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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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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What are my options for temperature equalization between two rooms?

Ideally a bi-directional through-wall vent + fan would be great with built in thermostats measuring both sides. I haven't found that nor am I entirely sure what to search for. Are there components ...
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What's the best place to get a single steel I-beam?

I am knocking down a structural wall in my house and replacing it with a steel I-beam. Where would I get that kind of thing? I am not even sure what to google. The beam is going to be about 20' long ...
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Frame wall with steel post at corner

How do I frame this corner? There are already two walls up (the one on the left that will become a closet), but that the corner where they meet is a steel post. Obviously I can't move that, and I ...
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Termite leaving sand on wall

We have termites problem in our house. And its getting worse day by day. We keep cleaning the wall everyday but still the problem of this sand termite exist. Please if anyone know how to keep them ...
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Can a natural stone wall be made waterproof without defacing it?

I have a cottage with a natural stone wall in an arid climate that sees rain only in the winter. The wall is really nice to look at: The stones were collected from the area, and attached to the ...
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What is the best removable insulation material?

There is a crack in a wall that I would like to fill with some removable insulation. It must be removable, as such it should just be a temporary solution. I know of rockwool and glasswool, but don't ...
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How would you go about installing shelves _in_ the wall?

I would like to install shelves in my wall. The wall itself is sheetrock. What tools would I need, and how would I go about it? I believe what I'm trying to do is called built-in shelving, if that ...
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How should I go about covering an entire room in black material?

Maybe a strange question for this stackexchange. I have a birthday party coming up where I need to cover an entire room in black material of some kind (theme is "70s in Space" and we're sticking glow ...
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why is there a concrete pole in my wall?

I broke open a section of wall I'd like to remove and there is a concrete pole inside!? Is this some kind of load bearing device? How can I know if I can remove it? Thanks
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How to build a sliding wall section

A typical interior door is about 30" wide. Double doors (eg. French doors) could make that wider, up to maybe 60". But I'd like to build a sliding wall section, perhaps 90-120" wide in place of an ...
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How do I cover up this partially exposed brick?

Looks like someone tried to parge this brick and then put a layer of skim coat over it? I tried to take off everything that was already crumbling off and what's left is pretty stuck on there. Any ...
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Exterior walls or floors?

I am wanting to build my own spacious house. This is on my pretend world where my family members are the first to be on the planet after scientists so there are no building codes just yet. I have ...
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How should I paint over a large patched area on a wall?

I have a wall with a approx 20 by 20 cm patched wall. Quite large. I primed the patch then painted over the entire wall (with the patch) 3 times and the patch is still visible. What can I do next that ...
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How can I determine if a wall is load bearing? [duplicate]

I am doing some renovations on our home and would like to open up some areas but not sure if the walls are load bearing or not I have a three story semidetached home no basement just a crawlspace were ...
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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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Few questions about concrete/cement wall inside of the apartment and which screws to use

I live in an apartment building that has concrete/cement walls. I am still not sure which one it is. I included the image which has the wall in the background. I would like to know which screws i ...
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How can I modify floors, walls, ceilings and furniture in a reversible way?

I am renting an apartment starting next month and I am not satisfied by some of its floors, walls and even ceilings. Also, both kitchen and bathroom are already set-up with basic furniture, i.e. ...
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Wall load bearing or not?

We want to remove a wall in our kitchen, We ripped out the drywall on one side. Is there a way to tell if it's load bearing or not? The house was built in 2005, we have been told newer houses do not ...
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Wood slats for sound insulation

I have a bunch of reclaimed wood of varying thickness, most are 1.5-2" thick. If I cut them to fit between my studs, would that serve as a good sound insulator under the finished wall? Would I have ...
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Can I mount an 80" TV where only one stud is available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I mount a TV when I can’t find studs inside my wall? I am looking for some opinions here. When my electrician tried to mount my 80"TV above my fireplace, he ...
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What type of wall construction is shown in these pictures?

These photos were taken through a small hole in the wall of a house. They are of the inside of the cavity. The hole they were taken through is at a height of about 60cm from the internal ground floor ...
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What type of screws and rawl plugs should I use?

I have a a framed canvas picture that I need to hang on a the wall. It is about 3 foot in height and 2 foot wide. The wall is made of solid brick but has been boarded over with plasterboard and then ...
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Is the permeability of normal shellac (flakes dissolved in spirits) the same as Zinsser B-I-N sealer?

