mud

I need to do an unusual molding of an outer corner which has plaster on one side and exposed brick on the other. I need to make the plaster side flush with the brick along the edge where it's now ...
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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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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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Can I demo plaster walls but somehow keep the window casing?

My house was built in 1915. It has cracked (original?) plaster over lathe, poor insulation, leaded paint, and knob and tube wiring. To fix all of these things, I'm demo'ing the upstairs down to ...
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How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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Building a 1 layer thick brick wall over drywall

Looking to lay a brick wall over drywall in my basement. The floor is a concrete slab which covers my entire basement. I am looking to see what issues or concerns I should have laying a 1 layer ...
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Dealing with a badly inserted wall anchor

I didn't drill the wall deep enough (4 cm or so) and inserted a wall anchor with maybe 4-5mm missing in depth. Then I screwed a screw in cause I though that the screw will help drive it in. It didn't ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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TV mount is 16.5“ wide but stud centers are 17” apart. Is it still safe to mount?

I am not able to install the mount by positioning it on the exact center of the studs. Is it alright if the holes are slightly off-center on the studs? The mount I am installing is this one, and my TV ...
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How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

The home I bought has exterior walls made of ICF (insulated concrete form). I don't know the brand or type, I just know that somehow the builders attached the drywall to the styrofoam/concrete. I'm ...
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Will a drywall anchor work fine after it's already open or engaged?

I'm going to install some shelving that is going to require either drilling into the stud, or using drywall anchors. The brackets are kind of thick (half an inch), so I'm wondering if it matters if ...
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How to finish drywall under stair treads and risers seamlessly?

I'm a homeowner who's building new home and am in the process of finishing drywall against a staircase. We're trying to get the stair treads and risers to meet the drywall seamlessly and without trim ...