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

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how to route cable in wall

This is probably the most amateurish question here :) I always lived in brick houses where i had conduits to pass cables thru. life was easy. Now i'm on a rented wood panel(?) house. And i want to ...
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How should I fill the holes where my curtain rod was, so that I can reuse them?

My curtain rail has fallen down and the holes are too big to plug and re-use. What is the best products/method to fill the deep holes and hang my curtain rails? Please note: Curtain rails are ...
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How many holes will hanging a heavy panel on my wall require?

I would like to build panels to put up on my apartment wall, with a backing (probably wooden) strong enough to attach faux bricks onto my 8' high walls. The panel-making process is as follows: Lay ...
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Cracked wall, is it serious?

I am in the process of purchasing a home and this was reported in the inspection report. The side of the house showed long cracked lines of the wall "with deformation". Would anyone be able to tell if ...
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Can I safely nail a wall's top plate to a laminated beam?

I'm finishing my basement in Minnesota, and am in the process of framing it out. An engineered wood beam (2 parallel pieces of what looks to be 13 or 14ply laminate) holds up the main floor. My ...
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Should drywall used on a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used on walls?

Should drywall used in a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used in walls? We are demoing a closet this weekend, and will need to repair the remaining drywall in a few places.
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Paint peeled off with wall border sticker

Yesterday I tried removing a (childish) wall border sticker from my wall. I used steam from a kettle to try and melt the glue, but it didn't work for some places. Is there a simple fix for this, or do ...
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How should I build stud walls to make shelves in a room that has a sloping ceiling and floor?

We have a home that is 104 years old. There is a room that was added in the 1940's and built over a sloped roof from the rooms below. It is fully enclosed and we would like to add some shelving in the ...
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Old brick foundation walls, 125 years, need repointing and/or plaster finish. What is best method and materials to resurface these old bricks?

My 125 year old house has old brick foundation which is exposed in the basement. I would like to plaster but don't want to do the complete three stage plaster job; the grout is deteriorated in many ...
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What should I do about an above grade cinder block basement wall that is wet?

Above grade cinder block basement wall is wet. It's right at the ground level. On same wall the below grade isn't wet. i think it's b/c not much sun on that side of the house as other. what to do? ...
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how critical are distances between studs?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (east-central Minnesota, US). So far, I've put up a couple of wood stud walls... non-load bearing, simple partition walls. One one of these walls, the ...
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How do I remove mildew from walls and ceilings?

My bathroom has some mildew on the walls and ceilings, and I desperately want to get rid of it. How can I remove it?
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How to remove screw anchors from wall?

What is a recommended way to go about removing screw anchors from a wall, after they've been there for "quite some time". I tried simply pulling them out with pliers, sometimes that works but more ...
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What could cause a crack in the drywall where the wall meets the ceiling?

My wife and I bought our home 3 years ago. It is roughly 50 years old, and had recently been shored prior to our purchasing it. There were a few cracks in drywall here and there, nothing that wasn't ...
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How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?

Every winter, we get cracks like this where the walls meet the ceiling in certain rooms. We just got our bathroom redone, so it's most bothersome here. When springtime comes, they "seal" back up. ...
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Installing some blocking in a load bearing wall

I'm doing some work on a bathroom and I'm planning on installing a floating vanity. I've seen suggestions to just use toggles + 1 stud and/or toggles altogether and cross your fingers, but just for ...
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How to attach mounted flat-screen TV to the wall so that it lines up perfectly?

As you can see the TV in the following pictures has been attached to the wall behind it but it does not line up in a straight manner with the furniture below it (the piece of furniture is perfectly ...
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Can I use foil bubble insulation inside the house on exterior walls?

I am retired and on a very limited income and this house needs some insulation! The walls are cold in the interior (the walls that are not interior type walls but on the other side is the outside.). ...
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Why do I have 5 wire in my wall socket?

I am renovating my cellar. The electrician wired the room a couple of years ago and until now i´ve not had the money or time to finish it off. I was looking at the wiring for the wall sockets today ...
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What should I use to hang a coat hook on a brick wall?

I have purchased several of these iron coat hooks: However, they do not come with any kind of screws. I will be hanging them on a (brick + plaster) party wall of my terraced property (UK). I ...
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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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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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How do I install a new interior partition wall?

I am adding a new interior partition wall to frame a closet. The wall is perpendicular to the cathedral ceiling rafters (angled at 40deg). Can I nail/screw the top plate of the partition to the ...
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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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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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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:
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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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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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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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Best way to air seal, vapor seal, and insulate exterior wall in old house?

I have a 90-year old house in Seattle. Exterior walls are constructed as follows: lath and plaster, uninsulated 2x4 stud bays, plank sheathing, cedar clapboard, 1" foil-faced styrofoam, vinyl siding. ...
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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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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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How to remove mirror stickers from a painted wall?

Can you tell me the easiest way to remove adhesive mirrors from a painted wall? The mirrors are made of a thin plastic material and the adhesive is completely covering the back, it is not double-sided ...
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Mount metal letters to a wall so that they are removable

I have to mount some metal letters to a concrete wall. Until now the plan was to ad pins to the letters and glue them into the wall. This would have required making some holes in the wall. Now the ...
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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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What are those resin filled holes on outside walls

I was looking at a house and couldn't help but notice that literally all the external bricks were covered by small holes, most of them filled with what looks like a kind of resin: I'm new to the ...
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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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How do I prep my houses exterior cement walls for painting?

My house exterior walls are cement - how do I prep it before painting? Here's some photos. I'm thinking maybe a pressure washer but would prefer an easier, less messy alternative if available. I read ...
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What does a novice DIY'er need to know before building a wall higher than 8' (14.5' feet to be exact)?

I came upon this question, but it is regarding industrial space: How do you frame a wall more than 8-10 feet tall? Therefore, I am asking a new question that pertains to my residential situation. ...
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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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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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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 ...