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

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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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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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can I use natural rocks from my property as a 4 foot retaining wall?

I want to use natural rocks and build it up to about 3 feet. Will it last if I use concrete/mortar to fill in the gaps? I am in east Tenn where it freezes in the winter.
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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Return Air Vent

I am in the middle of planning a kitchen remodel. We are removing a non load bearing wall to open up the space. The wall has a big return air vent (using the studs of the wall). My initial thought is ...
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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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How can I attach a kitchen hood to a mud wall?

I am trying to attach a kitchen hood to a wall in a 200 yr old house. The wall is quite poor quality: random rubble I believe it's called. From what I can see it's essentially mud. The kitchen hood is ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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Garage Wall Question- Insulation and vapour barrier?

We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are redoing the wall that separates our house from the garage. The wall is built with 2 by 6's and has been insulated with Roxul R20 thermal batt insulation. On ...
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How should I build stud walls to make shelves in a room that has a sloping ceiling and floor?

We have a home that is 104 years old. There is a room that was added in the 1940's and built over a sloped roof from the rooms below. It is fully enclosed and we would like to add some shelving in the ...
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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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How should I deal with dampness coming from the mountain behind the walls?

I have a house whose back part is built into the surrounding mountain. The walls of the two back rooms are slightly humid. In addition, they are poorly ventilated. In some spots, the plaster wall is ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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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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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 can I attach cabinets and shelves to an Insulating Concrete Form wall?

So my house and garage have been built with Insulating Concrete Forms (Perform wall to be exact) and I want to attach shelves and cabinets in my garage. Pictures and other lighter stuff have been ...
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Do I need to add a protective layer to insulation for wall heater?

I am going to install a 4000 watt wall heater to an add on. It is the kind of wall heater that is seated in the wall. i also plan to install insulation in between my wall studs. there will be ...
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Building a deck - can I extend the side wall vent of my propane furnace underneath it?

I'm building a low deck outside of my house, and the vent wouldn't have a 1ft clearance. Deck extends about 7ft out from the house. Would it cause any problems if I were to extend the vent's 2inch ...
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How do i determine load bearing post concrete condo lower level with concrete ceiling

We have these 2 sheetrock metal 2x4 framed square posts in the middle between living room and dining room that the wife would like removed. They have 3 arches. I dont beleive they are load bearing ...
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Drilling through the exterior wall of a row house - hitting metal?

Working on a 1920s brick two family row house in Brooklyn. Looking to run a cat5 cable through an exterior wall (and back in again at another part of the house, to avoid running the wire through ...
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Painting on plastic panels

So bit of a quandary. I'm about to move into a flat which has what looks like plastic (I think, didn't personally go to the viewing but thats what I've been told) wall panels on all of the exterior ...
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Cost effective fasteners in crumbly wall

My apartment has very shoddy walls. It's basically a truss construction (though I never encountered a truss in a wall, but a neighbor did), the space between the trusses is filled with sand and fine ...
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How to buy the right AC for an existing wall mount sleeve?

I have a non-working GE wall mounted AC. I am looking to remove the chasis and purchase an AC that will fit this sleeve. I looked up the GE AC model to see if there were similar models I can buy to ...
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Dealing with a badly inserted wall anchor

I didn't drill the wall deep enough (4 cm or so) and inserted a wall anchor with maybe 4-5mm missing in depth. Then I screwed a screw in cause I though that the screw will help drive it in. It didn't ...
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Rabbit proofing gap in gate

I have a gap between the wall and gate which allows rabbits to get into the backyard. My objective is to rabbit proof this gap. I've considered pulling the gate closer to the wall with the threads on ...
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Flagstone deck and retaining walls

About 8 years ago my brother and I removed a large wooden raised deck in my parents back yard. To be more specific this is a ranch house with a basement and the back of the house is straight except ...
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Load-Bearing (?) Cinder Blocks Half-Corroded Away

In preparation for patching and repairs, I knocked down all the loose material from an old, water-damaged wall. In the process, I discovered an area where a couple of the cinder blocks underneath the ...
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Yellow stains on fresh plaster over concrete?

