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Safe to put nail into drywall when stud finder finds “live voltage”?

I'm trying to hang a calendar on the drywall. Tried 3M small Command hook, but it falls off after a few days. Now I'm considering to use a nail or a drywall hook like this. I used a stud finder ...
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What’s the best way to remove this drywall texture?

Just wondering what is the best method to remove the trowel pattern on my ceiling, want to take out the “pizza” pattern. Thank you.
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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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Hangin IKEA ALGOT shelve on drywall-like structure

There is a 50 mm thick wall which separates my balcony from the neighbors one. The damage done accidentally by my neighbor, show structure similar to drywall I was thinking about mounting an IKEA ...
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Uneven surface under drywall

I have this small 2 inch concrete footing under my bottom plate that I am going to drywall over shortly. The concrete protrudes past the plate a half inch in some places, making it very uneven at the ...
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Good drywall strategies?

So I have done a decent amount of drywalling recently and know of a few techniques that can be done when patching holes. I am curious if someone with much more drywall experience can help define a ...
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Question on drywall patch in the ceiling

I have a ceiling vent where the drywall is cut a bit larger than the actual vent. I was looking for some advice on the repair. The duct is mounted to a stud along the top (a piece of the stud is ...
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Can I use spackling paste to “rebuild” part of the wall?

I'm on a DIY half bathroom renovation. At first I was thinking about putting tiles on the wall. It's a drywall, which I'm not familiar with, it's painted and I would need to do some preparations to ...
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spacing of steel studs for ceiling leveling

I'm renovating a single-family basement. The floor joists above the basement are 2x8 douglas fir, mostly spaced 12" OC. The basement ceiling will be finished with a single layer of 1/2" drywall. There'...
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Is it possible to anchor a cabinet to a wall without damaging it?

I have purchased an approx 2m high by 35cm deep dispay cabinet seated on a carpet floor. This is not fully stable (the cabinet rocks a bit when you exert force on the doors to open them), and it was ...
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Should I clean (how?) old drywall before applying mud?

I have screwed a new piece of drywall. Now I need to try to apply mud and finally paint. Should I clean, wash the old painted drywall first? If yes, how? It does not stand out in this picture but the ...
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Need some help with wall behind rangetop

We're in the middle of a kitchen remodel and we have replaced our old 48" Viking slide-in gas rangetop with a new Miele rangetop. The rangetop came with an "island trim" behind the unit which is only ...
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How should I support this large drywall patch?

after the installation of a new water heater and a relatively extensive plumbing fix, I wanted to save a buck trying to patch the drywall myself. It's the very first time I buy a piece of drywall or ...
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How do I cover large gaps in drywall?

We've just completed our first drywall project and the outcome wasn't so great in places. There are a couple spots in particular that have 1/2-1/4" gaps. I was wondering, is there a nifty way to ...
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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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Inside drywall corners-mesh vs paper

Can you use mesh tape on inside drywall corners or should I use paper? Is it a matter of preference or are there some rules that are generally followed?
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling [closed]

Im finishing my basement and I don't trust little drywall screws to hold a big and heavy sheet of drywall on the ceiling. Even when professionally installed and it's said to be conpletey safe ...
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What is this texture called and how can I match it?

I repaired a 2' x 4' section of our ceiling, and I'd like to match the surrounding texture. Is this a sprayed texture like orange peel, or just some kind of roller stipple? Assuming it was orange ...
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Repairing water damage to ceiling drywall where ceiling meets wall

I have a question for how best to repair interior water damage to ceiling drywall along a wide, thin section where the ceiling meets the wall. We recently experienced slight water damage to our ...
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Repair Drywall after electrical work

We've had some electrical work done which has resulted in a number of holes in drywall about 8cm in length by 2cm in height similar to below: I was intending on making small cuts of plasterboard but ...
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Correct fixture for plasterboard that has another board behind it

I'm trying to put up a whiteboard on a plasterboard wall. I am screwing the holes from one end into a stud, but the other end does not line up with a stud. I therefore planned on using wallmates. ...
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Drywall work adjacent to painted surfaces - problems with adhesion?

If you have to do some drywall work patching into an existing painted surface, are there any special considerations or prep you should do, or will the drywall joint compound generally go right over ...
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Leveling joists for drywall installation

So I asked a question a couple of days ago about leveling my ceiling joists. I got great recommendations, from strapping with 1X3 straps, and also metal studs. So I placed String Lines across and ...
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Drywall requriements for bathrooms [duplicate]

Is green board or cement board required on shower/tub walls in massachusetts?
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How do I repair this kind of drywall damage?

