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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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What is the best method to patch a large hole (2-3 inches) in drywall?

I have a large hole where a TV wall mount once was (I believe the hole was used to run power and coax cable to the TV). I have since moved the TV and would like to patch the hole. What is the best way ...
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How do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

Hi one of my tenants sent me a pictures of my broken towel rack. What would be the most cost effective fix?
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How big a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone?

How big of a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone? The previous owners left numerous holes in the drywall. Each with the diameter of a coaxial cable, which I want to patch up. Can I use ...
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How to reduce drywall hole size

I want to run network cable into a bedroom and was going to use one of those Low Voltage Wall plate and cat 5E wall plate over it. While trying to install low voltage wall plate, instead of tracing ...
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How to cut drywall over stud?

Let's say I have a hole like this (not my actual hole just one that I found for my situation) As you can see the existing drywall is flush with the 2x4. What I want to do is cleanly cut away enough ...
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Re-painting drywall after patching leaves tones

I patched a few scrapes and small holes in the drywall, then got a can of color-matched paint in the hardware store (I took a sample with me, they color-matched it and prepared the paint). It is a ...
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Expedient repair for water damaged drywall behind tile

I set out to repair cracked grout at the top of a course of tiles on the wall immediately above my bathtub. After scraping out all the damaged grout I discovered that the only other thing holding the ...
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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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Fix drywall that lost strength due to hanging curtain rod

Here is the issue. I can use the toggle bolts, but it looks like drywall has lost strength. It can be seen in the pictures that drywall around the place of the bracket holes is swelled and about to ...
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Can blue (lightweight) drywall compound be used for all coats?

I had a guy come in to do some drywall taping today and I had a bag of 20 min hot mud and a bucket of each green (regular) and blue (lightweight) joint compound. I always though that the green should ...
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Why are there two layers of dry wall in my ceiling, and how can I patch it?

The fan in my bathroom died. We bought a replacement that's a bit bigger. The original was nailed to a beam in the ceiling and required me to cut out some drywall to remove. When removing the old fan,...
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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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Repair drywall and protect wires on back of electrical panel

My electrician had to cut drywall on the back side of a wall that has a new electrical panel mounted. The back side is the kitchen (the panel is facing into the living room). The feeder and a bunch of ...
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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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Why don't the textures of drywall patches match the room?

I recently remodeled a bedroom and installed new drywall. We painted the walls and ceiling with flat paint (since this is in the master bedroom and it is supposed to "hide" imprefections better than ...
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How to patch a wood lath plaster rounded corner?

I am attempting to repair a rounded plaster corner. (Image below). The plaster was blown out during an electrical re-wire for the bathroom switch pictured. I’m assuming the wire corner bead runs ...
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How to properly fix dry wall tearing away

How can I properly fix dry wall that is tearing away from the seam, which is a window sill? There is a point were it meets the window and window sill, and it seems to be tearing away. I have added a ...
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How can I make these semi-gloss paint patches blend with the wall?

I recently tried to fix a number of small holes in a wall that is painted with brown semi-gloss paint. Unfortunately, the paint patches are still very obvious, even after several days of drying: ...
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What is the code approved way to cut and patch fire rated drywall hung on the ceiling of a basement?

My new house is still under construction, and for code reasons the builder is required to hang fire rated drywall on the ceiling of the basement. I am sure the situation will arise eventually where I ...
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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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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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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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How do I keep drywall around a patch from crumbling?

While patching my kitchen ceiling, I cut the hole larger to get to the joists and install my drywall "normally". On one of my edges the old drywall keeps crumbling away. My plan is to make the hole ...
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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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How to patch long strip on drywall?

My room had a chair rail which I stripped out. It was glued and left a long strip on the drywall. The strip is just paper and I am not sure how to patch them ... Also, there are some glue left on the ...
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What might be a good way to fix this damaged drywall(?)?

I had 2 3M Command hooks on my wall. When I was removing the hooks, I damaged the wall, as you can see in the photos below. I wonder what might be an easy/good way to patch the damage. Thanks!
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What is the easiest way to install 4" recessed lights in 6" holes?

