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Is USG Sheetrock(r) “SW Edge” a thing, or a feature?

I find references to "SW edge" ('SW' being 'smooth wall') in USG literature. Ex (link), SHEETROCK Brand Gypsum Panels, SW Have an exclusive tapered rounded edge design to help minimize ridging ...
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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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How to fix a floating wall shelf on an uneven wall

I just installed some floating wall shelves from ikea but my wall is uneven horizontally and one of the shelves is sticking out, not tight to the wall. Is there any way to fix this? These are the ...
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Running multiple camera cables from outside to indoors, do I use bushing and wall plate?

I'm installing a security camera system. The DVR will be inside, connected to 8 cameras outside. All cables will terminate at the DVR. I have a picture of the cables below. I'm going through a ...
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What causes portions of drywall mud/patch plaster to become discolored and harder?

I was having water issues on the wall above my fireplace, after gutters/tuck pointing/some roofing being fixed the water has stopped. I went to patch some of the areas that had the worst water damage....
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Framing for drywall around curved stairs

I have a curved stair case and I'm looking to drywall it up going into the basement. I'm looking for guidance on how to best frame the area below the stairs to drywall it up. Images of the bottom of ...
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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 to plasterboard a garage ceiling

Can I have a little advice please? The joists run length ways, so naturally, I board across the joists. However, the joists finish about 300mm from each side of the garage. How should I support the ...
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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 tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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Can I hang a bathroom cabinet on a single stud and drywall anchors?

I have a 15-20lb wood bathroom cabinet (24 inches wide, few feet tall) and I'll be looking to load it up with heavy bathroom supplies. Problem is there is only one stud available. Do you think one ...
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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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Where do I place drywall screws when fixing nail pops?

I have a few nail pops I would like to fix and want to be sure I am putting the screws in the right place. The nail pops are along the edge of the ceiling where it meets the angled portion of a ...
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Replacing moldy drywall

We recently purchased a lake house and found moldy framing and drywall. The removed drywall had a black backing on it, similar to felt paper. This part of the wall is sub-grade with wood (gc 2x6’s) ...
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Are these holes caused by termites?

These holes appeared about a week ago. Two holes had been there when I moved in, but I thought nothing of it. I noticed more of them this morning after I removed a painting from the wall. I have ...
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Should drywall be hung horizontally or vertically?

For reasons including time, money, ease of installation, and structural strength, should drywall be installed horizontally or vertically.
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When hanging a double layer of drywall, do both layers need to be fully screwed to the resilient channel?

When adding a second layer of drywall to a ceiling, do I need to screw the first layer to the surface with the appropriate number of fasteners ( type S screws into resilient channel ) as code dictates ...
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Is drywall installer trying to pull one over on us?

Our drywall installer tells us that we need to prime the walls before his finisher can fix the MANY issues with their finishing work so far. I can’t find any information that suggests this is normal ...
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What’s this diagonal metal strapping between my studs?

So I’m trying to install a pet door and came across this between my studs. This is the second pet door I install and have never seen this. I’m in the dinning room and the wall is obviously an outside ...
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How do I replicate this drywall texture?

It's on my ceiling and we can't figure out what they used.
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Would board and batten walls require drywall taping?

I have a room that has some wood paneling in it that we are going to have to replace, as it is old and has a missing section that is hidden by a cabinet we want to remove. I am considering doing ...
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TV mounting bracket does not fit the stud locations - how can I overcome that?

I would like to mount my 32" LCD TV to a wall using a swivelling bracket that I bought. The wall it needs to go to is plasterboard so I need to mount it on the studs. However, I've got a problem - the ...
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Problem with warped jack stud while converting from door frame to drywalled rough opening

I am working on converting what used to be a swing closet door to drywalled opening and later putting on a bi-fold door. When I removed the door frame and casing I noticed that one of the jack studs ...
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What is this white powder coming out of my baseboard?

I was about to start cleaning when I noticed this white powder/dust coming out of the baseboard of my kitchen area and I was wondering what it might be. The powder seems quite fine and it very faintly ...
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Is it too late to add drywall tape?

