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How can I repair this drywall joint before taping the seam?

Long story short, a contractor did a poor job of taping all the seems on my living room ceiling. They used mesh tape and every seem cracked within the first 6 months. I've removed the mesh tape and ...
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Old primed walls are now stained and oily [duplicate]

I discovered the walls going down to the basement were only primed and never painted. Looks like one coat also, I doubt if it was more as several parts have been torn and it looks too thin of a layer....
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Is it normal for the occasional drywall screw to eventually poke through their covering spackle?

Our home is about 6.5 years old, is a new construction (from a national company), and we've been the only owner. I'm starting to notice spots around the house where the drywall screw has pushed out ...
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What type of ceiling is this and how can I mount a hook to it?

I’m trying to mount a ceiling hook above a table (to hang a lamp) but can’t drill more than about a quarter inch into the ceiling. To try and figure out what kind of ceiling I have, I removed one of ...
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Can I hang a picture frame on drywall?

I have a drywall (I think - could be gypsum, but I do not think it matters), where I want to hang a frame (quite light initially, think poster with plastic frame). I can see behind my drywall, and I ...
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Drag marks when feathering joint compound

When I try to feather joint compound around the edges of my room I get what appear to be lines every half inch or so that seems to be drag marks. I'm using a clean 6" knife on the first coat, all ...
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How to repair missing masonry on top of a mantel

There is a hole in the masonry on top of a mantel. This is above a working fireplace. The masonry is attached to a plywood (or sheetrock?). There is a plug on a stud for power for TV. Next to the plug ...
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How much overhang is acceptable on 1/2” drywall?

I am installing some 1/2” drywall over 1/4” paneling. On one end of the wall there is no stud to attach to because of a cabinet. The drywall will run wild for 5”. Is this ok or should I install a ...
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Had to shim out my tub surround walls. How to transition from tile to the drywall?

I had to shim the studs for the cement board (to install the cement board over the tub lip). Now I am left with a gap between the cement board and the drywall. On the right hand wall, The gap from the ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall? [closed]

My condo is in an 8-story concrete and steel building, built mid-80’s in Massachusetts. My ceiling is 1/2” drywall screwed into 2-3/4” x 7/8” steel studs (Joists? Furring strips?). Those are hung with ...
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How can I drywall basement ceiling with gas and water pipelines below the joists?

I need to drywall my basement ceiling. There are gas and water pipelines below the joists as shown in the picture. How to install drywall just below the pipes? Please help with a solution for drywall. ...
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Kitchen Ceiling Paint Keeps Bubbling

Looking for some thoughts on why this keeps happening. In September we moved into this new (to us) home - a 1956 ranch in the Detroit suburbs. About a month later I started noticing that the paint in ...
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Adding coat of paint after a few weeks

I painted my drywall with a satin paint a couple of weeks ago but found some dings that need to be mudded and I have done that and have spot primed and put a single coat over the patches. At this ...
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Getting duct tape residue off of bare drywall

Is there any way to remove duct tape residue from bare (unprimered) drywall without damaging the paper surface? I assume this would be necessary prior to priming? Or not?
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Do I need to worry about this discoloration on my wall?

This has been discoloring over years. Obviously it’s where the insulation ends and the drywall is exposed in the attic space. I know nothing about home stuff… how serious is this? Of note, it is not ...
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Tips and best practices for bumping out pantry into garage

How can I effectively expand our kitchen storage by creating a small walk-in pantry above the basement stairwell in the garage? I've successfully added an exterior window to a wood-paneled wall, ...
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Drywall Corner Order (inside/outside)

I have a section of drywall coming together around a doorway where an abutting wall joins with under 1.5" clearance. I am not installing casing on the doorway but am installing corner bead on the ...
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Pancake Electrical Box Nailed To Wall

I'm replacing a wall-mounted light fixture in my 1983 condo and as I was unmounting the fixture I noticed it was a little loose. I checked out the electrical box and it's a bit loose. You can slightly ...
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Terminating wall perpendicular to an unfinished outside wall

I have unfinished framing that runs perpendicular to an outside wall, which is a cinder block foundation. I think terminating drywall against another surface (such as wood or brick) which is interior ...
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Where should I transition from CBU to drywall on the walls of tub area?

This is my 1st post here and also my 1st time renovating a bathroom. I have demo'd the bathtub and tile walls in my bathroom. I am planning to install a new bathtub with CBU (concrete backer board) ...
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Hollow wall anchor tore out - how to repair and put dowel in the same place?

This needs to carry a huge 77 inch TV. There are 4 screws like that. However, while trying to put the tv on the mount I managed to get it stuck in a weird way and the dowel broke out the wall and left ...
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How should I deal with shelf anchors which are deeper than the framing slats?

In my lounge I have purchased a solid oak shelf to go above my wood burning stove. The shelf has come with this type of fitting. The issue I have is that I don't know how to fasten these due to the ...
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Restroom baseboard mold removal - Replace drywall or just clean? [closed]

We're renovating our 1/2 bathroom on the first floor and upon completing demo, we've uncovered a small amount of mold hiding behind the baseboards and areas where there must have been slow leaks from ...
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Walls look streaky and patchy after fresh paint

Hoping someone can help me here. I’ve researched this to death and I can’t figure out what’s happening. I painted my walls recently and the results are amateur at best. Head on they look fine but from ...
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How should I repair drywall damage outside a shower?

