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drywall gap again after foundation repair

My foundation (crawl space) was repaired recently, huge job, home not level. There had been a gap in a corner where the sheetrock had dropped down but that side (plus adjoining 90 degree) was reframed ...
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drywall install in older buildings

I am currently remodeling a nearly 100 year old building and applying for historic tax credits. The main issue I am having is the installation of new drywall. The building had drywall at one point ...
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Is this normal? Cabinet/Backsplash install

We hired a contractor for our kitchen but are doing our own bathroom. The contractor installed the wall cabinets directly on concrete and the base cabinets on top of ungrouted tile. The contractor ...
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How to switch an HDMI cable through and existing wall (hole)? [closed]

This is my challenge: I have a 60" 4K UHD TV, Home Theatre System, 4k Blu-ray player, and cable box. The guy who installed them ran all cables through the wall. I need to switch one of the HDMI cables ...
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Drywall repair problem

I am trying to hang window blinds, however when I drilled the hole to use wall anchors the whole space collapsed in and the space had obviously been repaired before. How can I repair this hole with ...
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What is this wooden sheet behind my drywall?

I bought a home recently which was built in 2004. I installed a TV mount on a stud and I am now trying to run cable behind drywall, but when I cut through my drywall I found wood sheet behind my ...
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Best method to plasterboard external brick wall

I have a brick utility building which has three external facing, single layer, brick walls. I want to plasterboard the inside for a clean finish. I haven't been in the property long but don't recall ...
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Drywall bad joints rough edges

My husband kept cutting off the beveled edges to make easier measurements. I suggested only cutting one edge where possible. Also he was cutting the off side (brown) and leaving roygh paper edges. I ...
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New plaster over top of exposed horsehair plaster in Bathroom

I've taken wainscoting off of my bathroom wall that seems to have been around since the house was built (1900). Under one of the walls is an exposed horsehair plaster that was done right up against ...
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Stud Finder for walls with vertical and horizontal studs

I recently am in the process of converting the Attic into a bedroom, previously it was sued as a playroom so half of it had drywall and its own framing put up. I went to mount my monitor to the wall a ...
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How to repair towel rack that was anchored in drywall

I live in an apartment and my towel rack was ripped out of the wall. I put some weight on it, and one of the sides came out. I looked into the hole and found that it was anchored into the drywall, so ...
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How to Fill Gaps Between Hardibacker and Drywall?

Trying to figure this out. I am going to be using Hardibacker for wet areas around the tub-shower above the acrylic tub/shower surround, and drywall for the rest of the room. There will be no tile. ...
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Bathroom toilet paper holder

I have a toilet paper holder that fell out recently. The holder looks like this: What's the purpose of the alligator clips on the screws, and how should I go back reinstalling this? I can't seem to ...
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How to install drywall over electrical box connected to rigid conduit?

I'm trying to figure out how drywall is supposed to be cut out to go around preexisting electrical boxes that are attached with rigid metal conduit. The conduit is the ground path. My dilemma is if I ...
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Reusing countersink holes

My son was hanging on the towel rack in the bathroom and tore it off the wall. Is it possible to fill and rehang the towl rack in the same place. I could move it down a few inches and hang into new ...
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I had hot glue holding something up on my wall as I had seen that it wouldn’t take off paint [closed]

I went to remove the object to clean it and it peeled off part of my paint I have white dry wall showing now and I don’t know how to cover it or put the item back up because it is quite heavy and will ...
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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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Laying conduit in preparation for electrical work? UK

I am planning to renovate an external brick garage which currently has no electric fed to it. The plan is to eventually have lights and sockets. One of the tasks I want to do in the week is add dot ...
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Do I need to patch the hole in my bathroom drywall behind the vanity?

I have a simple goal: I want to install a new vanity in my bathroom (in the United States, California specifically). However, after extracting the prior vanity, I ended up having to cut some of the ...
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Potential issues of wet ceiling damage

Yesterday my contractor (who is in the middle of redoing an upstairs bathroom) had the outflow of his tile saw effectively draining into the space between the floor and the downstairs ceiling. I only ...
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should the contractor repair the wall?

My plumber has cut a hole much bigger than the refrigerator box and has left it as is...should the repair of that wall be included in the scope of work? should I make him repair it before paying him?
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What is my wall made of and how should I hang a 50lb mirror?

I plan to hang a mirror weighing 50lb on the wall. What type of anchors should I use? I think my wall is plaster over drywall, but I'm not sure. The house was built in the US in 1952, and the surface ...
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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

I patched a few scrapes and small holes in the drywall, then got a can of color-matched paint in the hardware store (I took a sample with me, they color-matched it and prepared the paint). It is a ...
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What has been eating up my drywall?

Something has been eating up my drywall. Even after patching the wall the thing returns to same spot and eats it up. From the picture above that same spot has been patched up 3 times. There is no ...
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How do I finish this wood box extension I made, to match the drywall around it?

The previous owners put a ceiling fan box in such a place that the ceiling fan bracket and the drywall would have conflicted. I extended the electrical box lower, using a piece of 2"x8" that was cut ...
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repaint the drywall: primer, roller etc

I just patched the drywall in a few spots in my basement, and now need to re-paint it. A few questions, as I didn't do it the past: do I need a roller for this, or I could use a brush? do I need a ...
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What anchors to use on walls with rigid foam insulation behind the wallboard?

