Questions tagged [walls]

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

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Can I pop a water bubble on my wall?

We live in LA and it rains every once in awhile. I noticed recently that there is a bubble on my wall and I can actually push it around. The wall is plaster and we have latex paint on top. (There are ...
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24" Gas, Double oven, wall mounted

I have an older Kenmore wall oven which just stopped working. This is a 24" gas, double wall oven. I would like to replace it, but as it turns out nobody seems to make one anymore. I've searched ...
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What kind of wall do I have, and do I need anchors?

I have a 36"x60" 30 lbs frameless mirror that I want to hang up on my wall, but I can't seem to find the studs! I've tried using a magnetic stud finder with no luck. I've drilled multiple holes in my ...
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How can I repair a circular drywall patch seam?

I hope someone would be kind enough to help me. We recently had a bathroom cabinet fitted. As it required wiring to the light switch an electrician used a tool to cut holes into the wall so he could ...
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What do I need to do to prepare to remove a textured (popcorn) walls?

Questions: What are some things I should definitely know? What will be behind my popcorn wall? (The original wall we put the popcorn over?) Since masks are out of stock because of the Covid19 virus. ...
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Fixing wall with constant moisture over the years

I live in Mexico where most of the houses are made by brick and cement. Over the years we have had moisture in the walls as shown in the images below. As you can see, it looks like if the wall is ...
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M3 lead test kit on painted blue wall, is this result + or -for lead in paint. I cant tell

okay hello everyone. first of thank you for reading and your help. I have used the M3 lead test kits to test the blue pain in our living room and I am confused about the result and its ...
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Is a concrete slab required to support a block wall?

I'm starting to plan my build of a backyard grill station / pizza oven. I plan to build a concrete block wall about 4 feet high. I'll put either concrete or stone surface on top, as well as a 1600 lb ...
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Can I use blocking between floor joists to support off-center jack studs in a load-bearing wall?

I have a load-bearing wall running down the center of my house, perpendicular to the floor joists. As this house is from the 1920's, there is no subfloor - the bottom plates of the walls sit directly ...
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I want to mount an alarm motion sensor in the corner of a room - what do I need to know?

I have an alarm system that I'm going to fit myself, the motion sensors will be mounted in the corner of the rooms - presumably as the screws are relatively short (maybe a 1 to 1.5 inch long) this is ...
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Can I partially suspend an angled climbing wall from my garage trusses?

I'm planning on building a home climbing wall in my garage. I'm wondering about the structural integrity of attaching it to the trusses. They are 2x4s, 24" apart, and span about 30 feet. This image ...
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Repair old cracked wall spackle from foundation shifting

Some weeks back I woke one morning to find a large flake of spackle(?) had cracked and almost come completely off the wall in my apartment entrance: According to the board of our housing cooperative ...
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Alter existing load bearing wall

We're considering altering an existing load bearing wall 10-12ft length ( possibly an existing header already above, and definite header below floor in basement with support columns ) in a 1967 ...
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Remove bumpy mortar left of the wall

This is a 30 year old wall. The old plaster is removed. Beneath the old plaster there is bumpy mortar left. What is the best way to get rid of them and get a nice flat surface ready for replastering?
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How important is Tyvek/house wrap for a house with metal siding?

I'm building a tiny house and it will have metal siding. My dad has worked a lot of construction and says he's never installed a house wrap for a metal building in his life. Most info I can find ...
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Are these walls load bearing

Looking to remove the closet and wall in this restroom. Already had a structural engineer look at it before I removed the drywall. He only checked the studs with a Franklin stud sensor and didn't go ...
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Best way to fix improperly fitted skirting board?

My Mum’s had the cowboys in and they’ve made a complete mess of fitting the skirting boards. On one wall about a third of it isn’t even attached to the wall. I had a hard time finding the stud in the ...
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Are gaps above and below framing members a concern?

I recently hired a framing crew to frame a new house. After it was done, I commissioned an independent review. The reviewer described some of the work as "shoddy," and pointed out a lot of gaps, ...
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Is it okay to put rigid sheet foam insulation directly over studs before installing sheetrock (fiberglass insulation would be in the walls)?

We want to improve the insulation in a bedroom. Will it cause a problem (condensation, etc) if we put rigid sheet foam insulation that completely covers all the studs before installing the sheetrock? ...
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Can I use green(lid) all purpose joint compound to skim a plaster wall?

I removed the wallpaper from plaster and lath walls. I found a few cracks that were easily repaired but previous owners did a terrible job with patching. I would like t o get rid of imperfections and ...
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Vertical crack in exterior wall - visible on both sides

I have a nearly 3 year old house that has developed a crack in an exterior wall. The crack is vertical, runs from first story ceiling to floor, and is visible on both the inside and outside. Is this ...
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When remodeling a hallway with new walls and ceiling, should walls be done first or ceiling?

Should walls be done first or ceiling? I'm doing in plywood with FRP covering
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Should all paint be removed before lining a wall?

