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Stacking drywall sheets in the bed of a smaller pickup

I will be installing drywall in an out of state property and will be picking up from HomeDepot. I am planning out the trip and wondering how many sheets of drywall will be carried per load. The truck ...
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Is it ok to use caulking instead of tape and mud on my new drywall ceiling?

My contractor told me it's much cleaner to use caulking instead of mud/tape on my new ceiling. He's not talking about the corners. He's talking about where the seam of the drywall sheets meet. I've ...
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Is it necessary to fill all the joints before install drywall tape on them?

Is it true that fill up the joints before taping can prevent cracking?
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Detached Garage rafter weight load of drywall and insulation

Okay, I made a previous post about this and have determined my original plan is no bueno. For light backstory, I've got a 3 car detached garage 40' x 25' with rafters every 4'OC (pictured below). I'...
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How to install casings on 5/8“ drywall and 1/2” window/door jambs

I have a room framed with windows and door with jambs sized for 1/2 drywall. I would like to install 3/4" X 3 1/2" casing, see illustration, around them. I would also like to install 5/8&...
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Rigidity (and height) of drywall around outlet hole

We are dealing with a subpar contractor who has tried multiple times now to repair a small section of subway tile that they previously cracked. I suspect that their current strategy is going to lead ...
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Is my detached garage ceiling capable of handling the load of drywall and insulation?

I'm looking to drywall and insulate my detached 3 car garage that measures 40' x 25'. The ceiling joists are 4' OC and I've realized thay may be a problem. The previous owner contracted a garage ...
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How to fix / replace metal strip in corner of the wall (uk)

A thin strip of metal has pulled away from the wall and is slowly bent and pulling up further up the wall, What is this strip and how would i go about replacing it and fixing the wall?
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Water damage to wall drywall near ceiling - Should I repair or extract and replace?

A few months ago, we had a leak that caused some moderate damage to the drywall in the corner of one room. The resulting damage left peeling tape, as well as a gap between the drywall and the ceiling. ...
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Fix drywall around electrical box

I decided to replace my kitchen backsplash only to damage the drywall behind it. How do I fix the drywall around electric box so that it is not flimsy and it is safe?
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How to apply plaster to a plaster damaged drywall section

Some plaster came off our drywall. It's not a huge area but bigger than I'd like to use a polyfiller on. Can I plaster directly onto the area or do I need to use a PVA or similar? Is there a ...
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Can I install a second layer of drywall on my bathroom ceiling to refresh the surface?

I am redoing a bathroom, converting a tub to a shower and I plan to install green-board above. The existing 1/2" drywall has some issues (flaking paint, nail pops). I'll be replacing the walls ...
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Cracks on Sheetrock joint compound

There is a round hole in my ceiling wall which i want to fix. I covered the hole with steetrock as best as i could, put a meshed tape around the border and then applied sheetrock joint compound. But ...
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Why were the screws set in pairs in my drywall?

I'm currently removing a wall that separates my kitchen and living room. 1/2" drywall on 16" o.c. studs, typical. What I found to be strange was that the drywall was fastened with 2 drywall ...
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Scoring depth for cutting drywall

new DIY’er here. I started on my first project to finish the walls of my garage(2 side walls). I hope I can pull this off(half way thru so yay). Okay so here is my question: I have got a 4x8 drywall ...
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repair ceiling leak stains

After a heavy rainstorm, I saw stains on the ceiling of one of my rooms. What’s the proper way to repair stains on the ceiling caused by rainwater leak from the roof?
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A drywall patch without studs at the edges — should I just open it up?

Our powder room recently had a chunk of wall removed for some plumbing work. The resulting hole doesn't end at a stud on either side (for scale, that's about 32" side-to-side): If it was just a ...
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Paint chips: to fill or not to fill?

I've had my flooring and skirting boards replaced recently. Ripping out the skirting boards has caused the wall paint to chip in a bunch of places, e.g.: Now my question is, should I use filler here, ...
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Is this bulge in my ceiling due to a roof leak?

If the roof had a unknown leak would I notice it, and how? Would it cause damage to the ceiling, and would I easily see water dripping? My concern is this bulge in my ceiling:
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Using ceiling hook with no joist or anchor/toggle? Is it ok to do for string lights? What hook to use?

I've been trying to figure out whether or not it's safe to use regular hooks in the ceiling without a toggle or joist or other reinforcement for lightweight applications. I would imagine there'd only ...
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What type of wall is this?

I'm installing blinds that will mount in the ceiling (inside) of the window pane. I initially used wood screws but then thought I'd use drywall screws for greater strength. I tried drilling a hole to ...
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How to get wall plugs out

Anyone know how to get a super old wall plug out? My husband and I are redoing our house we just bought and have multiple all over our bathroom. The house was built in 1958 so I don’t know if that ...
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Does the water resistant cement board installed overlapping/hiding the edge of a shower pan absorb water in time?

Here is what the manufacturer recommends for installing your shower base I would like to go further with this and create a notch in the studs so I can push the shower base 1/2" closer to the ...
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How to repair screws popping through drywall all along corners?

We had an addition built on our house recently. While adding on, the screws popped through the drywall in the original portion of our house. The screws have cause a small raised bulge every 6” along ...
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Duct work 'pushed' drywall from ceiling, can I jack it up?

