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Y'all, how to I fix this recessed medicine cabinet framing?! 😭

Good people of Home Improvement StackExchange, what is behind my walls looks nothing like the lovely Home Depot DIY video of installing a recessed medicine cabinet!😭 Why is there so much extra wood ...
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I hit metal inside wooden stud

I'm about to install a new outlet. Whe drilling horizontally through a vertical stud, I hit something metal. The location of the stud very low to the ground, behind my baseboard. This is between two ...
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Stud finder continuously beeping in garage but not inside house

I am trying to find the studs in my garage. When I use the stud finder it continuously beeps. But when I test the walls inside the house it works properly. What is the reason and solution? Searching ...
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Can I setup new electrical combo panel on new retrofit wood?

I am working on changing electrical panel. Our current panel is a flush panel, the self-supported mast penetrates up the 1ft wood beam, so we intend to use the same penetration hole, instead of ...
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How can I add insulation to a brick and plaster century home?

We just bought a old house built in 1910. The house seems built as brick load bearing. We broke plaster away along the side of a window, and there are no studs, just old wood strips and plaster on top....
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How big of a notch/hole in a stud can a stud shoe support?

A load bearing 2x4 stud can only be notched 25% of its width. If it's more, my understanding is that a stud shoe can be used to reinforce it. But what's the limit for a stud shoe? If it's 80% notched, ...
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How should I mount a television on metal studs already bearing weight on the other side?

Looking for a sanity check on a wall mount that I'm considering for a 55" television. The TV and the mount I intend to use weigh about 45 pounds total, and the mount will be able to fasten to two ...
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Conversion from wood stud hardware to metal stud/toggle bolts?

I currently am looking to install some shelf mounts that come with #10x1.8 in screws to drill into wood studs. Two mounts have a 55 lb weight capacity. Our walls have metal studs, so I need to use ...
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Studs above fireplace 20” apart; can I attach a large piece of wood on the wall there & mount things to the wood? [duplicate]

I’m doing the cardinal sin of mounting my TV above the fireplace, BUT I bought a motorized mount that lowers the tv down to an ergonomic/comfortable height. We also don’t use the fireplace so there ...
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Mounting a doorway pullup/chinup bar on the wall above the doorway instead [closed]

I've had a Tunturi Deluxe Pullup Bar mounted in this doorway for many years and would really like it to be much higher (like 20 cm above the door moulding, almost so that the upper side touches the ...
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Tried mounting a tv and stud caused drywall to bow

So my house was built in 2023 using wood studs. Tried mounting a tv I’ve mounted a 1000 times in previous homes and found that as I was drilling the nail into the stud the stud started to push the ...
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Drilled 3/4" hole through shortened stud above door, is that an issue? [duplicate]

I wanted to add a junction box on the outside of my garage and started drilling a hole from the outside. For aesthetic reasons I chose to drill above a door (centered horizontally with the door). I ...
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I live in an an older apartment complex, and the walls are painted every time a tenant moves out. Could this make it hard to find a stud?

I live in an older apartment complex. The walls are painted every time a tenant moves out of the apartment. Could it be that the multiple layers of paint are making it difficult for me to find a stud ...
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Studs not flush with bottom or top plates. How big of a deal is this?

See photo. A few of my studs hang over my top/bottom plates by about 1/16th of an inch. Will this be a problem when I go to drywall? Should I glue some drywall shims to those deeper areas before ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

I hit metal while drilling a hole next to a window. The identical house next to mine is at the pre-drywall stage, so I took a picture of the window area. I suspect the thing I'm hitting is called a ...
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New room indoor staggered wall: I did not check if wall studs were on the same plane. How bad will drywalling be?

Hello! I just learned about the concept of plumb studs and having studs on the same plane. I have not had the experience of adding drywall or any wallboard yet, but I tackled this project anyway. Any ...
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Drilled hole behind drywall and hit metal

I was drilling a hole upward behind my vertical drywall to get to the floor above me and I hit some metal (endoscope video of the hole here: https://streamable.com/3be9hz). What is the metal that I ...
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Mounting Pullup bar above door. Inner wall studs do not extend above door

I want to mount a pullup bar (rouge jammer) above a regular 30 inch wide door in my detached garage. I ran my studfinder above the door inside and could not find a stud. Upon opening up the drywall, I ...
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Is it a problem that a door installer cut out most of the trimmer studs?

My contractor cut the stud around the rough opening very aggressively to squeeze a wider door in, and I wonder how bad the damage is to the structure and what the consequences are. Here are the ...
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Can this stud group be sistered? [closed]

This is a partially rotten stud group of an exterior staircase wall (only 1/5 of total height is shown), it's not load bearing (it just holds the siding, plywood and flashing of parapet wall). Can ...
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tips for dealing with metal studs? [closed]

I'm working on setting up a small little basement shop in our rented townhouse. The basement was finished with metal studs and they've been an absolute pita to accurately locate. I built a work bench ...
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How should I mount a hanging closet panel with no wall for its hang rail?

I am planning to install a new closet system in my second bedroom using one of those "hanging closet" kits - the kind where you secure a cleat to a wall that side panels hang off of. The ...
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Is this crawl space wall load bearing?

Before I start calling contractors, does this wall appear to be load bearing? It's the exterior wall of a crawl space under the kitchen. I believe the kitchen to be an addition.
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Fastening vanity with a stud near the corner

We're installing a new 30" vanity and due to a last minute design decision, the 2nd stud we were planning to use for fastening is just at the left edge of the vanity frame. I could hit it with my ...
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Building load bearing wall partition to hang TV

I am planning to build the partition which will used for hanging TV which is 75inch that might weight around 35 kg to 45 kg. I was thinking to attach piece of wood in between the ceiling joist which ...
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How do I determine what screws to use for a window emergency escape?

