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

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How do I properly jack up one side of my house?

As I write this, I have a slight lean as I walk on my floor in some parts of my house, and it's even worse on the upper floor. In some parts upstairs, it feels almost like you have to grab something. ...
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What are some materials that I can use to build a chalkboard?

I want to make a chalkboard wall in the house. I want it to be black or dark, not light colored I want the best chalkboard surface I want it to feel very solid/immovable when installed What do you ...
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Is it possible to anchor a cabinet to a wall without damaging it?

I have purchased an approx 2m high by 35cm deep dispay cabinet seated on a carpet floor. This is not fully stable (the cabinet rocks a bit when you exert force on the doors to open them), and it was ...
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How can I mount a TV when I can't find studs inside my wall?

WARNING: I'm not the greatest handyman. I bought a TV mount the other day, expecting to hang my heavy 40" TV above the fireplace. However, the instructions specifically say to first screw the mount ...
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How do I prop-up or fix a wall that is slowly moving?

In the image, the single stack of breeze blocks on the right hand side has been slowly moving away from the wall over the last 4 years. The gate latch (also on the right hand side) is now rubbing ...
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How do I install a receptacle box in lath/plaster wall?

I have a room with ungrounded electrical receptacles and I need to install a grounded outlet. The walls are lath and plaster. What I want to do is install a new receptacle box for the outlet. Is there ...
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Paint got ripped off when trying to remove double-sided foam tape

I was trying to remove a picture frame which was adhered to the wall with some double-sided foam tape. Unfortunately, the foam tape was so sticky and ripped some of the paint off the wall (see ...
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Repairing bubbling (blown) plaster on an interior wall

I have no idea what kind of wall this is. Both my walls that are near radiators have this bubbling plaster look. I have read that painting with temperature differences may cause the bubbling (such as ...
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How do I hang a shelf without drilling holes?

I'm currently living in a house in which we have clear instructions not to drill through the walls for danger of asbestos. I purchased a small projector and would like to mount a shelf to the wall, ...
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Possible to screw machine screw in wall?

Background I would like to build picture frames, where there on the back is a hole with 18mm in diameter and 7mm in depth. In the hole will I glue a 2mm metal plate. On the wall would I like to ...
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How can I mount speakers that don't have mount adapters?

How can I mount a pair of speakers to my apartment walls? Specifically, how do I mount speakers that have no mounting points? They are from a turntable set from the 80's most likely before the ...
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How do I properly frame an opening to angle a through-wall air conditioner?

I'm going to install a through-wall air conditioner using a purpose-built sleeve. The instructions from the manufacturer say to install it such that it angles slightly downwards to the outside (about ...
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Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation?

I have a question: Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation on outside walls from the inside of the house?
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What considerations do I need to make when mounting heavy objects on plaster walls?

I have just moved into an old apartment in Brooklyn. The landlord has warned us that all the walls are plaster with wood framing. I have not dealt with this type of wall before. I would like to hang ...
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When should a waterproof membrane be installed for shower tiling?

For what kinds of wall structure - tile type combinations a waterproof membrane should be used between walls and tiles?
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Should I install a wall before or after hardwood floor installation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Frame or floor planks first? I am building a small wall between two rooms. The existing flooring was carpet, which I have removed. I plan to install a floating floor ...
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What compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed?

What kind of compound is best to use when skim coating a plaster wall that had wallpaper removed. Should it be thinned with water? when would one use Toping Compound instead of joint compound. Light ...
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How to find the water connection behind a shower wall?

I've inherited a half finished bath remodel. The shower panel mounting brackets are installed and there is an empty 2 inch diameter hole, 3 feet off the floor. The original shower head / handle was on ...
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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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How can I accurately measure the angle of my walls?

I have a lot of walls that slant inward. To measure the angles at which they slant inwards, I used an app that looks like: Was this the correct tool? Assuming it was, do I need to make sure I get ...
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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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Why won't primer adhere to my walls?

We are finally (after 12 years!) getting to painting the last room in our home. It was originally painted with builder's paint, but being a "spare" room, we weren't in a rush to repaint. The room is ...
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How can I patch a hole in this brick wall?

