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

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Building a deck - can I extend the side wall vent of my propane furnace underneath it?

I'm building a low deck outside of my house, and the vent wouldn't have a 1ft clearance. Deck extends about 7ft out from the house. Would it cause any problems if I were to extend the vent's 2inch ...
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Is Behr primer compatible with Sherwin Williams paint?

Can I prime walls using Behr primer then paint over the primer using Sherwin Williams paint?
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How do I remove glow in the dark paint from my walls?

A friend of mine painted on the walls of the apartment we are staying in with glow in the dark pain, and we have to get them off of the walls because we will get fined for it. We did not realize this ...
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Can I remove this wall?

This is the plan of the house I'm living in, and I'm thinking of making some changes. The measurements are in cm. The construction brick, circa 1980. It has only ground and first floor. Before I'll ...
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What length header should I consider?

I have 2 bathroom remodeling we are planning on the 2nd floor of 2 storied house. I want to carve out part of the bathroom as laundry room where Washer (27") and Dryer (27") will be stacked in a ...
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How was the wood grain aligned in this set of decorative wall panels?

Can anyone tell me how the wood finish look on this wall was achieved? My guess was either by staining plywood or using vinyl sticker. I am planning to build a wall panel similar to this and was ...
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Easy way to find out if this wall is load bearing? (double top plate, but parallel with trusses) with pictures

It's a single story house (but this is an addition done in the 80's I think). I know a double top plate usually means it's load bearing, but parallel with trusses means it's usually not load bearing. ...
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How do i determine load bearing post concrete condo lower level with concrete ceiling

We have these 2 sheetrock metal 2x4 framed square posts in the middle between living room and dining room that the wife would like removed. They have 3 arches. I dont beleive they are load bearing ...
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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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Drilling through the exterior wall of a row house - hitting metal?

Working on a 1920s brick two family row house in Brooklyn. Looking to run a cat5 cable through an exterior wall (and back in again at another part of the house, to avoid running the wire through ...
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Painting on plastic panels

So bit of a quandary. I'm about to move into a flat which has what looks like plastic (I think, didn't personally go to the viewing but thats what I've been told) wall panels on all of the exterior ...
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Do vertical cracks in old plaster wall along studs indicate a structural problem

My house was built in 1908 and still has its original plaster walls. One of the upstairs bedroom's wall has vertical cracks from floor to ceiling along the studs-3 studs in a row in the center of the ...
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Putty knife : when to use flexible blade and when to use stiff blade?

I'm prepping my walls for painting. There are various sizes of putty knives and they come in flexible and stiff versions. I know that I need to get a few sizes for different kind of work: 4", 6" and ...
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TV wall mount problem. (Studs too far apart)

I bought a full motion wall mount to fix 49" tv to wall. Instructions for mount specify must be fixed to studs. Studs are too far apart where I want it to go. Is there a safe way to fix or should I ...
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How to tighten an optical fiber to the wall?

I would like to lengthen my optical fiber so I can put my Internet box on a proper shelf. That's quite easy, I'll just have to buy a longer fiber. The problem is that I don't want it to hang ...
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Cost effective fasteners in crumbly wall

My apartment has very shoddy walls. It's basically a truss construction (though I never encountered a truss in a wall, but a neighbor did), the space between the trusses is filled with sand and fine ...
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How can I create a movable insulated wall?

I have a storage area which I need a sectioned. The smaller section will be cooled to 35-40 degrees with the help of our air conditioner and an attached Coolbot system. I want have the option of ...
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Special sized towel rack brackets needed - do they exist?

I'm trying to replace my bathroom towel racks, without re-drilling holes in the wall. The previous rack's holes are wider apart than all the standard holes I'm finding in stores, so I'm not finding ...
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Can I use liquid nails to attach toe plate/sill plate to concrete floor?

Sorry for my choice of words yesterday. Hope this is better explained: ground water flooded two finished rooms in my basement. Took out rotting, mildewed drywall, studs, sill plate, insulation. ...
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How to buy the right AC for an existing wall mount sleeve?

I have a non-working GE wall mounted AC. I am looking to remove the chasis and purchase an AC that will fit this sleeve. I looked up the GE AC model to see if there were similar models I can buy to ...
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Can I use construction adhesive alone to attach pressure-treated wall plate to concrete floor?

Replacing walls in basement due to flooding. Contractor installed sump and drain pipe around the inside of the cinder block wall. I want to put in new wall, concerned that TapCon or other hammer/gun ...
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The walls in our living room transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface…what is this called?

