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Overboarding thickness - how much smaller will my room be?

I have a lot of woodchip wallpaper and normal wallpaper, all painted over multiple times. Removing it is going to be hell. So instead I was thinking of overboarding, but how much room will I lose to ...
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Stuck between a wall and a hard place

I am making a hole for a bracket to support a floating shelf. It’s Sheetrock. After I pass through the Sheetrock I hit something hard that even with a Hammer drill I cannot pierce. Could it be a steel ...
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Installing Hammock Chair from Ceiling with Metal Joists

I’m mounting a hammock chair to my ceiling using 2 eye-bolt plates rated for 160 lbs max load. The plates came with 4 screws meant for wooden joists, but after drilling a pilot hole, I realized the ...
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Remove thick, painted joint compound from walls

my husband and I recently bought a home where a joint compound artist applied his trade :). All walls and ceilings are covered in those half-circle swirls and the ceilings go one step further to ...
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Stacking new drywall on top of drywall that is behind tile

First post here. I am currently doing a small remodel of a bathroom in a house I just bought and am trying to keep costs and time spent, low. I had to tear out all the drywall due to the previous ...
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Concrete column/structure behind drywall

I have recently moved to a new apartment and I am planning to mount a TV in the living room. The apartment walls are dry lined. Right in the middle of the designated place for the tv, the dry wall ...
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Fastening a TV Wall Mount to studs through drywall

If I were mounting, say, a TV Wall Mount to studs through drywall, would I need to do anything to prevent the screws from digging into the drywall? Can I just use the screws that come with the ...
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What is this metal cable in wall?

I'm adding a window in my kitchen and found this metal cable between two pipes in the corner. Slab home. Can someone please let me know what it is?
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How can I close up a gap in the corner of the shower?

We hired a contractor some time ago to remodel our bathroom. We started noticing things that didn't stand up to use soon after the project was completed. Most of them were minor, so no headaches there....
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what is my risk of asbestos exposure due to a previous drywall work?

A few years ago my parents did some work on an interior drywall in our house (built in 1987) [US]. Now I wonder if I might've been exposed to asbestos and I'm freaking out. On the bright side, I was ...
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Best soundproofing/reducing method

I live in a condo surrounded by units on 3 sides and for some reason all types of sounds are amplified. I can't soundproof every wall but I would at least try to significantly reduce the noise in my ...
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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

I recently had a new ceiling light fitted which replaced a standard plastic ceiling rose. The new fitting is quite slim and the old fitting was hiding a larger than expected cutout in the plasterboard....
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What hardware would I use to attached this tight to a wall?

This plaque has two screw holes in the back. I would like to mount it tight to my wall, but I don't know how to attach it to the wall.
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hanging multiple picture frames of different sizes in line and with equal spacing

Im putting up a picture wall of multiple picture frames of varying sizes. The first picture below gives a very rough idea of what im trying to achieve, all in line at top where two are inline. I didnt ...
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How to prevent sagging ceilings when joists are spaced 24"

I recently had a ceiling removed as part of asbestos abatement. The ceiling joists are 24" apart. They run about 20' long and the area is about 8 1/2' wide. What's the best way to avoid the ...
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Plastic electrical cut-in boxes with 3/8s tabs

Most plastic home improvement store electrical, single gang cut-in boxes seem to have little plastic tabs / bumps which if used, will set the box 3/8s inch off the studs. We are doing 1/2" ...
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Wall Mount TV to Drywall with Backing (Without Studs)

I've been a very long time lurker on this forum and decided to jump in and post my first question! I'm a total newbie with DIY and live in a condo. I've been trying to mount my 55" tv that weighs ...
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How can I remove or cover thick, crackled paint on drywall?

The guest bathroom in the apartment I recently rented has what appears to be a custom paint job that originally I thought was wall paper. The paint is in vertical stripes, with half the stripes ...
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How do I fix this HORRIBLE drywall patch?

Please give me some advice on how to fix this. This is a PAINTED wall.
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Mesh tape for butted drywall joints

I am interviewing drywall finishers and one guy told me he wants to use mesh tape for all butted joint and paper only for inner corners. I am skeptical because all my previous finishers used paper for ...
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Covering lead-painted wood paneling with seamless transition to drywall (1/8'')

After removing old wainscoting we discovered a second layer of wood paneling that is between 22'' and 36'' high (depending on location) and slightly set back from the drywall above. The drywall ...
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How to reduce drywall hole size

I want to run network cable into a bedroom and was going to use one of those Low Voltage Wall plate and cat 5E wall plate over it. While trying to install low voltage wall plate, instead of tracing ...
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Home Office Space using garage conversion room

I am using a room that was once a carport that's now a room as an office. between the converted room and the rest of the house is a (formerly) exterior window plugged/covered with a drywall layer ...
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Repairing cracks in plasterboard ceiling - ok to tape over paint?

I have cracks all around the edges of the plasterboard sheets in the ceilings throughout the house. The cracks are pretty wide - about 1mm. The ceilings are plasterboard with a skim coat and ...
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How do steel studs compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? [closed]

How can steel studs possibly compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? The fasteners will at best engage with a minuscule amount of metal of X wall thickness and then break through into empty ...
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Can I save these bathroom walls?