I just pulled out the washing machine the old owners "kindly" left us to find a hole where the wall meets the floor. It's approximately 80mm x 50mm and goes down approx 100mm - below ground level - ...
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How much weight can the studs in a non load bearing wall support?

I have a non load bearing wall in my home that has a 52' inch LCD TV mounted into the studs. I think the TV weighs around 90lb I'd like to add another shelf underneath the TV to the same wall mounted ...
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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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What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

Today I have removed a dead vine root that has caused some damage to the brick work on one corner of my house. As you can see from the picture below, along with the root a fair depth of stone has come ...
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How smooth should I sand a wall

I removed old paper from the wall and want to paint it new . Before doing it I guess I should sand the whole wall so that it's smoother and for that I'll use a dry-wall sander. The question is which ...
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Can you tell from this frame if it is a nonbearing wall?

Just removed the drywall and need help to confirm if it's a non-bearing wall. It's a 1900 duplex house and there is a similar wall on the first floor but it is not aligned, about 10" distance. ...
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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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How can I patch a hole in a painted wood paneling (or plywood wall)?

We just moved into a ranch house that's well over 100 years. Unfortunately our family made some unusual improvements to it while the last five generations were living there (during various decades). ...
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How do I repair crumbling wall plaster?

I found this in a closet behind something that a previous owner had nailed into a wall. It's inside a closet, so it doesn't have to look pretty, I just don't want it to keep crumbling. I was going ...
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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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How to fix a retaining wall that is difficult to access behind the house?

My retaining wall needs to be fixed/rebuilt since it's leaning, but I can't get any machines back there because house doesn't have much side or rear setback(maybe 5ft on each side) and behind the ...
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My kitchen has no real walls. Is this going to be a problem?

I recently redid my kitchen, which included removing the back splash and putting in new tile, but when I went to remove the old tile, I found that the tile is only attached to drywall. Knowing this ...
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best way to install a flat wall fixture on a sightly curved wall

In our rental property, the kitchen walls are all ever so slightly curved (as are a lot of walls in our house) We want to put up a knife magnet. Obviously we are keen for this not to be wobbly in any ...
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Do I need to waterproof the external walls of my house?

I have just completed a renovation of my house. Where possible, I am putting decking around it to keep the brickwork dry and ventilated. One wall, however, will have sand and dirt added to build up ...
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Can I use bolts to attach a bed to the walls of my room?

I plan on mounting my bed to the walls of my room. You can say that it will look like a loft bed without the legs. To make it look like it really is floating, I won't be using angle brackets. Instead, ...
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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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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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What should I do to make good on some lightly water damaged plaster?

When we moved in to our house (an early 1970s build in the UK) we noticed some damage to the plaster above a window; the surface was uneven and some was loose. It appeared dry so the surveyors and ...
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What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?

I have heard rustling sounds coming from my exterior walls, which I am assuming is mice (or some other rodent) scurrying around in the hollow wall. I have found a hole about 2 inches in diameter in ...
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How should I choose between a pegwall or slatwall as a tool storage solution?

I'm interested in putting up a tool wall in my garage/workshop. Taking into consideration the price, strength, ease of use and versatility. Which of the two boards will be best for the job and what ...
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Is there a detector of plastic pipe?

I know metal detectors for walls, but in my house there are places where it has a plastic pipe. I wonder if there is a good detector to buy.
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Cause of eroded mortar in exterior brick

This question actually reminded me of an issue with my exterior walls. I have the same problem with the vertical mortar being eroded/missing from several bricks at ground level on the exterior of my ...
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How can I mount a security camera on the outside of the house?

I'm tasked with mounting a security camera on the outside of the house and I'm not sure what would be the right way to do this. There are two basic problems: how to mount the thing and how to run the ...
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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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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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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 to seam new stucco to old stucco when patching large areas

Our city inspector wants us to break out the edge of old stucco to expose the wire then tie that back into the new mesh. But when we did that, it became obvious to everyone (inspector included) that ...
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Would building a partial raised wall for a pond in this way be strong enough?

I just read your answers about "Building a raised wall for a pond." Although quite detailed, I am not very physics minded and hope someone will give me a thumbs up or down. I have a pond that is ...