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Vertical structures which usually enclose, divide, define, or protect an area.

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Interior Wall French Windows

Does anybody know where I could find, reasonable priced, french windows that I can use in an interior wall for my finished basement? (Toronto area). That means both sides would look the same. No ...
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Can I use 4 x 4 to extend the space from the wall with a tv mount?

I have my 60" tv mounted on a tv mounted to the wall per the instructions. However, I do not get enough swivel before the edge of the tv hits the wall. So I want to attach two 4x4's from the ground ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Filling gap between outside door frame and solid brick wall

I’ve had a problem where an outside door swelled in hot and wet weather so that it did not quite fit in its frame, and repeated impact has knocked out a section of the pointing around the frame. I ...
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Best way to retrofit a dyer vent duct in 2x4 interior wall

My washer and dryer are located on the second floor of a two floor townhouse (crawlspace foundation). It's basically a closet that fits the two machines only, with very limited space front to back ( ...
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Replacing R7 in exterior home walls

I really appreciate all the great feedback from the forum members on various questions. We are working on lots of renovations to our home that is located in Toronto, Canada. It was built in the early ...
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What could cause a wall mounted sink to fail?

I went to the restroom before I was gonna eat at the restaurant after using the restroom I flushed and attended to the sink to wash my hands as I put just the pressure of my elbows on the sink to ...
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Is it a problem if a bookcase isn’t fully touching the floor?

IKEA assemblers have screwed a large bookcase (180cm height x 160cm width x 40cm depth) into my wall where the top is 10mm from the wall and the base is 17mm from from wall, meaning the bookcase doesn’...
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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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What is this protrusion of bricks in my wall?

My house was built in 1904 in St. Louis, USA. It has a brick exterior. Currently, one of the side walls has a narrow stack of bricks near the back of the house. The stack starts in the basement and ...
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Determine what a wall switch does

I have 2 wall switches in an electrical box, 1 controls the ceiling fan, and I cannot find out what the other one does. I've tested everything in the room. It does not control the light in the fan, ...
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Can I mix waterbase Behr wall paint with waterbase deck stain/sealer?

I had some clear Waterguard exterior deck stain/sealer which is water-based. I got them a while ago so I cannot return them. The problem is I like to cover the deck with opaque color. Is it possible ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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Remove dirty/sweaty hand prints from painted wall

Sometimes while I am working, I inevitably end up touching recently painted walls with my hands. Though I try to keep my hands clean, the combination of the dirt and sweat on my hands leaves a very ...
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Can I Move Interior Load-Bearing Walls Without Changes/Additions to Beams/Piers/Foundation?

I'm trying to determine if I can make some changes to my house's interior walls without making changes or additions to the underlying beam/pier/foundation structure. I have attached a drawing of the ...
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Removing wall under truss

I am wanting to turn this wall into a pony wall to open up my kitchen. It is directly under a truss. It contained a pocket door and there is no floor joist running under it or no other load bearing ...
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Determining if wall is non-load bearing

I am planning to renovate my kitchen and I would like to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I have attached a photo of the wall (wall behind the stove) as well as the room on the ...
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Water Damage Between Paint and Wall

My mini split had filled the drip pan and was not draining properly. When the wall was painted some of the paint had gotten onto the mini split and it seems like it had created a channel so that when ...
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What is this sticking out of my wall?

I've got this small thing (see attached pictures) in my third-floor bedroom wall that previous tenants have simply painted over. It's about 1 inch in diameter, sitting about 5 feet off the floor, and ...
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Open load bearing wall

There's a wall in my house that I'd like to open to widen a room. The beam (a single 6x10 of hard wood) above is sitting on the concrete foundation at each extremity of the house (10in wide concrete) ...
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Replacing Load bearing wall in basement

So we are fully gutted in our duplex and we realized that the middle wall of the building (load bearing) is set on railroad ties that apparently lay on dirt. We noticed this when trying to assess why ...
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Round brown spots on living room walls?

We moved in just shy of a year ago. In the past month these spots have been showing up- they are dry to the touch and only in our living room - on both the interior and exterior walls. For reference ...
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Cracks on Ceiling and Wall

I'm thinking about buying a condo which has cracks on the ceiling and wall in several rooms. The condo is located on the 4th floor in a 7 stories apartment building in New Jersey. It's steel and ...
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Plumbing toilet and sink into same drain

Please see attached sketch for more details, but we want to avoid cutting through the joists below the bathroom and also avoid creating a bulkhead in the family room below. We are located in Toronto, ...
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Lean Ikea Krabb mirror against the wall (for decoration), need something to prevent them from slipping

https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/comments/298y83/help_lean_ikea_krabb_mirror_against_the_wall_need/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=&utm_content=post_title There's similar questions online that were ...
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How to protect stone masonry wall from weather

My external walls are made from natural stone and they were built in 1900. The weather has stripped the paint off and is causing wear to the wall. The current paint used on the wall is a matt black ...
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Can you mount a floor-standing bookcase on the wall and which fittings would you use?

