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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
2answers
135 views

How to safely use an installer bit between floors?

I have a finished two-story house which has two interior walls vertically stacked. I'd like to run ethernet from the top floor to the bottom, by: cutting out a square for a wall plate on the top ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
209 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
70 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
281 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
327 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
271 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
436 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
850 views

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?
2
votes
3answers
7k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
299 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
580 views

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' ...
2
votes
1answer
329 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

Mark 2 points on parallel walls directly opposite each other

I am about to mount some steel pipe which spans from one wall of a room to the opposite wall. (Here's why: Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall) How do I accurately mark two points on facing parallel ...
2
votes
2answers
123 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
305 views

How can I reinforce a wall mounted ikea shelf?

I'm wanting to mount the long Hemnes shelf on an interior wall.I'm picking up 3-4 studs in the area that it would be, but they are really oddly spaced. Would it be preferable to buy separate mounting ...
2
votes
1answer
931 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
464 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
200 views

Plumbing cuts through five studs. Is ok?

My kitchen remodel is in progress. After ripping out existing cabinets we found that the plumbing for the sink drain cuts through a total of 7 studs, more than 50% through each (see photos). ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Can I attach 2x4s to the studs in order to mount my TV?

I have a tv wall mount that can be installed into studs 16" apart. However id like to use it on a wall with studs 24" apart. I'm thinking of drilling 2x4's into the studs and then attaching the ...
2
votes
1answer
400 views

Can I attach a television mount using custom drilled holes?

I have a 94" wall with 14" studs. There is a stud right in the center at 47". I have been looking for a full motion mount wide enough, so that I can use the studs on both sides of the center. Meaning ...
2
votes
1answer
945 views

How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
2
votes
2answers
750 views

What could be causing wall cracks through the middle of our house

We have been fixing cracks in our interior, and exterior walls since we moved into our house 3 years ago, and it just keeps getting worse. Our house sits between a field that goes uphill at a 45 ...
2
votes
1answer
488 views

What to best use to build an artificial wall in my house?

trying to build a wall in my new rented house to separate one big room into two smaller ones. Any recommendations on what to use and on how to build this?
2
votes
2answers
923 views

How to remove trim caulk orange peeled wall

We're replacing the trim in our room, but the trim that is there is taller than the trim that we want to replace it with. So after removing the old trim, there's a caulk line for the original. The ...
2
votes
4answers
912 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
48 views

Can I connect the grounding conductor to the neutral when installing a remote for a ceiling fan in an ungrounded box?

I would like to install an in-wall remote control for a ceiling fan. The remote is wired up with two black wires (in and out) and a ground wire. It controls the fan's functions via wireless signal. ...
2
votes
4answers
68 views

Can a concrete porch be poured against a stone wall?

I am installing concretes porches in the front and rear of my home to replace wooden decks. The front exterior wall is stone and the new porch would extend up over the stone wall at the bottom. ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

How can I paint concrete blocks without trapping moisture?

I have a shed/laundry that is a separate building from my house. It's made of concrete blocks sitting on top of a poured concrete slab. Currently the inside is bare, which is dark and drab. I want to ...
2
votes
3answers
55 views

Install floor tile or tile-board first?

We are updating a small basement bathroom. We agree on the style and materials, but not exactly on the method of installation. The idea is to put tile down on the floor, and use tile-board for the ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Insulating the wall

I want to start building my house and wanted to ask for tips on how to do the insulation on the walls. I heard from people how they are doing and here is how it looks from above: My questions are: ...
2
votes
3answers
122 views

Attach net/hammock to interior walls

Imagine a square room with four walls (12x12). Say you wanted to string a net across the area at a height of 6 ft, like a hammock. The net will be attached on all 4 walls, and it must support up to ...
2
votes
2answers
387 views

How to remove water based wood stain splashed onto painted surface

How do I remove the water based wood stain from my kitchen wall. I got some on my kitchen wall while I was staining my kitchen cabinets? I tried to remove my using soap and water on a sponge. It did ...
2
votes
1answer
105 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
87 views

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? ...
2
votes
2answers
115 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

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.
2
votes
2answers
270 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
387 views

What is the proper order of layers for bathroom walls?

Region: Santa Cruz, California, USA. I'm gutting a bathroom down to the studs and would like a reminder on the proper order of layers for them to ensure that it's moisture-resistant. As far as I ...
2
votes
1answer
908 views

Yellow stains on plaster wall patches

I live in an old 1910s house and it turns out my walls aren't drywall. It is constructed of rock or some type of masonry. Over it, there was really, really old wallpaper, which is, over this, covered ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

How to repaint white latex wallpaper?

We just moved to a new home, one of the room has white wallpaper, without textures, which was painted with water based painting, so it was easy to repaint. The other rooms also have white wallpapers ...
2
votes
1answer
57 views

Is wall preparation needed for a border of glass tiles?

Can I tile a 3" wide band of 1" x 2" glass tiles on a plaster bathroom wall (not in the shower area) with no modifications to the wall?
2
votes
3answers
502 views

Soft crumbling walls, electrical mounting box

I wonder if anyone can help. I'm having my kitchen refurbished including the electrics but when my partner tried to insert and secure the mounting boxes into the wall the plaster around it has ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

What Material for Basement Walls?

I have a basement that's pretty big and has wood paneling all around. My wife and I hate the paneling since it's dark and has grooves spaced throughout it as part of the texture. So naturally we're ...
2
votes
1answer
607 views

How do I take down an internal wall tied into a load bearing wall?

I'm looking for some advice on whether something I want to do is sensible and any potential risks. Background: Between my dining room and utility room at some time there must have been a doorway. ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

What drill bit do I need to screw a hex cap screw into a wall stud? The magnetic DeWalt nut driver bits aren't an exact match

I am trying to hang a TV mount into the wall studs above a fireplace. The hex cap screws that came with the mount don't fit snugly into the 7/16" nut driver bit and are too big for the 3/8" bit. ...
2
votes
1answer
333 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...