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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, the weight is not an issue. However, its back surface does not have any hooks or anything that can be used to ...
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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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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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Could this be asbestos? The boards are left a few meters away from my door

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 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 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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Is it safe to use Greenboard drywall in a shower?

I've seem a lot of people telling that greenboard drywall SHOULD NOT be used in bathroom and wet areas. However, in Brazil (where drywall is kind of a novelty yet) the manufactures recommend ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm needing to install a recessed medicine cabinet but studs are problematic

So I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. when I cut a peep hole in the drywall i determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. and ...
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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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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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How much can I hang from a blinds bracket?

Naughty question--I'm renting right now in a gorgeous, modern apartment and obviously can't hang anything on the walls. Buuuut.. I have this 65cm diameter mirror, approximately 4-5kg (something like ...
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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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Used circle cutter in wrong place in drywall, best repair method?

I'm mounting a TV and used a circle cutter attachment on my drill in the wrong location. I cut through 2 1/2" sheets of drywall and still have the discs of drywall. What is the best method to ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Remove wood stuck to dry lined wall with no nails

Piece of deal (3” x 15” x 1”) has been stuck to plasterboard in bathroom presumably with ‘no nails’ how can I remove this?
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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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What is the best method to patch a large hole (2-3 inches) in drywall?

I have a large hole where a TV wall mount once was (I believe the hole was used to run power and coax cable to the TV). I have since moved the TV and would like to patch the hole. What is the best way ...
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

First of all, I'm new to all this. I recently applied mud to the corners and did some texturing in my basement. Two days later I notice there are cracks in some places. Why is this happening and what ...
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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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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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Drywall clips to support partition wall points and ceiling edges

I am looking at these drywall clips made for supporting drywall edges that would normally require a piece of 2x lumber (nailer) to support the edges. I have a couple ideas on using blocking but it ...
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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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We painted new drywall before it was primed. Now I am painting a few years later and some of that paint peeled off. How do I fix this?

A few years ago we painted some drywall without priming it. Currently we are redoing the room with different colors. I am a novice painter so I put masking tape on that wall to have a clean Edge on ...
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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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Smooth a badly damaged wall

My goal: Get a wall smooth enough for wallpaper without replacing the wall My situation I have a wall that's been patched about 100 times in the last 50 years or so. I can't say why (I live in NYC),...
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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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Has anyone ever mixed fiberglas strands into drywall mud?

Has anyone mixed 3/8" loose fiberglass strands into drywall mud. I restore boats for a living and we commonly mix these fiberglass strands into the resin to produce a workable paste. This can then be ...
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Drywall patching using 3M Patch Plus Primer

Whenever I patch a drywall using 3M Patch Plus Primer, it ends up looking bumpy and unnatural. I can't get it to spread evenly and perfectly flat. So I do try sanding after it hardens, but it's really ...
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Patching drywall between two corners

I have an existing floor-to-ceiling narrow deep closet (11" wide opening, straight in). I want to cover the bottom 5" with drywall, so it'll eventually look like this: (source: hyarros.com) Where ...
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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 ...