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

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Remove built-in bookshelves prior to plastering

I'm looking for any advice as to how to go about removing a built-in bookshelf (8cm deep, 173cm tall, 26cm wide), prior to skim plastering the wall completely flat (by a professional.) The interior of ...
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"boob" look cover on walls in an older home... What are they

My brother in law has these "boob" looking covers on his walls. I'm trying to figure out what they are, and then how to remove it. They are pretty caked up with paint. I was thinking of ...
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Building a 30x30 room in a 30x50 house?

Edit: I really appreciate all the replies, much food for thought. Below I will try to elaborate on a few things. I do have a design that I will post here in a minute. This house would be in a Northern ...
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Adding a non-load bearing wall to convert pass-through bedroom to standard bedroom. Is a permit required, and is inspection done before drywall

I am looking to add a non-load bearing wall to a pass-through bedroom in my house to convert it to a standard bedroom (8'x10'), and use the remaining space (3'x10') as a hallway. Would I need a permit ...
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Do I need to bolt bottom plate to shop concrete foundation?

I have a shop with concrete foundation. I am planning to build a little office where one wall is against and secured into current shop wall. In that case, do I still need to bolt the other 3 wall ...
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Installed new switches - ground wire connection touches wood?

I ended up swapping out all three switches in my box. The two new dimmer switches are not the same design as the old and these have the ground wire woven through holes in the metal base. (See photo) ...
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How much old termite damage is acceptable?

Renovating a house. We confirmed with a pest company that there was a prior termite infestation but no current termite infestation. We are replacing some baseboards and I saw evidence of the old ...
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Are the walls of my garage closet load-bearing?

I am planning to remove this garage closet to make more room for our car. From looking at the framing it doesn't appear to be load bearing - which would obviously be very surprising considering it ...
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How can I repair/reattach loose cable covers to the wall?

I recently purchased a home and several of the wall cable covers are loose. The wall anchors are essentially just resting in the wall instead of anchoring the cover. What would be the proper way to ...
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How can I repair ripped plasterboard paper

I was trying to remove wallpaper with the glue enzyme but I’ve ended up pulling large chunks of the plasterboard paper as well. I’m at a loss as how to repair it now. Any help or advice would be ...
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Dryer vent venting towards side of house

The under-eave dryer vent on my new house is pointed back towards the side of the house (instead of straight down, away from the house, or to one side). As a result, warm moist air is blasted at the ...
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In what years was plaster over fiberboard used for walls in US Northeast?

Here is a piece of wall I broke open. Fiberboard backing was nailed to joists with plaster (grey) and a skim coat (white). New Jersey house built 1896 and renovated many times since. Original ...
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Gas wall Heating

I have a gas wall heater that only heats one side.it is ductless & forced air out of the one side. How do (or can) I convert it so that it heats both? Or possibly a vent kit that divert heat to ...
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Stains in grout

For a tiling job, I used this charcoal grout: After a few days, as indicated by the instructions, I applied this sealer: A few minutes after applying the sealant, these white stains appeared ...
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Need to affix an outdoor boiler to an external wall that has started to come away

I have a situation where an existing boiler that was fixed to an external weatherboard wall has started to come loose. The weatherboard had some dry-wall or something affixed first to which the ...
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Recommendation for wiring path for bathroom bidet outlet

first time doing a more difficult outlet install (not just across a wall). Looking to install an outlet for a bidet in my 1st floor bathroom. I need to run a wire from the outlet above the sink to ...
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What is this wall covering made of?

We were removing some old wall hooks left by the previous owners, and this one surprised us by being a deep set wall anchor which left a fist sized divot. Now I have no idea what material this is. It ...
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Freestanding Pantry removal walls, Load bearing?

