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

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How should wall corners be strapped for seismic retrofit?

We are seismically retrofitting our 1951 home. In the garage the wall corners meet without any obvious attachment to each other. How should these walls be strapped together in the corner for Seismic ...
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Should a shear wall be strapped to a chimney?

We are seismically retrofitting our 1951 home. The chimney is in one corner of the garage and both walls abut into the chimney, but neither wall appears to be fastened to the chimney. The wall on ...
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Should a chimney be strapped to an abutting wall for seismic retrofit? If so, how?

We are seismically retrofitting our 1951 home starting in the garage since the walls are open. The wall with the garage door abuts into the chimney as shown below, but is not fastened to it. What is ...
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Do panel sheathing clips make a shear wall stronger?

In another answer it was suggested that Panel Sheathing Clips between sheathing panels in a shear wall "will add a great deal of shear resistance at a minimal cost." Is this true? If so, ...
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Is this a load bearing wall / what options do we have to reduce its size

Thanks in advance for your thoughts; we're looking to do a remodeling project, and want to remove the 'chopped up' nature of our home to make it feel more open. It is a 1986 build, nothing renovated ...
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What kind of seismic concrete hold-downs should I use for floor joists over concrete?

Our existing floor joists and decking are over an 8" concrete foundation wall. The new work pictured below extends the existing 2x4 frames for more insulation space and we want to secure the new ...
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Accidentally banged car lightly against house wall. How to remove car paint and other marks?

Kind of a beginner driver here. This morning as I was backing up out the garage I accidentally got off track and banged the back of the car lightly against a wall. No structural damage, it only got ...
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Interior wall appears to have missing stud. What's going on?

I'm mounting some simple Rubbermaid-type shelves to the wall. (One upright track is affixed to each stud, and brackets are used to attach each shelf to the uprights.) The wall is typical interior ...
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What is the recommended spacing for siesmic hold-down bolts for sill-plates to the foundation?

Our 1951 house has 2x4" sill plates atop of concrete. We are in seismic zone D. How frequently should the sill plate be bolted to the concrete?
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Best way to create and attach an outdoor kitchen wall to a cinder block wall/fence

I have an area that is designated to be an outdoor kitchen along our cinder block fence. The length is 15.5 feet and the height will be a little shorter than 8ft. The wall itself is nearly 6ft. So I'm ...
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How to smooth out uneven drywall?

I'm working to refinish a room and found that the wall underneath a window juts out, likely from a new window installation by the previous owner. I want to make it smooth before painting; what’s the ...
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Can open bottom septic tank weaken the building foundation

My building has a septic tank which is at the bottom of the groundfloor. Basically it's right underneath the building and it has open bottom. I'm worried if this can weaken the soil (Clay ground) ...
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How to check strength of building foundation to avoid any build tilt

I've been recently reading news that buildings are tilting due to torrential rain as the foundation gets weakened and those buildings are ordered to be demolished as well. Some cases which lead to ...
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cracks/marks on basement wall

While cleaning my basement today i saw these cracks/marks on the wall. When i touch it its dry and not wet. Since its the basement the other side of the wall is exterior under ground. Any idea what is ...
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Upgrade wall heater inside Cadet FWC can [closed]

The Cadet FW wall heater with 1984 manufacturing date just shorted as I was cleaning it last night, ruining the coils. Is there a product out there for which I can reuse the existing FWC wall can? ...
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What is the correct plywood/OSB orientation for building a seismic shear wall?

We are building a shear wall by adding structural-1 plywood or OSB to the existing framing and nailing according to a nailing schedule. The wall is 13'x8'. What is the best way to orient the plywood ...
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How can I support a clothes rod on hollow drywall?

I hung up two brackets with a rod. One bracket has one anchor. This has been up for quite a while, but the other day, the other bracket fell down. We tried putting it up using an anchor (this one) but ...
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What type of fastener is this? How can I remove it?

What kind of fastener is this how can I remove it? Thanks in advance.
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Building a Shear Wall containing an Electrical Panel: Having my cake and eating it too

We have a 1951 open-framed garage attached to the house with 2x4 wall construction on 16" centers. The wall between the garage and living has 1/2" drywall on the inside wall, but nothing on ...
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Seismic Retrofit for Garage to tie Sill Plate to Foundation

We have a 1951 open-framed garage attached to the house with 2x4 wall construction on 16" centers. The 2x4 sill plate is placed atop of the interior floor joists which is above an approximately ...
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Remove metal corner bead when extending wall

This is related to another question I asked in this forum (see Extending wall to ceiling with no studs/joist to anchor to). As you can see in the picture below I intend to extend the wall up to the ...
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Computer I/O Button on a Wall Plate [closed]

I am looking to put a computer monitor in my kitchen and the actual computer in my basement. I want to install a wall plate in my kitchen with a button that can turn the computer on and off. ...
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Extending wall to ceiling with no studs/joist to anchor to

I have a question for a little project I have in mind. If you take a look at the picture below you can see that between my bedroom and my bathroom there is only a separating wall and no doors. I would ...
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Building a block wall up a steep slope

I would like to build a block wall up a steep slope, maybe 30%, and I don’t want to “stair step” the top, keeping it level, because it would render the wall nearly useless at the low points. If I have ...
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Is there an only proper way to frame a stud wall?

