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

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Wall mount desk to wall

So I have a small room that I have my pc setup in. Unfortunately this means the pc is crammed up against the bed and desk legs. It is against a concrete (airated I believe) wall. I want to use L-...
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Exterior wall plugs?

I have a 4" hole in my ext. wall that once held a vent. I want to plug it 'flat' and parge over it. What is the actual name for these plugs, please?
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Is blocking required in framed walls?

Is it required for all walls to have blocking in them. The builder put blocking in the basement but the other two floors I have not seen any. Reason why I ask is, the hallway to my garage which isn’t ...
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Can I remove these walls?

I'm doing kitchen renovation and want to remove a few walls. Those are on the first floor of a 2 story house(no basement). I've opened a few of them and did my best to provide all the pictures. I ...
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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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Can I repair chips and holes in a wall with spackle and paint?

While using a pull-up bar, I damaged the wall adjacent to the door frame in my flat. On inspection, more than just paint came off. To fix it, can I use spackle to fill in the missing layer, sand and ...
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How to soundproof sliding door/wall?

I am currently renting a room, that was a living room once, and one side of of walls are just pieces of wood that you can slide on a track. I use the middle one as my "door". But there is a ...
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Can I remove this closet?

I have a closet in the middle of my house on the first floor I would like to get rid of. I am concerned it could be load bearing since it is in the middle of the house. But there isn't only that ...
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Can someone explaing what is going on here and how easy it is to fix please?

I am a total newbie to this forum and relative newbie DIY in general so apologies in advance for any blunders in this post. I noticed a bulge at the top of one of my walls where it meets the ceiling. ...
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Need help to determine if load bearing wall and or how to fix

[![enter image description here][2]][2]I am remodeling my upstairs bathroom and removed the shower pan and floor was rotted. The plywood extends under the wall into my bedroom. My question is how can ...
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How to arrest Cat6 cables from falling inside the wall?

I successfully drilled through floors (see this), pulled Cat6 cables and terminated them with keystones. I tested everything and now am ready to finish the installation by installing wall plates I ...
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Insulating inside walls of old house [closed]

We have a 120+ year old farmhouse in South Central Illinois. We removed all interior plaster and lath and want to insulate the walls. What is best way to insulate? I have been researching for a week ...
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Bulging in the wall and ceiling

I purchased a new construction home just a month ago that has a year of warranty. I have started noticing bulges in the wall and ceiling. Is it poor construction? There are several like these. How ...
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Should I fill this gap between floor boards and wall?

Currently fitting some new skirting board, I have the opportunity to fill some gaps that exist between the original floorboards and the brick wall. (1930s build). I'm considering squirting some ...
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What is the most efficient way to install my new outlets?

An electrician is installing a brand new 200amp panel (upgrading electric company service) right next to my existing panel in the basement. My current panel is in the wall flush with the drywall. The ...
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What is this strange metal door and frame 12 feet up the outside wall?

Any ideas on what the strange metal door and frame is in the photos? It's about 12 feet up on an outside wall. I'm hoping it's the source of a leak (the door is ajar), but I have no idea what it could ...
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How to frame around Strong Tie Brackets

I'm about to start framing my carport to convert it into a garage. I'm unsure of the best way to deal with framing around these strong tie brackets. What I imagine I'll need to do is cut a notch out ...
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Affixing a 5kg mirror to an outdoor wall

I would like to mount a 4-5kg (10-11 lbs) 30" circular wood mirror on a courtyard wall that occasionally gets strong winds. The mirror currently has two hooks at the top. Can you suggest a ...
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Cleaning roughcast/pebbledash wall

My outside wall has a stain on it that I can't seem to remove. It's a roughcast wall and the stain was caused by the boiler overflow outlet. I have managed to lighten the stain slightly with different ...
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How to fix / replace metal strip in corner of the wall (uk)

A thin strip of metal has pulled away from the wall and is slowly bent and pulling up further up the wall, What is this strip and how would i go about replacing it and fixing the wall?
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How do I fill the holes in concrete to reattach a curtain rod?

I am very, very new to this DIY thing, so be gentle. A bedroom curtain rod popped out of this concrete wall with a surface material which I don't recognize. The rod holds fairly heavy blackout ...
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How much stainblock paint to use in bedroom and where?

I'm renovating my bedroom. On the north wall, there will be freestanding cabinets (wardrobes) against the wall; all interior walls except to the right (east) which is exterior. There's no previous ...
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Why were the screws set in pairs in my drywall?

I'm currently removing a wall that separates my kitchen and living room. 1/2" drywall on 16" o.c. studs, typical. What I found to be strange was that the drywall was fastened with 2 drywall ...
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Okay that TV wobbles when articulating wall mount is extended?

I have a TV securely (lag screws into studs) mounted to the wall with an extending/articulating wall mount. We don't move it around, the TV remains in fixed position, about 20" away from the wall....
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Need advice with the removal of the soleplate

WARNING: I know nothing about building houses. So feel free to teach me a thing or two. We are removing the bathroom so that will an open space as part of the living room. In red: -> Sole plate ...
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How much weight is safe to hang from a 1/2 inch thick maple board mounted to the wall?

