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How can I bug proof walls before they are sealed up?

How can I make a wall bug proof or resistant? I know about in wall pest control tubes but I am looking for other solutions. I fixed a wall damaged by water. I replaced the wood and drywall and I ...
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What wall cladding should be used along the floor of the garage?

I have an attached garage on a house with a wood foundation in Minnesota, USA. The garage is not temperature-controlled. On a roughly three foot long exterior wall, I discovered the drywall was ...
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Skim-coated textured ceiling - do I really need to sand before priming and painting? [closed]

My kitchen had textured walls and ceilings. I've skim-coated, sanded, primed, and painted the walls and they look great. For the ceiling, I'd like to avoid the mess (and health risks) of sanding ...
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Where can I find drywall masks? [closed]

I have some family who are coming over to help me sand some drywall (God bless them). I want to provide them with masks, but due to the COVID-19 situation, masks are not on any shelves. That is, there ...
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How to deal with Densheild to drywall transition disparity

I'm in the process of tiling now (porcelain tile). I noticed that the seam between the Densheild and the drywall is slightly not even. Do I need to use the all purpose compound (used for dry wall) to ...
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How to hang things on wall where 1/2" drywall covers solid material (steel?)

I own a condo in a high rise building (mid-1970s construction). The walls are 1/2" drywall, and I'm guessing the structure is steel (perhaps with concrete?). The other day I was attempting to add ...
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How to patch holes in stucco wall?

I recently had decorative wood beams removed from my exterior stucco wall, and I would like to patch them. Given the size of the holes in the wall, what would the process be of patching the holes?
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Can I remove kitchen bulkhead/soffit without removing cabinets?

I want to begin a kitchen remodel project. Step 1 will be to fix all the walls. I want to DIY demolish the existing 12" soffit above the cabinets, then hire a plumber/electrician to adjust the ...
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Do i need to mud the top of horizontally mounted drywall if i am hiding the seam with quarterround?

I am doing a bedroom with horizontally hung drywall. The ceiling in the bedroom is already drywall with popcorn on it. The existing wall is just wood panel with nothing behind it. Am hoping to hide ...
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What kind of wall/ceiling texture is this?

Can you please help me identify this wall/ceiling texture and how to achieve it? I recently had to replace a patch and cannot figure out how to duplicate the pattern.
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Fire rated drywall for room next to garage?

The family room, which used to be just a back porch, has one wall against the enclosed garage. This room only has wood paneling, with some kind of insulation behind it, followed by some kind of wood ...
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Drywall thickness for placing over ceiling drywall

The ceiling in a family room I'm getting ready to work on is rather beat up with cutouts and nail holes but not to the point of needing to replace it. The joists are on 16" centers. I want to go ...
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Hanging drywall on taller than 8-foot walls

I have a concrete slab porch that was made into a family room by the previous owner. They used paneling on the walls and I'm going to remove that paneling and replace it with drywall. The top of the ...
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Can I drywall over a skylight without removing it?

Is it possible to put a ceiling over an existing skylight without removing the skylight? It's not leaking. We just want to divide the room in the middle of the skylight. Would it pose problems with ...
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Crooked light switches in loose electrical box needs fixing

I recently replaced 2 rocker switches in an existing electrical box and they are both crooked (inward) and look like garbage. They also don't feel that nice as they are indented and not flush, so ...
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Do fire-taped drywall seams need to be painted?

I just added fire tape to the drywall seams in my 1950s garage using two layers of this compound from USG. I couldn't find any reference to this question in their docs: Do I need to paint over the ...
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Battening an uneven wall for plasterboard

I want to place plasterboard against some interior walls (garage conversion) I want to batten out the walls with timber and back the timber with Damp Proof Course (DPC). I already have this timber, ...
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Mount Heavy TV onto re-patched drywall

My contractor just installed our new 65 inch TV into our wall. The problem is it's about one inch too high. There are now 9 holes drilled into the wall, and only 2 holes is into wood. The rest is with ...
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How to fix a floating wall shelf on an uneven wall

I just installed some floating wall shelves from ikea but my wall is uneven horizontally and one of the shelves is sticking out, not tight to the wall. Is there any way to fix this? These are the ...
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Are suspended ceilings common in residential buildings?

Are suspended ceiling common in houses, rather then offices? If we to comparing with drywall ceiling: Are there more strict requirements for suspended ceiling? Are there more possible safety issues ...
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What causes portions of drywall mud/patch plaster to become discolored and harder?

I was having water issues on the wall above my fireplace, after gutters/tuck pointing/some roofing being fixed the water has stopped. I went to patch some of the areas that had the worst water damage....
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Running multiple camera cables from outside to indoors, do I use bushing and wall plate?

I'm installing a security camera system. The DVR will be inside, connected to 8 cameras outside. All cables will terminate at the DVR. I have a picture of the cables below. I'm going through a ...
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Framing for drywall around curved stairs

I have a curved stair case and I'm looking to drywall it up going into the basement. I'm looking for guidance on how to best frame the area below the stairs to drywall it up. Images of the bottom of ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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Where do I place drywall screws when fixing nail pops?

