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

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How many jack poles should I use when opening a doorway through a load bearing wall?

I'm opening a 6-foot wide opening in a 19-foot section of load bearing wall between two rooms on the main level of two-level-with-basement home. I'll be installing a built-up 4x10 header (using (2) ...
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Repairing exterior cement wall

I have an exterior wall on one side of a brick building that appears to be stucco or cement. Some of it is starting to come off in sheets. Basically, there is one layer, maybe the thickness of orange ...
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Hanging 1700 Grade Lining Paper

I'm decorating a bedroom where the walls are pretty grim. I'm having to fill in a lot of holes, and there are imperfections in the wall. Replastering is not an option as its a rented house. So, I ...
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What is this stucco-like finish called?

The chimney is a wide column in the middle of the living room. The finish on this chimney sort of evokes brick, but I don't think it is. It reminds me of stucco, but it isn't that either. The house ...
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Is there a way to replace the bottom part of wall?

The bottom plate of an exterior wall is rotted quite a bit, is there any way to safely replace it, "DIY-style"? It's a standard 2x4 wall, and I'm already tore into the inside-side to replace ...
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What is a shear wall and what is it for?

I have a wall in the middle of my house which I have been told is a shear wall. The image below is a diagram I put together real quick to show what it looks like. The grey lines on the right are ...
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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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How far can laser level dots be seen outside in the sun?

I am building an CEB (like adobe) home and would like to buy a laser level to help make sure the top course is level. There is no roof yet, and this will be outside, and in the sun. The house is ...
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How can I expand a fireplace box in a framed wall?

We're creating a bumped-out wall with an inset fireplace (ventless, bioethanol), similar to this to give you an idea. One notable difference however is that the bottom of the fireplace will be ...
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Realistically, could you build a useful built in closet in a space that is 77.5in x 9.4in?

I have a part of a wall in a room that is deeper than the rest of that wall and measures exactly 77.5 inches across and 9.4 inches deep (196.9 cm x 23.9 cm). I would like to make that space a built ...
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How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?

I have a concrete wall that separates my backyard with my neighbor’s. It has been there for decades (at the very least 30 years). I have a slope of about 30 degrees and have noticed that the wall is ...
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Should I worry about plaster walls in bathroom?

I just moved in to a new house, which has plaster walls. I was told that the owners never took a shower, due to worry over the walls. There is tile all over the walls, but I still wonder if I should ...
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How do I attach skirting boards to a plaster wall?

I have ten feet or so of new skirting board to put up by my front door where we have just had the walls plastered [1]. Back when I was a kid I did a carpentry course so I know how to cut and mitre the ...
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How do I install a non-load bearing wall on a carpeted concrete floor and finished drywall ceiling?

I am looking to close off a stairwell with a new drywall wall. The area it will be installed is already finished with carpet stretched over the concrete floor and a popcorn drywall ceiling. What are ...
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How do I remove the mounting hardware of an intercom speaker, and then patch the hole?

I am looking to remove an old intercom speaker from my bedroom wall and patch over the hole. I removed the speaker to find a metal mount in the wall attached between two studs. More pictures ...
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Why might there be concrete inside my wall?

I was attempting to run speaker wire to the opposite side of my office via the basement. I was hoping to accomplish this by feeding wires into a wall plate near the floor, down the interior of the ...
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How should a new brick wall tie into an existing wall?

When building a new brick outside, block inside extension, where it joins an existing brick wall. How should the new wall be tied into the old. ie should the outside brick AND the inside block be tied ...
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Will wall anchors work when screwed into a stud?

I'm installing some Lack floating shelves from IKEA. I have two holes into the drywall with anchors (the metal kind with large threads), and one hole into the stud. The problem is, I got confused and ...
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How can I recess an electrical outlet that protrudes from a glass mosaic tile wall?

The electrical outlet in my newly installed glass mosaic tile backsplash protrudes. How can I recess it without damaging the glass tile? It is a wall switch that runs to my disposal.
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How do I attach the framing of a shorter wall to a higher wall above concrete?

Back again with another framing question that I simply haven't been able to answer. For Reference: Gray - Concrete Pink - XPS Insulation Darker Browns - Existing Wood Light Brown w/ Dashes - new ...
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Is there a product I could apply on the wall before painting so that one paint layer only will do?

After removing wallpaper with a steamer I want to paint it, but using the least amount of paint possible. Is there a product I could apply on the wall before painting so that one paint layer only ...
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How can I frame this area of my basement wall around my water main?

I have started the process of framing my basement, but I've hit a bit of a snag as I'm not sure how exactly to frame around our water main. My original idea was to frame two walls (floor to joists) on ...
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How deep should I drill a pilot hole in concrete for a 2 inch screw?

For fixing a 2 inch screw on concrete wall, how should I drill for good strength and no damage to the wall. I tried a 2 inch screw and drilled for 1 1/2 inch and later tried to screw it into the hole. ...
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How to install coat hooks securely when holes don't line up with studs (batten depth?, length of screws?)

I have a single piece set of coat hooks to install on the wall. By single piece I mean that they are 6 double hooks all attached to a single piece of metal as backing. There are 3 holes in the ...
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How can I repair these cracks in my balcony wall?