I have a wall mounted metal barbell holder that holds up to three barbells. The holder has pre-drilled holes 10 inches apart (two on each end). To mount this to a wall, I will have to attach a ...
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Best/easiest way to install access door to dead space in house

I have a roughly 6'x6' dead space on my second floor that was previously used to run exhaust pipes for my gas water heater and gas heater on the ground floor. This dead space currently has no access, ...
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Should cedar furring strips be used behind cedar siding in a sauna?

I'm converting a larger closet into a sauna. Cedar is the most commonly used wood for saunas due to longevity. Something like pine wouldn't last as long from what I've read. Shouldn't the furring ...
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Why don't bookshelves come with wall mounting screws included?

I was assembling an IKEA bookshelf, and one of the most important steps to ensure safety is the installation of the L-bracket to secure the bookshelf to the wall. All the parts, including the bracket ...
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How do you build a temporary support wall for a stick-built roof?

I’ve built a temporary support wall a few times in the middle of a house with a truss roof to take load off an interior wall while I modify it, but I need to reframe some parts of some exterior walls ...
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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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frame tall walls

I received drawing from an engineer and it has an loft style opening in the front part of the house. This section of the house is to be 17'2'' and is going to be framed with 2x4. My question is how do ...
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Exterior rated/grade adhesive to add final touches for my shade fabric applied to EMT rods?

all. I was wondering if anyone had a sound suggestion or experience with my particular query. My original thread was started here: Inexpensive ideas to extend the height of my fence cinderblock wall ...
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Stuck drilling wood frame between floors

Wiring 10 y.o. house with Ethernet. Read this; picked a spot; drilling 1st hole through the floor: This illustrates exactly what I'm trying to do, so only flex-bit (no spade or auger) would work: ...
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Curtan rod pulled spacle out of wall?

I'm not sure what type of walls I have in the first floor of my house, but it looks as though someone tried to Spackle a hole and the curtain rod bracket has just fallen out, since the bracket ...
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Is this a water leak or condensation in the wall around my dryer vent?

I pulled my dryer out yesterday to clean the vent and tubing. When I moved the dryer I noticed what looked like a huge wet stain around the vent connection that leads to my attic. There appears to be ...
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Is plaster repair a DIY job?

Existing plaster/lath walls in decent shape, 1920s farmhouse. Lead/Asbestos? Unknown but possible. I actually like Plaster's sound-proofing and would like to keep. Plaster has no decorative elements. ...
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What kind of load can an aluminium split batten system support

I am looking at ways to attach a large (2.4m) and heavy (25kg) bookshelf to a wall. The bookshelf has two tiers. Assuming books weigh about 30kg per metre, when full this bookshelf might weigh 169kg. ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

We are renovating an old property in France where three walls of an old stone schoolhouse (10ish meters high I'm guessing, maybe more in some places) sit adjacent to the more recent house (1950s). We ...
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Filling gap at bottom of studbay

I have a large gap at the bottom of by stud bay where it bumps up against the siding. My house does not have sheathing, so what you are seeing is the siding. It is hard to tell, but the gap in the ...
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Should I redo my house wrap that is under the sheathing?

When my house was built, the builder put the Tyvek wrap on the frame of the house, then installed the sheathing and then installed the siding. I am about to have my siding replaced and one of the ...
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Can I screw a wall light mounting plate directly into the pine wall covering the junction box?

I have 3/4" thick pine rough-cut paneling covering my wall studs. I'm attempting to replace three dated wall-mount candelabra sconces attached to boxes underneath the paneling. (Picture 1) The ...
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Best fasteners for french cleat wall

I am building out a french cleat wall for a home office a la the below photo. The cleats will be 3/4 inch plywood ripped to 4" strips and attached directly to the studs (through the drywall). I ...
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Brown spots on wall after painting

We’ve been having some trouble with brown spots on a (freshly) painted wall. Background info: Moved in a few months ago and had decorator repaint guest bedroom (Dulux primer then Leylands trade ...
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How is the elevator inspection area on top of an elevator accessed? [closed]

Does anyone know or have any experience with how one typically accesses the inspection area on top of most elevators? It's a fairly large set of elevators in a 20 story building if that makes a ...
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How do I seal and paint over an indoor brick/cement wall?

I am decorating a small room where a small section near the floor used to be covered by tile and just above it the paint and plaster were chipping. I removed the damaged paint and plaster as well as ...
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What should be considered when updating wall assembly in only one section of a wall?

Background: We live in a 1920s two-story foursquare home in New England. The house has painted wood shakes/shingles siding on the second story, and wood clapboard siding on the first story. We will ...
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What are the green spots on our kitchen walls

Our kitchen has one of the main walls of our house which is a thick concrete wall. There is nothing behind the wall, just some empty space and then the neighbor's house. I just painted the wall with ...
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Replacement supports, removing old partial walls

My old kitchen used to be divided into two rooms with a wall separating the rooms. At some point, most of wall was removed, however, they kept some portions extending out. east wall - extension comes ...
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Hang 250 kg (550 lbs) on concrete wall

I want to hang a 250 kg (550 lbs) water heater on the exterior wall (this mass includes the water). The system to attach it is included (two metal bars, attached with 2 screws each). The concrete wall ...

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