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Mounting to hollow wall through slate tile

I have slate tile on a wall in my bathroom and I want to mount a couple of robe hooks on this wall. My plan was to use a couple of spring toggles, as the wall is approaching 1" thick with the tile ...
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How can I support drywall with a steel post on an outside corner?

I have a steel support post right on the corner of a wall, which protrudes on one wall about 1/4". I am getting ready to look at drywall and wondering is there any other option than to build around ...
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Hanging large TV and media cabinet on cement block covered with drywall

I'm planning on hang a 75" TV and a media center on my wall. It is cement block covered with drywall. Drywall is installed using some sort of metal furring strips so there are no studs. I believe all ...
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Hanging Drywall over concrete slab

I'm in the process of enclosing my garage. The bottom foot of one of my garage walls is a slab step. Under the drywall on the top part is a one inch thick layer of rigid foam. I need to cover up ...
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Concrete board and tile as soundproofing

Best guess, I got a six inch, 24" on center, metal stud wall with 1/2" gypsum on both walls with collapses insulation. At best guess, my STC is about 40. My restrictions are, I cannot move studs or ...
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Should I overlay or replace 3/8 inch drywall during my room update?

I have a living room that I am looking to update. It currently has 1/4" Wall Paneling over 3/8" drywall. The drywall is in very good shape, but has not been taped. The house is from the 50's, so ...
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Judging quality of drywall workmanship

I am a new home owner. I recently had water damage to my house and needed to have the drywall in my ceilings stripped and replaced (first floor and basement). My contractor has completed the work but ...
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Accidentally Used Topping Compound for Taping Drywall Joint. What To Do?

I made a rookie mistake and accidentally used Topping Compound when I taped my newly-hung drywall. To be clear: I used topping on the joint and then embedded the tape into it. What should my next ...
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Frame drywall around brick fireplace

Below is my fireplace with the old stones removed. Now it's "bare bone" and up to me to redesign it. I am planning to put drywall on top and mantel on the bottom with tiles around like this But then ...
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Hanging heavy things on old walls. Running out of options. What would you do

Just moved in to an old victorian home and the wife wants shelves in the mud room. Now I know what you are thinking "Shelves?! Seriously?!", Just hear me out. These are 6 foot shelves with 4 steel ...
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Basic insulated plasterboard vs standard plasterboard

We've taken walls back to brick. We are considering insulated plasterboard for external facing walls. Space is tight, so D&D'ing 22mm gyproc thermaline basic seems like the best option. Its ...
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What's the best way to fix this horrible drywall patch job?

Is there a technique I should use to smooth this in so it doesn't look this bad? Before paint I thought it looked fine but it's obvious my drywall skills are not as good as my other ones.
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Paper taping or fiberglass mesh taping in bathroom

I noticed that there is a debate about using a paper tape or fiberglass mesh tape for drywall seams taping. In general professionals seem to prefer paper tape. However, I have read that in a place ...
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Screw type for screwing MDF onto plaster/plasterboard

I have been tasked with building wood paneling for one of the bedrooms in our place. I will be using MDF sheets, screwed directly onto the wall. The existing wall is plasterboard and plaster (fair ...
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Cracked drywall joints

My drywall finisher used a power sander to sand the compound joints. The joints look like the paper was torn and shows thru. All the joints cracked. Should I dig out the remaining compound from the ...
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Ceiling sheetrock for basement apartment

My house consists of two units, the main and basement apartment to which the main is not connected indoors. I was planning to put fiberglass insulation between the joists and use ultra light 1/2" ...
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Drywall on conrete ceiling without studs, weight issues?

I have a question regarding heavy drywall hanging on a ceiling. I need to hang drywall ceiling without any studs (drywall designed for moisture, vapor barrier, straight onto concrete ceiling). I ...
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Removing cabinets and matching Ceiling knockdown underneath

My husband and I recently pulled out some upper cabinets in our kitchen. I want to DIY spray texture the knockdown but the problem I ran into after priming the area is there is a ridge in the ceiling ...
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Greenboard behind acrylic panel in shower

I've been reading a bit about bathroom drywall options, and have seen that "greenboard" water-resistant drywall is not recommended for use in the shower/tub wet areas for tile backing. Does that hold ...
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Proper reinforcing of electrical box on drywall

There is a 2-gang outlet/electrical box that holds plugs rather well (hair dryer, vacuum, etc). That is usually great, however when pulling the plug from the socket, the whole electrical box gets ...
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Drywall installation vertical or horizontal?

Should we install drywall sheets horizontally or vertically if we screw them on horizontal furs? I know the question has been asked on this site in the past and I remember Iggy's answer (see below), ...
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How to mount sandwich of wood, cooling fan, wood, and dome camera onto interior wall?

I have expensive but overheating dome cameras that I have no choice but to use. They need to be actively cooled. I want to mount on an existing interior wall a sandwich of: a 5/8” x 6” x 6” piece of ...
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Sealing/Repairing Window Drywall

Bought a new house and noticed discoloration near the top corners of the drywall (Where the drywall meets the window). I chipped away at the moldy drywall. Wondering what type of product I should use ...
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How can I safely work in my attic without a floor in place?

Is there a picture that can I go up to the Attic. I am not familiar about it and how do I walk on the ones you don't want to fall on the drywall ? I went up to the attic entrance and took these ...
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Can I prime/paint these walls?

