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Blinds Side Mount Bracket Ripped out of Top Window Frame. Drywall too damage to reattach without reinforcing. Help

We just purchased a new house and I completely missed this in the walkhthru and inspection didnt catch it either. We only noticed it when we starting taking down all of the blinds in order to paint. ...
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Butt joint transition from drywall to wood with joint compound or other material to prevent future cracks from wood movement

I'm having countertops installed and the top cap of pony wall is two stacked 2x4s with the wood outer edge flush with the drywall. My first thought was just to prime the wood and use joint compound ...
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Hairline crack opening (cold morning) and closing (roof space heats) [duplicate]

I have some hairline cracks on my wall that open and close based on the temp. During cold mornings the cracks open up and close when house heats up. I don't believe the cracks went through the ...
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Is tape necessary around a drywall patch?

I'd appreciate some advice on this particular patch job I have to try and finish after my dad had a fall. So far he screwed the drywall patch into some wood pieces screwed to the joists which left it ...
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How can I fix a drywall taping that has recessed into the joint?

I had a handyman come to patch a hole in my wall. The installation was fine, but it seems he applied the mud over the tape in such a way that the joints are visible. The tape has sunk into the ...
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Patching brick, lath and plaster - electrical box

How do patch this? The box is within brick covered by lath and plaster. How do I attach the box to make sure it is set at the correct depth?
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Should I sand textured drywall ceiling patch edges and how?

After a little incident I had to get my textured drywall ceiling patched. It is still drying. Should I smooth out those edges after it dries up and before priming and painting? How? I don't think I ...
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The drywall under a window looks gouged, what are my next steps?

We had a leak about 8 months ago on our roof, which a roofer addressed sealed with silicone. I very recently found the damage in the below images. It's between a windowsill that is about one inch ...
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Should I mount garage door hardware to studs through drywall, or directly to stud?

I'm having my garage doors replaced next week and I'm debating whether to install drywall before the installation or after. The wall that the garage doors are on is currently not insulated or ...
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Skim coating over plaster walls with semi-gloss paint on them?

I want to paint my bathroom, but the walls are really gnarly and I'm trying to figure out a way to smooth them out before I paint. I live in a concrete masonry building (I think; it was built in 1910),...
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How can I repair ripped plasterboard paper

I was trying to remove wallpaper with the glue enzyme but I’ve ended up pulling large chunks of the plasterboard paper as well. I’m at a loss as how to repair it now. Any help or advice would be ...
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What is this wall covering made of?

We were removing some old wall hooks left by the previous owners, and this one surprised us by being a deep set wall anchor which left a fist sized divot. Now I have no idea what material this is. It ...
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matching a wall texture

I need to patch a few areas on a wall with the texture shown in the photos below. Can anyone suggest what kind of product or texturing technique would match this? It doesn't have to be a perfect ...
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What is this wall texture called, and how is it applied?

It's the usual story, I need to do some repairs and want to match the existing texture. It is definitely some kind of applied finish, as all the walls have it regardless of whether they are ...
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Is it possible to change right angle corners to round corner beads?

We have 90 degree angle corners everywhere. After removing the cheap white plastic corner protectors the corners show damage. Rather than patching it with drywall mud to an exact right angles, can I ...
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Do I need to replace insulation before patching drywall?

We had a plumbing issue, and to scope out the problem, the plumber cut a few small holes in the drywall (see attached image). He also scooped out the foam insulation that was behind the drywall. My ...
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cracks/marks on basement wall

While cleaning my basement today i saw these cracks/marks on the wall. When i touch it its dry and not wet. Since its the basement the other side of the wall is exterior under ground. Any idea what is ...
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Filling gap between window sill trim and drywall

I recently bought this house, so know very little of the history. However, in prepping for painting, I found that there is a substantial gap between my window sill trim and drywall. You can see the ...
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What is the best way to remove a large section of drywall, and hopefully reattach said section when done?

I need to remove a chunk of drywall from the floor to the ceiling (see the attached picture - I'm referring to the area inside the blue lines). Ideally, I want to open exactly the space between the ...
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How to texture match this 1987 drywall ceiling?

Home was built in Houston metro area in 1987. I replaced drywall in ceiling and haven't seen any examples of this specific ceiling texture. Other homes in the neighborhood also have it. I need to ...
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Dealing with peeling paint from a peaked joint which has mesh tape underneath

I'm painting all my walls so I started prepping the surfaces by sanding. When I got to a peaked joint I proceeded to sand it with an electric orbital sander and paint started peeling more and more ...
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What is the best tool to neatly cut out a piece of drywall?

I was removing some old vinyl wallpaper from a kitchen and I ran into a couple of patches of mold behind it. The one area was due to a leak in the upstairs bathroom and the other was under a window. ...
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How can I fix this drywall crack and prevent it from happening again?

We added some framing and put a piece of sheetrock to make a "pillar" between 2 open doorways a little bigger. Of course, I did not consider that the drywall seam was placed where 2 separate ...
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Can I plaster and paint over wallpaper? [duplicate]

I have a 20cm hole in a wallpapered wall. Can I get away with filling the wall with plaster, then painting over it, without stripping the wallpaper off the entire wall first? Or must I strip the ...
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How do I know if there is a hole underneath a bad patch job in my ceiling?