I have recently purchased a flat which around three years old. The house is on 11th floor and has vertical cracks on balcony walls. Some of them are across the wall. Here are some pictures Wall crack ...
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How can I connect coaxial cables to my wall?

I have cables that my cable company laid running all over the place. How do I connect these cables to the wall? What is the name of this part, so I know what to buy?
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Can't get into a wall without gouging it out

My house was built in 1948 and is in St. Louis County, Missouri. I don't know what its walls are made of, but nothing is on them except paint AFAICT. For many of the walls, whenever I try to hammer a ...
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Why doesn't the paint stick to new ingrain wallpaper?

I painted newly wallpapered walls with white color (2 times). Now I want to paint a rectangular part of the wall in a different color. To accomplish that, I used tape to get exact, well-defined ...
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Should I add a vapor barrier when re-siding?

I am removing the siding on my house in Montana, which was built in 1964. From inside out I have sheetrock, 4" studs with R-11 paper backed fiberglass insulation and gypsum board sheathing. I want ...
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Is pressure grouting of a wall-crack, a good or potential solution?

Some of the walls in my house, have developed cracks, which are 2 to 4mm wide. One crack, runs diagonally, from floor level to about 80% of the wall height, and other cracks run along the window ...
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How can I mount a desk on a wall with L-brackets?

I'm currently planning a new wall-mounted computer desk and intend to use something similar to this as the top: However, my end goal is for a wall-mounted desk, using L-Bracket mounts. I've never ...
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What material to use to close a too wide wire tunnel?

During the cold days I noticed a little draft coming from the light switch next to my house door. Removing the switch revealed that the tunnel for the cables was widened to fit the cables for the ...
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How do I determine how much weight an indoor hammock mounting kit can bear?

I'm looking to mount hammock indoors using an indoor hammock hanging kit, and was wondering how I'd determine how much weight the wall studs or ceiling I attach this mounting kit into can bear. The ...
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What is the sheathing underneath my brick exterior walls?

I am trying to figure out what is inside of my exterior plaster wall that the brick is attached to. The house was built in 1946, has no insulation in the walls, and (oddly enough to me), has drywall ...
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How can I attach cabinets and shelves to an Insulating Concrete Form wall?

So my house and garage have been built with Insulating Concrete Forms (Perform wall to be exact) and I want to attach shelves and cabinets in my garage. Pictures and other lighter stuff have been ...
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How much movement is normal after mounting a TV on partition wall?

I have a wall that's made of plasterboards mounted on metal studs. I have mounted two DVD cabinets (each 22kg) and an LCD TV (40kg). To mount all this, I installed 6mm thick MDF panels across 5 of ...
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What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?

I have several 2.3" holes in my concrete walls. I think they were likely used as part of the construction or assembly process. They're maybe an inch to an inch and a half deep, and they look like ...
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What should I do to level an uneven floor with a potential load bearing wall above?

I'm trying to level the first floor in my 90 year old house. The floor joists are held up by a wooden beam composed of 5 2x8s, which is held up by two steel columns. In the middle of the wooden ...
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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How can I block off a doorway with studwork on a brick wall?

I'm blocking up a doorway in a brick wall. I've decided to block it up using a stud wall as that should be a bit easier than bricking it up. I know that the bricks are 11cm depth plus approx 2cm ...
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What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?

So on this particular wall in my apartment I have two fire detectors (one that's plugged in but seems to have some sort of internal battery and one that takes 9V batteries), a thermostat and... this: ...
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How can I hang a heavy frame without making holes in the walls?

I live in an apartment, so I don't want to put holes in the wall, but I have a large (2'x3') wire-suspended frame, weighing 14 pounds, that I'd like to hang. The heaviest-duty 3M Command product (the ...
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What do you call the clips for attaching a dado rail?

The dado rail in our living room is attached with plastic clips that have kind of grove on them. Researching online, it seems that most people have stuck these rails on with glue. Some of these are ...
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How can I reproduce this painting effect?

I really like this photowallpaper, but it's quite impossible to import it: I think - based on my basic but quite good paining skills - I can reproduce it with painting. But.. which type of paint ...
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How do I replace the exterior wall without damaging the siding?

I have three exterior walls that need all the studs and the top plate replaced. I am a novice carpenter and I try to learn everything through research and study first. The walls would need realigned ...
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Is there a way to fix a small chip in a wall's paint?

I'm not sure exactly with what I've bumped my wall and caused this this: Is there anything that can be done to fix this without repainting the entire room? I've been reading around a bit, and not ...
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How can I figure out what material my row home's interior and party walls are made out of?

I'd like to hang some shelving on the wall in my kitchen that separates my home from my neighbor's. How can I figure out what material this wall is made of? The home was built in 1950. The party wall ...
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Should we cover weep holes with wire mesh?

We just bought our first home and we had advice some friends that we should cover the weep holes with wire mesh, to prevent bugs and other things from going inside. Is that a good idea? Please advise. ...
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How to repair a large hole in OSB?

I know that it's just the garage but I'd like to repair this approximately 5 inch hole in an interior OSB partition wall. How should I proceed?
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Will plaster on basement walls and ceiling provide insulation?

My basement's insides are completely unfinished. It has bare brick walls and bare concrete beams-vaults as the ceiling. I though of coating the walls and the ceiling with 2 inch thick plaster with the ...