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Skim Coat walls, is joint compound visibly thick between wall sections?

We want to skim coat our walls and repaint to get rid of the Orangle peel uneven texture , when house was made in the 1970s. We only want to do this for the living room, but not the continuous kitchen ...
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Is this okay ? Meets the code requirements

I'm currently building a house using Ryan Homes and I was told that the Gap between headers and walls is acceptable (no problem if a few inches of the connecting nail is visible) or the builder is ...
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When a touch-up paint doesn't match, and you need to paint "corner to corner" is one wall usually sufficient? [closed]

Say I have a drywall repair that I need to paint over, and the previous owner of the house didn't leave a can of paint in this room's particular color, so I go try to get a gallon of matched paint ...
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Is it ok to use drywall instead of cement board on a kitchen backsplash behind the cooktop, there is no running water in the area

I recently had old tile backsplash removed down to the studs. Is it ok to use drywall instead of cement board on a kitchen backsplash behind the cook top, there is no running water in the area, the ...
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Butt joint transition from drywall to wood with joint compound or other material to prevent future cracks from wood movement

I'm having countertops installed and the top cap of pony wall is two stacked 2x4s with the wood outer edge flush with the drywall. My first thought was just to prime the wood and use joint compound ...
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Can I use expanding foam to seal a hole behind my kitchen gas stove?

There is a hole in the wall behind my kitchen gas stove where some pipes for the stove come through. But mice also come through there. I want to seal the gap using expanding foam, but when I read the ...
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Hairline crack opening (cold morning) and closing (roof space heats) [duplicate]

I have some hairline cracks on my wall that open and close based on the temp. During cold mornings the cracks open up and close when house heats up. I don't believe the cracks went through the ...
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How should I shim furring strips to bring them on plane with an adjacent wall?

We removed some old wood panels from the wall in one of our rooms with the plan to install drywall in its place. Behind the wall we found what looks like existing furring strips (approx. 1 inch thick ...
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can use 1 5/8 25ga metal studs to hang 5/8 drywall

I came across free 1 5/8 metal studs 25ga. Can I frame out my basement using them and attach 5/8 inch lightweight drywall to them. The ceiling height is from 7-9 feet and some of the walls will end ...
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only prime drywall and not paint

Is it considered OK to just prime the drywall (for example with 3 coats) and do not paint over afterwards? I suspect that a drywall primer isn't hard enough to sustain and will deteriorate, while ...
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How should I secure new sheetrock to a sloped ceiling to make the new ceiling flat?

I am in the process of covering over a textured ceiling with new 1/2" sheetrock and then installing a coffered ceiling/crown molding detail throughout the room. The ceiling has prefab trusses ...
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Textured walls now smooth- do I need to prime? [duplicate]

My walls were textured plaster so we had someone skim coat them (Spackle and sand) to make them smooth. Right now they are smooth but if you rub your finger in it- it’s dusty. Can I paint normally (...
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Are nail pops in drywall a sign of structural concerns?

I’ve been noticing more and more mail pops throughout our home. Not sure if they are actually “ongoing” or I just notice them more. I see a lot like the picture below where the nail isn’t protruding ...
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One out of four holes in this bracket miss the stud - what would you do?

I want to mount some mesh on the wall in my kitchen to increase pan/utensil storage space. The mesh I have acquired isn't too heavy but when laden it will. It's designed to slot and hang on grooves ...
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Identifying thin plastic sheets between interior walls

I needed to run a cat6 cable through an interior wall between the living room and the office. Upon removing the drywall to insert a low voltage bracket, I realized there was a thin, opaque, plastic ...
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How to remove recessed cupboard lip and drywall over the cupboard?

Our dining room has a gas fireplace under a large window. The fireplace is off center and there is a large recessed cupboard to the left of the fireplace that is also off center. It looks ridiculous ...
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Can you identify these things in my wall?

This is a follow-up to my previous question "Is there a way to determine if cold spots on a thermal image are due to water?" I cut a small hole in the cold spot in question. The first thing ...
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Is this plywood board (in place of drywall) necessary due to drain pipe in shower wall?

Renovating a shower alcove. The drywall behind the fiberglass shower wall panels was cut out around the plywood you see in photo. When I replace the drywall with cement or greenboard, do I need to ...
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Is there a way to determine if cold spots on a thermal image are due to water?

Continuing my bad insulation smell saga, I've been exploring the room in question with a thermal camera. I have attached an example image that shows a cold spot in the wall (rest of wall is ~20°C). Is ...
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How can I fix a drywall taping that has recessed into the joint?

I had a handyman come to patch a hole in my wall. The installation was fine, but it seems he applied the mud over the tape in such a way that the joints are visible. The tape has sunk into the ...
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There are mice in my walls and my floors, how do I move forward?

This is a follow up to my previous question about blemishes on drywall. Drilling a hole and sticking an endoscope up there showed mouse droppings and debris. It also showed basically open access to ...
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Can you suggest potential causes of these blemishes on a drywall ceiling?

My house has two floors. These blemishes are on the first floor ceiling, along the southern wall. The floor joists run east-west (left to right in the first picture). The blemishes do not pass beyond ...
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Plaster ceiling veneer coat issue

I had some chipping in my plaster ceiling. I used a paint scraper to take off the loose stuff, but the problem quickly grew. The veneer that came off from scraping is maybe a 1/32” thick. The actual ...
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Locating the source of a fiber glass smell, or finding wet, dirty fiberglass insulation?