I'm tackling a DIY renovation of my bathroom. I'm gonna replace everything (tub, fixtures, vanity, mirror, etc). I cut out some of the wall and got the tub removed. There's some minor mildew and mold ...
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Cheapest way to screw in drywall close to a big hole without patching the hole

I am replacing our thermostat. The new one has only two holes for mounting to the wall. There is a big round hole in the wall already. I can't position the new thermostat in a way that I can put a new ...
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drywall ceiling profiling

I want to build a simple drywall dropped "ceiling" in one of our rooms. The idea is simple, it'd go all around the room for a led strip lighting, and in the middle there would be an "...
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Reusing anchor holes in plasterboard

I used molly bolts in plasterboard and had issues with spinning. I’ve now removed them, and realised that they were too short for the plasterboard, which is thicker than I thought it would be. The ...
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new drywall adjacent to existing wall

I have installed some drywall on a door frame that sits adjacent to an existing wall. It ended up with the new wall not properly aligned with the existing wall as seen in attached pictures. Any ideas ...
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Remodel recessed light on drywall seam

One of the spots where I would like to install a remodel-type 5" round recessed light, is right on top of the drywall seam in my ceiling. I'm a little hesitant to put it there because the ceiling ...
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How to repair garage wall? (Oriented Strand Board, Insulation, Drywall)

I had a plumber and electrician do some work and they left a big rectangle open in my garage. I need to repair OSB board, maybe replace insulation, and finally drywall. Not sure if I need to replace, ...
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Sticker peeled off paint from wall

I removed some kid stickers on the wall and it peeled off the paint. Hoping to fix this myself but not sure on the best route to take. Attaching a picture of the damage, what are the exact steps I ...
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Fixing crack in wall & baseboard

Based in the UK, 1920's house that needs a bit of work. Last decorated about 10 years ago. We have a number of cracks in the paintwork that I know how to fix, but here we have a crack in the wall ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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Raised black line in basement drywall

Does anyone know what this is? My best guesses are either some type of mold or something insect related. This is on drywall in a finished basement connected to an exterior wall. I live in Chicago, in ...
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Will any thickness of Kingspan K118 do for an existing wall in my house?

The wall is in a 45 year old house that has standard UK cavity walls (red-brick on the outside, cavity, concrete blocks on the inside). Kooltherm K118 Insulated Plasterboard is what I'm thinking about....
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Taping drywall and cementboard butted together

When taping cementboard butted against drywall, is it better to use drywall (paper/mesh) tape with joint compound or cementboard mesh tape with thinset?
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How do I identify and repair this drywall damage?

I'm working on repainting my walls in my house. To prep for it, I removed the base trim from my walls (I'm gonna put in new ones too). Somehow, when removing the trim, part of the wall started peeling ...
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Installing a Tension Chin Up Bar - Can I Use Shims to Minimize the Pressure on the Drywall?

I bought a tension chin up bar and went to use it on drywall and it punctured the drywall and I came crashing down. Would shims minimize the pressure or spread it to prevent this from happening. Plus ...
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How much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)?

How much weight can a drywall support on both sides if everything is hung on the 2x4s (not on the drywall sheet)? This drywall doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. It separates the kitchen from ...
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Why are there nails only half way in, in my garage?

I'm going to be painting my garage walls this weekend as part of a project to turn it into a home gym. As I'm working on the walls, I noticed a lot of nails that are halfway in. Is this on purpose? ...
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How does one find studs in double drywall

I have a lot of kitchens to install on walls with double drywall over metal studs. My Franklin Sensors stud finder is great for single drywall but is failing on double, I have been having to search ...
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What type of screw/bolt has expandable wings behind the wall surface?

Do you know what type of screw and bolt this is? Do you know the best way to unscrew it? It attaches my CCTV camera to the ceiling plaster (dry wall).
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repair drywall cornerbead (edger?)

I have this damaged drywall corner. I saw a couple of videos, some recommend to remove old loose mud over the cracked area and put on a new mud, wait till it dry, sand and put more if necessary, dry, ...
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How to avoid drywall bulge over nail plates

Will applying drywall directly over nail plates create a noticeable bulge? I am not applying any texture to the wall. If so, what is the best way to avoid any bulge? How far should drywall screws be ...
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How to plaster up to the ceiling

Where a new drywall meets an already finished/plastered/painted ceiling or wall (at a corner) is it good enough to simply apply a cost of plaster all the way to the corner or is it necessary to use ...
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Can paper tape be used with any type of plaster?

I'm preparing to plaster over a new plasterboard wall (drywall). I plan to paper-tape the joints between plasterboard panels before the first coat of plaster. (Some tapered joints and some joints ...
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Question about Asbestos Exposure

I had the drywall in the kitchen of my condo (built 1980) inspected for asbestos about a year ago. To do this, the tester removed half-dollar-size pieces of the wall for testing. It turns out there ...
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How to repair holes in wall and properly mount a clothes pole?

We just moved into our house and tried hanging up my wife's winter clothes. Once we had both sides of the racks filled up the whole thing fell down. We had a handy man come out, and we figured out ...

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