Vertical structures which usually enclose, divide, define, or protect an area.

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Add bracing to I-Joist

I am trying to build a non-load bearing wall parallel to the I-joist in my basement. I know that I need to add bracing to span the gap between the wall and the joist, but I am slightly confused as to ...
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Old wall - need help

I have this old wall - over 200 years old. I began to remove old paint. There were about 4 to 5 layers of paint there. The problem is, I can't get the last layer of. It seems to be oil based and the ...
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How can I attach pony wall to surface of platform and will it be strong enough against lateral forces?

I have a loft area to which I want to add a pony wall for safety. My plan is to drywall its inside and outside faces, all the way down across the beam. Can I built it on the surface of the platform ...
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Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling

Background Condo/Apt building (28? floors) Built 1993 Seattle, WA Wall facing neighbor's wall Need to drill into stud to mount Murphy bed. I drilled into same area that were used for the old Murphy ...
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what size of beam should I use to replace 3 2x8 that is 16 feet?

What is the equivalent of a 3 2x8, 16 feet? I would like to use one beam (for decorative effect) instead of the 2x8s since the beam will be exposed. This will go up in my dining room ceiling. If the ...
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Repairing wall around a plug socket

The wall has broken quite badly around a plug socket in our bedroom and I don't know how to fix it. First time buyer as of yesterday and TOTAL DIY newby! Any help, gracefully appreciated. You can find ...
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Fixing a curtain rail to old brick wall

I am trying to fix a curtain rail in a dormer window. The problem is that the internal wall is brick with lime mortar. Many of the bricks are very poor quality and crumble when drilled. ...
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I can't work out what this switch is for

In my new home, on onr 1 wall, there is the switch shown below. I would have assumed it was for an electric fireplace, but there are no signs around it at all. what is this switch most likely for? ...
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Why is Easy Sand not suitable as a skim coat?

I have Easy Sand 90 joint compound. Its label says not to use it as skim coat. Why can't I use it?
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Wall on subfloor is load bearing or not?

So I want to remove a wall dividing my kitchen and dining room. It is full height, so it could be load bearing. The floor joists under it run in parallel to the wall, which leads me to think it is ...
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What might be a good way to fix this damaged drywall(?)?

I had 2 3M Command hooks on my wall. When I was removing the hooks, I damaged the wall, as you can see in the photos below. I wonder what might be an easy/good way to patch the damage. Thanks!
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Why are there metal tabs protruding from my poured concrete foundation walls?

What are these metal things sticking out from my basement walls? Can they be removed? If so, how?
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How to attach horizontal bar to a wooden wall?

I want to set the horizontal bar on the wooden wall above the doorway.The wall thickness is 16 cm., 2 cm layer of plaster. What is the best and more reliable way to do this? Should I attach it over ...
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Return Air Vent

I am in the middle of planning a kitchen remodel. We are removing a non load bearing wall to open up the space. The wall has a big return air vent (using the studs of the wall). My initial thought is ...
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Basement foundation wall repair

After we poured some concrete outside of our east wall, we noticed some cracks along the foundation wall. I guess due to the weight of the new foundation, the foundation wall crumbled. One of the ...
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How do I hang a plate rack?

I am making a plate shelf 79" by 19"for my wife. Instructions say to use figure 8 fasteners to mount the shelf. I have never heard of these and would like to know the best way to mount the shelf ...
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If mounting a TV bracket on a brick wall, is it safe to use the existing holes from an old bracket?

I live in the uk and the wall construction in the house is 1930s red brick. The previous owners of the house had their TV mounted on the living room wall (actually the load-bearing party wall with the ...
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Safe to remove entry stairwall?

We have a split entry that is minuscule with stairs heading either up or down and a tiny landing. I would like to remove the wall separating the up from the downstairs (it may be the only wall that ...
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What should I do about mold in the corner of a bedroom?

I have what I think is a cold corner in a bedroom. Before we moved in, there was wall paper up for a number of years (as per the house selling photos and when we moved in, house was for sale for 2 ...
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I want create some hanging shelves using zinc E-Z Drywall Anchors & Sisal rope. How much weight could this method bear?

I recently bought a projector and am looking to build a shelf for it to sit on. I rent, so I really don't want to do anything with the ceiling. The configuration I'm currently using is just a standard ...
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Build shelves into wall, but is it load bearing?

I am planning to install built-in shelving only as deep as the studs in my wall. There are several things that give me pause that I have questions on. 1) the stud sensor is telling me that the studs ...
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Elegant method of punching a hole through a wall to run cables?

What is a clean method of running cables from one side of a wall to the other side, in a typical residential house? On one side of the wall will be a computer tower, and on the other side will the the ...
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How should I secure stops against clear acrylic sheet in a half wall?

I just built a half wall (sort of) with acrylic sheet in my basement to partition my server equipment from my woodworking area to keep my electronics more sawdust free. The top half of the wall is a ...
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Adding partitioning stud wall anchoring to sides instead of top and bottom

Hi I want to add a partitioning stud wall in my basement. Ceiling and floor are concrete and sides are brick walls. I want to know Must I build a full height wall touching the ceiling and anchor the ...
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Repairing ceramic tile

A small chunk has broken out of this white ceramic tile (see photos), from impact. It is on a wall in a bathroom. Are there any good ways to fill in/cover up the hole?
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How to build temporary walls for a temporary room

I have 2 children that are here for only the summer and Thanksgiving or Christmas. We are wanting to build temporary walls for a temporary room for them in a finished basement with 9' ceilings. I have ...
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Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?

