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Insulation and vapor barrier are meant for exterior walls to keep moisture from coming in. Well you can add insulation for sound proofing reasons but that's another issue. You should use blue board (not green contrary to popular belief) especially around the tub shower area but even that is discretionary in most cases because all it does is resist mold, it ...


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Yellow pages (or google, or...) and "Structural steel" (or structural steel suppliers, fabricators, erectors, etc.) Many may not really want to work with you (there's not really any classification of "suppliers of one beam for a house project" so some of the companies listed may ONLY play in the "build a skyscraper" market) but that's who you need for ...


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I can't tell you how much I would be reamed if I plastered a brick wall, then painted it then put tiles on with adhesive for a shower. First that wouldn't pass any inspections in the US. I am not going to go on about how your shower should have been done or waterproofing because that is a different question. Your answer is that you would deal with bowed ...


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Just in case this helps anyone, I spoke to the people at the tile shop and they recommended building the wall out using cement based tile adhesive (the type you buy as powder and mix). I did this and it worked well. You have to work fast though, that stuff dries very quickly!


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While not best practice you can prime with latex over the oil prime. For future reference though, do not do it the other way around...it ends poorly.


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Although the modern trend is fast stuffing more & more lumber in the wall, walls framed with 2x4s on 24" centers will support nearly any sort of roof load you're likely to ever see - especially if you don't live in a far northern climate. I've seen 2nd-floor hot tubs with far less support than that. You do have to be pretty careful laying out the studs; ...


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I had a similar scenario a while back, where the only place I could practically mount the TV was in between two studs. My TV mounting bracket had 12 holes (5 horizontal top and bottom and two on the vertical). I used all twelve of them with hollow-wall anchors: I halved the capacity of the anchor so I assumed 5kg per anchor, giving a support of around ...


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I have used large heavy plastic anchors that come with wire shelving kits. They need to be pre-drilled with a bit slightly smaller then the actual anchor, then these anchors screw into the plaster. In my case, horse hair plaster with laths. My house is the oldest in the borough, over 100 years old. I have a lot of heavy things hanging on these shelves which ...


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if the post is within the line of the walls: Blue is existing, red is nailing strips, green is bulkhead...


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Build a wall in front of the short wall with the studs oriented flat. Use a PT 2x2 for extending the sole plate. Block the end solid to the post with ripped studs as required to strengthen corner. Blocking is lumber used for additional nailing surfaces and/or to create rigidity in the direction perpendicular to the primary framing members. Solid blocking ...


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That is a horrible hack job, nearly grounds for a good garden-hose whipping. Without significant rework, that wall is going to be very flimsy, and I'd be really hesitant to hang wall cabinets from it. At the absolute least, nonperforated steel fishplates should be used to prevent screws/nails from penetrating the drain pipe and wiring and to add a little ...


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Things can yellow for a variety of reasons, water, smoking, etc etc etc. It really depends on the materials you are working with as well. If the wallpaper came off that easily, water is a good guess. What should I do? Lots of options, I have two suggestions (see below) Is it normal? for a house that old, normal is a relative term, Ill go with yes Is it ...


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A stud can hold much more weight than a 20 lb TV. However, since your mount extends, that 20 lbs will actually add a lot more force to the mounting location. You will still be fine as long as you are mounting directly to a wall stud. You should be certain that you are screwing it to the center of the stud. Also, follow the installation instructions with ...



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