I purchased some nice-looking 4" recessed LED fixtures to replace my existing fixtures that use incandescent bulbs. I've now discovered that my current recessed lights are of the 6" variety. I like ...
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Concerns about hanging a hundred plus mugs on dry wall

Newbie here! Among other things, I collect Starbucks mugs from my travels. I have over a hundred mugs and they have spent most of their life in boxes in the garage - until now! I was thinking of ...
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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 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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How do I replace part of my bathroom ceiling?

I had a leak in the roof above my bathroom. I had a contractor investigate. He looked at the roof carefully, and he examined the ceiling with an infrared scanner while it was actually leaking. He ...
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How should I treat a rusty corner bead in the bathroom before covering it again?

The paint got scraped off the corner bead in my bathroom, and now it's rusty. How can I treat it before spackling and repainting?
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Fixing minor tape blemishes/bubbling after a fresh paint job

Unfortunately 1 week after a new paint job was done with a decent job of skimming and all, there was a small flood in a laundry room above. Some water came down, but we averted disaster. It's very ...
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How to fix paint after patching holes in the wall?

My wife and I are first time homeowners and are doing a lot of stuff for the first time. We removed some shelves from a wall that left some larger holes, so we got spackle and sealed them up. We ...
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How can I prevent wall patches from affecting paint sheen?

I am trying to paint a wall. I have applied wall putty to cracks in the wall, applied one coat of wall primer (solvent based) then applied one coat of oil based paint. Where there was no wall putty ...
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How should I fill in a missing strip of drywall that I uncovered after removing a piece of trim?

I'm redoing my back landing area and pulled off a piece of trim off the wall and a piece of quarter round off the staircase because I want to sand and paint the wall and don't want random pieces of ...
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what the best option to deal with a rusting screw in drywall?

I have some rusting screw in my garage drywall: What's the best option to deal with it? Do I drive it back into, spackle it with Drywall Joint Compound and touch it up with paint? Remove it ...
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Drywall around 10x10 electrical box

I have a roughly 14" * 14" hole in my ceiling, after an electrician put a junction box there. The box is a flush 10x10 box, and I want to be able to remove the lid later. The lid right now is close to ...
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Smooth a badly damaged wall

My goal: Get a wall smooth enough for wallpaper without replacing the wall My situation I have a wall that's been patched about 100 times in the last 50 years or so. I can't say why (I live in NYC),...
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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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How do I repair drywall holes around outlets near my counter?

We recently had our countertops replaced. The old countertops had a backsplash, and the new ones do not (we're thinking of adding a tile backsplash later on). There is a higher breakfast bar, so a ...
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How can I effectively replace sections of 7/8" plaster with drywall?

We had to take down several large sections, about 6x4ft sections, in order to run updated electric. The problem is that the 3 layer plaster is 7/8in thick. What is my best solution to put up new even ...
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Patching drywall between two corners

I have an existing floor-to-ceiling narrow deep closet (11" wide opening, straight in). I want to cover the bottom 5" with drywall, so it'll eventually look like this: (source: hyarros.com)...
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How can I mask water damaged ceiling drywall with faux painting?

My tub upstairs leaked a large portion of water directly above the middle of the kitchen ceiling. The ceiling drywall doesn't have a hole in it, and the paint isn't bubbling. However after I fixed the ...
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How can I duplicate this paint texture?

I patched a hole in my wall. Now I am going to paint. My walls have a slight texture to them. I think it's a pretty common type of texturing; very subtle. How can I match this texture? Preferably a ...
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Applying drywall tape - to score or not to score?

I've recently been introduced to drywall repair methods that depend on substrates such as tape and metallic mesh. One technique I've seen for the mesh was to score (i.e., make a surface cut with a ...
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Can I use a spray sealer and primer over a patched drywall followed by painting over it?

I have patched one of my wall from a few holes(5) where each is about a finger big. Since it is not a big surface area, can I use a spray stain sealer and primer, and then apply paint over the entire ...
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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 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.