We were trying to put in some laminate flooring, and as I was vacuuming against the base of the drywall I noticed that dirt kept falling from what looked like inside the wall. The drywall seemed a ...
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How to repair stripped drywall anchor

I took a blind down a while back to decorate the spare room. Before moving it I noticed that one of the wall plugs was loose. I replaced it with a brown wall plug but it's going straight into the ...
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Hanging a mirror on unknow wall type

I need to hang a 25Kg mirror on a wall, however I do not know what type of wall it is, I think it is possibly plasterboard or thermalite blocks. I have been looking at various fixings online, and you ...
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How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet

My neighbors are constructing their house from ground up. We have concrete structures for almost all buildings here. When the walls are ready they need to water it so the concrete settles and get ...
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Hole betwee the basement sill box and concrete porch

I recently bought an old house that seems to have been flipped in the past, so many things weren't repaired properly. Had a door replaced with a window, and that opened up holes between where the ...
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What kind of walls are these? What hardware should I use to hang up some canvas prints?

I'm looking to hang up some canvas art (already on stretcher bars). However, I don't know what kind of hardware I need to use, because I have no idea what kind of walls they are. They don't seem like ...
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Threaded hollow wall anchors spin out partway in

Today I tried to install one of those Ikea kids storage units on my daughter's wall. It's a stud partition wall in a newly-constructed house. Before attempting it I spoke to one of the builders who ...
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Toilet too close to wall

I have a toilet that is too close to the sidewall. It is a slab foundation. What are my options for fixing this without ripping up the floor? I thought orginally an offset toilet flange but I need ...
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Is it okay to cut a notch into cross brace?

I've only lived in Canada for 4 years and am not sure what their codes are. I live in a duplex in Montreal-North and was surprised to see the cross brace. I cut the hole to install an outlet behind ...
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Limti the extent of cracks in the wall roughcast

My recently-bought house is made of limestone. It is covered with roughcast. Parts are cracking, as in the picture below. What could I do to glue it back to the wall, avoid extensive crambling, or ...
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Do I need a header when non bearing wall

I've opened up a lath and plaster of a non bearing wall in my home built in 1924 (had a structural engineer look at it to confirm) but only partially - 5" under the molding (10" height). This molding ...
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What is this metal button on the wall?

I have an older house that has these on the wall of the two bedrooms: Does anyone know what they might be? I took one out and it is has a long metal rod, but I cannot see anything that it attaches ...
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Difficulty attaching 2x4s to poured concrete wall

We are novice DIYers attempting to finish our garage walls in a 10 year old Ryan Home with a poured concrete foundation. I had planned to lay the 2x4s flat against the wall, meaning I need a fastener ...
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Drilling a hole as near as possible to a corner

I want to run a few new wires through my apartment, and for that I need to drill some holes through the walls (10-20mm diameter). Due to aesthetic considerations and cable bent radius I want them ...
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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall

In my family room, I've used cable staples (like the ones pictured below) to fasten speaker wire along the wall at the top of the baseboards. There are hardwood floors in this room. Not all of them ...
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What is the fire resistance on a corrugated iron wall?

I have a timber stud frame extension with external corrugated iron cladding. Can anyone give me any information about the fire resistance? The construction is : - Corrugated iron (pe-painted about ...
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Ceramic tiles on concrete walls

Can I put ceramic tiles right on my poured basement walls ? I want to put a shower in and tile the walls floor and cieling. Should I put a false wall and tile over it or can I put ceramic right on ...
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How to run wires through a wall with existing wall wiring? (Tight Spaces)

So I have a coaxial cable that I need to run from my TV to my sound system and there are already holes in the wall with wires from the last home owner. I've already tried using fishtape to run the ...
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How far is it recommended for pipework to be from electrical sockets and switches?

I need to know when radiator pipes are buried into wall,how far are legal requirements stating pipes need to be from electrical sockets and switches? also what is the minimal depth an internal ...
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How to fill space between wall and door

I am about to attach some trim over some old trim to cover up a particularly ugly doorframe/wall joint. I think before I do this, it may be a good idea to fill it, since otherwise there will be a ...
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How can I hang this Moroccan Tray?

I just inherited this large 39" Moroccan tray (weighs about 15 lbs) from my parents and want to hang it on our wall. It does not have any hardware on the back so I'm trying to figure out what I can do ...
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My house has Exterior & Interior insulation. Would it be advisable to remove the internal?

A bit of background: I've bought a house built in the 1960s which has been retrofitted with "bolt-on" insulation. On the inside, which was done first, there is a layer of plasterboard with insulation ...
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What to use to “level” the top of a window opening in brickwork?

In a window opening like the one below, how can you fix minor imperfections in levelling prior to installing glass panes? The whole wall and the opening was already plastered with cement/sand but ...
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Patching plaster wall

I have a spot on my wall where a significant amount of paint has bubbled up and pealed away revealing the plaster underneath. The total area is about 10 inches wide at the widest point and a couple ...