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

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Anatomy of a concrete wall – what are all these layers called?

So my partner and I are trying to resurface a concrete wall in an old house in Taiwan. Before I get into the nitty gritty of asking how, I just want to clarify my terminology first – I think I've got ...
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Load bearing wall?

I'm looking for your opinions on this load bearing wall and how it pertains to my roof structure. Here are some pictures End of beam on load-bearing wall: Wider view of load-bearing: Attic above ...
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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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Is this foyer (wall) load bearing, in a condo

I live in a 5 story condo, on 2nd floor. I wanted to remove this foyer (in picture labeled as ENTRY). I see joists running across the room, left to right in the picture. The structural engineer came ...
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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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Hanging pictures on a sloping plasterboard wall…?

So I've just moved house and I have some fairly heavy pictures (one painting, one framed picture) that I want to hang on my wall. Problem is, the walls are sloped (I'm in an attic room) and they're ...
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What kind of latch can I use to hang temporary wall panels on a 270 degree angle?

I am building a few temporary wall panels for a little nook in my basement. I would like to be able to put them up and take them down frequently. To do that, I would like to install latches that ...
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Where to split long walls

I'm trying to build walls for my basement, and not surprisingly, many walls are longer than 8/10/12/16ft. For many walls, I was thinking of putting up two 8' or 10' walls with the stud straddling ...
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Noisy floating wall anchors

In Colorado basement walls have to be floating. Basically they are suspended from the floor joists, with a vertically movable anchor into the base plate, in case the slab moves due to expansive soil. ...
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How to run drywall backer parallel to I-joist?

I'm trying to install a non-load bearing basement wall parallel to an I-joist. The tricky part is, how do I run a drywall backer parallel to the I-joist? The top plate is wider than the flange of the ...
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What type of backer board do I need to use to attach a stone veneer around a fireplace?

I want to put up a stone veneer surround, around a gas fireplace we're going to install. I've seen everything from using 1/2" plywood and a metal lath, to putting the tiles directly on drywall. I ...
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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 ...
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Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so, with what & how?

Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so: What can I use to prepare the wall? What material should I use (joint compound, plaster, other)? All DIY so simpler the better.
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Small red brick wall area to hold L brackets

Refer to image below, I would like to know are my wall and the custom build L brackets able to hold around 50kg includes table top. Ps: the L brackets is flat not those angle L Here's a picture of ...
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How to mount floating loft stairs to the wall

I'm looking for a nice way to make a stairs for loft bed in the apartment. I definitely want to use space under stairs for storage but I don't want to use all space. I like an idea shown here ...
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How can I install a Pull-Up Bar on a brick wall?

I want to install a pull-up bar on a brick wall but I am not sure at all if it will hold or not. I will try to give you some specifications about the wall and the bar and hopefully you can help me. ...
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Pipe blocking drywall placement

I'm new here I'm redoing my 2nd floor Bathroom and this is my first major project. when the plumber redid the plumbing in the wall (coming from 3rd floor and joining waste from 2nd floor bath and ...
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18 inch lag screw protruding from stud supporting 20lbs

I need advice on how to keep a 48" diameter "cat exercise wheel" axle made from 3/4" pvc pipe free floating on an [18" lag screw] ...
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Installing short 18“- 24” threaded black pipe for lp gas line in wall

Is it ok to run short 18"-24" threaded pieces of black gas pipe in the wall horizontally done by a licensed plumber so it goes through the 2x6 studs
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Rail bookshelves on a wall with steel studs

I want to mount bookshelves on rails in my office. My office manager says that the walls are "drywall on steel studs" on one side; plaster and lathe over "thin steel studs" on the other. What are my ...
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1 hour party wall seperation

I have a 1922 built semi-detached unit that I want to sever, the common wall on main floor and second floor are composed of lath board and plaster on original wood studs. What are my choices for ...
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How can I drill my wall if it contains flint?

I live in an old victorian house. Some of the walls seem to have pebbles inside then you get so far and there is flint, the drill won't go any further. Its a nightmare putting anything on the wall! ...
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wall outlet dead, no power to outlet

My daughter was using a rug shampooer. She said that all of a sudden the shampooers power went out. She finnished the job with a different outlet. Then while vacuuming, using a different outlet, the ...
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How to mount TV in old drywall or plaster wall [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount my TV in the wall but it's proving to made much more complicated than expected. My house is from 1908 and has been through multiple renovations. The drywall seems old, and the ...
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Time to Replace Masonite Royalcote Wall Paneling?

My house was built in 1959. The basement has a pseudo-finished area with walls made of wood paneling. I've started removing some of it to address issues behind the wall and to provide easier ...
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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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Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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Will my floating shelf hold a fish tank weighing approx 33kg?

I have a 60cm X 23cm floating shelf with 6 X 4mm x 50mm screws with rawl plugs. The shelf is rated at holding 25kg. I also installed 4 L-shaped brackets underneath, each with 3 X 4mm X 50mm screws and ...
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My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?

The question is pretty much all in the title: My house has metal "2x4's" in the walls. Can I hang cabinets or a TV directly on these metal studs? If not directly, is there something special I must do? ...
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Closing off a doorway between apartments but keeping the door?

I own two condo units that are connected by a doorway in the common brick wall. Now I'd like to rent one of the units and close the doorway. I was wondering if it was possible to leave both options ...
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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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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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How to anchor through .5 inch drywall/.75 inch wood/concrete block

Installing a TV wall mount. The issue is that the wall is 1/2" dry over 1x2 wood spaced 24 inch on center and then concrete block. What is the best fastner to to use considering the first 1 1/4" ...
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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Optional int/ext walls with I-beam construction

I would like to build a one story flat roof home using red iron. What are my best options for interior and exterior walls to portray a 1950's contemporary look and achieve a reasonable r-value?
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Limit 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, ...
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Removing a wall to the ceiling / roof

Edit 2: I called an engineer and paid for his evaluation of the wall. It's not load bearing. Realized that I left out some basics about the house. This house is built on a raised foundation with ...
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Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B
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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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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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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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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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Hanging picture on a very hard concrete wall

Situation: Appartment in a panel building. Very hard concrete walls -- all, thick or thin. No plastic hooks (like these on alibaba that usually work for people around do not work for me, the little ...
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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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What could have caused these step formation cracks in a plaster wall?

Trying to figure out what these cracks are from. house was built in 1929, has plaster walls throughout. Someone said its the house settling and firebreaks in the interior of the wall. Anyone see this ...
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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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How can I avoid repainting a wall after removing pictures?

I have off-white walls and when I removed some pictures recently, I filled the holes with spackle but there are still some areas that visibly show where the holes were. I don't want to have to ...
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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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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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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?