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

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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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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 ...
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How do I fix a fallen-off facade?

We live in a block of apartments made from bricks, and the wall outside one window is damaged. We have a clothes hanger attached to that wall, and one screw has already fallen off, and wall around the ...
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Did I properly grade the ground around my house? [closed]

I had some water issues in my basement recently. Taking a good look at all the possible causes I noticed the landscaping around the front my house was slopping in towards the house. So to fix this I ...
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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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Why are my wall hooks ending up crooked?

I have a power drill and sometimes use it to make holes to put up hooks, etc. in my brick+plaster wall. But no matter how carefully I line the holes up and measure them, the hook always ends up at a ...
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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 hang a framed picture onto a wallpapered concrete wall without damaging the wall surface?

I have a framed picture about two feet by three feet in size that weighs about one pound (not a sheet of paper). I want to hang it onto a wall that is of full-blown hard concrete and covered with ...
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Is there a downside to leaving cavity in wall behind mirror?

I took the bathroom mirror off the exterior wall and discovered a cavity roughly 12" wide, 16" tall. I'm guessing this used to be for a small recessed medicine cabinet. Is there a problem leaving ...
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Installing a swing set between two brick walls?

My neighbors and I are considering putting up a swing set in the alleyway between our houses. The space is about 10' wide, and the house walls on both sides are brick (about 4" thick). Which of the ...
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What can I do to solve the moisture problem in my bathroom?

My bathroom walls are done in concrete not drywall. I installed a ceiling fan. After showering, the walls are covered with moisture. What can I do to eliminate the moisture?
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What are the current and voltage limits when determining low vs. high voltage wiring?

I'm trying to figure out what is considered a power line( for outlets) and data communication line. What are the qualifying factors here. I know outlets have 120V AC at 60Hz and data lines have ...
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What are some DIY alternatives to drywall that I can carry up a narrow staircase?

I'm fixing up a house that's been cut into apartments, and needs a few wall and ceiling repairs due to some water damage. I'm planning on cutting out large sectons to check the extent of the water ...
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Can I use a 4x6 as a top plate for a stud wall?

The beam on the front and back walls of a shed and will be extending out to support the roof overhanging the sides of the shed. So instead of using a typical 2x4 top plate for the walls and putting ...
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What is the right drill bit for concrete or stone walls?

I'm living in an old apartment, circa 1945. The walls seem to be made of an incredibly hard stone or concrete. Any recommendations on the right drill bit type to use? My standard set doesn't even make ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

i recently bought a very old house and wanted to start renovating asap. I want to take out this wall but i am unsure if its load bearing.
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How do you frame a wall around existing pipes and ducting?

Adding ducting or conduit or pipes to a wall is easy, you just drill or cut a hole. Adding a wall where there is already conduit and pipes poses more of a dilemma, especially if those things are ...
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insulating exterior walls

I have an old house with no insulation. The walls are 2x4 with plaster and lath. The outside is aluminum siding, in good shape. I would like to blow cellulose insulation inside the wall cavities from ...
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How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?

We are redecorating our hall. We have stripped all the wallpaper off and have discovered that the plaster behind is not in great condition. What suggestions do people have for preparing a slightly ...
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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 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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how to fix rotten exterior wall

Due to moisture my outside wall is rotten in a small section of house. Picture attached. What is the best way to fix this.
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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 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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Should I mount brackets to the wall or the shelves first?

I've planning to mount some shelves using these IKEA Lerberg brackets Should I mount them to the wall or the shelf first?
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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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What can cause a wet patch to appear on an outside wall around an external tap?

I have just noticed that I have a wet patch around my external tap on the outside wall. The wall seems to dry throughout the day. I have turned off the water to the tap, but the following morning, the ...
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How do I re-point an outside wall?

How do I re-point an outside wall? What tools and techniques should be employed?
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How to secure a wooden box (tunnel) in a wall?

I'm going to fit a cat flap in a brick wall. My intention is to drill out a square hole through the wall. Then create a wooden (MDF) tunnel to fit inside this. On one end of the tunnel, I will attach ...
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What do I need to verify before taking down a wall?

I want to join two adjacent closets by taking down the wall that separates them. There are no electrical outlets or light switches on the wall. I'm working on obtaining my unit's plans to determine ...
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Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster

I'm in the process of re-doing my kitchen. One of the issues I have to deal with is that the original construction is double brick, furred out with 1 inch strips, then plaster over gypsum. This ...
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how should I prime my old walls?

We're in the process of stripping the old wallpaper from our walls. Once all the paper is off we're down to the plaster. This house was built in the late 1940's so the plaster is probably about that ...
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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Is this a load-bearing wall between my house's entrance and dining room?

I have recently bought a home in which there is a wall at right at the entrance of the foyer. Is there any way to tell if it is a load-bearing wall? I just want to get rid of it.
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Can I drill another set of holes in my studs to mount a TV?

I currently have a 47 inch TV which is mounted onto studs in my wall which is good. But now I plan to get 70 inch TV which means my existing wall mount frame must move a little upwards to fit above ...
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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 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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What is a good solution for hiding insulation in an unfinished basement?

First off, let me note that I am a tenant in this house. My landlord lets me do small improvements, but I'm not going to finish the basement with drywall myself. Basically, we have an unfinished ...
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How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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Is drilling a pilot hole into the plaster wall of an old house hazardous asbestos?

The house was built in the 20's, and I was installing some battery powered smoke alarms today. I drilled the pilot holes for the plastic screw anchors and the 'A' word jumped into my head after I ...
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How do I replace ceiling drywall over cabinets?

I recently had some water damage to my ceiling after a storm. For the most part, it's a simple cut out and replace procedure, but I'm stuck wondering what to do in the kitchen. There's about 1'x2' ...
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How do I prepare concrete walls before applying water-dispersion paint?

I had a concrete wall painted with white water-dispersion paint. Every here and there the old paint was chipped and dark gray bare concrete could be seen. I got a can of white water-dispersion paint ...
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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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How do I mount this pullup bar?

I bought this pull up bar that is designed to go into studs that are 16" apart Ultimate Body Press My basement walls are only framed out so I can see all of the studs. I started to mount it and ...