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Chipped material in all electrical boxes a cause for concern?

I live in a condo that was built in 1980. I've replaced a few switches and outlets around the unit. Every single electrical box is filled with chips of this material, and the wires are coated (either ...
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Unsure how to use these dry wall anchors?

I am trying to install a floating shelf unit and the included wall anchors are these. I've tried following the guide Here but it seems that mine have two tabs sticking out that stops them from ...
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The gap between the stairs and the plasterboard

How and what to use to fill this hole between the stairs and the plasterboard to create an equal surface, reasonably resistant to cracking.
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Trying to identify and replicate Drywall Texture

What is this drywall texture called and how can I replicate it?
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How much weight can generic curtain brackets hold? [closed]

TL;DR I'm a poor student who wants blackout curtains, so I tied a rod with blackout curtains to the rod of my existing curtains. Will it all fall on my head? My room comes with very light curtains ...
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What should I use to fill in a gap created behind cement boards after making the wall plumb?

Because I had to plumb a wall I had to sister the studs and that left me with two gaps in the corner like in the picture below. One corner is cement board(E) with existing cement board(D) , the other ...
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Water damage on the side of the garage + a drywall hole - approx cost to repair? [closed]

The whole garage smells moldy, and the home inspector stated that it might be from the humidity caused by the snow last year. Not sure how much it would cost to fix this problem, does anyone know?
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How can I remove these shelves without damaging the drywall?

It looks like these shelves are mounted onto the wall, but I don’t know how. There are no visible screws so I can’t figure out how to get the shelves off. I’m assuming they are hidden on the inside, ...
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Using superglue to stick command hook again to the wall [closed]

I tried to stick my curtain hanger rods to the wall using Command Hooks and it keeps falling down. I was wondering if I could just use superglue on the Command Hooks to stick them to the wall? If ...
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How can I put a new screw where an EZ dry wall anchor holding up wide curtain rod was pulled out?

I had put a few EZ dry wall anchors for a curtain rod fixture. It was holding up great. Someone pulled on the curtain and one of the fixtures was pulled out with the dry wall anchors. If it was up to ...
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How to ensure a Cement board wall that is only supported on the floor (without ceiling fixing) is stable?

I have a client that is requesting to construct a 1.8m (6ft) high wall around the back entrance of an apartment. This wall will be in a U-shape (Plan wise) with 2m (6ft) length sides and 5m(16ft) ...
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Is it safe to remove water damaged OSB and drywall from interior walls?

We have just recently taken over a old house, used previously as a bed and breakfast, and noticed water damage on the bottom of all the walls. I started sawing away at the drywall quickly to find OSB ...
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How to texture match this 1987 drywall ceiling?

Home was built in Houston metro area in 1987. I replaced drywall in ceiling and haven't seen any examples of this specific ceiling texture. Other homes in the neighborhood also have it. I need to ...
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Replacing drywall above shower tile (with window opening)

I'm wanting to replace the drywall just above our downstairs shower, which has a window opening. The exterior wall just on the other side of the window had an outside wooden post (a viga) that was ...
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How do I seal shower wall if no space for seam tape?

I had to remove a section of my shower wall for plumbing repairs. The wall is currently drywall. I want to fill the hole with Fiberock. I was unable to remove the tiles from the drywall, so I had ...
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How heavy is sheetrock?

We have a pressed cardboard tiled ceiling and blown-in insulation in the attic above it. It's ugly and we'd like it replaced with sheetrock that we could paint. How would I go about determining if ...
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Transitioning from cement board to drywall on a corner -what options do I have?

In the diagram below I need to transition from cement board to drywall (on the edge marked with red) Do I need anything special for this? That outside corner will be covered in tiles as the ...
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How do I prepare for a flush base install with 1/2" Z-reveal?

I'm making sure that I plan this process in detail so I don't screw it up. I'm installing paint grade 5 1/2" baseboards directly to the studs with a 1/2" Z reveal between the top of the ...
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Building lines on ceiling/drywall expansion

From what I’ve read on other posts, this is pretty common. We moved into this home less than 1 yr ago and we’ve been noticing these lines more and more in the ceiling especially this summer. Is there ...
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Can cement board extend beyond the tiled area on bathroom walls?

I have this layout and all the areas marked with green will get tiles I am not sure about the area around the window (marled with diagonal green lines) The area I have doubts about is the area above ...
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Is this a shear wall?

I want to remove these two wall faces at the corner here to open up the room & fireplace a bit. I cut a hole in the drywall and found OSB behind it, so now I'm concerned if this is a shear wall or ...
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Ceiling tapered drywall joint falls between furring strips. How do I align the edges?

I was in a hurry and I did not realize that if I use an entire sheet the joint with the next piece will fall between the furring strips. This is on the ceiling. Since the two tapered edges (the 8' ...
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Question about framing a lowered ceiling (like a large soffit.)

I am lowering a 10' x 10' section of the ceiling in my home for cosmetic reasons (to define an area) by about six inches lower. I plan to frame it like a soffit/bulkhead, with multiple long parallel &...
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Should I reuse drywall screws?

