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Classy way to hide unused low voltage cut outs or should I just drywall over and paint?

In a home I recently purchased, there are a lot of cut outs for low voltage in places I do not plan to use. The wiring is there in some cases, but I don't plan to use many of these locations. They are ...
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Will there always be studs in the corner of two walls?

My stud finder seems to have trouble when I'm in the corner of two sheets of plaster/drywall. Can I just assume there will be studs behind each wall in the corner? And what about where the wall meets ...
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How to deal with drain pipe sticking out of bathroom wall

This is the picture of a wall behind the toilet. You can see the black pipe sticking out of the drywall about 1" The previous owner decided to build a box around it. I didn't know what was inside and ...
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Finish before hanging units and tiling

I have a company working with us in fitting a new kitchen. When they removed the old tiles, the plasterboard was damaged. They fitted new plasterboard. Should they have done anything to the new ...
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R302.7 Under-Stair Protection - does drywall need to be below stringers or just treads and risers?

I am finishing a room in my basement, and a wall will butt up against where the stairs are. I'm planning on making a small door to access the volume below the stairs for a small storage area. The ...
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What is the best process for a first-timer doing a small drywall finishing job?

As part of some home renovations I recently hung the equivalent of nine sheets of drywall -- eight on the walls (including a basement staircase) and one on the ceiling. I've done small patch jobs on ...
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Using Different Screw in Drywall Anchors

I have custom mounting hardware for a floating shelf I'm looking to install. This hardware came with its own special screws, which are meant to be screwed into wooden studs and support the mounting ...
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Drywall around 10x10 electrical box

I have a roughly 14" * 14" hole in my ceiling, after an electrician put a junction box there. The box is a flush 10x10 box, and I want to be able to remove the lid later. The lid right now is close to ...
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TV mount on wooden studs - what screws to use

so i want to mount my tv on the wall, with a flexible arm tv mount. its a drywall with studs behind it. i think the wall is drywall anyway - it was built in 2005. the wall screws supplied come with ...
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Could this crack in shower caulking be causing drywall damage to the subfloor?

I just moved into a townhome (the shower itself installed at time of construction in 2011). I am concerned with cracking of the shower caulking with discoloration. I am going to rip out all the old ...
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What are we doing wrong? Just trying to hang a picture ☹️

My husband and I have some serious issues with the walls in our house. It was built in 1996; we live in CT. This is the 2nd time we’ve tried to hang something on a wall, and it has turned disastrous. ...
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Should I hang doors before or after drywall?

Should I hang doors before or after I hang drywall? What are the pros and cons of each choice?
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Do I need to replace the wall after a shower head leak?

So I was going to replace my shower head, but it was on there pretty good and started twisting the shower arm. I twisted the shower arm back into place maybe too tight and tested the water and didn't ...
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Safely hang a mirror that does not have hooks

I would like to safely secure a mirror to the drywall. The mirror itself is pretty light (probably under 5kg), the weight is not an issue. However, its back surface does not have any hooks or anything ...
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Do these insulation panels contain asbestos?

The landlord said that "it's plastic stock, left from renovation on windows" from another apartment. It doesn't look like plastic to me, but then again I don't know much (very little actually) about ...
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How to fix gap between carpet and wall to prevent rodent?

Our condo is located in a forest/mountain area and we have suffered some rodent issues lately. We have two stories, and bedrooms are located downstairs. As I sleep at night, I often hear sound of ...
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How can I replicate this drywall texture?

The title and picture say it all. It's a very subtle texture.
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Original vaulted ceiling drywall mistake repair

I have a vaulted ceiling drywall joint crack that extends across two adjacent sides of a 4'x8' sheet of drywall and runs into another 1' section, across & perpendicular to the vaulted peak. The ...
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When are you required to use a junction box extension to make it flush with the wall?

Say you have a junction box whose face is recessed significantly into the wall. For instance, if the face of the junction box is actually at the back of the drywall or perhaps 1/2" too deep. Is it ...
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How can I fix a framing mistake so I can drywall?

I’m demoing a kitchen and discovered that the top plate sticks into the room a half inch farther than the studs. The current drywall is attached to the studs and therefore is even with this top plate ...
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How close together can I put two drywall anchors?

I was putting up spice racks in the kitchen and I seem to be off by a half cm on one side with the screws. As a result, they're just a touch too close together and I cant get the screws to line up ...
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Plaster identification and screw recommendation

I need to fasten standard 15mm water pipes to a division wall in my house (built in UK in the 1970's). Some clips are already in place, but I need to add more (I am talking about clips like this: ...
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Fix drywall painting disaster

I had a team of "professionals" repaint the drywalls of a newly-purchased house. A few days after they completed the work, two kinds of defects appeared on the walls, in a large number of different ...
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Attach wall “peg” with dowel screw

I'm building a cat climbing wall, and plan to have a series of large "pegs" as steps. My plan is to use 1-foot lengths of landscape timber (basically a 4" diameter log) and attach directly to the wall ...
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Crack between brick backed plaster and plasterboard backed plaster

I have a room where there is a large crack running from floor to ceiling along one of the walls. To the left of the crack it sounds solid and appears to be plastered onto the side of the chimney, to ...
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Soundproof Garage Ceiling

I’m building a soundproof room in a garage for a friend, after having done something similar for myself, but am not sure about the ceiling. I was planning to use two layers of acoustic plasterboard (...
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Old drain clogged with a lot of ceiling spackle

The man that fixed the ceiling over our tub cleaned his tools, pan, buckets in the little tiny bathroom sink. Now the drain is clogged and the area below is too small for my husband to get into. ...
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Plasterboard on roof rafters. Is this okay?

