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Questions tagged [walls]

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

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Water coming up from under stone tiles

I have water seeping up from stone tile in a first floor mud room. I checked in the basement ceiling below these tiles and there does not appear to be any wetness and the water also isn’t coming from ...
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How can I smooth and repair cracks in a plaster wall?

My walls are uneven and have these covered cracks all over them, can I sand it down and slim coat it to make a smooth wall?
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What are the requirements for a header for an open passageway through two rooms?

My question is for both load and non-load bearing walls. There used to be a hinged door between the kitchen and dining room, who knows when it was removed (I've been here a couple years). The door ...
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Hello All, I’m trying to take down the 3 walls - load bearing or not?

This is the attic - and I will post the 3 walls as well- this is 1 story.
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Framing on top of brick halfwall

I have this wall that I'm wanting to make into a flat wall. I plan to use furring strips with rigid foam insulation on the bottom brick half. Then another wall of 2x4 studs in front of the existing ...
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Moisture is leaking through my basement walls, but the house is surrounded by concrete. Worth fixing?

I'm in Minneapolis, in a house built in 1886, fully renovated a few years ago. The basement is finished. This has been an extremely wet winter, with lots of snow and ice that is now melting. Some ...
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Where to find plastic corner pipe cover

I'm looking for a plastic box with 2 open sides that can be attached to the wall. Maybe about 8x8 or 10x10. I need to cover a PVC vent pipe that curves in the corner of the wall. I just can't find it....
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How do I paint stripes on a wall correctly?

Background information I tried to paint two different colored stripes on a wall. I used tape for masking the stripes and then I first painted the tape with the background color to "seal" it off. Then ...
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How can I stick printed pictures on my leased condo's walls?

I cut out the pretty pictures from travel guides that are mailed to me. How can I stick them to my condo's walls without harming the walls at all? I lease my condo and my landlord's very strict. I ...
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How to glue PVC wall tiles to old mastic?

There is a small section of poured concrete wall in the stairwell of our basement that had vinyl tiles glued to it with tar-like black mastic in the 1960s (already tested, neither contain asbestos). ...
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Pulling cables (CAT5e) Vertically with Horizontal Studs in the Wall

I want to pull two Ethernet cables from my attic down a 12’ wall into the living room behind the tv console. There are several horizontal studs in the wall preventing a straight drop. From the top, ...
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Filling gaps between staircase and plaster wall

I purchased a home that was a two family converted to single. Brick veneer on the outside and block inside. I have been assured by two structural engineers that I have no foundational issues. I have a ...
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Removing a load bearing wall [duplicate]

We're remodeling our bathroom and I would like to remove a wall that appears to be there for looks because of the style in the late 60s. I'm wondering if there is any possibility that this wall is a ...
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How thick should my concrete walls be?

I've been drafting a house for a couple years now and through many iterations I discovered one of the biggest flaws in how I was drafting was in not knowing what I would be building the house out of. ...
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Building an exterior wall within an exterior wall for insulation

I just purchased a 1925 beautiful home that is stucco on the outside and old plaster on the inside. I have some carpentry experience and am realizing the incredible loss f heat to the exterior walls. ...
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How to install a safety barrier-post in garage, between house and vehicle

On the other side of the wall, in front of where my vehicle is parked, is my bedroom. Would like to install something similar to what you would see at store fronts that have parking spaces near the ...
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Should an interior non-load bearing wall stack up to a joist or stud?

I am trying to add a partition in my garage and the ceiling joist does not line up with the wall studs. So my question is which one do I go by?
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What is going on with these wires at the wall light switch?

I am installing a smart switch, so I need a neutral. I am a bit confused which wire is which in my wall switch box. Below is a picture of the wires: I am thinking that the red wire (circled in red) ...
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Sticking thin counter top laminate on wall

I'm planning to stick thin high pressure laminate on painted concrete wall using contact cement. The sheets will cover the entire wall from floor to ceiling. The area total up to 9'×9'. Standard ...
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How do I frame walls on an uneven concrete slab?

I'd like to convert (and finish) the back section of my 2-car tandem garage into a separate utility room. This would involve 4 walls and a floor. 2 of the walls would be attached to concrete walls, ...
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Mounting Ethernet wall-plate in a solid wall

I have an Ethernet cable running through a small hole in a solid concrete block wall. I want to cover the hole with a plate: Do I need a mount/bracket or can I just screw in the plate? A bracket will ...
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Is it ok to splice wall sheathing partway up a wall?

I am building a workshop and I have 7 vertical feet to sheathe to reach the tip of the roof. I have 4x8 sheets but they're too heavy for me to lift to the top by myself. I'm considering cutting them ...
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Securing French cleats to drywall over lath and plaster with structural screws

I'd like to build a French cleat storage system on an exterior wall in my basement shop, but am concerned about whether the cleats will have sufficient support given the construction of the wall. The ...
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Can I apply full-sized brick to an interior wall if shared with a fireplace?

Similar to a previous post, I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. The wall is in my living room and it includes a wood-burning fireplace. The existing wall has what seems like faux ...
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Installing pull-up bars. Will this design hold?