I can't find a rule book on properly framing a wall. Seems like there are no rules for studs placement except those for doors or windows and the 2 studs on the ends. But the inspector does check for ...
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What should I use to fill in a gap created behind cement boards after making the wall plumb?

Because I had to plumb a wall I had to sister the studs and that left me with two gaps in the corner like in the picture below. One corner is cement board(E) with existing cement board(D) , the other ...
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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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How do I make a round hole in overlapping cement board wall with limited access?

I am having a hard time planning a hole for a one room in wall ventilator. I have already a 160mm hole in my exterior wall. However, on the outside the wall is covered in 3-mm square cement board ...
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How to hang drywall on uneven horizontal plank wall

I'm removing many layers of wall remodels in a 1913 house. The last layer is 1x6 horizontal planks. They are not pretty like shiplap so I need to put up drywall. The three interior walls are pretty ...
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Is it safe to remove water damaged OSB and drywall from interior walls?

We have just recently taken over a old house, used previously as a bed and breakfast, and noticed water damage on the bottom of all the walls. I started sawing away at the drywall quickly to find OSB ...
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Any creative ideas for dealing with this long drop next to stairs?

My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the ...
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Is there such a thing as an expanding fastener that pressure-grips into a U-shaped channel?

I have a kitchen wall which is made of wooden boards separated by U-shaped recessed channels. Rental house, so no drilling possible, but it occurs to me that if there were such a thing as an expanding ...
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Trim on interior wall corners around sliding doors

We've just had some work done in our house, and we have a brick (exterior) wall in our living room with patio doors in it. The builder plastered the walls, and told us we would need to buy white pvc ...
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Is it safe to remove this wall? [closed]

I’m trying to figure out if it would be safe to remove this small wall, or if it’s holding up part of the second story? It looks like there is some kind of post and beam through it, but I don’t know ...
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Plumber drilled through exterior 2x4s - that's bad, right? [duplicate]

I'm doing a bathroom remodel and adding a utility sink for my wife's art studio on the floor above. When we talked over the plan, I decided to go with the 2" drain they said I should use, but I ...
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Why are the holes offset slightly one one side of my shelf bracket? Which way should it go up?

I bought some shelf brackets. They are the same length on both sides, and both sides have three screw holes. However the screw holes on one of the sides are not in a straight line. Here's 2 photos: ...
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Wall-to-wall Ikea Billy bookshelves without attaching to wall?

I've had 5 IKEA Billy bookshelves lining a wall on my second floor for maybe 18 years. They have always been completely filled with books. Recently I decided to paint them and try to make them look ...
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What is the actual danger of power cables inside walls?

I am clear that the NEC codes say not to run power cables (e.g. to a TV) inside the wall. And I also know that romex cable is allowed and perfectly safe inside a wall. Codes aside, what is the actual ...
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House started creaking a lot recently

House getting more creaky recently We bought a 20 year old house in January of this year. It’s in Toronto, Canada. I wonder if following issues are seasonal as it’s the only explanation I can think of,...
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Wall damage above window

We have a house built in the 1950s that has no overhang on the front (above the front door and window). This has led to water damage above the window from ice building up on the roof. We will be ...
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How should I fill deep holes in my wall?

Stripping walls and came across these. What is the best product to use on holes that are quite deep? Also what's the best way to ensure the holes are filled correctly?
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What method is used to apply this exterior wall treatment?

We have a summer house whose exterior walls need some repairs, but in order to keep the original look and texture of the walls, I need to find out what could be the method (and tools) used to achieve ...
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Trying to mount TV in apartment and there is a metal plate behind the wall

I'm in a 12 story building (8th floor), built in 2020, and just attempted to mount my TV in the living room. I used a stud finder to mark the studs and began drilling into them only to realize that ...
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How to repair crumbling drywall or plaster?

This is an internal wall where the brown sediment (is it drywall? Plaster? Or something else entirely?) behind layers of paint is crumbling away causing holes. You can see from the photos where the ...
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Insulation vapor barrier question

We had a water issue several years ago and the drywall had to be removed along with some insulation. The replacement insulation that was put it did not have a moisture barrier nor any kind of facing ...
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Using 1/4” cement board for shower wall

I realize using 1/4” cement board for a tiled shower wall is a general no-no, but I’m trying to find a creative work around here. I’m trying to build a tile enclosure for an existing shower pan in a ...
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Replacing walkout basement concrete wall with wood framing

I’m trying to solve two problems with a 1000 sq ft brick each style house with a walk out basement. The back basement wall is concrete and has a sliding door on the walkout. In order to add a couple ...
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Cement exterior pool wall

I'm going to try and help my parents fix a few things but I'm trying to figure out how to get this wall back straight. The problem is actually the downspout pouring water directly next to the edge of ...
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What can I do to change a glass panelled wall? [closed]

I've just moved into a house with a really ugly dated wall with 3 glass frosted panels and a door. It's not safety glass and with 2 small children I want to get this changed ASAP, but unsure what ...
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How can I stop my windows from rattling when I shut a door?

I love where I live, but I don't love my house's construction. It has 24" center studs, lots of space in the walls, and every time an exterior door is shut the windows in nearly all rooms rattle. ...

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