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What distance apart should metal stud securing brackets be placed?

I have hired a contractor to line the walls of an old apartment with metal stud and drywall as the walls are very uneven. The drywall is up but the walls have quite a lot of give in them, if I push ...
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Finishing drywall that abuts against metal frame prone to condensation

I have a interior soffit (that encloses a structural beam running along the exterior of the building) directly above an exterior sliding door. The drywall covering this soffit abuts right up against ...
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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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Is cement board a better soundproofing material than 5/8 drywall?

Cement board has a higher density than 5/8 drywall. It also probably, and this is just a guess, probably has a lower resonance as well (being cement), so less sound should get through. 5/8" drywall ...
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Drywall “box” around firewall penetration inside stud cavity

In my condo (three floor building) the interior walls are all Fireguard-grade 5/8 drywall attached to 11 gauge structural steel studs (which SUCK except for when hurricanes blow through). Each ...
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What to do after wood paneling is removed?

So I have recently moved into a (new to us) home built in 1948. There was a master bedroom addition that is on the backside of the living room wall which was once exterior and the kitchen wall also ...
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Chipping drywall with brown spots

We recently moved into a house that had chipping drywall in a door way between the living room and kitchen. The chipping seems to be getting worse and now has brown spots in some spots. We live in a ...
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Leak with Drywall and Wood Framing

I've got, potentially, a silly question. We're having some work done in our basement, including the addition of a bathroom. The guys working here were working on the main to install the up-flush ...
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Can drywall edges float on the ceiling?

When running ceiling drywall (sheetrock) on the main floor, it is screwed to the truss chords. I have read on here that when there is a partition wall in the way, to just let the drywall float and ...
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How can I repair blown plaster on walls?

I live in a very old cottage (1747) some of the plaster mainly on exterior walls has blown/blistered with a powdery residue. We have hacked off the plaster - treated the walls and re-plastered but ...
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How can I make a smooth transition from granite to drywall?

I had solid sheets of granite installed for shower. Looks good except for the adjoining areas. First shower does not run width of room - so there is a support wall for the right hand side of ...
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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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Is sheetrock/drywall required under woodpanelling?

I live in an old house, built in 1940's. I have a wall between two bedrooms that bowed out terribly. It is not a supporting wall. I am pulling this wall out, reframing it, and installing 3/4" tongue-...
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Basement water seepage management

My house is built into a slope, with the bottom floor partially underground. See photo 1 - grey wall is a common wall with my neighbor, the white back wall is entirely underground, and the left wall ...
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Is an aluminium radiant barrier allowed to cover insulation paper facing instead of drywall?

First some context: Geographical location: City of Sacramento, CA, USA Building: Residential detached garage. Goal: To keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Approach: kraft paper faced ...
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How to fix a leak in the wall

I seem to have a leak in the wall. I don't think it's plumbing related because it just seems to appear during rainy days. Is there anything I can do before more damage occurs? Unfortunately it's ...
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Can or How do I install a Bathroom light fixture on drywall without sawing any holes into the wall, and without a junction/electricity box?

I'm new to home improvemement. Very new. I've recently finished rennovating my bedroom and had set up a Vanity for my personal items. In recognizing that I needed natural lighting, becuase it's not ...
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Basement ceiling

I'm finishing my 50 year old basement and need advice regarding the 6'x4' ceiling area (which is actually a cement slab from the front porch). It drops down 2" lower than the rest of the ceiling. The ...
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Concealed toilet cisterns attached by screws to dry wall. Are they secure?

I've noted several post-2000 build apartments that have concealed plastic toilet cisterns that are secured at the rear to dry wall by 4 screws. They are lever-type cisterns, so there is also a toilet ...
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Hanging a heavy edgeless mirror so that it tilts down

I have a mirror similar to this: I'd like to hang it like this: ...where the angle can be easily adjusted whenever I'd like. I'd like to figure out how to simply, cheaply, and securely (living in ...
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Closet studs turned, wall is uneven

I am currently working on a kitchen remodel. When I opened up the wall, I discovered that most of the studs were uneven. The previous cabinets had been affixed to a 1x that ran the whole length of the ...
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How to plasterboard half hollow wall with gas pipe running up it

I recently had a breast wall plasterboarded and skimmed, however the right side cheek of the wall wasn't done because of what was behind it. That wall has concrete on the left, hollow in the middle ...
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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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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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How should I prepare an already painted plasterboard ceiling?

