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

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Notch rules or guidelines for steel studs (non-load bearing)

I'm trying to figure out what kind of notches (if any) are allowed in steel studs used for non-load bearing walls (for a finished room in a basement). IRC 2009 section 603 indicates that no notches ...
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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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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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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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How do I clean stains from rice pilaf from my off-white carpet and wall?

I spilled rice pilaf on my carpet and I don't know how to clean the stains it left. I picked up most of it, but as you can see, remnants of it still persist. It has now been sitting for about a day. ...
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How do I paint over marble chip plaster?

I've moved into my new home, which has a marble chip plaster wall: Source Is it possible to paint over a wall like this, and how would I do that? I've been told that it requires special treatment, ...
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How far away from the wall should ceiling heat registers be?

I'm installing ceiling heating registers. Are they required to be a certain distance from the wall?
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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 do I mount a TV on a solid wood wall?

I have a 51.8lb Sharp Aquos LC46D85U that I'd like to mount above my fireplace. The problem is that there aren't any studs (at least none that I can find) behind my wood walls. My walls are not ...
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How can I waterproof walls that are not shower or basement walls?

Have a room, ~10x10 that I want walls to be waterproofed and durable. This room will have parrots in cages. Cages will be periodically hosed off (have concrete floors, floor drain). There wont be ...
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Why can't I find a stud in this wall?

I have problem locating my stud in my wall. I have tried many different ways to locate my stud but the results are weird. Using Stud Finder: The reading results are different everytime and weird. I ...
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How do I paint art onto a wall?

I'd like to paint art on a wall like the attached photos. I would like to know how painting art differs from normally painting a solid color. Specifically, Is it suggested to only paint on flat ...
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Can you screw something that will not loosen?

I'm working on a wall hook project that is meant to be permanent (so once you install it you don't have to take it off the wall because of loose hooks or knobs - used for hanging keys or coats). One ...
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How do I patch a gap between my bathtub and wall?

The wall of my bathtub was cut too short when installed and water leaks to downstairs when I take a shower if it gets into the space between the tub and the wall. My father has tried caulking and even ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 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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can I cut in / blend old brick extension

Our house was extended some time before we moved in and it has left a straight line of mortar running down the front and back of the building went instead of cutting out the half bricks that wrap ...
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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 would I make a whiteboard for an odd sized space? [duplicate]

I want to make a white board (or something that will work for dry erase markers) to go in a place that you can not really buy for. The space is only 10.5 inches high and 180 inches long. I was ...
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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 do I fix badly peeling and hairline fractures on indoor concrete walls?

How do I paint and fix peeling paint and hairline fractures on my indoor concrete (cinder block) walls? The popcorn ceiling is a mess too.
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Main 4 inch waste pipe broken [closed]

I'm a renter and have had a horrible egg smell under crawl space. Waste has is been going on in my house for three months all he did was fix pipe with PFC and put lye down I've been sick dog and wife ...
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What can I use to build temporary walls in an unfinished basement?

We have an unfinished basement in central Minnesota. The home was built in 2008, and the builder thought it fit to include XPS insulation covering all of the vertical concrete foundation. So far so ...
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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 ...
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How to cut opening in double brick wall

The external wall of my house is a double-thickness solid brick wall (i.e. about 210mm thick consisting of 100mm brick, 10mm mortar down the middle, then another 100mm brick). I need to cut a new ...
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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 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. ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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Does spray mount adhesive damage the paint on walls after the object attached to it is removed?

I would like to place posters on walls using a spray mount adhesive, such as link to 3M product on amazon. It is said that the use of the adhesive will create a delicate transparent gel on the object ...
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How to hang shelf on 2cm thin wall?

I would like to somehow saw out a wood board that fits into the corner as seen on the picture below. The problem is that both walls are only 2cm thin. The shelf needs to be able to hold a pair of ...
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Is ivy bad for your walls?

We have a front wall covered by ivy. We do like it very much, but keep getting remarks that ivy eventually destroys your wall. My usual response is that you often see ivy on century-old buildings and ...
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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. ...
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Small stud wall to sloping ceiling under stairs

We have an under-stairs toilet that we are replacing. The toilet was quite old, so the drain was 20cm from the wall. Apparently newer toilets require the drain to be pretty much flush with the wall, ...
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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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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 ...