I have a few nail pops I would like to fix and want to be sure I am putting the screws in the right place. The nail pops are along the edge of the ceiling where it meets the angled portion of a ...
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Replacing moldy drywall

We recently purchased a lake house and found moldy framing and drywall. The removed drywall had a black backing on it, similar to felt paper. This part of the wall is sub-grade with wood (gc 2x6’s) ...
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Are these holes caused by termites?

These holes appeared about a week ago. Two holes had been there when I moved in, but I thought nothing of it. I noticed more of them this morning after I removed a painting from the wall. I have ...
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Drywall and tile to top of shower

Looking for some tips on how best to install. Read a few different things but nothing that seems to fit this scenario. Few pictures at what I am looking at are attached. Not sure weather to go over ...
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When hanging a double layer of drywall, do both layers need to be fully screwed to the resilient channel?

When adding a second layer of drywall to a ceiling, do I need to screw the first layer to the surface with the appropriate number of fasteners ( type S screws into resilient channel ) as code dictates ...
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Is drywall installer trying to pull one over on us?

Our drywall installer tells us that we need to prime the walls before his finisher can fix the MANY issues with their finishing work so far. I can’t find any information that suggests this is normal ...
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What’s this diagonal metal strapping between my studs?

So I’m trying to install a pet door and came across this between my studs. This is the second pet door I install and have never seen this. I’m in the dinning room and the wall is obviously an outside ...
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How do I replicate this drywall texture?

It's on my ceiling and we can't figure out what they used.
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Would board and batten walls require drywall taping?

I have a room that has some wood paneling in it that we are going to have to replace, as it is old and has a missing section that is hidden by a cabinet we want to remove. I am considering doing ...
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Problem with warped jack stud while converting from door frame to drywalled rough opening

I am working on converting what used to be a swing closet door to drywalled opening and later putting on a bi-fold door. When I removed the door frame and casing I noticed that one of the jack studs ...
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What is this white powder coming out of my baseboard?

I was about to start cleaning when I noticed this white powder/dust coming out of the baseboard of my kitchen area and I was wondering what it might be. The powder seems quite fine and it very faintly ...
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Elevated area around switch due to repair - need guidance matching texture?

I recently ripped and replaced a 2 gang switch so that I could run new wire down from a different fixture, and unfortunately my hole was much larger than the old work box I replaced the original with. ...
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Is it too late to add drywall tape?

I was patching my wall for the first time and forgot to put fiberglass drywall tape on first. I've only done one coat of joint compound so far. Can I still put my drywall tape on the seams or is it ...
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Wall anchor is off by a slight amount

I'm hanging a mirror on the wall (drywall) that has rigid hangers on the back. I'm using a heavy duty wall anchor and measured but when I drilled, the screw is about an 1/8 of an inch off and the ...
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Need help envisioning how to move cable from wall to ceiling

Location: U.S. I have a series of wireless access points in the home that are currently wall mounted. For best coverage, I want to ceiling mount them instead. What do I need in order to do this? I ...
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Install Receptacle in damaged drywall

I have a receptacle box that needs to be reinstalled. While replacing one of the cables running to the box, the drywall became damaged. With this level of damage, is my best bet to cut out and replace ...
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Hanging dry wall on mass loaded vinyl - can I glue and screw

I am finishing a basement and had a question about hanging drywall on top of MLV (Mass loaded vinyl). The basement I am finishing has MLV fastened to the ceiling joists. I am getting ready to hang ...
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Shower Ruining Bathroom Walls

walk in shower is slowly creating a hole in the surrounding wall. it is not a big issue, but something that I would like to fix for aesthetic purposes. any recommendations on how I would fix the ...
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HELP! Need advice for Bike Wall mount

So the first installation of my bike mount, I failed miserably because the wall isn't completely straight above the door and has a slight angle to it. I thought it'd still be able to hold up my bike ...
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mixing a little dish soap and water into your compound

I was reading a tread about how little air holes appear in drywall mud. There were multiple suggestions of adding a little ivory soap and water to drywall mud to make it as smooth as a baby's butt. ...
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How to drywall a concrete footing

I am working on a house built in 1960 that has a supporting wall in the basement which is on a concrete footing. I am ready to put up drywall, and am unsure how I should drywall over the footing? ...
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Basement (re)finishing insulation question

I started a job and my wife is looking to string me up if I don't start finishing it soon. We bought our 50 y/o rancher in PA with a "finished" basement, aka, drop ceiling, paneling on 3 walls (4th ...
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Trying to install countertop/bar on an existing halfwall

Being the poor person I am, I am trying to slowly upgrade my kitchen whenever able. My parents got new counter tops and saved their old formica counters for me. I currently have an L shaped half wall ...
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Trying to patch areas of drywall texture

Can someone please help me identify this type of drywall texture and maybe give me some tips for how to match it. I’ve got a few areas where I’ve patched and I’m not finding anything online to help ...
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Installing drywall in unfinished basement

I have an unfinished basement with concrete walls and soft insulation bolted to it. I’d like to install some drywall to
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What is required to fix this plastered drywall ceiling?

A tree hit our house and made one of the trusses fall somewhat. The structural repairs have been made but I am uncertain how to best repair the drywall ceiling. Originally it was a popcorn ceiling but ...

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