I suspect I may not be able to prime and paint these walls as is. I have a few sections that still have the original sheetrock paper and some where I had to remove everything up to the brown/torn/...
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Attaching towel rail to drywall advice

I'm considering attaching a new towel rail to the drywall in my bathroom, with attachment points approximately marked by the yellow postit notes in this picture. This is on the 21st floor of a condo ...
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Replace drop ceiling with drywall and soundproofing

This is my basement ceiling this morning: After a couple of hours, I removed all drop ceiling for entire basement with 1 living room and 2 bedrooms: I would like to install drywall with access ...
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Furring strips visible THRU drywall… On the FINISHED side!

My house is early 50’s cinderblock construction. The interior side of the blocks were furred out with 3/4” thick strips and finished in plaster (uninisulated). At some point, the original owner put ...
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What needs to be done to protect existing 12/2 cable in a stud wall being converted to a mass wall?

I'm working on plans to convert three bays of a 2x4 stud wall with drywall into a mass wall by adding material to the cavity. The material will be something like sand/clay/gravel (to be determined ...
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Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard?

In a Philadelphia-area house built in the early 1950s: I cut out a piece of wall to fit an old work box. The piece I removed is shown below. The original walls were finished in plaster, but I can't ...
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What size should I cut my backer board?

I am hanging backer board for my shower and have a 5'x 3'2" tall space I need to cover. The backer board comes in 5' x 3' sheets. My question is should I Use one full sheet and then cut another down ...
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How to fix a hole above an outlet box?

I've got a hole above an outlet box in a wall. The wall has a 2x4 to the right of the box. I can feel it from the inside. It's just lightweight dry wall. There used to be cable and network lines ...
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Pull-up bar hanged from drywall door-frame

I bought a pull-up/chin-up bar to hang from my door frame. The instructions state that it is not to be used for walls made out of drywall/rigips. The hollow noise I hear when knocking on said wall ...
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Can I mount wall 75 inches (50kg) tv on plasterboard? [duplicate]

I am going to mount a TV to a wall in my living wall. The only problem I have is the TV weighs about 50kg and I am little bit afraid of hanging this amount of weight on pure plasterboard. Is it safe ...
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Getting rid of mold in areas you cannot reach

I used a home mold test kit (leftover from my previous question) to see if I had mold in my basement (where I sleep). Turns out a little bit of mold is growing in the petri dish. The mold looks to be ...
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How to put drywall over garage uneven concrete wall?

I would like to make my garage wall a bit "smoother". And now I think about using drywall to cover the bare concrete. However the concrete is very uneven with at least 1 inch of concrete sticking out ...
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drywall gap again after foundation repair

My foundation (crawl space) was repaired recently, huge job, home not level. There had been a gap in a corner where the sheetrock had dropped down but that side (plus adjoining 90 degree) was reframed ...
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drywall install in older buildings

I am currently remodeling a nearly 100 year old building and applying for historic tax credits. The main issue I am having is the installation of new drywall. The building had drywall at one point ...
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Is this normal? Cabinet/Backsplash install

We hired a contractor for our kitchen but are doing our own bathroom. The contractor installed the wall cabinets directly on concrete and the base cabinets on top of ungrouted tile. The contractor ...
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How to switch an HDMI cable through and existing wall (hole)?

This is my challenge: I have a 60" 4K UHD TV, Home Theatre System, 4k Blu-ray player, and cable box. The guy who installed them ran all cables through the wall. I need to switch one of the HDMI cables ...
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Drywall repair problem

I am trying to hang window blinds, however when I drilled the hole to use wall anchors the whole space collapsed in and the space had obviously been repaired before. How can I repair this hole with ...
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What is this wooden sheet behind my drywall?

I bought a home recently which was built in 2004. I installed a TV mount on a stud and I am now trying to run cable behind drywall, but when I cut through my drywall I found wood sheet behind my ...
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Best method to plasterboard external brick wall

I have a brick utility building which has three external facing, single layer, brick walls. I want to plasterboard the inside for a clean finish. I haven't been in the property long but don't recall ...
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Drywall bad joints rough edges

My husband kept cutting off the beveled edges to make easier measurements. I suggested only cutting one edge where possible. Also he was cutting the off side (brown) and leaving roygh paper edges. I ...
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New plaster over top of exposed horsehair plaster in Bathroom

I've taken wainscoting off of my bathroom wall that seems to have been around since the house was built (1900). Under one of the walls is an exposed horsehair plaster that was done right up against ...
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Stud Finder for walls with vertical and horizontal studs

I recently am in the process of converting the Attic into a bedroom, previously it was sued as a playroom so half of it had drywall and its own framing put up. I went to mount my monitor to the wall a ...
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How to repair towel rack that was anchored in drywall

I live in an apartment and my towel rack was ripped out of the wall. I put some weight on it, and one of the sides came out. I looked into the hole and found that it was anchored into the drywall, so ...
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How to Fill Gaps Between Hardibacker and Drywall?

Trying to figure this out. I am going to be using Hardibacker for wet areas around the tub-shower above the acrylic tub/shower surround, and drywall for the rest of the room. There will be no tile. ...
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Bathroom toilet paper holder

I have a toilet paper holder that fell out recently. The holder looks like this: What's the purpose of the alligator clips on the screws, and how should I go back reinstalling this? I can't seem to ...
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How to install drywall over electrical box connected to rigid conduit?

I'm trying to figure out how drywall is supposed to be cut out to go around preexisting electrical boxes that are attached with rigid metal conduit. The conduit is the ground path. My dilemma is if I ...