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

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Is it safe to shave off 1/8" from a load-bearing stud?

I am trying to install a small metal media cabinet in a load-bearing wall in my basement, but unfortunately the cabinet is about 1/8" too wide to fit between the studs. Is it safe to shave off a ...
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Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box?

Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box? I expressly had a cable conduit installed in our TV nicho, but in the end, my equipment is up higher on the wall (above ...
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Hang a floating mantel

We recently replaced an existing fireplace mantel and my wife would like me to re-purpose the old mantle as a high mounted shelf in our soon to be occupied nursery. The original install was a 1x1 ...
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Skim coating textured walls

We have plaster textured walls through out our entire house that are in good condition, but are just ugly. Is it ok to skim coat or is drywall a better solution. We are first timers doing our own ...
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What happens if XPS is an inch away from basement walls?

I live in Maine and am planning to insulate my basement. It has fairly smooth poured concrete walls. I've read online that spray foam is one option, and 2" of XPS directly against the wall is ...
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Small alcoves in exterior walls for utilities access?

I am in Oaxaca, Mexico at the moment and almost every building seems to have these – photos from Google Street View. Am I correct that they are to give the fire department access to gas and ...
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Towel hook in bathroom ceramic tile grout

I few years ago I installed tile on the wall of my bathroom. I needed a little hook for a hand towel in the tile, so I drilled two little holes into the grout in between two tiles and screwed the hook ...
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Any downsides to upside down shelves?

I want to put a row of bookshelves along a corridor, immediately above door frames - basically like this above the doors. Because of the gaps where the door themselves, and because I assume floating ...
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TV wall mount ripped out, repair help please

I've had my 50" TV on a heavy articulated mount on the wall for 3 months. the other day i angled it to watch from the dining table like always and the top two 1/4" toggle bolts ripped out of the wall. ...
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Can you re-shape an internal brick wall feature?

We have a horrible 70s style brick feature in our living room which eats into the room space and really dates the room. My OH is reluctant to remove it. There is a gas fire installed into the brick ...
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Strange configuration for laundry area needs solutions

We are being given the chance to buy the house we are renting, but I have some major concerns where it comes to the laundry area. You see, the washer hookup and gas hot water tank are in a closet ...
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how to repair exterior wall above window

I removed rotten wooden panels off the sides of the windows but pieces of the wall crumbled in the process. I have to replace the wooden panels but need to know how to repair the wall.
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Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall

Walls are 7-feet apart. For the bar, I am using metal pipe about an inch two inches in diameter. What is the best way to mount an end of the bar to the face of the wall? (PS: Very similar question ...
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Best way to remove textured wall (joint compound)?

What I'm working with: There's a lot to take down. I know skim coating is an option, but I don't think that will work well due to the nature of the texture (it's not knocked down).
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How can I repair this rotted section of wood siding?

I have a section of wood siding that is soft and rotting. Complicating matters (and possibly causing the issue) is the placement of the seating area of the deck. The previous owners built a privacy ...
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replacing flooring under walls (2nd story)

I am wanting to tile my master bath. When I pulled up the old linoleum flooring, it was particle-board. I've read nightmares about tiling over particle board so I'm planning on replacing it with ...
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How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?

I am going to attach a piece of plywood across 3 studs and then attach the mount to the plywood, as described in the answer to Studs not in right place for mounting TV. Can I use 2x4s to extend them?. ...
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What are those resina filled holes on outside walls

I was looking at a house and couldn't help but notice that literally all the external bricks where covered by small holes, most of them filled with what looks like a kind of resina (see picture ...
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How can I stop an in-the-wall air conditioner from leaking air into the home?

As far as I can tell, the air conditioner fits nearly perfectly in the hole, but there is considerable air leaking into the home through the bottom. I think it may be because of metal strips that line ...
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Am I have trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

i picked a tv mount from ikea. The tv itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. Its ...
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What is up with this wall, and what is the right way to hang something on it?

I just moved in to a new apartment, in a very old house. The landlord mentioned that it is over 100 years old. The walls are plaster, which means (to the best of my knowledge) that there is lath ...
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Hanging a new wall with Genie Clips and need to install a few studs. Will this affect the installation?

Here's what the bare frame looks like: If you don't already know how a wall is hung with Genie Clips, here's the video. Skip to 2:45 to see how they're spacing the clips. ...
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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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How can I hang a wall mount on misaligned studs?

So my wall mount teleco rack arrived. However my studs are 15" apart, not 16" so I can't put lag screws into more than one stud. I don't want to drill into the metal so close to the opening ...
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Can I knock down this wall without the whole place collapsing?

I have a partial kitchen wall I'm trying to tear down. I took out the ceiling drywall and there are long joists running perpendicular to the wall which made me think the wall might be weight-bearing. ...
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How can I totally smooth a wall surface without replastering?