I am working on repairing a water damaged portion of the wall in my bathroom. This spot has taken years and years of water splashes from people getting in and out of the shower and has become very ...
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Can I hang shelves on a shear wall without hitting studs?

I have about .5" of what I believe is a shear wall behind .5" drywall in my apartment. I have one side of the shelf tracks fastened to a stud (but only using 1.5" screws, so only .5&...
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Is steel wall framing normally unstable without the drywall?

I recently built a metal frame construction for drywall. Before fixing the boards I applied some pressure on the frames and they were all extremely wobbly. At this point I was worried that the end ...
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Improving water stained unpainted garage drywall

New home owner, my garage has a basic drywall finish - ie nominally sanded joints. There are also water stains all over the dry wall - I'm going to guess they washed their cars inside the garage with ...
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When applying tape/mud, how do I work around outlet openings near the seam?

I cut a 12x16" access in my drywall and installed a new piece in this spot. There's a round 5" outlet/box (for a bathroom wall light) that is only about 1" in from the seam (in the new ...
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If I cut out a square of drywall for access, should I tape the seams when I put it back?

It's a 12" by 16" cutout with wood to screw into on 3 sides. My hesitation with tape is that it's so much harder to hide with mud.
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How should this wall water damage be repaired? [closed]

I recently had a pipe burst in the apartment above me that caused some damage to my kitchen wall. My super came to repair. A few days after he was in my apartment to plaster the wall, it still seems ...
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Will folded drywall sheets create bubbles?

I am doing my first drywall project in my basement and the information I have received here has been very helpful. I had to fold my drywall into 6' lengths to carry them from my garage down my stairs. ...
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What is the best way to add a vent over this door?

I would like to add a vent above the door to my laundry room because it gets fairly warm in there when the door is left closed for any significant amount of time. All that's there is a single layer of ...
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Need to fix drywall - ceiling speaker mounts not flush

New construction home, builder allowed me to install ceiling speaker mounts prior to drywalling. I returned after drywall was installed, and because the mounts didn’t allow the drywall to sit flush, ...
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Best way to hang 6 foot drywall sheets

I am developing my basement into a rec room and I had to cut my drywall into 6' sheets to get them down my staircase. It is unfortunately what it is and I have to make the best of it. I already got my ...
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Closing a gap in a thick wall with drywall

I'm trying to close a gap in the wall with drywall. Since the wall is so thick (25cm) it's too expensive to fill it all up with insulation. In addition, there are no 25cm metal studs I can easily buy....
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Is it leaking inside the wall?

Any help would be appreciated. When I turn off my bathtub faucet, it leaks from the area around the handle. I have very little plumbing knowledge. However, what are the chances that it is leaking ...
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Drywall hanging orientation in residential home (walls and ceiling)

Good day. I recently moved to Canada and I have never really worked with drywall in my life. I am developing my small 500sq ft basement myself and I have done a lot of research on hanging drywall, but ...
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Paper not mesh for really tight horizontal joints

Mesh tape, rather than paper, is typically used as joint compound reinforcement when the joint has no firm backing (structural lumber), most commonly horizontal lines that are perpendicular to the ...
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Drywall question... Difficult wall / tub transition

So I'm trying to figure out what the best way to repair the transition area between my tub and the wall. Splashing from the shower has wrecked the wall and trim. I pried the trim away and it's rotted ...
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How to fix ceiling/wall joint after popcorn texture removal

Removed the popcorn, and the joints are in bad shape now. Guessing from the mud residue when it was scraped. enter image description here
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Why is my wall thicker in one area and what can I do about it? [closed]

I own a 1960-1970's home that was flipped before I purchased it. The flippers did some crazy things, one of which is this wall. It is thicker in one area and has 3 "decorative" rectangular ...
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Mud type for sticking paper tape

When you lay the paper tape over a drywall seam, does it make any difference whether the mud you filled the gap/crack under it is hot 20/45 or regular joint compound that comes ready in buckets and ...
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Drywall Repair by the baseboard

How to fix drywall that is broken by the baseboard. The drywall is broken above and under where the baseboard is.
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Which dowel to use for drywall in front of brick wall with air inbetween? [closed]

I want to hang something heavy so would prefer not just using the plaster wall. There is a gap of about two centimeters behind the plaster and then brick. What type of dowel would work best for this? ...
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Best method for finishing horsehair plaster walls?

I’m in the process of renovating my 1920s house, which is constructed of concrete block, with stucco siding. The living room walls were in rough shape, so I started scraping away what was loose, which ...
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Are these brown spots on back of drywall mold? [closed]

I've discovered brown spots that could be mold growth on the back of nearly all my drywall in the upstairs of my house. Both interior and exterior walls have it. The density of the spots is the same ...
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Is Exposed Drywall After a Ceiling Leak an Asbestos Concern? [duplicate]

Back in March we had a leak in the ceiling of my daughter’s room. During heavy rain, a spot where the drywall panels meet bubbled up. At the time, I popped the bubble and pulled back a fair amount ...
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Stopping draught between bottom of plasterboard and floor UK

I'm trying to stop a cold spot coming from under my kitchen units. When removing the kickboards, we can see that there is the usual gap between the base of plasterboard/drywall and concrete floor (the ...
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Do I need to add blocking between my studs for drywall seams with 24" centers?

I have 24 inch center studs 10 ft tall walls. Running 1/2 inch thick 4x8 sheets horizontally. My horizontal seams in between the studs have a lot of flex. Do I need to add a small 2x4 in between my ...
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