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Concrete column/structure behind drywall

I have recently moved to a new apartment and I am planning to mount a TV in the living room. The apartment walls are dry lined. Right in the middle of the designated place for the tv, the dry wall ...
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Better to have single butt joint or 2 tapered joints when hanging drywall?

I am in the process of hanging drywall for my basement. Due to the length of the walls there are a couple situations where I could either hang the sheets to have a single butt joint.. or to have 2 ...
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How to reduce drywall hole size

I want to run network cable into a bedroom and was going to use one of those Low Voltage Wall plate and cat 5E wall plate over it. While trying to install low voltage wall plate, instead of tracing ...
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How can I close up a gap in the corner of the shower?

We hired a contractor some time ago to remodel our bathroom. We started noticing things that didn't stand up to use soon after the project was completed. Most of them were minor, so no headaches there....
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Fastening a TV Wall Mount to studs through drywall

If I were mounting, say, a TV Wall Mount to studs through drywall, would I need to do anything to prevent the screws from digging into the drywall? Can I just use the screws that come with the ...
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What is this metal cable in wall?

I'm adding a window in my kitchen and found this metal cable between two pipes in the corner. Slab home. Can someone please let me know what it is?
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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

I recently had a new ceiling light fitted which replaced a standard plastic ceiling rose. The new fitting is quite slim and the old fitting was hiding a larger than expected cutout in the plasterboard....
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what is my risk of asbestos exposure due to a previous drywall work?

A few years ago my parents did some work on an interior drywall in our house (built in 1987) [US]. Now I wonder if I might've been exposed to asbestos and I'm freaking out. On the bright side, I was ...
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Best soundproofing/reducing method

I live in a condo surrounded by units on 3 sides and for some reason all types of sounds are amplified. I can't soundproof every wall but I would at least try to significantly reduce the noise in my ...
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How to repair garage wall? (Oriented Strand Board, Insulation, Drywall)

I had a plumber and electrician do some work and they left a big rectangle open in my garage. I need to repair OSB board, maybe replace insulation, and finally drywall. Not sure if I need to replace, ...
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What hardware would I use to attached this tight to a wall?

This plaque has two screw holes in the back. I would like to mount it tight to my wall, but I don't know how to attach it to the wall.
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Can dried out joint compound be rehydrated?

I have a container of dried out drywall mud and I wondered if there is anything I can do to make it usable again.
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hanging multiple picture frames of different sizes in line and with equal spacing

Im putting up a picture wall of multiple picture frames of varying sizes. The first picture below gives a very rough idea of what im trying to achieve, all in line at top where two are inline. I didnt ...
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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How to prevent sagging ceilings when joists are spaced 24"

I recently had a ceiling removed as part of asbestos abatement. The ceiling joists are 24" apart. They run about 20' long and the area is about 8 1/2' wide. What's the best way to avoid the ...
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Plastic electrical cut-in boxes with 3/8s tabs

Most plastic home improvement store electrical, single gang cut-in boxes seem to have little plastic tabs / bumps which if used, will set the box 3/8s inch off the studs. We are doing 1/2" ...
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How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?

Like a lot of you, we have several wall-mounted LCD HDTVs in the house. The TVs have two wires -- power and HDMI -- running down the wall to the power outlet and cable box. I've historically been too ...
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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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Wall Mount TV to Drywall with Backing (Without Studs)

I've been a very long time lurker on this forum and decided to jump in and post my first question! I'm a total newbie with DIY and live in a condo. I've been trying to mount my 55" tv that weighs ...
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Raised black line in basement drywall

Does anyone know what this is? My best guesses are either some type of mold or something insect related. This is on drywall in a finished basement connected to an exterior wall. I live in Chicago, in ...
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How can I remove or cover thick, crackled paint on drywall?

The guest bathroom in the apartment I recently rented has what appears to be a custom paint job that originally I thought was wall paper. The paint is in vertical stripes, with half the stripes ...
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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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How do I fix this HORRIBLE drywall patch?

Please give me some advice on how to fix this. This is a PAINTED wall.
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Can a skip trowel texture finish affect the overall straightness or linearity of a wall?

We're remodeling our home. The construction crew just put up drywall on the new walls to prime. I noticed the framing around the newly installed windows are off, by 1/8" to 1/2". The foreman said the ...
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Repairing cracks in plasterboard ceiling - ok to tape over paint?