I'm trying to fix up the walls in an old house in Taiwan. The structure is plaster over concrete (?) over brick (or in some cases, cinder block). Some walls in some rooms have what appears to be ...
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1 hour party wall seperation

I have a 1922 built semi-detached unit that I want to sever, the common wall on main floor and second floor are composed of lath board and plaster on original wood studs. What are my choices for ...
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Optional int/ext walls with I-beam construction

I would like to build a one story flat roof home using red iron. What are my best options for interior and exterior walls to portray a 1950's contemporary look and achieve a reasonable r-value?
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How do I hang a plate rack?

I am making a plate shelf 79" by 19"for my wife. Instructions say to use figure 8 fasteners to mount the shelf. I have never heard of these and would like to know the best way to mount the shelf ...
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Hole betwee the basement sill box and concrete porch

I recently bought an old house that seems to have been flipped in the past, so many things weren't repaired properly. Had a door replaced with a window, and that opened up holes between where the ...
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Limit the extent of cracks in the wall roughcast

My recently-bought house is made of limestone. It is covered with roughcast. Parts are cracking, as in the picture below. What could I do to "glue it back" to the wall, avoid extensive crambling, ...
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What to use to “level” the top of a window opening in brickwork?

In a window opening like the one below, how can you fix minor imperfections in levelling prior to installing glass panes? The whole wall and the opening was already plastered with cement/sand but ...
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Alternative attachment to concrete floor containing pex heat tubes

I am getting ready to finish my basement. The counties "Typical Finished Basement Details" say that bottom plate attachment to floor is with 16D concrete nails face nailed. What are USBC approved ...
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Cracks in basement cement just poured

I saw this in my wall that was just poured. Contractor says its not a problem, I think it is.
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Reinforcing a boulder/concrete wall

Our fixer-upper has a freestanding wall outside, that is built of melon-sized boulders cemented together. The back side was left rough, and we're starting to get cracks (I patched with cement-all). So ...
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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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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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How Do I Tell What My Wall's Infill Is?

I live in a house that I can hang pictures on the interior walls, but if I try and put a nail in an outer wall, I can't. I assume that means my walls use some type of infill. In order to hang ...
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How to hang curtains drywall with no gap

How can I hang curtains on an exterior wall that only has 1/2" between the interior(painted) drywall surface and the beginning of the exterior wall? I tried to use a hollow wall anchor #6-32 x 1-1/4",...
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Using Oxyclean to remove water stains on unfinished cedar spread the stain to adjacent wood and stayed dark

I sprayed a mixture of Oxyclean and hot water onto unfinished cedar wall boards and after two applications, rinsing thoroughly each time, the section of wall I worked on is now a uniform dark color. ...
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Strange configuration for laundry area needs solutions

We are being given the chance to buy the house we are renting, but I have some major concerns where it comes to the laundry area. You see, the washer hookup and gas hot water tank are in a closet ...
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How can I stop an in-the-wall air conditioner from leaking air into the home?

As far as I can tell, the air conditioner fits nearly perfectly in the hole, but there is considerable air leaking into the home through the bottom. I think it may be because of metal strips that line ...
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puddle through wall

I have a building made of cinder blocks on a concrete slab with a drainage pipe running from the roof into the ground to drainage pipes that run into the parking lot. We have had a plumber come in ...
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What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back and one without?

What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back flange and one with a flat back?
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Cracks on stucco attached patio to house.

There are 90 degree cracks on the attached patio that was added to the existing house on both ends, what does this mean and is it serious? This has been there for like 2 years. Also today I ...
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How can I put an IKEA “Expedit” shelf 75 cm above the floor?

I have a 4x4 IKEA expedit shelf (which is ~150cm x ~150cm in size) and want to put it 75cm above the floor, so that it lines up with the head-side of a bed. Its back would face the wall, like this: +-...
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Can plaster be rendered or would it make it crack?

I want to render a wall as a feature wall in our home. Would plaster be able to hold this under the weight. And how do you colour render?