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Tiling on Drywall in Shower

I have a bathroom where water-resistant drywall was put up around and over the tub. Is it okay to put tile over the drywall around the tub or shower? If not, what can I do to be able to put tile?
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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard?

In a Philadelphia-area house built in the early 1950s: I cut out a piece of wall to fit an old work box. The piece I removed is shown below. The original walls were finished in plaster, but I can't ...
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Hanging 10kg/22lbs pulldown projector screen from hollow plasterboard/drywall WITHOUT JOISTS

really need some help! I have a 2.2m long 7ft projector screen around 10kg / 22 lbs. I need to hang from a hollow wall WITHOUT JOISTS. Bit annoying, but I've got a stud detector and defo no wooden ...
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How to mount 18mm MDF Shelves on plasterboard/drywall hollow wall (no studs)?

I have had some 18mm (0.7") MDF cut to make some shelving in an alcove between my shower room and main hallway. It's 18.5cm (7.2") deep by 196.5cm (77") long I have been considering the best way to ...
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Dog scraped up my wall and door

what should I do I have a steco in side I think it has a dry wall like da but looking on how to fix fast as it is a rental
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Reparing a water damaged drywall & doorframe

I had a water leak from the toilet cistern. The bathroom is tiled and no signs of the leak showed there, however the wall in the bedroom on the other side of the bathroom became wet. Unfortunately ...
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Replace the drywall but preserve the molding trim?

I've got a 1949 fixer-upper with water-stained drywall on walls and ceilings that measures only 3/8" thick instead of the usual 1/2". I want to update wiring and re-insulate so I'm thinking to ...
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Caulking a corner instead of taping with joint compound?

Is it considered acceptable in drywall / sheetrock work to use caulk to finish an interior corner instead of using tape with joint compound? This is not my own DIY idea – this was suggested to me by ...
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How to hang heavy mirror

I need to hang a pretty heavy mirror over 50lbs but I do not have a stud. The wall is drywall. I wanted to use this anchor Hillman 122310 Brass Conventional Picture Hanger 2 Pack 100lb https://www....
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No Load Bearing Walls & Home was Drywalled Prior to Walls Constructed

I've taken on a large project on a 700 sqft home. I'm gutting it down to the studs because of mold issues and I continue to find unusual things. It is basically a three room house. Each room has ...
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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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What to do about gap in bottom of plasterboard wall when fitting floating floor (UK)

I have removed the skirting boards in my new build house, as I am going to fit engineered wood floor via the floating method. The issue I have is that after removing the skirting, I was presented ...
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How to fix paint after patching holes in the wall?

My wife and I are first time homeowners and are doing a lot of stuff for the first time. We removed some shelves from a wall that left some larger holes, so we got spackle and sealed them up. We ...
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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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Are these fibers in my drywall asbestos?

While removing/cleaning the bathroom fan hood, I noticed that the edges of the hole in the drywall ceiling have a very fibrous-looking layer/sheet on each side of the gypsum. This house is very old (...
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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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Can I install drywall on the ceiling, without removing crown molding?

I'm in the process of replacing a failing plaster ceiling in my finished basement with drywall. I originally had intended only to scrape down the popcorn finish and have it skim coated, so I did not ...
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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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Can a drywall ceiling support hanging a 20kg chandelier

I want to know if a drywall ceiling support hanging a 20kg chandelier
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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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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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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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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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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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Must I replace drywall after very small fire?

Do I need to replace drywall when there was a very small fire and drywall not burned. It has stains from smoke. Some part reached 140 degrees F according to Fire dept but it was a pretty contained ...
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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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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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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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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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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 should I wall mount a TV with one metal stud and a gap between the drywall and exterior block?

I am mounting a TV on a wall (see photos). There is a 7/8 inch gap between the drywall and the exterior, and a single metal vertical stud (Florida) as indicated. I want to center the TV, which is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need anything more than drylok in my basement?

I'm trying to finish a room in the basement. The plan was to frame some studs, hang drywall, the usual procedure when building a room. The thing is, it might be out of budget to buy everything I need ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Drywall surrounding vent no longer supports screws;

Screws that normally fix the vent in place can't do their job anymore. The drywall has crumbled to the point that the tapped hole for the screw lacks a boundary with the duct. (Picture attached.) ...
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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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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 ...