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

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Question on finding studs

I'm trying to find studs along my wall and have been successful except for the wall corners which have me confused. I am using a magnet to find the studs which is working well. However, along the wall ...
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Was this a shear wall?

Could anyone be able to tell me if this is a shear wall just by looking at this picture? This is a 1940s home, renovated in 2000s near San Andres fault, Northern California. This wall is now ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom, ...
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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self-supporting walls

I need to build some dividing walls, but per landlord requirements, these cannot reach the ceiling (must be 12" below the 100" high ceiling) to prevent re-working the existing sprinklers. The floor ...
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knee wall no venting possible

My master bedroom is above my garage. There is one part of the bedroom that has a cathedral ceiling with knee walls on both sides. There is no attic above this area because the drywall goes up along ...
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Balloon architecture

From what I think I have read, balloon framing did not have bottom plates unless I have a very unique house. I am trying to open a wall that runs parallel with the joists. It is currently a 30 inch ...
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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What is longest distance without attaching a top plate of interior wall

I have an interior wall in a building with metal roof trusses and drop ceilings. There are no wooden truss members or joists to attach the top plate of the wall. The interior wall will attach to an ...
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Protecting a stone retaining wall from water running down it

I have stone-and-cement retaining walls on two sides of my sloped driveway; they're new, and have cement caps. There's a long wall on the side of the driveway that's sloped about 1:20, and at the ...
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How Do I Tell What My Wall's Infill Is?

I live in a house that I can hang pictures on the interior walls, but if I try and put a nail in an outer wall, I can't. I assume that means my walls use some type of infill. In order to hang ...
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How to install a washing machine outlet box on the inside wall

I have a metal building and my walls are thin. However it is installed and sheet rocked. This is what we call are game room and all my plumbing is on the inside walls covered with foam tubing I ...
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4 King studs or 4 Jack studs

I have a 78 inch opening between two studs to install exterior French doors in a load bearing wall. I have a 72 inch door on order (actual size is 71 1/2 inch) To get to the 72 inch opening, I was ...
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Applying wooden planks to masonry wall

Introduction I would like to cover my bathroom walls with wooden planks because it looks downright hipster. Trouble is that there is masonry directly under the surface, and also they will potentially ...
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How can I attach a kitchen hood to a mud wall?

I am trying to attach a kitchen hood to a wall in a 200 yr old house. The wall is quite poor quality: random rubble I believe it's called. From what I can see it's essentially mud. The kitchen hood is ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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How should I insulate my bathroom wall?

I just gutted my bathroom. I want to replace the insulation in the walls. Right now there is fiberglass insulation with a plastic vapor barrier. Behind that is a old cardboard like material that they ...
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What is involved when replacing wood paneling with drywall?

In a forty-something year old home, I would like to freshen up a couple of rooms that still have wood paneling (and get rid of that "this room used to look fashionable in the 1970s" look). I would ...
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Will spray paint bleed through paint on new plaster walls?

I had kids come on the construction site and spray paint my bare plaster walls with graffiti!!! If I paint the walls now will it bleed through the paint? Do I have to take off the plaster and start ...
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Are there any electro-osmosis damp proofing systems that work?

I have a problem with rising damp in an old wall and am wondering if electro-osmosis damp proofing systems actually work to remedy this as they claim. The type of system I'm talking about consists of ...
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How should I install a partition wall perpendicular to a finished exterior wall? [duplicate]

I wish to install a partition wall with a header made of 2x8s (7 feet long). The header will run perpendicular to ceiling joists. I know the no-nonsense approach is to cut channels in the ceiling ...
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Poured Cement wall repair and stucco

So I live in Ecuador and this house has been forgotten for 15 years. All of the walls are poured cement with stucco on them. This seems to work fine, except at times the water seeps in and ruins the ...
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Can I connect the grounding conductor to the neutral when installing a remote for a ceiling fan in an ungrounded box?

I would like to install an in-wall remote control for a ceiling fan. The remote is wired up with two black wires (in and out) and a ground wire. It controls the fan's functions via wireless signal. ...
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What kind of screws/bolts do I need to mount a heavy TV mount?

I have wooden studs, and this (pretty heavy) metal tv mount. The slits it has for attaching to the wall are 5/16" or maybe 6/16" tall. I bought 1/4" and 5/16" bolts and some washers to go with them, ...
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garden design project [closed]

okay,i am not sure how to say this,my front yard is on a slope and i have managed to lay down plastic and then on top gravel that is very thick so it will not slide.my problem is where it meets the ...
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What questions should I ask of a structural engineer about these cracks in my brick walls?

My house was constructed in 1992 and we still have not completed the finishing work. Our roof is wood, there is no tie-beam or mullion at all in this house and there are some lintels above the windows ...
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How to build a sliding wall section

A typical interior door is about 30" wide. Double doors (eg. French doors) could make that wider, up to maybe 60". But I'd like to build a sliding wall section, perhaps 90-120" wide in place of an ...
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Could these foundation defects cause problems?