I have no floor plans for the home. This is a single story, non-basement home. It was built with a freestanding pantry in the middle of the room. Naturally we want to open it to increase traffic flow ...
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Determine if wall is loadbearing

I was planning on removing half of this wall that is on my first floor. The joists in the basement, between the first and second floor, and in the attic all run parallel to this wall. Above this room ...
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How can I seal a large square vent passage through my exterior wall?

Is it at all sensible to fill in this vent? Maybe with expanding foam or similar? This is a 23cm by 23 cm vent in the cupboard in the corner of my kitchen, it goes through the entire wall, and it is ...
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Simple fix for formerly damp patch on the wall

The pipe above this vent was dripping against the wall, the drops has been fixed and the wall has dried out. But the plaster/wall around it is an odd combination of powery and spongy, and feel like ...
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Do I need to add studs into existing wall ends when adding a partition wall?

I am going to be starting a project to add a partition wall to our formal dining room to separate it into a pantry and an office. The location for the partition wall doesn't have any studs, but it ...
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Filling large hole to screw/drill into again

I have a radiator which was not on properly. I tries tightening the screws but the original plaster just gave way. I filled it with 2 products (polycell and ronseal) which both claimed they could take ...
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Screwing in to an HVAC vent

I'm trying to mount a sliding barn door in a room. It has five holes in the rail for the lag screws to screw in to. One of the five holes is directly over an HVAC vent that leads to the upper floor - ...
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35 pound mirror on a plaster wall? [duplicate]

I've been here before in the past with this same mirror and got such great help I had to come back again. Knowing how the minds of people far more experienced than I in DIY and home construction work, ...
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We have a chirping sound that is every 30 seconds or so. It isn’t the smoke, CO detectors or animal in the walls

We have a sound similar to a smoke detector when it needs a battery change but it isn’t the smoke detectors (we have removed the batteries and disabled them right now) nor the CO detectors. It is ...
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How can I fix ripped wall paint?

I accidentally ripped the wall paint on the concrete because I placed my mesh Wi-Fi on the wrong spot. The paint was only done a week ago and I'm wondering how can I fix this the right way without ...
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Fastening material for panelling an old plaster wall

I have a 100-year-old garage made of yellow bricks and with plastered walls inside. The paint and the plaster on the walls are chipping due to humidity and age. A part of the walls has been covered ...
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How to install wire conduit for hiding cables in fire barrier wall?

The space and the goal: I have a townhouse, with a fire barrier between the units. This fire barrier wall is also where the TV is mounted, and I want to install a media box behind the TV, and then an ...
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is this mold where I have taken the wallpaper off?

I have started removing the wallpaper in my house and I've noticed this black stuff where the plaster has come off. I'm not sure what it is. I have tried looking at images of mold but not sure. It ...
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How to deal with an unknown power switch [duplicate]

My wife and I recently moved into a new home. There is a room which we understand the former owner used as a private doctor's practice. As such in one corner of the room, there is some telecoms ...
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Water pipes come through the floor too far from the wall for the vanity cutout

I'm fitting a vanity unit, but the water pipes and drain are too far from the wall (coming out of the ground). How do I move/adjust/fix the pipes, so the unit fits tight to the wall?
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How to drill through wall without hitting boiler on the other side

I need to drill a hole through from my living room to my garage to put an ethernet run between them. I can only drill through from the living room in one spot due to the positioning of the electrical ...
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Maximum weight on a brick wall (not brackets)

I’m looking to put up about 14 metres of bookshelves (5 separate shelves between 1.2metres and 3.5 metres) on a wall (brick wall/masonry) built in the 50s using approx 32 strong brackets in the attic (...
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Our house is 140 square meters. How many barrels of paint do you need to buy if you paint yourself? [closed]

Recently, I'm going to decorate the house. I want to do it myself as much as possible. How many barrels of paint do you need to buy if you paint yourself?
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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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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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How to repair a mortar joint crack?

I noticed a horizontal crack along the mortar joint between the two stones on the exterior of the house and believe that spot is also leaking water into the house when rain hits hard on that surface. ...
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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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