I removed lots of them because it was easier to remove the drywall that way. Some of these screws were also used for carpentry work by the contractor who built the bathroom. The only problem I am ...
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Ceiling drywall repair with poorly installed joist hangers

I'm trying to do drywall repair on a ceiling where the joist hangers were poorly installed, with the worst offender hanging 1/4" below the joist it is supposed to hold. The intention is to place ...
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Leveling sheetrock

I had a big leak in the bathroom ceiling, and the sheetrock guy removed it not by cutting the edges, but by pulling it until it stopped pealing off the walls. 4 months later the idiot put up the the ...
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Tile in shower and how to deal with drywall

Quick question for the pros out there. My previous shower (installed in the 90s) had full length fiberglass panels adhered to the drywall behind it. I am planning to replace these and the drywall ...
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Inside insulation of an exterior wall - insulating on tiles

I am working on the insulation of my 100 years old house. A full external insulation was too expensive, so I am doing it on a room by room basis. Now I am planning the bathroom. The current walls are ...
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Unexpected wood behind drywall (under stairs)

I was trying to install an electric receptacle inside our pantry (there is an existing receptacle on the opposite side of the same wall). I used a magnetic stud finder and determined where the studs ...
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How would I prepare this narrow clearance wall for drywall?

I’m unsure how to set up this wall for the drywallers. I don’t have much clearance from the door opening to the concrete. There is also a layer of reflective insulation directly on the concrete. First ...
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How to repair crumbling drywall or plaster?

This is an internal wall where the brown sediment (is it drywall? Plaster? Or something else entirely?) behind layers of paint is crumbling away causing holes. You can see from the photos where the ...
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Dealing with peeling paint from a peaked joint which has mesh tape underneath

I'm painting all my walls so I started prepping the surfaces by sanding. When I got to a peaked joint I proceeded to sand it with an electric orbital sander and paint started peeling more and more ...
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Trying to hang a heavy mirror and dry wall anchors won’t go all the way in

I’m trying to hang a heavy mirror (about 17 pounds) and it came with a few drywall anchors. The problem is we just drilled the first hole, and the anchor won’t go all the way in because there is what ...
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Drywall bulge/crease on load bearing walls

I have a main roof beam running the length of the house. I have an exposed ceiling in the living and kitchen area so this main beam is clearly visible in those locations (highlighted in green). A few ...
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Which nut and bolt to attach wood to metal?

I need to attach a "plank of wood" to a metal bar, shown as the two bolts C in the figure below. This problem arises while designing a proper way for hanging a chin-up bar. Notice in ...
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Leaky Windows caused drywall discoloration / damage - how to approach repair?

After a heavy rainfall I noticed that an area of the drywall was discolored and cold/soft and managed to push it in (woops). This area is usually behind a curtain so we never noticed it before. I ...
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How can I finish the gap between the stairs and the drywall?

Gap between the stairs and the wall.
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Vapor barrier plastic sheathing on wrong side of wall?

I recently torn down some drywall in my garage and noticed the plastic sheathing was on the wall on the garage side (other side of the wall is the family room), when I thought the sheathing should be ...
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Painted eggshell paint on mud/drywall without primer

My painter didn’t prime on any of the new drywalls! No primer before he painted Sherwin Williams egg-shell paint, and no primer before he applied mud. So paint on mud - what we suspect anyway. I ...
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Garage ceiling - reinsulate/drywall

My master shower leaked through to my garage; we've pulled all the garage ceiling drywall and installation anywhere the moisture meter read wet. Since, my plumber has repaired the leak, but before I ...
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What is the best tool to neatly cut out a piece of drywall?

I was removing some old vinyl wallpaper from a kitchen and I ran into a couple of patches of mold behind it. The one area was due to a leak in the upstairs bathroom and the other was under a window. ...
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Sequence of Insulation (attic) and mud/taping

My question is about what is typical / expected on new construction. I have done a lot of remodels (over a dozen) in my life but this is my first 100%, new construction. Contractor is insisting we ...
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Building an interior partition wall

I would like to build a partition wall in my completed basement. The wall will run half the width of the room so it won’t create a new room. I plan to hang a 65” TV on the wall. The wall will run ...
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Will I lose a ton of efficiency by removing the blue foam insulation from my unfinished basement?

My house inspection noted that the exposed blue foam insulation in my basement is not to code and (if there’s a fire) could be dangerous due to noxious fumes. The insurance provider has told me to ...
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Crumpled Drywall At Ceiling - Wall Joint

I’ve noticed this defect in a few places where drywall wall meets ceiling. I don’t have crown mounding to cover it up. Does anyone know what causes it?
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Can a 75" TV be safely mounted on two steel studs?

I hired a handyman to wall mount my 75 inch TV on the party wall of our townhouse. The wall has 2 layers of drywall (about 1.5 inch total thickness) on steel studs, and has a few inches space behind ...
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Insulating behind tar paper?

I have a home built in 1959 in Southern California with stucco exterior. I’m removing the drywall to do a major renovation and bring my wiring up to code. I noticed there is no insulation and just ...
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How can I fix this sheetrock crack and prevent it from happening again?

We added some framing and put a piece of sheetrock to make a "pillar" between 2 open doorways a little bigger. Of course, I did not consider that the sheetrock seam was placed where 2 ...
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How to join ceiling, raised door frame

I just raised a door frame, by removing the drywall over the door opening. On each side, I found studs that are just the right distance in. I'll be able to patch that just well. (Beginner, it will be ...
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Load bearing wall

Can anyone tell me if the pointed walls are load bearing wall. Is there a way to tall from the blueprint ?

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