I was patching my wall for the first time and forgot to put fiberglass drywall tape on first. I've only done one coat of joint compound so far. Can I still put my drywall tape on the seams or is it ...
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Wall anchor is off by a slight amount

I'm hanging a mirror on the wall (drywall) that has rigid hangers on the back. I'm using a heavy duty wall anchor and measured but when I drilled, the screw is about an 1/8 of an inch off and the ...
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Need help envisioning how to move cable from wall to ceiling

Location: U.S. I have a series of wireless access points in the home that are currently wall mounted. For best coverage, I want to ceiling mount them instead. What do I need in order to do this? I ...
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Install Receptacle in damaged drywall

I have a receptacle box that needs to be reinstalled. While replacing one of the cables running to the box, the drywall became damaged. With this level of damage, is my best bet to cut out and replace ...
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Trying to patch areas of drywall texture

Can someone please help me identify this type of drywall texture and maybe give me some tips for how to match it. I’ve got a few areas where I’ve patched and I’m not finding anything online to help ...
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Hanging dry wall on mass loaded vinyl - can I glue and screw

I am finishing a basement and had a question about hanging drywall on top of MLV (Mass loaded vinyl). The basement I am finishing has MLV fastened to the ceiling joists. I am getting ready to hang ...
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Shower Ruining Bathroom Walls

walk in shower is slowly creating a hole in the surrounding wall. it is not a big issue, but something that I would like to fix for aesthetic purposes. any recommendations on how I would fix the ...
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HELP! Need advice for Bike Wall mount

So the first installation of my bike mount, I failed miserably because the wall isn't completely straight above the door and has a slight angle to it. I thought it'd still be able to hold up my bike ...
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Why did I have issues scraping off a popcorn ceiling?

My house was built in 1971. After removing a think layer of popcorn, I found cardboard behind it. Does anyone know what that is? Is it safe to just paint over it? ======= Edit: JACK has the correct ...
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When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?

This may be a bit of a subjective question, but I was just thinking about it. I've seen many electrical boxes that are full of drywall compound, often to the point of having to dig the wires out of it ...
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mixing a little dish soap and water into your compound

I was reading a tread about how little air holes appear in drywall mud. There were multiple suggestions of adding a little ivory soap and water to drywall mud to make it as smooth as a baby's butt. ...
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How to drywall a concrete footing

I am working on a house built in 1960 that has a supporting wall in the basement which is on a concrete footing. I am ready to put up drywall, and am unsure how I should drywall over the footing? ...
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Basement (re)finishing insulation question

I started a job and my wife is looking to string me up if I don't start finishing it soon. We bought our 50 y/o rancher in PA with a "finished" basement, aka, drop ceiling, paneling on 3 walls (4th ...
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Should I use 1/4" drywall to cover ceiling texture or imperfections?

My laundry room ceiling had to have a large section of its 1/2" drywall ceiling removed and replaced a few years back after a copper water pipe had a leak. The replacement was fully taped but was ...
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Trying to install countertop/bar on an existing halfwall

Being the poor person I am, I am trying to slowly upgrade my kitchen whenever able. My parents got new counter tops and saved their old formica counters for me. I currently have an L shaped half wall ...
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What is required to fix this plastered drywall ceiling?

A tree hit our house and made one of the trusses fall somewhat. The structural repairs have been made but I am uncertain how to best repair the drywall ceiling. Originally it was a popcorn ceiling but ...
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How do I drywall when the studs are not flush? [duplicate]

I have a problem with my bathroom. I recently had someone come and switch the door from the kitchen side to the other side while redoing my kitchen. He did a great job and the kitchen looks great. ...
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Installing drywall in unfinished basement

I have an unfinished basement with concrete walls and soft insulation bolted to it. I’d like to install some drywall to
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How to address drywall damage and wet grout from my Travertine tiled shower?

I noticed the paint was bubbling and peeling outside my shower. A plumber told me it was because of the glass shower door and that he sees this kind of water damage a lot and there was nothing to do ...
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Why is Easy Sand not suitable as a skim coat?

I have Easy Sand 90 joint compound. Its label says not to use it as skim coat. Why can't I use it?
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Filling a gap between drywall and stair stringer

I was planning to remove the old ugly cove moulding on my stair stringers. 30 years of lazy paints jobs have left it in a very bad state. My initial plan was to just sand the stringer and wall, get ...
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Strapping to level ceiling before putting up rock——code?

I’m considering putting up 1x3 strapping (rather than steel beams)to level the ceiling in my kitchen (century home) before putting up rock. It is out of level between the joists anywhere from 0 to 1/8”...
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Can I use toggle bolts to install faux wood beams to the drywall in the ceiling?

Unfortunately the ceiling ceiling joists run in the wrong direction. I was wondering if I can use toggle bolts to support ~50 pounds of faux wood beams on ceiling dry wall. It would be about 4 toggle ...
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Is it ok to cut an access panel into the drywall above my service panel?

I recently purchased this house so have inherited what is here. My main panel is located in the attached garage. It is built into a semi-finished wall. The previous owner cut a small "door/window" ( ...
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Damage to wall caused by chair

I have a chair with some big metal rivets on the back: It has caused damage to the wall, when people sit the chair slides back and causes this: How could I fix that? Just putty and paint? If so, ...

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