Attached are the pictures of newly constructed basement wall. I wonder if these defects are going to be a problem in the future? Outside of the walls have water proofing, but I wonder if these defects ...
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All new Plaster needed for unmodernised Victorian Terrace?

I've seen and am tempted to put an offer on a (mostly) unmodernised Victorian terraced house in London, UK. The interior walls are a bit of a state.. layers of paint and wallpaper, and where the ...
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How to remove oil stain from wall paint?

I tried to fix a problem, and I ended up with a more noticeable problem! I had a bunch of scotch tape & scotch tape residue on my bedroom walls. I used a healthy amount of Goo Gone and my ...
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Cracks in a newly constrcuted basement wall?

Pic 1 shows the newly constructed basement (Just 4 days) wall and It can clearly seen the crack across the wall (Not sure whether its crack or not but looks like) due to pouring concrete. I wonder ...
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idea for mounting lcd tv on plywood

please suggest some ideas for mounting tv on plywood . I need to do clamp the lcd tv on the window. So i think it's better to cover the window using plywood first. After mount the tv on plywood . Is ...
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Garage Wall Question- Insulation and vapour barrier?

We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are redoing the wall that separates our house from the garage. The wall is built with 2 by 6's and has been insulated with Roxul R20 thermal batt insulation. On ...
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ivy growing between sliding glass door frame

On the ground floor of my house, I have a sliding glass door. A small stalk of ivy has grown through the caulk (or other sealant?) between the frame/wall of the house and the frame of the sliding ...
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How do I cover up this partially exposed brick?

Looks like someone tried to parge this brick and then put a layer of skim coat over it? I tried to take off everything that was already crumbling off and what's left is pretty stuck on there. Any ...
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How can I fix a wall mounted towel hanger

The drywall mounted towel hanger is broken, and when I tried to put it back, the hole is too big for the hook. I would highly appreciate any advice.
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Stud wall that doesn't connect to ceiling?

I am going to be framing out a stud wall in a bathroom for a new walk-in shower. The room has tall vaulted ceilings and I do not want this new shower wall to go all the way up. Maybe just 7-8 feet ...
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Can a concrete porch be poured against a stone wall?

I am installing concretes porches in the front and rear of my home to replace wooden decks. The front exterior wall is stone and the new porch would extend up over the stone wall at the bottom. ...
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How can I paint concrete blocks without trapping moisture?

I have a shed/laundry that is a separate building from my house. It's made of concrete blocks sitting on top of a poured concrete slab. Currently the inside is bare, which is dark and drab. I want to ...
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When add a new closet in an existing space, should I attach the bottom plate to the flooring or the subfloor?

I am adding a new large closet, 3 walls and a door, in an existing bedroom. Can I attach the baseplate of the new walls directly on the existing oak flooring, or do I need to cut a channel in the oak ...
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Internal walls supported by rotten wood

We've an old house from 1890 and are replacing rotten and wood worm eaten beams and floors. But, whilst doing this we've found that the internal walls have been built on top of planks of wood placed ...
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Basement bottom plate has no vapour barrier, should I replace it?

I bought a new house last August and now I'm in the process of developing the basement. A few walls were already in when I bought the house, the walls under the staircase. You can clearly see they ...
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How can I prevent my refrigerator door from hitting the wall?

I have a stainless steel counter-depth refrigerator door (LG LFXC24726S). The right wall sticks out a bit further than the frame, and if the right door swings too far, it hits the wall and will ...
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Help with basement wall insulation

Here is the issue, my basement wall facing south is trapping moisture. Removed the drywall and found a layer of poly and rigid insulation on the lower wall and batting insulation on the top side. The ...
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Fix a gap in flashing

We had a sun room added to the first floor. A few years later I noticed signs of a small water leakage causing bubbling in plaster on the inside beam in the house where the sun room meets the house. ...
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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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Exterior walls or floors?

I am wanting to build my own spacious house. This is on my pretend world where my family members are the first to be on the planet after scientists so there are no building codes just yet. I have ...
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Mark 2 points on parallel walls directly opposite each other

I am about to mount some steel pipe which spans from one wall of a room to the opposite wall. (Here's why: Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall) How do I accurately mark two points on facing parallel ...
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Can I pin 1/4" wonderboard backerboard to the whole concrete blocks wall in bathroom?

The bathroom is in the condo, high-rising concrete building. The two side walls are diamond wire mesh with applied above the cement (grey) and lime (plaster) layers , total depth 3/4". The frontal ...
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Wall between House and garage is hanging over the concrete slab. Is this a major issue?

We bought our house about six months ago, and we are first time home buyers, so please forgive my ignorance. This weekend I noticed that the bottom of the wall in the garage was about 1-2 inches over ...