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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 ...
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Is it hazardous to leave a hole in the wall for a week or two?

Yesterday in a fit of manliness I accidentally punched a hole in the wall of my bedroom. I will eventually get some putty to fill in the hole but I'm concerned about the fibrous dust that may be in ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should blueboard overlap at outside corners or stop flush with framing?

When hanging blue board for veneer plaster, should the board overlap on outside corners like normal drywall or should they end on the edge of the studs and the corner will be filled in with veneer (...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...