Is it possible to mount what should be a floor-standing storage unit on the wall? I am redoing my kitchen and have found a large oak bookcase with doors that I wanted to mount on the wall but I wasn'...
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reducing light reflection on a wall

I have a wall across from the doorways of a bedroom and "office." It reflects light into the bedroom which bothers people trying to sleep with the other door open. What would be a good way to reduce ...
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Affixing a plastic A4 foil to a (textured) wall

I have an A4 sheet of paper inside of a standard (plastic) protective foil/lamination. I would like to affix this sheet onto an external wall, as a public sign/notice. The surface of the wall is not ...
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What needs to be done before covering a shared garage wall with plywood from the inside?

One of the exterior walls of my garage is directly next to a neighbor's structure. Thus, I don't have access to this external side. I want to cover the inside of my garage walls with 3/4" plywood. ...
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Outdoor led wall panel - reacting when hit by a ball

I want to build a 10-15'' square or round wall panel and hang it on a wall. This I call the target. My son is supposed to hit it with a soccer ball. When he hits it the panel should change its color e....
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book shelf brackets

20 years ago we put up bookshelves (still doing fine) and now wish to add some more shelving but I bought (without thinking) some single-track brackets from Loews and they are about a millimeter off ...
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Closet Wall, is it Load Bearing?

Trying to figure out if the front wall of this pantry cabinet is load bearing. We'd like to remove the front of the pantry and install cabinets here instead of the closet, but unsure if we can pull ...
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How do I build a fence with zero experience?

I've never built a fence or have never done any outdoor construction. I'm pretty handy and do most of my interior maintenance. I have a total of 780 feet where I need to put up a fence. I'm still ...
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Two light switches and three black wires

I've never seen this setup before and was wondering if others had. One of the switches powers a ceiling light in the foyer and the other powers two outside lights on the front porch. Right now neither ...
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How to replace bottom plate on non-load bearing wall

I recently purchased a house and am trying to DIY as much as I can so that I can learn how to do things correctly. I'm looking to replace the bottom plate in my bathroom and just want to make sure I'...
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How much does EMT conduit installed vertically on a poured concrete interior basement wall have to extend beyond the top of the concrete?

I'm installing outlets in my basement on poured concrete walls and will be using EMT for conduit. How high over the top of the concrete walls must the conduit extend? The original wiring has conduit ...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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How to treat damped internal walls before painting?

Kitchen sanitary inwall PVC tube from above floor melted for some unknown reason, and so water entered walls for around a 1.3 year and caused damping on the first 20cm of all walls, as a result, the ...
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Recurrent cracks in brick wall

There are recurrent cracks in the brick wall shown in the image. The cracks have approximately equal width along their length. The cracks appeared within the first year of construction of the house. ...
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What is this panel in basement wall of 1940s house?

When I removed a cabinet from our basement wall today I discovered the panel in the photo below. The panel is metal, approximately 2 ft wide and 1 ft high. It has five 1.5 inch holes in it, each one ...
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How to put up MDF wall without studs

Good morning everyone! Quick question. I want to build a room within an existing cellar in my basement. This cellar has a very low ceiling, of about 1.95m. I want to put up the walls with some ...
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Cheap way to close wall cupboard

Currently we are staying in a rented house. It has several open cement wall cupboards with different sizes and shapes. I am providing the following image reference for cement cupboards. We placed ...
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Garage gable fan through truss

I'm looking to install a ventilation fan in my garage. I want to install it in the middle (mainly for looks) rather than having it offset to one side or the other. Am I OK to cut through the middle ...
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How can I seal a two inch gap in the floor along a wall?

I have almost a 2 inch gap between my wooden floor and wall in the apartment I am renting. I think the dust down there is causing me allergies and I’m worried about the cold AC air escaping down there....
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Roof ticking noise during daytime

I’ve moved into a new place that was built end of last year and have been hearing ticking noises (upstairs only) throughout the day at random times. Heating or cooling is switched off. I’ve uploaded ...
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Building a metal stud wall on a tilted / unlevel surface? (how to use a level?)

I'm building a wall + door frame for the first time to cover the opening of a box van with the rear door ripped out. The van is not sitting level; the tires have blown out on the right side so it's on ...
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Removing inside walls

This is a personal DIY project where I would like to take down completely some interior walls. I've done measurements all around, attic, crawlspace inside/outside, and openings as well. The house is ...
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can drywall be apply over plaster

have fake stone on the out side of house and some how it seek through the wall and the plaster in side and got wet along wit the card board likr material. can you put drywall over plaster what do you ...
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removing a exterior wall below a floor joist of the second floor

I would like to remove an exterior wall (15' long) under a floor joist (14x2) that supports a second floor and house roof edge. I was wondering if the joist itself could be used as a beam to support ...