I am looking to convert the eaves of my loft into storage space. I plan to lay chipboard floor panels over the joists below, but not sure how to best cover the exposed sloping rafters above. I was ...
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How to replace drywall adjacent to wall cabinets and then tile over it?

I just had the cabinets and countertops in my kitchen replaced. The new stuff doesn't quite line up with the old tile. The drywall behind it is pretty old and torn up, and the gaps between the tile ...
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Do I use mud or spackle after removing a popcorn ceiling?

After removing popcorn ceiling, I need to cover some torn drywall paper and cover some taped areas. Should I use mud or spackle? Can someone recommend a product? The ceiling now looks like unpainted ...
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How to repair exterior drywall (fiber cement panels)

I have an exterior drywall, it is a kind of fiber cement panel, wall that has been bitten by a car bumper. I know how to fix interior drywall, but have never worked with the exterior stuff before.
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Nasty edges when spreading drywall compound

I'm using 20 minute setting compound to cover a large rectangular patch. I mixed 1 lb of powder with about 1.5 cups of water, and am using a 12" knife. This picture: shows the the result I'm getting ...
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Hanging a TV mount on a old wall with metal studs

I am hanging a TV in my condo. The condo was built in 1967. The wallboard is very thick, around 3/4" with less then 2 inches behind the wallboard. I was going to use GripIt anchors but they only go ...
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Tile border around one piece shower

I'm building a new addition and I have a 1 piece shower, I think maybe 80 inches tall. I'm about to start putting up drywall in the bathroom. If I want to put tile around the top and edges of the ...
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Fire drywall in bathroom

We are insulating the external wall of a bathroom, and I know we should put green drywall. A neighbour gave us a couple of red drywall, saying it would do the job as well. Is it true?
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Side and corners of an archway

Hello and thanks to whomever answers my questions. I have undertaken a task of increasing the opening of an archway. I need an extra 1/2 inch in order to receive a new refrigerator. I removed a 4" ...
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Running new electrical with drywall removed, but insulation installed

I had to pull a 4' high and long section of drywall out of my garage due to a ton of damage in various places. While that's off, I'm planning to lower the electrical boxes along that wall about 3 ...
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Do I need to tape inside corners where tile will be set on one wall?

I am planning on tiling a Denshield wall which is surrounded by two finished drywall walls (inner corners). Do I need to tape the edges, or am I ok with a bead of silicone?
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Can I use concrete screws to mount storage racks through drywall into wall studs?

I mistakenly brought concrete screws to hang my storage racks in the garage. Well, turns out my walls are drywall on wood, and not concrete. I don't supposed the concrete screws will work in drywall ...
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What should I do with leftover mud?

I always find myself holding a pan with one inch of leftover mud when I need to stop and come back later. Once I just left my taping knives in the pan. Big mistake. When I came back 4 hours later in ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel to and tight against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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Matching drywall to original texture

The existing texture is not orange peel, stipple or popcorn. I believe it is roll on texture. I have the mud but do not know what kind of roller or design I need to use to match. Help greatly ...
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In order to repair these do I need to use primer and paint?

I am in the middle of repairing these cracks. As you can see I have worked on the two on the sides, but I am not really happy with the result I am getting so far. I used 3M fiber enhanced compound as ...
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How to install an extraction fan in a ceiling which has an existing hole larger than required

I have an existing issue with my bathroom ceiling fan, as detailed in this post: How to fix an ineffective Extraction Fan setup in bathroom I now wish to change it to a Fan that: a) Has a new motor,...
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Replacing drywall panels: butt or tapered edge?

When re-opening walls for plumbing, electrical changes I elected to remove whole drywall panels, when replacing these with new panels should I present a tapered edge to the previously finished edge? ...
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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?

Before drilling a wall (drywall at the surface; not sure what's beneath) separating the bathroom from the corridor, I took a multimeter with a non-contact voltage (NCV) detector to check that the ...
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Wrap vertical wooden column with drywall

I want to wrap this vertical wooden beam with drywall so that it blends in with drywall near chilling area as you can see in picture. I have done some drywall repairs in wall but haven't done ...
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How to repair large drywall section?

I had to remove a relatively large section of the drywall, approximately 24x24 inches. There are two metal studs at the sides. Should I try to cut out so both the existing and the new drywall will ...
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Are these drywall blisters normal settling, or is there something wrong?

My house is two-story wood frame construction, built in 1979, with an addition that was put on some time in the (I think late) 1980s. Recently I have noticed several blisters in the drywall, as shown ...

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