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My advice is not to remove anything if a skip trowled finish wall would appeal to you, which is desirable in southern regions, and is something you could do yourself. If you're looking for a smooth finish and the walls are messed up, you can mount 1/4" Sheetrock on the walls, tape spackle, prime and paint.


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If the fake studs are mounted to the real studs, there should be no problem. We have been hanging mirrors weighing several hundreds of pounds by screwing into studs for hundreds of years. It is important that your aesthetic wall is well anchored. Numerous screws into numerous studs. Then make sure your TV mount has several screws into the new studs. 3/8 or ...


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If by cement you mean stucco (which is essentially cement) you need to strip off the layer of paint that is peeling. That's typically done with sandblasting--but not using sand as an aggregate. They typically use a softer material like the husks of nuts. You then need to paint with a proper stucco paint that will breathe. It's not a simple job, ...


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In my last house a daylight basement the original sheetrock was glued to the cement walls with liquid nails that worked very well. I did pull it all out and add furring for electrical spaces. (I don't like exposed conduit and surface boxes in a room that became my man land). If you are worried about cracking at the sill add a accent trim over the gap.


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Yes, you can and should sand latex if you are painting over it. You cannot expect the next coat of paint to grip if it doesn't have a roughed surface to grip to. Painting a glossy or glazed surface is like painting glass - it has no adhesion and will lift right up. Fresh latex is hard to sand because it hasn't cured yet. You have to wait it out. If it ...


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One possible solution (there are no doubt others, and I'll be interested to see what they are) is to set a strip (4 to 12" wide) of 1/2" cement-based tile-backer board at the bottom edge of the drywall.


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With regard to expectations for screws, perpendicular strength is usually the weakness. It's difficult to answer a question like what's the weakest screw that will work well when I'm pulling on it. Even if you had some specifications, interpreting the information into reality is not pretty. The length of time over which force is applied, area of the applied ...


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If you used a set of simple pulleys similar to these: And then used 5/16" type screw eyes that were inserted into studs or ceiling joists using the proper sized pilot holes: This should lead to strong and robust bike hoist system. Open the loop of the screw eye with the aid of a vice to hook the pulley on. Then squeeze the eye shut again using the ...


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Since you posted the picture, I can see that the wall is actually normal, and there most-likely are studs in it. The stud finder may be having difficulty finding the studs through the panelling; it takes some skill to use a stud finder, especially with panelling, more especially if the panelling is thick (like 3/4"). But (based on the picture) you appear to ...


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It sounds like you have solid 13/16" thick plywood for a wall. If that is the case, I'd drill holes matching holes in the mount all the way through, get four metal bolts, four matching nuts and eight washers, and hang the mount on the wall, securing with nuts from the opposite side of the wall and using threadlocker on bolt threads. You would have nuts ...


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NO u dont have to plaster the wall.You can get sealer for brick and block. You can get this at home depot or lowes.If you prefer to plaster ask the person at the hardware store for plaster wire it comes in 4ft by 6ft sheets .Screw it to the brick wall .In the mortor joints.and plaster away.thank you .Master Mason.Harlan


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You asked for the best/cheapest way to get your plaster walls smooth, which is kind of like trying to get the most attractive girlfriend when you are the class nerd. The best work is done by a professional, the cheapest work is done by a hack. Now, which one do you want? If it is just a light textural issue, you could hire a drywall guy to skim coat ...


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It looks like moisture under the skim coat has caused it to separate. To repair chip off the loose material and add a new skim coat and repaint. If you have a drainage problem this may continue to happen over time as the moisture working its way through the wall is the problem. Make sure all gutters drain away from the foundation. If you have a sump pump try ...


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If you search the internet you will see many examples of exterior wall framing and the accepted practice is a double top plate and a single sole (bottom) plate. The top plate is used to splice sections together since as you are building there is nothing to nail the tops of the walls to. The sole plate can always be fastened to the sub floor or in your case ...


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Build the walls with a double top and double bottom plates. Span the splice between the sections with as much length of the plates as you can. In my jurisdiction, wood in contact with cement has to be PT, so I'd use that for the bottom plate. Get the bottom plate nailed/screwed/bolted down first, raise the wall sections onto it, brace those wall sections ...


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You'd have to be very unlucky to get all three in mortar. The chances are if you hit mortar it's a horizontal line, so with a little care you can have a good chance of avoiding getting a second hole into mortar, depending on the hole pattern. Decent fixings (rawlplugs) into mortar are probably stronger than the rubbish supplied with most things into brick ...


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just ignore the instructions. use threaded rods set into resin anchors. this way it doesnt matter if you hit mortar or masonry. its basically glue in a hole that holds the anchor. you can get gun type, syringe type or glasscap type resins. they all work pretty much the same way, but have different pros and cons. just google it or check youtube.


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If you are talking about supporting a bicycle then 100 year old mortar will certainly hold your bike especially with three anchors. I would just put the anchors where I wanted them and not worry about hitting brick. However, with a running bond pattern, and measuring the brick dimensions from the outside, whether your first anchor hits brick or not you ...


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The working time of setting-type plaster is a consequence of that plaster's ingredients. In the US, setting-type drywall compound (e.g. Sheetrock Easy Sand) can be had in a wide range of drying times from 5 to 210 minutes. If your mix is getting crumbly after 15 minutes, you might just have the wrong product. Combining setting and pre-mixed compound is not ...



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