There is one room in my house that smells strongly of (what I think of as) fiberglass. Others have told me that fiberglass does not smell, unless it is dirty / wet / etc. They may be right, I do not ...
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Patching brick, lath and plaster - electrical box

How do patch this? The box is within brick covered by lath and plaster. How do I attach the box to make sure it is set at the correct depth?
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Attic plasterboard alternative

I want to avoid using plasterboards under the insulation of my roof and use an alternative instead. Can I use plywood or some cork boards/sheets or anything else that is light or not as heavy as the ...
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Is it important that the framer add extra plate to the floor instead of putting the load bearing stud directly on the plywood?

I brought a licensed contractor to reframe the kitchen door, expand the laundry closet into a nook, and remove some of the studs to eliminate a linen closet. First, they did a very bad job, cutting ...
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Drywall glue didn't hold [closed]

Installing drywall and after gluing and waiting for the glue to cure I realized that a lot of the glue did not adhere to the drywall and now the panels are loose and rattle. I think the glue skinned ...
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Why are textured walls so common in rental apartments?

I like smooth walls but in the apartments I've looked at, even ones built post-2000, many have textured walls. I believe they are called "knock down" texture, but do they often contain ...
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What kind of wall texture is on this wall?

My initial thoughts were orange peel, but I'm not entirely sure as it appears different? Tried to take photos with different lighting. Click for full size
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Why does my home’s ceiling and wall have lines, bumps, and bulges?

A home we recently purchased has its fair share of wear and tear. These are things we noticed when we bought the house but just did not seem too concerning. Now about a year in - not sure if these ...
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Removing metal stud closet walls

I’m removing the wall between my bedroom and my spare room on both sides there are closets. I removed the drywall and I’m not sure how to tell if it’s load bearing or non load bearing a majority of ...
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Correct wooden batten size to support heavy item on drywall

I'm going to install the Ikea Boaxel wardrobe storage system and because I have plasterboard walls I going to screw horizontal battens into the wall studs and then attach the 2m Boaxel vertical rails ...
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How to finish a wall over a curb?

I am turning a detached garage into a workshop. So I'm insulating it and putting up drywall. The issue is all of the walls sit on top of a 3.5 inch curb of concrete. I don't live in an area where ...
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Using narrow (25mm-27mm) steel studs for walls

I did some research, watched some videos. All of those shows how to install standard steel studs for walls (50mm-100mm x 50 mm). For ceiling there are more narrow studs, like 60mm x 27mm or 60mm x ...
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What kind of material is this wall?

What kind of material is my wall made out of? What I know so far It's not traditional drywall over wooden studs. Running my stud finder over it results in weird readings indicating the entire wall is ...
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Mount TV to drywall with very little clearance

I'm attempting to mount a TV (a monitor actually) to a wall in our old house. This particular room was originally plaster walls and at some point, someone decided to redo the whole thing with drywall,...
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How can I attach a stud wall to a concrete block wall with drywall?

I'm planning on building a media wall spanning the entire width of a wall in the kitchen. This will involve building a stud wall which will be fixed either side to a 'dot and dab' wall, concrete ...
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What should I use for a smooth surface wall board for quilting layout?

For purposes of laying out a quilting project, I want to use an approx 4' by 7' wall space. I have a large piece of thin fabric that is tacky on both sides. One side goes against the wall and stays ...
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Drywall to metal building

I have a metal building that I would like to ac and drywall. The walls are of course metal and double depth tube. My concern is about moisture and dead load to the wall. My original idea is to use ...
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Mounting a TV on a wooden wall stud with ~42cms of extension

I'm trying to mount a TV to a wall over a bed, and the best option we seem to have is a wooden stud in the drywall on the right side of it. Because of this, we want to use a mount that we can extend ...
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sheetrock or is it time for a pro?

I have been remodeling our master bathroom and came to questionable area. I discovered black mold under our large atrium window. All the wood is fine but the concrete sheetrock stuff that was put on ...
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Why is there a fiberboard right behind my drywall?

My house was built in 1979 and is located in Quebec, Canada. I was trying to find stud behind my wall (it is an exterior wall) but my stud detector was returning nothing. I decided to cut the drywall ...
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Do I need special paint for drywall ceilings?

Is there a paint specific for painting drywall ceilings? I'd assume such paint must possess certain features that make it not "fall" off ceilings :) Does it normally contain primer, or ...
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Why can I not use this primer under glossy paint?

I have fresh drywall and bought some PVA primer. We plan to paint with semi-gloss so that the walls can actually be cleaned. Per KILZ PVA Designed for use under flat and low sheen paints only. Do not ...
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Is this diagonal crack worrying?

Have a relatively new 5 year old double storey townhouse. There is a long diagonal slightly jagged crack extending from the corner where the door meets the wall in the ground floor. It's almost 60cm ...
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Can I use a primer on drywall before taping and texturing, and does it need to be oil based?

We are remodeling and have exposed original drywall that was paneled over. The drywall has not been taped or textured, but eventually will be during the remodel. I don't know if it's because it was ...
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Closet partial wall removal

Removing a partial wall in my bedroom, this room is against the side of the house and the wall is perpendicular to my houses Joists but isn't anywhere near the center of my home. The partial wall use ...
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Should I mount garage door hardware to studs through drywall, or directly to stud?

I'm having my garage doors replaced next week and I'm debating whether to install drywall before the installation or after. The wall that the garage doors are on is currently not insulated or ...
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Skim-coating LVL beam

I have an LVL beam which I would like to skim-coat with drywall mud. My drywall guy is unsure whether that will be a durable solution and is recommending 1/4" drywall. What's the general ...
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