Our living room has walls that transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface...the radius of the curve is a few inches I think. What is this kind of construction called?
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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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what is long term impact of stones on house wall?

Here is my first question on this site. Apology for any error. I live in 1500 sqft house with unfinished basement. I'm planning to put some stones outside house near walls (in garden). And have a ...
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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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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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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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I drilled a hole in the fireplace flue

I was trying to hang a shelf on the wall in my living room and was drilling holes to plug fishers in it. Accidentally I found myself drilling into part of the flue of the fireplace (people living in ...
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How to install a mini split when you have brick walls

I want to install a mini-split unit myself. I can't afford to do it any other way and I'm going to die of heat exhaustion if I fail because these window units just aren't doing the trick. The only ...
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Where can I find these textured cast concrete blocks?

I am trying to match up some old blocks but ain't having much luck. Would anybody know the name or style of the block?
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Rabbit proofing gap in gate

I have a gap between the wall and gate which allows rabbits to get into the backyard. My objective is to rabbit proof this gap. I've considered pulling the gate closer to the wall with the threads on ...
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How to mount a white board on a wall without making holes in the wall?

I'm planning on buying a big white board to put on my bedroom wall. I don't want to commit to it though, so I don't want to nail it to the wall. Does anyone know of a non permanent solution to fix the ...
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remove chamberlain wall unit

How do i remove below wall unit? I need to replace it with a new one
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How to remove silicone from a porous wall?

I recently removed a door bell and I got a sillicone stain in the wall. The wall is basically red brick. The brick individually are kind of irregular and present some superficial porosity. This ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
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How should I connect a steel I beam to the sill plate above it?

I have a late 70s house, and I want to install a wall next to the middle I beam in the basement ceiling. If I put a 2x flush to the sill plate, it will be fire blocked as well. The problem is that ...
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Leaning cinder block fence caused by tree, what's the best way to fix this?

There's a cinder block fence with my neighbor that is leaning into their property. A tree stump and its roots are the probably causes. The tree roots are probably making the wall lean. The tree stump ...
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How long should a blower and dehumidifier run in order to dry out ceiling boards and drywall?

I recently had a leak in a pipe in my ceiling. It was caught immediately and only soaked the floor below my bathroom, the floor boards and ceiling drywall in a small area. I had two air blowers and a ...
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Flagstone deck and retaining walls

About 8 years ago my brother and I removed a large wooden raised deck in my parents back yard. To be more specific this is a ranch house with a basement and the back of the house is straight except ...
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Preparing walls for plastering

Hi I'm pulling down wallpaper in front room as I want to paint it but I've found that the old plastering is coming off with the wallpaper, and on last wall I've found they painted under it as well! ...
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Making a fake wall to mount a tv, easy as it seems? will the fake studs be able to carry the same weight?

The fake wall is strictly aesthetics but there are 5 studs on the actual wall, then we will be attaching 5 more "studs" kinda like this. But it will be from the floor to around 3/4th of the actual ...
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How to hide patch of mud & oil primer under latex paint

I put a hole in my wall a while ago. I made a patch for it with a wood backing, two drywall patches and spackle in the middle and on top. I painted over it with CIL (white eggshell latex) paint/...
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What can I do to transition between concrete and drywall?

I am drywalling my unheated, partially-below grade exterior garage. A four-foot tall concrete wall runs along the parts of the garage that are below-grade. Above the concrete walls are 2x6 wood ...
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What is the side load bearing capacity of wood screws?

I'm trying to figure out the viability of a project to suspend bicycles from the garage ceiling. What I don't know, however, is how much to worry about the bearing capacity of wood screws to hold a ...
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I need to Mount a 55" Sony TV on a Wood paneling wall w/no studs

My wife and I rent a duplex in an old neighborhood of Honolulu, HI. We have talked about mounting our 55" XBR-55X810C Sony 4K TV since we bought it, and yesterday we bought a mount on a whim. It's a ...
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Load-Bearing (?) Cinder Blocks Half-Corroded Away

In preparation for patching and repairs, I knocked down all the loose material from an old, water-damaged wall. In the process, I discovered an area where a couple of the cinder blocks underneath the ...
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Yellow stains on fresh plaster over concrete?

I'm trying to fix up the walls in an old house in Taiwan. The structure is plaster over concrete (?) over brick (or in some cases, cinder block). Some walls in some rooms have what appears to be ...
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Should I do something about these cracks in the basement wall?

I noticed some cracks in my basement wall that are bulging out. Also, there are some patches and a vertical line near the corner where the material (I think it's plaster over the cement) is ...