Edited original question: Horizontal heating supply stack (4X15) runs between 2x8 joists under bathroom. The take off for the above bathroom register is located 4" from a rectangle to round ...
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Damaged and/or poorly installed light switches and outlet boxes

What is The Right Way to repair the drywall above this switch box? The problem is that the metal box pictured here is not mounted correctly, and wobbles a bit. This would not be too bad of an issue if ...
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Finding studs behind new build drywall to mount TV

I am a complete DIY novice so please bear with me! I live in a house built in 2019 and got someone to mount a 45" TV to our bedroom wall which is interior drywall. The TV has stayed up for almost ...
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Solution for rough walls after wallpaper removal

I was removing wallpaper from a very old apartment, (Image below) Here are my thoughts for solving this: Skim coat these rough walls and hope that it comes out smooth and even. Use a thin drywall ...
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What can replace a dryboard in a cold, moist house?

The dryboards (?) in my summer house are starting to crumble. They have been here for at least 50 years, without any issues, but ever since no-one is living there permanently (4 years ago), they are ...
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Is this drywall cracking a structural problem?

I have a multifloor condo, with garage first floor, living space second floor, bedrooms third floor. At the corner stairs from second floor to first floor, the drywall is cracking (and seems to be ...
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Recommend attachment for a drill/driver for drywall screws

I know there exist special 'screw guns' which are used to install drywall sheets and ensure that the sheets won't be crushed when driving screws. Do there exist special attachments which are installed ...
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How can I repair a gap between drywall and stairs?

I have a 110-year character home and the stairs going to my finished basement needs some attention. Specifically, where the drywall meets the stairs, the material is cracking and flaking away and ...
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Wall covering, asbestos or horse hair?

When removing drywall we noticed old wallpaper or painted plaster underneath and behind an old door frame we took down. When looking at the designs we noticed white fibers and are worried it might be ...
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Drywall/Brick Transition - how to paint?

Along a section of wall I have (a) painted plastered brickwork on the right hand side and (b) painted drywall on the left hand side. The drywall flexes very slightly relative to the brick, so whenever ...
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How to run cables in drywall?

How to run cables in drywall? It is unlike a masonry wall with built-in conduits, isn't? How is it done? Thanks in advanced.
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How to clean up a large plaster penetration

Renovating a bathroom in our 1940's house. Removed the current vanity and found this I'm eventually tiling over this wall with 3x6 subway tiles. Any suggestions on how to obtain a surface I can ...
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Where do you cut drywall if you need to remove it but still want to easily put it back up?

I want to pull a section of drywall down, but then put it back up again later. I'm having a hard time deciding where to cut. I think ideally, I could cut exactly down the center of a stud so that I ...
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Painted skim coat is failing

Not-so-recent leak finally being patched out has continued to expose Glidden paints peeling in random places. This house was covered in wall paper. When we bought it I spent a full month removing all ...
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Snow through ridge vent caused wet ceilings and wall. Rip out and replace or let dry on its own?

We had snow get through a ridge vent during a recent winter storm (Texas, so ridge vents either installed incorrectly or not the kind that can handle snow I guess). After noticing dripping from an AC ...
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Wallpaper on the ceiling, damage to the drywall, what now?

About a month ago, I embarked on a mission to paint my half bathroom. Before I could paint, I had to remove the floor-to-ceiling wallpaper AND wallpaper on the ceiling. I successfully removed the ...
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How can I seal a mouse hole with a refrigerator water line running through it?

I've traced my mouse problems back to a large hole in the wall behind my fridge. The problem is, there's a line running through it--I assume it's the water line, as there is a black power cord ...
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How safe is it to mount a TV tight to the wall with steel studs?

I have a 55" TV that weighs about 37 lbs and I want to hang it on the wall. But I discovered that instead of wood studs, I have metal studs and can't drill into them. Is it safe to mount the TV ...
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Can I smooth a knockdown-textured ceiling with spackle?

I recently had new drywall put up in the top floor of my house to cover a cracked plaster ceiling with popcorn texturing. I used a contractor, and when asked about a texture for the drywall my ...
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Minor cracks on my dry wall baseboard

I purchased a 2008 built home 6 months ago and now I am seeing some cracks throughout the house. I been using chalk to cover up but don’t know what’s causing this. I have my heat set to 66-70 degrees ...
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Drywall skimcoating

Is this wall finish considered Level 3 or Level 4 Drywall? The place was built in 1980s, and has very unsmooth appearance, compared to newer places. Just curious if skimcoat would help, and if has to ...
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Is this long drywall crack a big concern?

The house was built only 5 years ago. There were several hairline cracks after 1 year as the house started settling and the builder patched them, but more cracks have appeared since then. My biggest ...
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Primer is thick and uneven

I purchased a Tikkurila Optiva Primer(eco) to prime a painted wall. When I started to apply it to the wall it was so thick that my roller just slided across it. I managed to get going, but the end ...
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Exterior Door - Jam Placement

I'm installing a pre-hung exterior door on the back of the garage. The door jam is 4 9/16" wide. The total width of the wall (interior face to exterior face) is about 5 3/4" The door jam is ...
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What kind of wall texture is this?

Can someone help me identify this texture and how it was created. This is not a ceiling it is on my walls.
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Using a board when studs don't line up

I need to hang up a track in my garage that will be used to hang bikes. The track is from The Container Store and looks like this. It has holes every 8 inches so that it lines up with studs. I'm not ...

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