My builder installed insulation board over the existing solid brick walls in our new kitchen. I need to install anchors for string shelf supports but haven't had any luck finding the right ones. I've ...
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How should nail holes be repaired in a gypsum firewall?

I've got a couple nail holes from pictures being hung in the garage that I'd like to patch. The drywall is 5/8" fire-rated. With that in mind, are there any special considerations when patching this ...
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Is unpainted drywall with mud/joint compound dangerous to be around?

I know very little about drywall/home improvement, but this question is more less due to my health anxiety, which often drives me to worry about obscure things around me. I moved into my current ...
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What screws should I use for my floating Ikea bookshelf?

I recently purchased a floating bookshelf from Ikea. The following links are to the bookshelf and to the assembly directions of the bookshelf. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40103751/ ...
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What type of wall texture is this? How can I match it?

Looking for what type of wall texture this is, how is it applied (i.e. spray on)? Basement window flooded, I need to match the texturing around the rest of the room. It looks like a SantaFe ...
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

I am attempting to repair a rounded plaster corner. (Image below). The plaster was blown out during an electrical re-wire for the bathroom switch pictured. I’m assuming the wire corner bead runs ...
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What to do about unattached drywall corner?

We purchased a medicine cabinet for a bathroom remodel and upon opening up the wall realized that there was a stud running through it in such a way as to make it impossible to put in the cabinet ...
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Is there a minimum distance required between holes in the ceiling dry wall to prevent in cracks or weak in between areas?

I am installing recessed lights to my living room. The problem is, there are ceiling speakers already placed where I want the lights to go. So I now have to put the lights close to the speakers as ...
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What is the cleanest way to trim the drywall around this electrical box?

I'm mounting a ceiling fan into an existing ceiling fan electrical box. The drywall was finished around the box such that it's too close to the box and will be in the way of the hanging bracket and ...
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Crack in new drywall joint

so we just drywalled all walls in our bedroom. And now (~ 3 weeks later) one of the joints is cracking in the middle edge of the tape. Summary: The house is concrete. Built 1970s. All drywall boards ...
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My wall appears to be leaking. Can I fix it myself? [closed]

It was raining yesterday, and I noticed this wall on the upper floor of our house was leaking. The house is quiet old, built in 1886, but it was "flipped" within the past few years and almost ...
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Good looking, easy to install alternatives to drywall

I'm remodeling my garage and am leaning away from using drywall for wall panels for a few reasons: Dust Difficult to cut and install Too much work ... taping, mudding, sanding, etc Would like ...
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Why is there 4 inches of metal at on each side of this column?

I have a column in my kitchen. As far as I can tell this is a decorative column, and doesn't contain anything structural -- I live in a high rise, it really cannot contain anything structural. Yet, ...
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Resilient Channel and Drywall Orientation

I’ve got a 20’x12’ vaulted ceiling, 4/12 pitch that I want to install resilient channel on to reduce the risk of cracking; sound damping is not important. Trusses are just plain 2x6’s in the roof. ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps in the drywall hidden by molding?

We recently had someone repairing the stairs in our home. During the process of removing the old stairs they created these gaps in the drywall (see images), however, they never filled them and simply ...
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How to make a PVC pipe coming out of drywall pretty?

Is there a standard methodology for things like this? 1 1/2" PVC pipe for a sink drain. I came across ABS Plastic Round Escutcheon Plate but it seems like home improvement stores don't carry these? ...
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Drywall over Ceiling tiles and Plaster Ceiling

I have a 100 year old house with a room with old outdated ceiling tiles that I want to disappear. I don't know if the tiles are glued or stapled on but there are furring strips that run the length of ...
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Projector arm on drywall (possible stud available)

I am planning to hang a projector which weighs 8lbs (~3.5kg), on a wall arm. The arm weighs 4lbs (~1.8kg) and has a load capacity of 44lbs (~19.9kg), and I'll be hanging the projector at the arm's ...
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Unexpected wood behind drywall

I'm installing a speaker wall bracket (Q Acoustics 2000WB) onto drywall. It has five mounting holes. Photo from https://pricespy.co.uk/product.php?g=603554 I'm running into some wood immediately ...
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What kind of joint compound over plywood

This question has been asked before: can you apply joint compound to plywood? Article 1 Article 2 A good discussion The general recommendation is not to do it because plywood cannot absorb it the way ...
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Hanging of a ceiling fan

My home has two ceiling fans that were hung from a 1x4x12" plywood backerboard and a shallow pancake box. I looked up the weight of the fan. It is 15.11 lbs. This was mounted above 5/8" ...
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Would this entire wall need re-skimming or just where the wardrobe has been removed?

I have removed a fitted wardrobe and damaged the plasterboard underneath slightly. The wall next to where the wardrobe was is already skimmed and painted. I'm not going to attempt to skim where the ...
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What's the purpose of a wire from stud to outside?

On a couple of my studs there is a small gauge wire that seems to go through the outside wall to the outdoors (into the flue cavity) as shown in the picture. What is its purpose? This is on the wall ...
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How to choose drywall repair technique

Drywall fixing techniques - Which to use and when? I understand that there are several ways to fix drywall holes: Bigger holes need a piece of drywall replaced and use 2x4 for back support. Use ...