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Questions tagged [drywall]

For questions about drywall (aka plasterboard) installation, repair & finishing.

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Is it safe to use drywall anchors for a heavy bookshelf between two studs?

I want to put a bookshelf (heavy load) in a small alcove where I have access to threw studs, two 11" apart (left side) and the other two 28" apart (right side). I would like to mount standards to ...
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Does this wall have any more studs?

I have a small little alcove in my wall which is perfect for a bookshelf and started stud hunting. I followed along either side of an outlet with a strong magnet until I found a screw and then moved ...
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Repair Deep Plaster Damage on Outside Corner

Looking for advice on how to repair this large and deep damage to an outside corner on an old wall. Materials are plaster over rock lath, for what it's worth. You can see the rock lath through the ...
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Fixing wall mounted towel rail to plasterboard wall [duplicate]

I have a narrow ensuite and so am looking for a space saving towel rail solution, such as this. Unfortunately, I believe the studs in my wall or located such that one is within my shower and the next ...
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Mounting 2'x3' Glass whiteboard, drywall over concrete

I am trying to mount a 2'x3' glass whiteboard that weighs ~14lbs to the wall in a new condo. Best I can tell, there is a concrete barrier very close to the surface drywall, and it isn't giving me ...
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Installing 4 piece shower enclosure that's slightly too small

I am looking to install the Delta 400 shower system from Home Depot. I chose this system because the price and setup works well for my current situation. Shower Pan 3-Piece Shower Surround The ...
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Taping or not unexposed wall joints

I have some joints between drywall and drywall and also drywall and cementboard that will not be exposed because they are behind cabinets. Do I still need to tape them together? Does taping provide ...
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Delineation between drywall and cementboard

This is the sink/dishwasher bay for my basement apartment. There will be a bottom and a top cabinet, corresponding approximately to below and above the green line. I want to put tile on the wall ...
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Taping drywall of different thickness

I am patching some plaster with some drywall and have shimmed out the drywall. The issue is that the plaster isn't a consistent thickness. Some spots it's flush and others its off by 1/8". What's the ...
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Transferring anchor locations from the wall to plywood

I need to attach two sheets of plywood to drywall. One in the closet to mount networking equipment and the other one overhead to mount climbing training board. The closet one does not have to be as ...
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Filling in gap in drywall over an embedded steel beam? [on hold]

I'm a diy'er with a good amount of experience in the past with renovations. My current remodel will replace a load-bearing wall with an embedded steel beam. It turns out that the steel beam is ...
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Does this look structural?

My house is 5 years old and is a two story. This is on a ceiling upstairs in a vaulted area of my home. We have an attic but don’t use it for storage or anything. I can tell it’s the drywall but would ...
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Wall opening - drywall corners

Our kitchen has an opening that used to have a bulky wood frame/shelves. We have removed that and now evaluating how best to repair the wall so it could be evenly painted and are thinking of adding a ...
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Fill grooves of old wood paneling

I have old wood paneling that was painted with semi-gloss paint not too long ago. We want to fill the grooves and make it look like drywall and smooth. I found this article. It seems simple based on ...
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Which is the better first step: rebuilding a basement closet, or insulating the basement walls?

Recently closed on a split-level. The majority of it is well done, but neither my wife or I were content with the basement. It was partially finished, with a closed off utility room, some hideous ...
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How can I anchor to a 1" thick hollow wall with a very shallow cavity?

I just moved into a pre-war apartment in the Upper West Side, New York. I'm trying to install some wall shelves. I don't know anything about the construction of this building, so I'm learning about ...
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Getting Ethernet Cable Through Exterior Wall

I am looking to run Ethernet cable outside my house. I have already found this question on running Ethernet cable outdoors, but it does not cover the best way to get the cable there. Ideally, I would ...
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Is there a reason not to nail up drywall?

I have a bunch of drywall to put up. I am staring at a loaded 15-gauge framing nail gun, and a drill + a box of drywall screws, and boy oh boy does that nail gun look tempting. When attaching to ...
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Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
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The curtain rod bracket pulled out on one side and the drywall isn't stable. What kind of anchors can I use? And do I need to patch the wall first?

I believe the title says it all. To clarify, I was unable to find any studs near where this bracket goes so the other answer doesn't help me right now. Additionally, the rod and bracket location is ...
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Drywall installation when ceiling joists lower at the edge

I am trying to install ceiling drywall and everything is fine until I reach the edge. You can see there are 3 2x8 joists at the edge and it's somehow positioned 1/2" to 1" lower than the rest. So my ...
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Sheet rock in home garages

Is there a standard for installing sheet rock in garages that are attached to homes. The builder told me that they don't finish sheet rock in garages the same as inside homes. My home is a new build. ...
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Where to buy polystyrene coving in the US (idaho) [closed]

I'm trying to find a source for polystyrene coving but I have had absolutely no luck finding it state-side. Anyone have any experience in a method of making coving or sourcing this material?
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Removing Drywall around Windows

I am removing all of the drywall in my bathroom due to old age and some damage over time. I have removed most of the drywall but have come to this point and I am a little unsure what to do. I have ...
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What can be sprayed over ceiling mastic?

I want to spray a ceiling to seal it and possibly also obscure the uneven surface but am unsure what will stick well. This ceiling assumably used to have tiles. There is an array of thick glue-like ...
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How to put telephone plate back to the wall

I have this telephone plate in the kitchen and the backsplash tile is brand new. I don't remember how it looks like before. There were only two wires coming out. Now I don't want to cut the tile and ...
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Remove mold from drywall

I have some drywall in my bathroom that has some mold in it. Can it be cleaned or does the drywall have to be replaced? I was planning on cleaning it with bleach and then painting over it with paint ...
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Fixing awkward gap between drywall and brick

I installed this L channel on the drywall as tight as I could but the brick is so wavy I'm left with this awkward gap. What's the solution to fill this? Scribing the drywall isn't something I want to ...
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Do I need to mud drywall before applying ship lap?

I am put up ship lap in my bathroom and replacing drywall. Covering and sealing drywall. Is it necessary with ship lap? It's in the bathroom.
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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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How to attach a large mirror glass to drywall? [duplicate]

The large mirror glass does not have a frame, but is in a simple off the shelf status. What's the easiest way to attach it to a drywall? Security rather than aesthetics is my concern.
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Kitchen BackSplash - Truing Up Walls for TIle

Aspiring contractor and DIY'er here. So I'm learning a lot along my journey and trying to soak in as much knowledge as I can. Live and learn! So I'm working on a kitchen that has some fairly wavy ...
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Ceiling material to use on cold joists

Finishing off our large attic space and we went with 3" of closed-cell spray foam (hot roof application) on the slanted ceilings. My concern is heat transfer through the joists. We live in MN and ...
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Ensure smooth drywall surface around stone mantel

I have a follow-up question from this Frame drywall around brick fireplace regarding the "best method" to ensure smooth drywall surface on top and both sides of mantel. Basically I have a very "rough"...
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Use metal studs to frame for drywall around brick fireplace

This is my fireplace stripped to bare minimum and I asked a question on how to cover with drywall in this Frame drywall around brick fireplace However, after I bought a metal stud and tested to ...
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Possible to attach an external electrical box to an old work box?

I have an old work box occupied by 6 ethernet keystones and the corresponding wall plate. I want to use a branching raceway to hide the ethernet patch cables coming out of the wall. But without other ...
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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 ...