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Found hard white plasticky surface just behind dry wall

While drilling a hole to fit a mirror, I found this hard surface just behind the drywall (12mm in). Knocking on the drywall, that area sounds full, but on three sides around it, it sounds hollow, so I'...
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Garage dry wall to floor question

Garage wall to floor Hi experts - I’m early stages of modernizing older drywall in the garage and there’s some bare spots about 6-8 inches from the ground where cinder block meets cement. What is the ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

Image: https://ibb.co/n0Bgz6D I've been told to use wood screws but I'm confused if the wood screws go into the wall or should those be drywall screws. Also what anchor and what size of stew should I ...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

I’m assuming these are expansion joints, I’m about to put down my floors. They protrude about 1/4 inch out the wall. How can I run my baseboards evenly along these?
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Is there a standard wall bracket, for these guys (perhaps a standard width?) or are they totally ad hoc depending on the device? The solid solution?

I have a number of these problem children to take care of. They should hang a foot above the floor on the wall. My crap solution is push two small nails in to the drywall at an upwards angle and hang ...
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What is the best way to repair this drywall?

A few years ago I removed some cabinets from this space, and at the time I used spackle that I had on hand to repair the wall. I know this wasn't the right way to do it - it didn't quite lay flat, ...
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Stud framing for drywall on a sloped ceiling

I'm considering installing drywall in my attic, which has a sloped ceiling. Some suggest starting by placing studs (ceiling joists) along the same line as the current ones (behind the vapor barrier), ...
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Drywall concerns - Nail pops, cracking in corners and door/window frames, shoddy repairs?

Nail pops, drywall issues, cracking - any advice? Hi Everyone, So we bought a house (N. central Virginia) last fall. House is 22 years old (2002 build). When we bought the house there was some ...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

I’m new here. We recently bought a home built in 1984 and we’ve started removing all of the wallpaper. We noticed that underneath the wallpaper are patches of what looks like chipping paint and the ...
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How to patch the drywall around this jbox

I need to patch the drywall around this jbox for my electrician to put in a new outlet. But I’m unsure how far to go in with the drywall and the best way to attach such small pieces.
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Time to skim, knockdown and paint 1200sqft ceiling

I am having the popcorn ceilings abated (due to asbestos) in the house we just bought and now am in the process of hiring a drywall contractor to do 1-2 skim coats, retexture (to knockdown) and paint ...
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My topic should not have been closed [migrated]

Moderators: someone closed my post, Storing a chandelier by suspending it from the walls. It was classified as "interior decorating." This is NOT about decorating. It's about storage. ...
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Found black mold on drywall

We have only been in our home for 4 months. Built 1970. I'm getting ready to skim coat the walls of the living room. I'm prepping the surface and I had a spot where the drywall got knocked off when ...
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Best material to use under drywall returns?

Thoughts between wood or metal, or both, for jamb extensions on replacement windows with drywall returns? Is there any risk to going with wood? Is it overkill to have metal on top of the wood jamb ...
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Determining shear on drywall anchors / toggle bolts

I need to mount a fairly lightweight non-working chandelier at the corner of a room in sheetrock. I would like to thread a chain through the top loop of the chandelier and fasten the chain to anchors ...
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Home Soundproofing Solutions - Existing Ceiling and Walls

I have done a lot of research and the results seem very varied so wanted some input from others as to what the best solution would be. Problem: In a flat with existing ceiling and walls. Some walls ...
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Diagonal Cracks in drywall at corner of 1 piece shower/tub - Serious?

I am looking at a condo for sale. In the guest bath, the 1 piece tub/shower enclosure has diagonal drywall cracks extending from the left upper edge/corner (on the showerhead side) and the right ...
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What is the best way to sound dampen a room? [duplicate]

My bedroom is located right next to my heat pump and it makes quite an annoying sound. I would like to sound dampen it. The room is obviously already drywalled and finished. My plan: Nail some sound ...
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How can I fix my loose Towel Hanger that is sliding down and making the bar fall

We have a towel hanger that is fitted to drywall. It has two circular bases at edge and has a bar that joins these two bases to make a towel hanger. One of these bases is loose, so it slopes down ...
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Tried mounting a tv and stud caused drywall to bow

So my house was built in 2023 using wood studs. Tried mounting a tv I’ve mounted a 1000 times in previous homes and found that as I was drilling the nail into the stud the stud started to push the ...
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Finding Joists Under Triple Layer Sheetrock

I recently purchased a new home and am trying to add some hanging storage to the garage but I'm struggling to locate the joists for my anchors. After trying multiple techniques to find them (knocking, ...
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In which direction should ceiling drywall be hung on furring strips below joists?

Ceiling joist run North/South. Attached to these are evenly spaced boards running East/West the full distance of the room. Which direction do I hang my ceiling drywall?
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Drilled anchor holes in drywall far enough to hit metal on external wall, concerned about moisture getting in

Was trying to hang a curtain rod but hit metal on external wall. Super sensitive to mold and worried moisture will now come in. What do I do? Is latex caulk or spackling enough to seal off potential ...
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Insulating above suspended basement ceiling

I've got a basement room that is not connected to the rest of the basement, is not heated and has poor insulation. Our living room is right above that basement room. The ceiling/floor between the ...
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Which of these areas are mold risks or pest-intrusion risks vs just cosmetic imperfections?

