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When hanging two layers of drywall, can the first layer be hung with the facing to the studs?

I am hanging a double layer of 5/8" type-x drywall with Green Glue, a soundproofing compound, sandwiched in the middle. If I hang the first layer with the face facing outward like normal and then ...
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Drywall in bathroom

I have a buddy building a new house and the guys that did the drywall didnt use green board in the bathrooms. We live in iowa. Is it code to put greenboard in the bathrooms in iowa i cant seem to find ...
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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 and flush against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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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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What compound should be used for base skim coat?

My apartment has plaster walls with some minor cracks, all of which I've repaired with fiberglass mesh + plaster. I've sanded all repairs, washed/degreased the walls, and primed with Zinsser 123. Now ...
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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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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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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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Repair Ceiling Hole for Round old work ceiling box

I am replacing an old light that was above my sink and the box was so brittle it broke and I could not mount the new light. I removed the "new work" box and the drywall around it crumbled. Now the ...
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Was asbestos used within wallboard itself, or just in the joint compound?

I'm pulling down a few walls in my 1984 house. I had a company come in to do professional asbestos sampling. I told them my plan and which walls I was going to remove and they only sampled the joint ...
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Drilling a hole in a dry-wall backed by concrete or plaster?

I am trying to mount this TV: LG 55UK6300 https://www.lg.com/ca_en/tvs/lg-55UK6300BUB I bought the Insignia 47" - 80" Fixed TV Wall Mount: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/insignia-insignia-47-80-...
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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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Can I use wood to build my apt or do I have to use drywall?

I am building a small loft style apt for my wife and me in Illinois. The building is a rezoned factory with apartments in it. I'm going to pick a wing and build a place for us to stay 'till our house ...
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how is a blank wallplate attached to drywall

Are blank wall plates normally attached directly to a drywall with screws, or it has to be fixed to electrical box?
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Mounting a pull-up bar on drywall and metal studs?

I live in a high-rise that utilizes metal studs. My roommate wants to hang this pull-up bar above a door frame. Is it possible, and via what options, to hang this without a high chance of ripping out ...
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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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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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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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How likely is it that my 1980 home has asbestos in the drywall?

I live in a townhome and water leaked from the 2nd floor to the ground floor and caused water damage to the ceiling drywall on the lower floor. I would like to fix it myself. According to this, there ...
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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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Do you paint bare dry wall without skimming with mud?

I've learned that it takes 3 coats...6" 8" and 12" skims the rest of bare dry wall. You end up skimming all bare dry wall. If you paint any bare dry wall don't it swell up and need sanding, mud and ...
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What is best way to make up difference between concrete and drywall in garage

The bottom part of wall in the carport was never covered with drywall. The distance from floor to bottom is around 9-10 inches. The bottom area is concrete blocks. The issue is distance from outer ...
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DIY Bathroom Reno. How many panels to remove? How much wall to demo?

Background: Home built in 1962 Started demolition to the guest bathroom and gutted the tub, tile, and backboard. I would like to know how much of the drywall/cement board should I remove past the tub ...
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Drywall thickness requirements

In a two storey house, is 5/8" drywall required on the ceiling of both the first floor ceiling and the upstairs ceiling? Or is it only required between the second floor ceiling and attic space as a ...
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Drywall anchor can't fully penetrate drywall

I'm in a new apartment (built 1 year ago) and I am trying to hang a wall mirror (about 50-ish pounds). I've tried 2 different sizes of drywall anchors but the anchors only reach about 1/2inch into the ...
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Can I clean up and tape old unfinished drywall in the garage?

Purchased a house with a partially finished garage. The ceiling and walls have drywall, but no taping. The previous owners have nailed numerous things into the wall over the years and of course since ...
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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Need ideas on putting drywall on old walls with plywood

I have old walls with plywood and on top of it there are wood battens. I want to put the drywall to make it look nice, since currently to me it looks more of old style. I have taken off one of the ...
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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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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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Small seam like line of tiny bubbles patched drywall

Can somebody please tell me why this is happening and how to permanently fix it? Thank you!
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Bathroom flooded by condo upstairs. Can there be mold on the drywall between the floors?

Upstairs condo neighbor had an ongoing leak for about two weeks in their bathroom. Not sure what was leaking, but they replaced toilet ring and shower faucets and since then the leak has stopped. This ...
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what kind of drywall texture is this and type of brush to use to get this texture

I would like to know the texture in my drywall ceiling to repair and match the existing texture
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Tape vs corner bead order of installation

Where a drywall sheet joint meets an outside corner, is it better to first install the tape over the joint or the metal corner bead? My old drywall finish guy did tape first, I think, but my new guy ...
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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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Accidental drywall mud over cement board

I have a wall in my kitchen being built that will have some drywall and some tile. A dude I hired to finish my drywall, while I wasn't supervising him, applied some drywall mud over the cementboard. I ...
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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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What materials do I need to fix these walls? (not even sure if it's actually drywall)

The holes are right around the frame to a window. Not really sure how to fix it. It ended up like this after I removed anchors from the wall that the previous tenant left behind. Some of them were ...
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Gap between stand up shower and stud

After fixing some water damage in our upstairs bathroom I decided to install a stand up shower. I've installed it and now I'm adding in patches of drywall around the shower and I noticed one of the ...
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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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Tile up to drywall on outside corner

I'm getting ready to put up tile on this shower wall, the rough stud wall will have drywall on its face when I'm done. I'm having a tough time figuring out how to connect the two surfaces at a right ...
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Does this look structural?

My house is 5 years old and is a two story. This is on a ceiling upstairs in a vaulted area of my home. We have an attic but don’t use it for storage or anything. I can tell it’s the drywall but would ...
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Mounting 2'x3' Glass whiteboard, drywall over concrete

I am trying to mount a 2'x3' glass whiteboard that weighs ~14lbs to the wall in a new condo. Best I can tell, there is a concrete barrier very close to the surface drywall, and it isn't giving me ...
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How do I find studs when stud finders won't work?

I was trying to hang my TV at my new place, on an interior wall (between living room and a bathroom). Using the stud finder on other walls worked fine, but on this wall I got some very strange ...
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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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How to repair anchor holes and re-mount bathroom tissue dispenser

I need to repair the holes where tissue bracket was installed, then re-mount it. About 3 inches behind the drywall are bricks. I thought about re-mounting it with 1 inch toggle bolts after repairing ...