I've made a whole batch of clear shellac for sealing ceiling and concrete floors in a heavily nicotine damaged apartment. But I'm worried now that there may be some differences between them, such as ...
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How can I protect the wall behind a closet from developing a mold problem?

I'm moving soon to a new two-story house, built from concrete and AAC blocks (Autoclaved aerated concrete). The walls have an acrylic paint over them. I'm planning on installing a wall closet in the ...
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Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?

I am renovating a 100+ year-old house that sits less than 5 feet from the property line on two sides. The renovation involves re-sheathing and residing the whole house. In order to bring it up to ...
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What problems can I have if I try to dry up the parging of a wet wall using a plumber's torch?

On the outer wall of my basement I have a couple of wet spots which I am trying to understand if they are drying up or not. ( I like to believe that I eliminated the source of water which was an ...
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Was this a shear wall?

Could anyone be able to tell me if this is a shear wall just by looking at this picture? This is a 1940s home, renovated in 2000s near San Andres fault, Northern California. This wall is now ...
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Cracks in a newly constrcuted basement wall?

Pic 1 shows the newly constructed basement (Just 4 days) wall and It can clearly seen the crack across the wall (Not sure whether its crack or not but looks like) due to pouring concrete. I wonder ...
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Basement bottom plate has no vapour barrier, should I replace it?

I bought a new house last August and now I'm in the process of developing the basement. A few walls were already in when I bought the house, the walls under the staircase. You can clearly see they ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

I want to remove these three small pieces of wall (Marked in yellow arrow) to combine dining and living room? Since the house has a basement. I also attached the basement pic to show the structure ...
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How to fight with mold on wall and ceiling connection on last floor

I live in a 4 store old (from about 1930's) building. Occasionally (in autumn, winter or spring) all gable walls have mold/mould/fungus in the wall and ceiling connection. Under my flat there's only ...
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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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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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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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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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Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?

Would anyone care to venture an opinion about which of the materials (if any) listed in http://www.chemisol.com/argp.htm would be most suitable for applying a waterproofing coat to interior walls? ...
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How can I fill wall screw holes so I can reposition the screws?

I live in an old 1920's apartment building with thick solid walls and installed an ikea dignitet curtain wire. One side I've realized I've put in wrong and need to redrill two holes in a different ...
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24" o,c, 2x4 for load bearing wall and rafters for workshed?

I'm making a small 12x16ft workshed. I want to go 24" o.c. on the walls and rafters (rafters may be 2x6, or 2x4 with supporting members), both for cost saving, and because it will create less thermal ...
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Wall Mounting a tv, how much can my wall take?

I am looking to mount a 20lbs tv on my wall in a new condo. I am under the impression that the wall has been framed with 2x3 studs. I am unclear as to how much this could support. However, in an ...
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Is it possible to replace my phone wires t network wires in the walls?

In my house I have telephone access point in each room. Is it possible to replace them with network cables? I have tried every option I know to get WIFI signal in my top floor but always getting poor ...
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Cabin bed attached to wall on two sides

I want to build a 4'6" bed 6' up in the air which will be attached to the walls of my bedroom on two sides (so three corners of bed attached to wall) and have a wood 'leg' coming from the ceiling beam ...
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Methodology to create black and white wall mural?

I recently stumbled upon a wall mural (I believe that's what it's called anyway), that I found after researching some desks. I would very much like to emulate this style of wall mural found behind the ...
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Can a brown, loamy wall be whitened with lime paint?

We had a brown wall, consisting of some loam- or clay-like material. (When you touch it, it smells like in the pottery workshop.) We want to paint it white. We cleaned the wall and brushed it ...
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How do you hang something on sheetrock if you have metal wall studs? [duplicate]

How do you hang something on sheetrock if you have metal wall studs? The item is a very heavy shelf, so anchors aren't going to cut it.
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Should I remove existing drywall before framing a wall around HVAC ducts?

My friend has soft AC ductwork running up an interior wall. He wants to build a wall around it to hide the ductwork. My idea is to pack out the wall by nailing in framing between the ductwork right ...
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How do I replace a missing exterior wood shingle?

I just bought a house and noticed one of the shingles was missing on the exterior above the garage. How would I install a replacement piece (just go up there and nail it in?)?
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How can I hang a shelf on a paneled wall of a mobile home?

I would like to hang a shelf on the wall of my Mobile Home. This is my first mobile home, it's a 1977. The wall are paneled. Should I use a toggle bolt? If so, EXACTLY how do I use one?