How do I know if there is a hole underneath a bad patch job in my ceiling? I am just curious because I don't want a any leaks happening.
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meshed tape exposed on sanding

Newbie here trying to DIY somethings around the house. I am following these steps to cover/fix a ceiling hole: Put sheetrock, apply mesh tape , apply mud, sanding and painting. When I am sanding down ...
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How to access hole behind kitchen cabinets?

Description: I have cabinets that run along the left hand side of the kitchen. They meet in a corner, where they turn to meet my stove. Within that corner there is no shelving. Just an empty space ...
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A drywall patch without studs at the edges -- should I just open it up?

Our powder room recently had a chunk of wall removed for some plumbing work. The resulting hole doesn't end at a stud on either side (for scale, that's about 32" side-to-side): If it was just a ...
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Paint chips: to fill or not to fill?

I've had my flooring and skirting boards replaced recently. Ripping out the skirting boards has caused the wall paint to chip in a bunch of places, e.g.: Now my question is, should I use filler here, ...
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Is this normal and should I be concerned about square on my ceiling?

Is this normal and should I be concerned about square on my ceiling? Should I worry about any leaks? I felt the spot and it’s cold to the touch but not soft, no wet. Although I am wondering why it ...
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How to repair screws popping through drywall all along corners?

We had an addition built on our house recently. While adding on, the screws popped through the drywall in the original portion of our house. The screws have cause a small raised bulge every 6” along ...
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Drywall/Brick Transition - how to paint?

Along a section of wall I have (a) painted plastered brickwork on the right hand side and (b) painted drywall on the left hand side. The drywall flexes very slightly relative to the brick, so whenever ...
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Where do you cut drywall if you need to remove it but still want to easily put it back up?

I want to pull a section of drywall down, but then put it back up again later. I'm having a hard time deciding where to cut. I think ideally, I could cut exactly down the center of a stud so that I ...
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Drywall skimcoating

Is this wall finish considered Level 3 or Level 4 Drywall? The place was built in 1980s, and has very unsmooth appearance, compared to newer places. Just curious if skimcoat would help, and if has to ...
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Single tile and drywall repair with a backing stud

Had to knock out a single tile to repair a toilet supply line/valve. Luckily there’s a stud behind the knocked out tile. What’s the best way to repair the drywall and tile for just a single tile (with ...
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Repair crumbling edges of deliberate (wanted) hole in plaster ceiling

In my bathroom, there is an extractor fan mounted in the plasterboard/drywall ceiling. It's there to remove moisture and stale air. Naturally, there is a hole through which the fan fits, and the fan ...
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Drywall tape peeling along ceiling edge

I live in Seattle and it's currently wintertime. The house was built in 2014, we purchased this house in 2018 and did not have any nail pops or drywall cracks back then but the house was freshly ...
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Tips for repairing a large, shallow drywall scratch?

Lummox that I am, I went and put this dent into the wall. It's only a millimeter or three deep, but covers several square centimenters, and also reveals the underlying metal angle at the corner. Any ...
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Drywall Patch & Paint Question [duplicate]

Good day. I had to cut a piece of drywall on the ceiling to run some electrical. I used the same drywall patch (that I cut out) to repair the hole in the ceiling. I used mesh tape and joint compound (...
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Fast set joint compound taking DAYS to dry?

This seems very unusual? Fast set joint compound, in my experience, will even set (on the inside anyway) under water, as my buckets have proven. Yet I needed a hearty amount to plug a deep hole, and ...
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How do I fix a crooked inside corner drywall line?

I recently removed a fireplace and added new drywalls to open areas that were behind the fireplace. I also added drywall tape to the inside corners, and metal corner beads to the outside corner. Only ...
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How to fix black gloss paint bleed on brilliant white eggshell walls + paint stripped from walls

We are newbies to house renovation/decoration and have been having fun doing it ourselves in our first new home, however, there have been a few mishaps along the way as we learn how to do things. We ...
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Hairline crack below window, mostly vertical with a short horizontal segment

I read that most straight hairline cracks are pretty normal, especially around windows or doors, due to settling and stress. Mine happens below a pretty wide extruding window and is not perfectly ...
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Patching drywall seams

I am trying to patch this drywall cutout. I secured drywall piece with furring strips and applied first coat of joint compound. I am struggling with hiding these brown fibers from drywall paper. It ...
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Drywall repair with electric cable [closed]

I have cut small section of wall near ceiling so I can bore hole in top plate to run Romex cable (coming from ceiling) to new wall outlet. I am done with wiring now and ready to patch wall. Usual ...
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Adding more water for longer working time for 5 minute joint compound?

Ideally one would use the joint compound with the desired setting time, together with the recommended amount of water for mixing. However, a few times I added more water when mixing products like ...
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Water damage or bad patch job on the ceiling directly under the shower stall of master bath?

We moved in 2 years ago into a new build. Just today I’ve noticed this discoloration on the ceiling. Directly above it is the master bath shower stall. My husband thinks this is a bad patch work. I’m ...
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Drywall texture used?

Can someone please help me identify the texture in this picture? I’ve been patching a few holes around the house and cannot get the texture to match no matter what I do! Notice how’s very little ...
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How to install corner bead on an uneven corner

How do I install this corner bead without it buckling when I screw it down. Do I just fill the recessed spot with mud first? If it matters it's the ceiling in my shower.
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What is a proper way to tape a 6” round hole from can light?

I removed some can lights and I need to patch the holes. Since I already had round pieces of drywall from new cuts, I used them to plug the holes using furring strips. I have several of those to do. ...
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