I have just signed a lease on a place that was a deal I couldn't pass up with the knowledge I'll want to put some work in on it myself (landlord is not great), what would be considered problematic ...
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How should I add EMT conduit before drywall?

I want to have my electrical upgraded to 200A which involves adding multiple new conduit runs. My garage is currently unfinished and eventually walls and ceiling will be covered in Type X drywall. I ...
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Taping a drywall and Redgard’d cement board joint

I’m renovating a bathroom and I applied RedGard to my shower’s cement board. I decided to build out a wall and now have new drywall next to the RedGard’d cement board. Is too late to tape the joints ...
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Can You Paint & Texture Cement Board/Backerboard

During our remodel of our bathroom shower area, we cut out the existing wall tile and some of the textured drywall around the edges. The person doing the new wall tile is going to put new cement board ...
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what did I drill into in my ceiling? is it ok?

https://ibb.co/dtzXXWC https://ibb.co/fQdjNJh I wanted to hang something from my ceiling. I thought I was all that with my stud finder. Turns out I am not. It went in fairly easily so I am guessing a ...
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Drywall prep for paint job [closed]

I am painting my basement and the walls will need quite a bit of repairs before I can paint. The main problem I see is the paper that covers the drywall is coming up in the margins near the ceiling ...
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Using ceramic fiber insulation as alternative to type-x drywall on garage ceiling

I'm currently renovating my garage, which has a bonus room above. I've removed the existing type-x drywall on the garage ceiling to install some Rockwool sound / fire insulation in between the truss ...
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How would you approach this basement drywall repair?

This section of the wall (it may be plaster) was removed to install a French drain which you can barely make out in the picture. I'm thinking of using tapcons and glue to adhere drywall to this ...
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Cement on interior hallway walls with thin wallboard

This is a small home built in 1914. The house has plaster walls with wood lath. In the hallway there was wainscot paneling. When I removed the paneling some was glued to the wall and the wallboard ...
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Insulating interior walls

Is it okay to insulate my interior wall cavities with 1 inch blue insulation styrofoam and then r13 bat insulation on top of that before I sheetrock
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Close an external window from inside only using drywall

In our bedroom, we have 4 square picture windows (they don't open. Size 23*23 inches). We want to close 2 of them and make it a tv wall. So idea is to, fill the space with insulation , frame it from ...
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Why is the paint bulging away from my drywall ceiling?

The attached picture shows what's behind a "blob" of paint that seemingly delaminated from my ceiling kitchen right adjacent to the hood that's over the stove. The paint delaminated during a ...
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My installer left a 5/8" ridge just above my shower. What is the best fix?

I paid someone to install tile in a walk in shower, but on the outside, he left a 5/8" or so overlap at the top left (see pics). I want him to make this seamless, but I'm not sure the best way to ...
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Do I need to prime the mud for self adhesive wallpaper?

I've applied the joint compound,sanded it down. Is it necessary to prime the mud before putting self adhesive wallpaper on it? I don't plan on taking it down or painting over it in the future. Would ...
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Wall Insulation- Existing Wall [closed]

An external facing wall in my bedroom is not insulated properly and I would like to add some insulation. The wall about 12 feet wide and 8 feet tall. Blow in insulation is unappealing due to cost. Is ...
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Repairing drywall box/soffit/bulkhead

Apologies in advance for the uninformed question. I made very little headway researching this specific application. Brand new to drywall, but looking to learn. I removed a set of hanging kitchen ...
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How to turn this mess into a tileable surface?

I want to tile this backsplash but the surface here is incredibly crumbly, and the more I pick at it the more falls off. I'm afraid of taking it off altogether as the kitchen/cabinet rails are built ...
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Is it okay to install a curtain rod into drywall after drilling a few accidental holes a few centimeters away?

I should have bought a stud finder from the beginning but here I am now. I'm worried that the drywall/anchor won't be able to hold up the curtain rod because of the nearby holes I've drilled. I feel ...
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Perpendicular ridging issues when finishing drywall joints

Occasionally I have issues finishing drywall joints and will end up with a ridge or high spot at right angles to the joint itself. Looking at the seem head on in even lighting it looks perfect, but ...
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How to properly add framing to existing wall to hang a TV (drywall to be replaced)?

I currently have an old art niche (square depression) on top of my fireplace that I plan to remove by cutting its existing drywall out, re-frame as needed and install a new drywall sheet on top. Later,...
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Drilled hole behind drywall and hit metal

I was drilling a hole upward behind my vertical drywall to get to the floor above me and I hit some metal (endoscope video of the hole here: https://streamable.com/3be9hz). What is the metal that I ...
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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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How can I fill gaps at counter level for backsplash tile?

My wife and I are tackling redoing a kitchen backsplash with mosaic tile. We first had to redo some drywall. In hindsight I would have done a few things differently but we’re here now. We have some ...
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How do I clean up after an upstairs washer flood?

I've just had my upstairs washer wiggle itself away from the wall and remove the drain hose from the drain, resulting in water everywhere. The wash room is above the garage, so that's where the water ...
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Total Noob - Hanging Heavy Wooden Shelves [closed]

I'm a complete noob, but I'm hoping to learn! I've purchased 2 wooden slabs that I had the carpenter cut into 4 long shelves. They're cherry, and heavy. But I think they look great. The gentleman I ...
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Modern trimless windows

Is it possible to not use casing on interior casement windows? The drywall is already in and its too late to change the framing. There is a gap between the window and the drywall that the casing would ...
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