I am installing a series of pull-up bars all the way down my hallway, kind of like really spaced out monkey bars, and would like some advice on my proposed design, b/c I have zero experience with ...
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What can be done with walls that are wet and moldy?

After several stormy and rainy days; wetness and mold began to appear on the walls. The mold quickly spread to all of the rooms in the apartment. It did not happen in the summer so it is probably ...
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How to frame a rough opening on an existing header?

I am trying to convert my garage, and the garage door wall has a header on it. I am trying to frame a wall with a rough opening for a window and was wondering how I would fit the king studs, do I ...
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Crack in wall over heating duct

thanks in advance for any advice. We bought our 100-year-old house last summer, so this is our first winter in it. The walls are not insulated, so we can tell where the heat ducts run not only because ...
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What is this construction material under my drywall?

I'm trying to understand the construction of a wall in my basement in order to determine how best to attach French cleat hangers to it. The studs I have been able to find with my stud finder have ...
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fishing wire from second floor to garage in first floor

I was trying to drill a 1” hole on the horizontal beam in the wall to fish cable from second floor to garage in first floor. After drilling about 12 inch deep, I cannot go further anymore. Here is few ...
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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Can I use hollow wall anchors in a lath and plaster wall?

I have a stable enough lath and plaster wall, which I would like to put a box framed picture on. Usually with a box frame picture on to a plaster board or dry wall, or even a brick or stone wall, I'd ...
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What is the black stain on my exterior brick, and how can I remove it?

The brick wall above my apartment is blackened, what is it and is it possible to clean it?
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Newly painted room - paint gets “wet” then dries each day - top of wall very cold to touch

We recently moved house and are in the process of decorating. The main bedroom had wallpaper which we stripped off back to bare plaster, which looks in good condition. We put down a couple coats of ...
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Cracks up wall in corner of room

We recently did a comprehensive remodel of our very old condominium. Its a four unit row house from the 1890's. I noticed that there is a long crack going up the corner of a back room. Is this a ...
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How can I tell if this is a load bearing wall? [duplicate]

Hello I would like to remove the wall from our family room to kitchen. The wall that I circled in yellow. How can I tell from this blueprint if it is a load bearing wall?
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Minimum length of concrete fasteners to floor and ceiling to attach a wall?

I want to attach a wall, of 7-9.2cm thickness, on ceiling and floor. Drywall with wood frame done for living apartment in a block of flat: 42mm x 66mm woods form the wood frame where 13mm drywalls ...
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Range Hood vent and rules regarding distance from windows/doors

I want to exhaust my range hood directly through the wall. I have a brick veneer house. There are 2 windows and a door close by. What rules need to be followed?
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Structural impact of removing windows from formally exterior wall

Our 1950s ranch on slab was added on to some time in the 1990s. A wall of rectangular windows that used to be a perimeter/outer wall, is now an interior wall. Surely it's structural, but are the ...
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Fasten mantel to bad wall

I've just had a fireplace rebuilt for a new log burner and now have an issue installing a floating mantel on the wall. I've just drilled the first hole to fit the studs (onto which the mantel will ...
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Cutting out beam pockets

Guys that were pouring concrete did not form beam pockets so now i have straight walls with no beam pockets. How can I possibly cut the beam pockets out now? I believe the size is 8 1/2 by 12 1/2.
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Supporting a leaning foundation

The walls in my foundation were built a tad crooked in the 60s and have gotten worse, likely due to non existent gutters before I bought it. I've been here 2 years and it hasn't gotten worse. The ...
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Soundproofing garden

New houses have been built at the back of my house and they are very noisy. I want to build an outside wall to get some sort of protection. I currently have a standard fence panel and a Hawthorn ...
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Are these integrated diagonal wall braces structurally important?

I was helping a friend expand the width of a closet door, and when we pulled the drywall off the interior wall frame, we noticed some 45-degree wall braces in the interior wall. I am pretty sure ...
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Hanging a curtain rod to hold Drapes on an Old Plaster wall (which wall has no studs)

Help, a novice here. What is the best way to mount/attach a rod to hold heavy drapes to an old plaster wall. The wall is an exterior wall that has no studs (i.e., it is the wall that faces the back ...
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Scratch on wall - ceramic tile

by accident I scratch ceramic tile in my bathroom while cleaning. Do you have any idea how can I remove/(paint?)/fix this? I tried a lot of home products (at start I though its just a tech pencil), ...
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Is it likely that this single skin brick wall can support a large kitchen cabinet?

I would like to hang an 80cm x 80cm x 37cm cabinet on this single skin brick wall (where the ladders are currently hanging). The bricks are 10cm deep. The span of wall, each side of the pier, is ~...
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Proper way to install climbing grips/holds

I am planning on creating a small climbing wall for the side of my kid's Kura bed. Like this example. Most of the guides I read are talking about creating staggered, single hole grids to attach the ...
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How can I secure this metal 1-gang electrical box without creating a bigger hole?

I removed wood paneling in a room to reveal shoddy plaster & lath. I covered it with 3/8 in. drywall. I now need to add spacers to electrical outlets and a light switch. Except for this one ...
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How deep should my entryway be?

The side entrance to my house is just off the driveway and most people enter the house from there. This is the entrance to my wife's office which is a now enclosed slab porch. If the door is open, or ...