We are repainting the interior of our whole house. We start with the ceiling of each room and the newer ceilings where gyprock has been used we don't have a problem. The older ceilings that are made ...
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Closing drywall to duct work

We are trying to convert some garage space into a gym, and one the we’re concerned about is all the gap space between the drywall and the ducting. We want to seal that off as much as possible for air ...
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How can I install a TV mount to metal studs?

I'm trying to mount a tv in the new apartment. I thought I found and marked the studs and drill holes, but when trying to drill though met resistance. I'm able to look into the wall a little because ...
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How to fix this water damage to ceiling?

Please see the picture, what's the best strategy to fix this? The skin which is quite thick is peeling off but the back end is quote solid. I have stopped further water leakage. Should I be cutting ...
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Can ceiling be left open if hidden by cabinets?

My contractor is not going to drywall portion of kitchen ceiling as it will be covered by 9" cabinet crown molding. There are mechanicals (water supply lines, HVAC, and drain pipes) in the way. The ...
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protect drywall from self-leveling cement pour?

I'm finishing my home basement, and I made the mistake of installing the drywall before deciding to level the concrete floor. So I'm trying to determine whether or not I really need to protect the ...
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How to Approach Fixing a Roof Leak When Drywall is Rotted Out?

My parents house has a leak in the roof that hasn't been takan care of for a few years and has pretty much destroyed the drywall in the affected region. What strategy should I use to repair the leak? ...
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spacing of steel studs for ceiling leveling

I'm renovating a single-family basement. The floor joists above the basement are 2x8 douglas fir, mostly spaced 12" OC. The basement ceiling will be finished with a single layer of 1/2" drywall. There'...
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What is the soundproofing performance difference between ultralight 5/8 drywall and regular 5/8 drywall?

Home depot does not have anything but ultralight drywall. I wanted to know what the difference in performance in soundproofing. There is another local supplier who can get the regular drywall. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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What has been eating up my drywall?

Something has been eating up my drywall. Even after patching the wall the thing returns to same spot and eats it up. From the picture above that same spot has been patched up 3 times. There is no ...
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What type of wall texture is this? How can I match it?

Looking for what type of wall texture this is, how is it applied (i.e. spray on)? Basement window flooded, I need to match the texturing around the rest of the room. It looks like a SantaFe ...
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Unexpected wood behind drywall

I'm installing a speaker wall bracket (Q Acoustics 2000WB) onto drywall. It has five mounting holes. Photo from https://pricespy.co.uk/product.php?g=603554 I'm running into some wood immediately ...
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How do I refinish around an existing basement window?

Our previously finished basement was a combination of drywall and wood paneling over concrete block with no insulation. We removed the drywall and paneling over the block and intend on adding foam ...
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Drywall ceiling in basement of multi family dwelling required by IBC

In a multi family dwelling is a drywall ceiling required by IBC in basement area below living area? 5/8 X? Property has 9 dwelling units in Baltimore City which uses IBC latest updates 2017. Area of ...
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noisy pipes in wall

Problem We live in a condo and have a problem with noisy (whistling / shrieking / whooshing) pipes in our bedroom wall. We've identified one or two fixtures in the building that are the source of the ...
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Crack appeared on the wall. Just a drywall issue or bigger foundation issue?

A little background, the house was built in the 70’s and remodeled back in 2006, before we bought the house. It’s on a slab foundation and one story. Probably pretty difficult to tell, but would love ...
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Should drywall with 'non-friable' asbestos be replaced?

I'm in the process of purchasing a home, and was just informed that the drywall likely contains asbestos. However, this asbestos is non-friable. One room needs a lot of sanding/patching/repainting, ...
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Transitioning from pre-existing bullnose tile edge to drywall

How can I create a clean line between a pre-existing bullnose tile edge and the drywall that is to be skim coated and painted? I was disgusted with the upper half of my bathroom walls which were ...
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49" TV wall mount with full motion bracket on plasterboard

I recently purchased the LG 49SJ800V. I would like to wall mount this TV using a full motion TV bracket (like this). Aerial and electricity sockets are located at 1.83m from the floor on a ...
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How should I improve the drywall under my staircase before taping?

My half bath rough in is under the staircase. The original builders put an angled side of the ceiling. I tried hanging a piece of drywall but I'm not super happy with the result. The right side sticks ...
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Retain rim around floor when drywalling? If not how to fill/insulate. . .

Remodeling a vintage two-flat, tore down lath and plaster, now approaching drywall phase. The exterior walls have a wooden rim around perimeter of the floor--what was this for? I suppose it just set ...