I have taken the wall paper off of a wall, to find there are several layers of paint under it. I have sanded till it's as smooth as I can get it, but there are still patches not even 1 mm deep that ...
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How can I determine what's behind a wall?

I live in a two story house build in the 60s. The lower floor(half buried) is only under half of the ground floor so I think there is a possibility that there is an extra room beside a wall in the ...
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How do I patch a gap between my bathtub and wall?

The wall of my bathtub was cut too short when installed and water leaks to downstairs when I take a shower if it gets into the space between the tub and the wall. My father has tried caulking and even ...
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How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?

I have an odd space above the mantle that my wife hates, and we tried covering it up with our TV, but I'm not very confident that the mantle is strong enough to hold the TV. I would like to do ...
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How can I deal with non square walls when installing a countertop with backsplash?

I am converting the huge upstairs master suite in my house into a studio apartment. I have built a kitchenette in one of the dormers. Everything is coming along and looks great. But when the ...
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Load Bearing Interior wall help [duplicate]

I want to knock down the 2 walls (circle in red & yellow). The image on the left is the ground floor. The right image is the top floor. Can anyone help determine which one(s) is the load bearing ...
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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What are my options for temperature equalization between two rooms?

Ideally a bi-directional through-wall vent + fan would be great with built in thermostats measuring both sides. I haven't found that nor am I entirely sure what to search for. Are there components ...
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Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?

Would anyone care to venture an opinion about which of the materials (if any) listed in http://www.chemisol.com/argp.htm would be most suitable for applying a waterproofing coat to interior walls? ...
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How can I hang a picture?

I tried to hang pictures on the wall using Command™ no mess picture hangers. I cleaned the walls as the instruction requested, then applied the Command™picture hanger and let it set. When I hung the ...
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Dealing with non square wall and non-planable vanity cabinet

I've just replaced the floor in my bathroom and as I prepare to put the vanity back (we removed it to lay floor under it in the spirit of completeness) I've discovered why combs and things fall down ...
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What could have caused these cracks, and how can I repair them?

We have recently bought an old mid terraced house, early 1900s build, in the Salford, Manchester (NW England) area. We have two cracks as follows: Front upstairs bedroom: The crack runs diagonally ...
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I noticed this spacing on floor behind stove, seal it?

I noticed this spacing behind the stove, on the floor between wall and floor. Is this normal? Should I seal it with something?
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Any recomendations for low-voltage wires through walls?

I have found a good central location to mount a router, however it does not have power nearby. Instead working with 120V wiring, I thought it might be easier to just make a small hole/tunnel/conduit ...
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What type of insulation is needed for exterior walls on a brick house?

I have a government grant (2,440$) to insulate all of my exterior walls. The issue is, I cannot access them from the outside because I have a brick house. My first guess was that I will need to take ...
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Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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puddle through wall

I have a building made of cinder blocks on a concrete slab with a drainage pipe running from the roof into the ground to drainage pipes that run into the parking lot. We have had a plumber come in ...
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Should I worry about these white marks on my exterior wall?

Below is a picture of one of the corners of my house You can notice the white mineral efflorescence that formed on the wall The patio starts just off that wall, quite a large one, rectangular shape ...
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Do I need a hammer drill to install brackets for drapes on a brick wall?

I want to put up brackets for drapes. I have a masonry bit, but are using a simple (and possible cheap) cordless drill. I can seem to penetrate the brick. Do I need a hammer drill to do the job.
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What is the best way to get rid of plants growing in my walls?

In a rental unit my fiancée just leased, 2 weeks after she moved in, a vine-type weed sprouted from the baseboard in her kitchen. Upon further inspection, I was able to pull about a foot of vine ...
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Mixing two different primers?

Can I cut in my walls with a latex primer sealer by gliden if I already rolled walls with zinser oil base sealer
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How can I measure the r-value of a wall?

What is a reproducible test to measure the r-value of an exterior wall? Or even a specific spot on a specific wall? It needn't produce an absolutely certain result, but a good estimate with known ...
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wall mounted table/desk, i've my calculations now what

long story short that i need to build a wall mounted table/desk, i've done my calculation (full stress analysis) and i've moved all forced to the mounting points but now im stuck because i don't know ...
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What is the best way to seal this old fireplace vent?

I am doing some minor renovations to my basement with the drop ceiling and found that one of the geniuses that owned the house before me, used fibreglass ceiling tiles to seal off an old vent for a ...
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How can I fill wall screw holes so I can reposition the screws?

I live in an old 1920's apartment building with thick solid walls and installed an ikea dignitet curtain wire. One side I've realized I've put in wrong and need to redrill two holes in a different ...