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

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What could have caused these step formation cracks in a plaster wall?

Trying to figure out what these cracks are from. house was built in 1929, has plaster walls throughout. Someone said its the house settling and firebreaks in the interior of the wall. Anyone see this ...
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How do I install a Rubbermaid closet organizer in a paneled mobile home?

I have a Rubbermaid Configurations closet organizer and have no confidence in the enclosed hardware. I have a mobile home and the walls are all paneled - the studs very difficult to find as well as ...
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Am I having trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

I picked a TV mount from Ikea. The TV itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. ...
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How do I tell if it's a load bearing wall? [duplicate]

The wall is parallel to the beam in the basement and parallel to the floor joist above but only runs half the length of the house
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recommend a laser distance measure [on hold]

Would you like to recommend a laser distance measure to me? I am trying to buy curtain for some very high window, which need precise measurement. Thank you very much.
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

My house is covered by sheet metal and I currently have a 4 in. vent hole from a previous air exchanger. I'm changing the air excahnger and require a 5 in. hole. So I basically have to make a hole ...
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how to find out if wall is plaster, wood or drywall?

I want to install blinds in my kitchen. However, I can't figure out if the wall is wood or plaster. I need to know this before starting to drill because the holding mechanism for the blinds, it ...
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What should I do if one of the screws for a TV mount breaks?

My wife & I spent a fair amount of time setting up a VideoSecu heavy articulating wall mount in a position & height that we liked. Problem is, the top-left lag screw (5/16" thick, 3" long) ...
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Can the framing structure support load for a second story on a house?

I have an older home with 2 x 4 studs on first floor. I am remodeling the second story and want to add a 10 ft. with 2 x 6 walls. Can the first story support this load?
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Fixing cracks in a cinder block wall

I have a wall that is cracking in a couple of places. Two important points: This wall is not part of a building, it's like a fence or property boundary wall, but it's made of blocks of some sort, ...
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Can a Paver Sitting wall be put on a Paver Patio

I have a paver patio that was put in my backyard 16x20. I was wondering if I would be okay to install a sitting wall made out of pavers on top of the paver patio that is already there? I know it is ...
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How to secure an ikea Kallax shelf unit

I’d appreciate some advice on the tools I need to complete a task. I bought an Ikea Kallax shelving unit (http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30275861/) It came with two brackets, with a space ...
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knee wall no venting possible

My master bedroom is above my garage. There is one part of the bedroom that has a cathedral ceiling with knee walls on both sides. There is no attic above this area because the drywall goes up along ...
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Mount metal letters to a wall so that they are removable

I have to mount some metal letters to a concrete wall. Until now the plan was to ad pins to the letters and glue them into the wall. This would have required making some holes in the wall. Now 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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how do I fix hinges to sandstone (that is quite soft)

I have a sandstone wall that I want to fit a gate to. The sandstone crumbles with little effort. I am concerned any fixings will work loose quickly with any use
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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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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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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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Replacing Tall Baseboards with Smaller Baseboard

I am installing new baseboards along my walls but the baseboard I removed was really tall (probably about 5 inches). The new base moulding is only about 3 1/4 inches tall. The walls where the ...
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What size of screw do I need to fix a 26" TV to a brick wall?

What size of screw do I need to fix a 26" TV to a brick wall? The mounting kit included four 65mm screws which does seem excessive since the TV weighs 9kg. Can I use a smaller size?
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Do you have to vent the space between wall and drywall for a finished basement?

The ceiling in my furnace room is open. I have been chasing the source of the bad smell in my basement for about a year when I finally realized that the smell is coming out of that room. Here is a ...
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My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?

I live in an old apartment building and the walls are thin. This is a problem because I love to listen to music -- sometimes at odd hours of the night. Yes, I can be an asshole in this way. But my ...
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How to hide DVR for a wall mounted TV

I want to mount my TV on the wall but I'm not sure what to do with the set top box. I have Comcast and the set top box doubles as DVR as well. I don't think I can mount it behind the TV because I need ...
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Used circle cutter in wrong place in drywall, best repair method?