I have cracks all around the edges of the plasterboard sheets in the ceilings throughout the house. The cracks are pretty wide - about 1mm. The ceilings are plasterboard with a skim coat and ...
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Mesh tape for butted drywall joints

I am interviewing drywall finishers and one guy told me he wants to use mesh tape for all butted joint and paper only for inner corners. I am skeptical because all my previous finishers used paper for ...
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How do I identify and repair this drywall damage?

I'm working on repainting my walls in my house. To prep for it, I removed the base trim from my walls (I'm gonna put in new ones too). Somehow, when removing the trim, part of the wall started peeling ...
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Covering lead-painted wood paneling with seamless transition to drywall (1/8'')

After removing old wainscoting we discovered a second layer of wood paneling that is between 22'' and 36'' high (depending on location) and slightly set back from the drywall above. The drywall ...
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Install a recessed medicine cabinet with stud problems

I have a space determined for a recessed medicine cabinet. When I cut a peephole in the drywall, I determined that the closest stud on the left is 6" from the left edge of the recessed area. On the ...
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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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Home Office Space using garage conversion room

I am using a room that was once a carport that's now a room as an office. between the converted room and the rest of the house is a (formerly) exterior window plugged/covered with a drywall layer ...
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How do steel studs compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? [closed]

How can steel studs possibly compare to traditional lumber in holding strength? The fasteners will at best engage with a minuscule amount of metal of X wall thickness and then break through into empty ...
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Does bare drywall need to be primed before painting?

Is it necessary to prime bare drywall before painting? And do we need to prime existing textured, painted walls before we mud over them?
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When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?

Is there any value in installing drywall (plasterboard) on the ceiling before the walls or does it not matter?
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Can I save these bathroom walls?

I'm tackling a DIY renovation of my bathroom. I'm gonna replace everything (tub, fixtures, vanity, mirror, etc). I cut out some of the wall and got the tub removed. There's some minor mildew and mold ...
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drywall ceiling profiling

I want to build a simple drywall dropped "ceiling" in one of our rooms. The idea is simple, it'd go all around the room for a led strip lighting, and in the middle there would be an "...
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Cheapest way to screw in drywall close to a big hole without patching the hole

I am replacing our thermostat. The new one has only two holes for mounting to the wall. There is a big round hole in the wall already. I can't position the new thermostat in a way that I can put a new ...
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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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Removing cabinets and matching Ceiling knockdown underneath

My husband and I recently pulled out some upper cabinets in our kitchen. I want to DIY spray texture the knockdown but the problem I ran into after priming the area is there is a ridge in the ceiling ...
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Reusing anchor holes in plasterboard

I used molly bolts in plasterboard and had issues with spinning. I’ve now removed them, and realised that they were too short for the plasterboard, which is thicker than I thought it would be. The ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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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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How do I mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
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new drywall adjacent to existing wall

I have installed some drywall on a door frame that sits adjacent to an existing wall. It ended up with the new wall not properly aligned with the existing wall as seen in attached pictures. Any ideas ...
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Remodel recessed light on drywall seam

One of the spots where I would like to install a remodel-type 5" round recessed light, is right on top of the drywall seam in my ceiling. I'm a little hesitant to put it there because the ceiling ...
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Sticker peeled off paint from wall

I removed some kid stickers on the wall and it peeled off the paint. Hoping to fix this myself but not sure on the best route to take. Attaching a picture of the damage, what are the exact steps I ...
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Is a soundproof stud wall made of 38 x 63mm CLS strong enough?

I'm building two stud walls joining at a right angle to create a small room in the corner of a larger room. The timber I'm using is 63x38mm (2 1/2" by 1 1/2" - actual measurement) CLS. One wall is 2.4 ...
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Fixing crack in wall & baseboard

Based in the UK, 1920's house that needs a bit of work. Last decorated about 10 years ago. We have a number of cracks in the paintwork that I know how to fix, but here we have a crack in the wall ...
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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 build a strong wall surface against wall anchor?

When one remove acrylic (hi bond) double sided tape from wall, it often damages wall. Surface material is pealed off, usually drywall and plaster, and sometimes paint. By drywall and plaster I mean ...

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