We recently had a wall painted (old style concrete then plastered wall), and although originally the paint stayed on for many years this time it has begun peeling within 2 months. We are looking to ...
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Shelving units anchored to drywall and metal studs - Load Bearing and Safety Concerns

We are interested in purchasing a residence that has a workshop attached to it. The owner has erected metal shelving units like those shown in the attached photos. The shelving units are anchored to ...
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Repairing Crack in Drywall

I have a crack abutting and running the length of a door frame; a French door that opens outside. I have repaired drywall damage, so I tried to work from that angle; using spackling to patch it. The ...
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What size beam to I need for a 14ft sliding door opening in an exterior wall?

I have a 2 level gable roof house with no basement. I want to replace a 6ft sliding door with a 14ft sliding door. this particular wall has the 6ft door and a 72 in window, it is an exterior wall, ...
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PIR Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor not working WSP-250

Good evening. My wall switch went from not working at all to now staying on. I removed it from the wall and it is now working but won’t shut off. I can hear something rattling on the inside as we were ...
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Running the coaxial cable through the wall from an ANTENNA NOT A CABLE BOX

The coaxial cable will be connected to an outside tv antenna, then run through the wall to the TV. Do I need a cable box for the coaxial cable or the cable box just for cable tv? This is a single ...
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Can you glue backerboard to concrete then tile over?

Want to know if you can glue backerboard to interior concrete wall for kitchen backsplash. Can’t drill as it’s a condo concrete wall. Concerned that tiles will shift as concrete wall shifts. Thanks
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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Cleaning Mould Away & Inhibition of Future Mould Growth

I am an ordinary, non chemistry minded person. Never before have I had to deal with mould growth in a damp house. Now I do. I had an idea regarding the efficacy of cleaning this mould off the walls in ...
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Insinkerator and light switch

My insinkerator and a light bulb comes in to a wall socket. I replaced the switch panel. There were three wires total. 2 red, 1 black Initially the light and insinkerator were independent with two ...
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Plaster Walls Cracking above air vents

My house was built in the 1950's and have plaster walls. I am in the process of repainting and have noticed that the plaster above the baseboard air vents has cracked above almost every vent in the ...
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Propane heater goes out at nite

O have a new propane wall heater in my new shop with a new low pressure reg. The heater works well during the day but when I go out at 8 am the heater is out pilot is out also. I live at 7030 feet, I ...
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Can an interior wall be built over an existing heat/air vent allowing air in both rooms

I am looking to build an interior wall in my master bedroom to creat a walk in closet. The best placement for the wall hits directly in the center of a current heat/air
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Running Electrical Wires in Basement Wall of Strapping

I'm finishing my basement and used the technique from This Old House to insulate and build the wood structure of the walls. It involves attached 2in foam board insulation to the foundation walls ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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Adding a 24" closet door to interior shear wall

Does the wall in the image need additional support? I intend to put a 24" wide closet in a hallway. The Wall has a diagonal beam going across it. I believe the beam was put there for shear. Supporting ...
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How to repair wall next to external door?

I did some repairs a while back, replacing a damaged door jamb. That repair left some damage to the neighboring wall, as shown in the photos below. I am getting a new pre-hung door soon, and want to ...
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Using tarpaulin to stop soil absorbing to rain, trying to prevent foundation damage

There is a forecast for several inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday here. I am in an old brick home with a sandstone block foundation. The soils are clay in this area. There is a rather large ...
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How to knock a hole through wall in crawl space

I need to gett access to the crawl space under the floors in every room in my house so that I can fit underfloor insulation. I'd like to fit insulation board as it seems to be the easiest to work ...
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Are my internal walls all non load bearing?

Hi I have ceiling joist and floor joists that run external wall to wall on every levels of my house. Are all the interior walls non load bearing walls if thats the case?
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How to mount these anchors?

In the mounted object (pull-up bar) there are 4 holes and in the kit there are 4 such anchors. One type has a metal sleeve, there's decent gap between internal bolt and the sleeve - it moves freely, ...
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What are these parts included with mounting bolts?

I have a thing to mount on the wall. These things were coming with it. To figure out how to apply them properly I has to know how these things and their parts are called. There 10mm inscription on the ...
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How should I attach heavy floating shelves to hollow plasterboard walls?

I have the following shelves, intended to be floating shelves, that we want to attach to our kitchen walls. The walls are hollow plasterboard, with no studs where we want to put these shelves. They ...
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Cheap way of attaching canning jars to a concrete wall?

Is there a cheap way of securely attaching a small glass Mason jar (like the one below) filled with water to a concrete wall? The jar doesn't have a top and it doesn't have a handle. I'll be using it ...
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Faux Concrete Wall

I really love the look of a faux concrete wall, and I would like to try it using joint compound and liquid cement colour. However, I'm a bit nervous to try it as I've never done anything like it ...
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Nailing baseboards using nail gun on concrete wall

I’m installing some baseboards in a new apartment. I have glued some of them to the wall, but the results have been subpar. Now I’m wondering whether it would be possible to nail the baseboards to the ...
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Options for sealing off basement crawlspace

The "crawlspace" In the back left upper corner of my basement, a hole was made to enable the addition of a powder room on the main floor 15+ years ago. The basement walls are concrete and the hole ...
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Determining load bearing wall in attached blueprints

attached are two images from blueprints of the first floor of my three story home. I am looking into some renovations and hoping the hive mind could provide some insight. As I'm in the general initial ...

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