I'm mounting a TV and used a circle cutter attachment on my drill in the wrong location. I cut through 2 1/2" sheets of drywall and still have the discs of drywall. What is the best method to ...
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How to install a washing machine outlet box on the inside wall

I have a metal building and my walls are thin. However it is installed and sheet rocked. This is what we call are game room and all my plumbing is on the inside walls covered with foam tubing I ...
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Could these foundation defects cause problems?

Attached are the pictures of newly constructed basement wall. I wonder if these defects are going to be a problem in the future? Outside of the walls have water proofing, but I wonder if these defects ...
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How many holes will hanging a heavy panel on my wall require?

I would like to build panels to put up on my apartment wall, with a backing (probably wooden) strong enough to attach faux bricks onto my 8' high walls. The panel-making process is as follows: Lay ...
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All new Plaster needed for unmodernised Victorian Terrace?

I've seen and am tempted to put an offer on a (mostly) unmodernised Victorian terraced house in London, UK. The interior walls are a bit of a state.. layers of paint and wallpaper, and where the ...
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shower leak from back of wall

There is water coming from the back side of my shower head wall and spill out from there in stead of the shower head can you tell me why this is happening
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What load rating for securing bookcases/cabinets with anchors?

I have two full-height bookcases that I want to anchor to a concrete wall. Unfortunately I think I have only 3/4" max. embedment because of pipes, etc. I can only find two anchor options, a #6-3/4" ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom, ...
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Installing short 18“- 24” threaded black pipe for lp gas line in wall

Is it ok to run short 18"-24" threaded pieces of black gas pipe in the wall horizontally done by a licensed plumber so it goes through the 2x6 studs
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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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Question on finding studs

I'm trying to find studs along my wall and have been successful except for the wall corners which have me confused. I am using a magnet to find the studs which is working well. However, along the wall ...
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How do I prep my houses exterior cement walls for painting?

My house exterior walls are cement - how do I prep it before painting? Here's some photos. I'm thinking maybe a pressure washer but would prefer an easier, less messy alternative if available. I read ...
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How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?

I'm evaluating options for sound-proofing drywall, and am considering sound-dampening clips such as Genie Clips. In this approach the drywall isn't directly mounted to the wall studs. How would I ...
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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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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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Poured Cement wall repair and stucco

So I live in Ecuador and this house has been forgotten for 15 years. All of the walls are poured cement with stucco on them. This seems to work fine, except at times the water seeps in and ruins the ...
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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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self-supporting walls

I need to build some dividing walls, but per landlord requirements, these cannot reach the ceiling (must be 12" below the 100" high ceiling) to prevent re-working the existing sprinklers. The floor ...
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Help with basement wall insulation

Here is the issue, my basement wall facing south is trapping moisture. Removed the drywall and found a layer of poly and rigid insulation on the lower wall and batting insulation on the top side. The ...
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Balloon architecture

From what I think I have read, balloon framing did not have bottom plates unless I have a very unique house. I am trying to open a wall that runs parallel with the joists. It is currently a 30 inch ...
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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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4 King studs or 4 Jack studs

I have a 78 inch opening between two studs to install exterior French doors in a load bearing wall. I have a 72 inch door on order (actual size is 71 1/2 inch) To get to the 72 inch opening, I was ...
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What is longest distance without attaching a top plate of interior wall

I have an interior wall in a building with metal roof trusses and drop ceilings. There are no wooden truss members or joists to attach the top plate of the wall. The interior wall will attach to an ...
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Paint peeling off layer of joint compound over plaster, am I in over my head?

I have no experience working with plaster walls. In the kitchen of a building I maintain, there are large sections of paint cracking off the walls. When peeled, I see several layers of paint (at ...
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Protecting a stone retaining wall from water running down it

I have stone-and-cement retaining walls on two sides of my sloped driveway; they're new, and have cement caps. There's a long wall on the side of the driveway that's sloped about 1:20, and at the ...
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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 ...