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Questions tagged [drywall]

For questions about drywall (aka plasterboard) installation, repair & finishing.

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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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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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How to repair garage interior back wall damage hit lightly by my car

I accidentally ran my car into the interior back wall of my garage three years ago. Now that we are moving out, we would like to get it fixed. Please see the damage area attached. I am not even sure ...
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When can spackle be used instead of mud?

My wife was reading this article, wherein drywall damage due to the removal of construction adhesive was fixed with spackle. HOW TO REMOVE A DATED VANITY BACKSPLASH I thought this kind of repair ...
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Will my pocket door affect my installation of a tub surround?

My wife and I have decided to install a tub surround around our tub (best place to put it!). We are planning on removing the tile and the drywall behind the tub and installing one of the surrounds ...
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How do I locate studs in my wall?

First, I'm not the handiest of men, but can usually figure this sort of thing out. I just moved into an apartment in Manhattan and we're wanting to mount shelves, desks, and televisions to the wall to ...
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How do I repair drywall around a bathtub?

I have an area of drywall that is next to my bath tub that has gotten soft and crumbly. Mostly held together by paint & caulk now. I'm reasonably sure I understand why. We're getting some water ...
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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is not ...
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Should I cover a skylight well from the inside?

I made the mistake of having a Velux skylight installed in my bedroom. The installation was done by pros, both inside and out, and it has never leaked through 2 hurricanes. The installation was done ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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How should I insulate the walls and ceilings of this 1920's semi-detached brick house?

I'm renovating a 1920's semi-detached house. The plaster on the walls was slapped straight on the wall about an inch thick, and the ceilings were lath and plaster which had been overboarded. Most of ...
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Can you sand drywall to get rid of cigarette smoke?

We are living in a house that was remodeled after purchasing from heavy smokers. Our source tell us that they used to smoke packs of cigarettes a day. Then, it was purchased and remodeled. 5 years ...
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How do I hang curtain rods?

I'm not experienced, and I have poor tools, but it seems like I'm having more trouble than I should have. The last attempt was off-level despite an extra 30 minutes of working with a laser level; I ...
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Is tape applied to drywall right after mud is applied or after it has dried?

I patched some foot square holes in the wall and would like to know when paper tape is applied: right after mud is applied after it has dried and is sanded with drywall patching.
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Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?

we remodeled a trailer home recently, removed the aluminum siding, put up osb in place of the siding, then used the Lowes brand of house wrap. we installed new vinyl siding over that without using any ...
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How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?

I have coaxial cables that are poking out of walls in numerous places all over the house. I don't use them and I don't know why there's so many coming out of each hole. These were left by the previous ...
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How to fix a cupboard to 32mm thick plasterboard

I want to fix a cabinet to a bathroom wall. The wall is 710mm wide and has a single stud slightly off-centre, about 270mm from the right, but which is too near the middle to be useful for hanging the ...
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Which primer to use on an old drywall?

I have a dry wall in the kitchen that has some stains on it. I would just like to put a new coat of white primer on that dry wall so it doesn't look stained. My questions are: Should I sand the ...
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How should I prepare drywall for wallpaper?

If I am posting wallpaper, is it still necessary to apply joint compound? I though that corner could be cut because the surface won't be exposed especially if i cut all the beveled edges off and ...
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Merge walls of different thickness on same vertical without notice

Picture a plaster wall. Now imagine that a significant section has been removed of it and now needs replaced. Ive tried to replace the plaster with 1/2 inch only to realize the wodth difference im ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

The previous owner did a bad patch job all over the house. The patching is a lot higher than the rest of my wall. How do I go about fixing this?
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Is this wall board made of dangerous material?

There's a room in my house that has walls made of a material that I've always thought was weird. It's not like normal drywall. Recently, I pulled up the base boards I got a better look at the bottom ...
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How do I hang drywall where the wood is uneven?

I need to hang some drywall; my ceiling has a couple spots of uneven-ness. There's a few spots that are about 1/4" out of whack and another spot where joists+hanger are a little less than 1/2" down. ...
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How can I attach a light fixture to plasterboard?

After some water damage and a ceiling repair I cannot locate the joist to refix the light fitting. It is a circular fluorescent light weighing about 3 and a half pounds. Is it safe to fix all 3 ...
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How to adhere drywall to cinder block

I have just purchased a home which I will be renovating prior to moving in. The house was built in 1950 and has cinder block ex/interior walls. I have an area going into the hallway which attaches to ...
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Ensure smooth drywall surface around stone mantel

I have a follow-up question from this Frame drywall around brick fireplace regarding the "best method" to ensure smooth drywall surface on top and both sides of mantel. Basically I have a very "rough"...
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Is there a method to transpose specific pilot holes?

Bathroom drywall with wood beam behind it. In a very specific location, created 2 pilot holes (through the drywall into the beam). Want to attach a wood plank, exactly into those 2 pilot holes. ...
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My new drywall patch is thinner than the old one? Why?

I purchased two large sheets of drywall for my garage ceiling and to patch some large holes on the wall. I installed wood strips to support the drywall patch. Everything went smoothly until I test ...
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Repair long narrow gap in plaster

I need to fill a tall narrow gap in a plaster wall as shown in the image below. My question is: what is the best way to repair this? I have cut some ~1 pieces of drywall to fill the gap then tape the ...
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2-3kg blinds into drywall/plasterboard

I want to mount my 120cm long blinds into the face of the wall above my 110(ish) cm PVC window recess, but I don't feel like standard plugs would be sufficient. There are three brackets, each held ...
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How to fill gap between brick and drywall?

Where my ceiling drywall meets a brick wall there is a gap. This is smaller at the brick itself (maybe 3/16") and then larger where the mortar is struck. This seems too large to fill with caulking......
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What is the cleanest way to trim the drywall around this electrical box?

I'm mounting a ceiling fan into an existing ceiling fan electrical box. The drywall was finished around the box such that it's too close to the box and will be in the way of the hanging bracket and ...
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Fix drywall around a electric panel

I just upgraded our electric panel. But there are quite a few holes around the new panel (see the picture below) . How can I fix the upper and lower holes around the panel? Thanks.
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repair drywall in the shower

How do I repair a moisture damaged drywall in my shower? This is a painted wall, and the paint is gone in some areas and the spots that have no paint get soaked when I use the shower. In these areas ...
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Is it safe to use drywall anchors for a heavy bookshelf between two studs?

I want to put a bookshelf (heavy load) in a small alcove where I have access to threw studs, two 11" apart (left side) and the other two 28" apart (right side). I would like to mount standards to ...
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Drywall over plaster with furring strips

So I just removed staple on ceiling tiles from my curling to find they were done on top of plaster, my questions are: 1) is there any fear in any case of the drywall adding to much weight to the ...
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How can I avoid hitting wood when cutting through drywall?

I was working on concealing some TV wires, and when I cut through the drywall I noticed this wood behind. I did not have this problem in the bedroom.
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1/2" drywall ceiling support 7lb ceiling-mounted speakers?

I recently purchase some JBL SP8II wall-mount speakers that I would actually like to use in the ceilings. However these speakers don't come with a between-the-studs support of any kind (there is a ...