I live in an old rented apartment on the 4th floor without a fire escape. (It's legal, unfortunately, all checked out). I would like to have an emergency window exit but I measured my windows and they ...
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How do I attach an interior wall between 2 trusses/studs?

I want to build interior wall which should go along trusses and studs. I need to install 72 inch French doors in the middle of the wall, so I need to support the wall from top and bottom. I can drill ...
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Can i mount this to metal studs?

I mounted my TV (about 62lbs) to my apartment’s metal studs using zip toggles. Wondering if I can do so for this wall-mounted work bench too. It weighs about 95lbs. Product link
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Roof supports moving

See these pictures of a support in the middle of our attic. Taken 6 months apart, last June and now. Last June, it had already appeared to have moved sideways since installation (house was built 5 ...
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Studs in concrete

I have concrete basement walls and I want to install 2x4s studs. Do I need an impact drill or will a concrete bit work? Also what kind of fasteners should I use. I’m 77 so keep this as easy as ...
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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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What are these horizontal boards screwed to my garage wall studs?

I've decided to do insulation in my garage and am confused by these random seeming 2x4s that are screwed to one wall. Any structural reason they are just in that spot? Two car garage, and on the wall ...
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Removing a coat closet in a single-story 2001 build. Does this look like load-bearing to you guys?

Removing a coat closet in a single-story 2001 build. Does this look like load-bearing to you guys?
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Mounting Ikea Cabinet not able to mount directly to studs

I'm trying to mount a set of Ikea Knoxhult cabinets (37lb for each cabinet) to a garage wall but the mounting brackets don't align with the studs. Have 2 options in mind. A pair of toggle bolts for ...
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Can I use plastic sheeting in a storage attic to contain blown insulation?

I have a 21 foot x 21 foot attached garage with an attic above for storage. There are supporting studs that are about 5-1/2 feet in from each side (so 10’ between studs. There is blown in insulation ...
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Patch wall stud hole to screw in shelf for heavy loads

I screwed a shelf bracket into a wall stud (behind sheet rock), but the screw kept on spinning. So I thought to insert a toggle bolt anchor to help hold up to 100 lbs of weight on the shelf. But when ...
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Should I use a single stud mount or a mount spaced 12" or a mount spaced 24" inch?

I am trying to mount a 49 inch TV but I am having some issues. In the image provided, if I mount TV between studs 1 and 3, some part of the TV goes out of the area. I am struggling to find a TV mount ...
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Corner Reinforcement for Railing

I demo'd a half wall (disregard errant cuts, I reinforced the stud from the other side) that separated our upstairs hallway from a stairs opening. We're having a metal railing installed, and I need to ...
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How can I mount a large TV over wall molding?

I want to mount a TV but the trim on the wall is protruding. Would it be possible to use 2x4s going vertically on each side (where the blacks dots are) and then attach the mount to the 2x4s? Thanks in ...
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Does Cause of my cracked wall sound correct? Who should Pay? Help

I know nothing about buildings. Please tell me if what I am told sounds correct. In my 1st floor condo, a long crack, from the ceiling to floor, appeared on my living room wall. The wall bulges out a ...
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What did I hit drilling into my wall?

I am trying to drill for some curtains. I was assuming that my walls were plaster, because my stud finder was useless and the magnet was not sticking to anything. I am using titanium (coated?) drill ...
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Door corner hinges pin keeps falling. How can I fix it?

Attached is the photo. The pin keeps failing (circled in red). How can I fix it? Please let me know.
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Hanging objects on wood panel mantle

I have a house built in 1957 and in the living room is a fireplace with wood paneling mantle. This is my first home and am not sure what is behind the wood paneling and what it can support. I'd like ...
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How can I affix carpet to a vertical surface? [closed]

My house was built back when it was fashionable to put the basement staircase in the middle of the floor. What that means is that I have a couple of four-foot walls in the middle of my living room ...
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Is it acceptable to widen a non-load-bearing wall by tacking on new boards?

I have a 1940's house with interior walls made with old-style true-to-measurement 2x4's turned sideways in the wall cavity resulting in a wall with only a 2-inch wide cavity. The walls are not ...
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"Floating" 2x3 Studs

I'm remodeling the master bathroom of my 1978 split foyer home. I've just ripped out the old shower stall and gotten down to the studs. I was surprised to see that the studs for the common wall with ...
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Modified range hood vent connector to avoid stud?

My kitchen has a convertible range hood under cabinets that is currently recirculating, but I'd like to convert it to an outside venting hood. It backs against an external wall, which is great, but ...
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How should I mount objects on a garage firewall if I can't find studs?

I am not a stranger to minor home work, but this wall has me stumped. I am trying to hang an EV charger and cable hook, which while not huge, are enough I'd prefer them to be in studs. Simple enough, ...
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Patch 4-inch gap between two uneven drywalls

We recently removed a reach-in closet from the bedroom, leaving three 4-inch gaps on the drywall (left, right, and top/ceiling). We would like to patch the gaps and install a IKEA PAX system. There ...
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How to replace blocking behind shower valve?

To fix a shower leak we cut out the drywall and the blocking behind the shower valve so as not to disturb the tiles inside the shower. After replacing the shower valve, we're left with some nails and ...
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