Was wondering how to repair this kind of drywall damage that I have in 2 areas in my house (does it repair to replace with a new piece or is there some kind of putty/Spackle that can repair this?
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How to level uneven ceiling joists for sheetrock placement

So I noticed that my 1961 year old one floor home joists are not even, some areas it's bowed down. I ran a string line, I see about 1/2 inch low points in few areas. I have read the standard fix to ...
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Moisture Resistant Drywall Residential code

Is there an IRC/IBC code that requires the use of moisture resistant drywall in certain areas of a home?
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If a living quarter is built in a basement, is 5/8 drywall required on that ceiling?

I am constructing a home where the owner is having a complete living quarter installed in the basement for an older relative. Just needed to see if it required 5/8 drywall on ceiling. Also, wondering ...
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Drywall Gap Too Big To Tape

I am wondering if this gap is too big to tape and mud over. The house is over 100 years old and the walls are not quite straight to say the least. The opposite wall is relatively square btw. It gap ...
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Mounting a Fireplace Mantel - Steel Studs

My wife and I are in the process of revamping our basement and are hoping to install a new floating mantel over our gas fireplace in the basement. I'm hoping to get a piece of 2" thick, live-edge ...
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Do I need to remove remaining wallpaper backing before painting?

This is my first project ever. I am removing old wallpaper from a small bathroom. Most of the wallpaper was already curling up so the top layer was easy to remove. On some of the wall I have ...
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

For my first-ever drywall taping attempt, I (predictably) messed up. Taped the walls (three coats), then added primer (two coats) and semi-gloss Behr paint (two coats). Reinstalled my lighting and ...
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1730 House how to make Ceiling Level

We had a fire last year and had to remove our plaster ceilings. We’re left with beams that have all kinds of shims etc. that were used to level the lath. Every drywaller has had a different idea of ...
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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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Convert drop ceiling to drywall but with plumbing access

My basement bathroom has drop ceiling currently and it's rather a large area with all plumbing there (from top 2 bathroom): It is almost 3x5 feet area. If I cover most with drywall and have access ...
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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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Painting acoustic drywall with large perforations

I have a wall of acoustic drywall in my studio and I'd like to paint it another colour, but it has these cut-out holes in it which aren't painted, they're just white, how should I go about painting it ...
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How to Fix this Water Damage?

The area in the photo is in the bathroom next to the shower stall. The damaged area is approximately 3.5 inches wide. The previous owner of the house had allowed a leak from the shower enclosure to ...
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Does Chicago building code allow open ceiling joists in a finished basement? [closed]

I'm finishing the basement of a triplex condo in Chicago (townhouse style with a shared entry/common space with one unit). The developer didn't consider a future finished basement when it was it was ...
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What can be sprayed over ceiling mastic?

I want to spray a ceiling to seal it and possibly also obscure the uneven surface but am unsure what will stick well. This ceiling assumably used to have tiles. There is an array of thick glue-like ...
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Screws breaking through drywall paper

One of the several scenarios in which a screw doesn't form a nice and tight seal on drywall paper just below the surface is if a joist/stud is not in the same level as the adjacent two and there is a ...
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Can I use a hollow-wall anchor in between two nearby holes from previous anchors?

Sorry for my OCD, but "it is what it is": I hung a 22 lb. clock with a plastic toggle (drywall), then saw it was too high. I put a new toggle anchor in about 1-1/16" lower (in other words, very very ...
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Strength of RC channel

We have an acoustically rated wall with an RC channel assembly to the 2-layered Metal stud wall. We want to hang 3/4" of plywood in the inside of the rooms on these walls. Will the RC channel be ...
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Anchor drywall edge to ceiling next to a wall running along joist?

I am working on a wall that will separate the main basement area from the storage area (with a door). This new wall will run along the above floor joist which removes the possibility for drywall ...
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Does the UFER Ground require to be visible?

Is there something on the NEC code that states the UFER ground needs to be permanently visible? I had my rough in electrical inspection the other day. He stated that per NEC 250.64(E) (1), I have to ...
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What is this construction material under my drywall?

I'm trying to understand the construction of a wall in my basement in order to determine how best to attach French cleat hangers to it. The studs I have been able to find with my stud finder have ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?

I purchased some purple drywall (mold and moisture resistant)for installing in a finished basement bedroom. One wall is an exterior wall. Do I need to install a vapor barrier between the drywall and ...
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Should gaps be left between sheets of drywall for any reason?

My cousin says I should leave 1/4" space between all edges of drywall so that mud can be pressed into it. Everything I've read online say to butt them tight. When is leaving a gap a good idea?
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What can/should I do to tidy up after removing a section of baseboard?

I'm installing a murphy bed. To get it flush with the wall, I've removed a section of baseboard. The gap where the baseboard has been removed looks pretty messy now. I'm not too worried about it ...
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How to properly frame/finish “trimless” interior doors?

I decided to try a couple of "trimless" interior doors in my add-on room, like this pic. No trim, no cut, line etc. Just smooth drywall up to the actual door opening. It turned out pretty well, ...