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

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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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How can I build a partition wall in room without damaging marble floor

I have large room size in my home, 12'x 22'. Now I want to rent it and therefore, want to divide the room in two with a partition wall. Is there any way to build a permanent partition wall on marble ...
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What are these walls?

I was planning to add an outlet here but came across an unexpected wall setup. Wood walls, with drywall, with stone over it? Anyone know what this is called? It’s above a fireplace if that gives any ...
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Floors and walls in unheated garage/workshop

On my lot I have a garage which I use for various types of storage. At the moment the floor is paved with concrete bricks, and the walls are made of concrete fence. Suffice to say it's not the ...
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Hanging a heavy edgeless mirror so that it tilts down

I have a mirror similar to this: I'd like to hang it like this: ...where the angle can be easily adjusted whenever I'd like. I'd like to figure out how to simply, cheaply, and securely (living in ...
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Removing Wall with 2x4 roof supports attached

I am working on a home remodeling project and would like to remove a wall. When investigating the structure. The wall runs parallel right between two rafters. On top of the wall there are 2 2x4's that ...
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Leak-proofing aluminium windows in a minimalist house

I live in the tropics and plan to build my first home soon. The house will be 2-story with high ceilings (3.96m floor to floor--to improve indoor temp), walls will be made of plastered bricks and I ...
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What's this metal thing in my wall where the studs should be, and how do I put a shelf on it?

I'm attempting to mount a shelving system (specifically, a Rubbermaid single-track adjustable shelf) to a wall and am running into something quite strange. Here's what I know: Studfinder appears to ...
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How to check whether demolition brick is safe to use?

I would like to reuse demolition brick from building that was part of chemical factory. Factory was closed about 10 years ago, I know that sulphides and acids were heavily used there. I wonder if it's ...
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Way to mount a small tv (27-32”) on bottoms of stairs angled down slightly?

I’m looking to add a tv to underside of stairs? Is it possible to do so?
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How to do a flush transition from concrete wall to metal stud wall?

Existing 8" concrete wall 10' above finish grade. And I would like to add a 6" metal stud plaster wall above the concrete wall. With 1" plaster, there will be 1" recess from the outer face of the ...
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Is the wall load bearing?

I was hoping to open up my kitchen to living area and make an island where it the pantry and coat closet is. All I have are these floor plans. Is that wall structural? Thanks!
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Is my basement wall load bearing?

I have a 2 story house. The wall in question is in the middle of the basement. There is an old field stone wall that runs parallel to the ceiling joist (3x8). Directly above the stone is a flat board (...
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How do I get rid of mold on roughcast?

I've got mold on my living room's wall under my window : This part of the wall used to be behind some furniture, so I believe the mold was caused by lack of ventilation (we are on the 2nd floor and ...
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How to remove and reinstall wood panel walls?

I am looking at upgrading the insulation of a house from the 1950s that has vertical wood panel walls throughout. I think regular walls with drywall and paint are difficult to upgrade, as the walls ...
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Structural damage because of air vent

I need to make an air vent for a tumble dryer hose on an external structural wall. Is there any chance to compromise the wall structure because of the hole for the vent? Should I add a structure ...
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Can I fill cinder blocks with soil/dirt?

I have two short raised beds made of cinder blocks (8 in. and 16 in. tall) that isn't finished yet. I was wondering if it's okay to fill the voids of the blocks with excess soil from my yard? I live ...
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Cardboard behind popcorn ceiling

My house was built in 1971. After removing a think layer of popcorn, I found cardboard behind it. Does anyone know what that is? Is it safe to just paint over it?
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Fiberous Material White Material below Plaster - Asbestos?

I am stripping off wallpaper from an old Scottish building. Some of the walls have damage, and some of the plaster has a white hairlike fiberous material below. I found this before it was in a whitey ...
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Fixing patch in the wall

I just moved in to a new apartment and somehow broke small platform near window (where you are supposed to put plants I guess). How can I fix this as I don't want my landlord to keep my deposit :(
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How to clean this sandstone wall?

The sandstone wall is turning brown and black in places and I’m not sure how to restore is back to original appearance. Are there any cleaners which can be used? A picture is attached. Thanks
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Install a hardened glass in front of chimney

There is a chimney like this: I have ordered a hardened glass with four holes to be installed in front of chimney with dimensions like this: There is a 2 cm empty space below glass to allow fresh ...
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How do we add structurally sound faux stud for a single stud TV mount?

We are preparing to install a single stud TV mount, (Kanto PS300). However the ideal place to put it (visually for the room), lies between two studs. We want to open up the wall and frame in a faux ...
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What are the steps to raising an interior wall header?

First of all, thanks to Dale Cox. I copied and modified his diagrams on https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/. 1st diagram shows partial section of wall between my kitchen and dining room. There is ...
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Hearing a popping sound from wall

Started hearing what sounds like a popping sound coming from inside our bedroom wall. It is part of the exterior to the house, but we have no known water or air ducts along that part of the wall. Any ...
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Adding an outlet above this metal box

I'm trying to install a new outlet about 3 feet above an existing outlet (for a wall-mounted TV). It appears that the existing outlet is in the middle of the run, so I'm not sure how I would add the ...
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Crack on basement wall/foundation wall

I noticed a crack on our basement wall or foundation wall (not sure what to call it). Our house is fairly new, built on mid 2017. We have a finished basement so there's no way to check the crack from ...
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How to fix this heavy shelving unit to solid supporting wall?

Can someone please advise on the best fixings to use. I want this shelving unit to be hung to a solid brick wall like a kitchen cupboard. It weighs approximately 20kg. The back is longer than under ...
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How to straighten a curved/crooked brick wall?

So yesterday I was trying to put up a frame using 3M command strips and they kept on coming off because only half the strip was actually touching the wall. Then I realised the whole wall was actually ...
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Basement walls above grade are wet outdoors after rain

I would appreciate any tip, help on diagnosing the symptom below. Been searching online to help diagnose symptom of "wet patch on exterior wall after rain". Did find several useful resources, ...
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Suggestions on where to relocate a wall register I'm enclosing in a closet? (with labeled floor plan attached). Thank you!

I'm looking for some suggestions on where to relocate the HVAC wall register (shown in red), as I am planning to enclose it in a closet. It comes from 3x7 rectangular duct into the 2x4 wall and rests ...
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Mount TV on Slate Tile accent wall without studs?

How could I mount a tv on a slate tile accent wall. I don't think there are studs behind the tile, it is a hollow space. Another problem is my wall mount only has 2 holes to bolt to the wall. Wall in ...
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Ideas for getting into wall

I'm installing a new bathroom fan in an old house, it has a fancy switch that requires it's own neutral wire. The problem is that I am having no luck figuring out how to get a wire from the attic ...
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Is this gap at the base of my wall allowing water to enter?

My apartment is at the ground floor of a 4-floor building. Between the walls of the building and the ground, there is empty space: It is sufficiently wide to insert a palm, and from the outside, it ...
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How does framing a very tall non-structural wall differ from framing a standard height non-structural wall?

We are looking at potentially building a barndominium (a steel building finished inside to use as a residence). After erection of the steel structure and exterior, I will need to frame out exterior ...
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Walls streaking

We have been in our home almost 2 years (it was originally built early 2000s) and we keep noticing things wrong with the walls. Tonight we noticed these lines all over one of the walls in our daughter’...
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Hit metal while drilling into wall to mount TV

I'd like to mount a TV in the same spot as the condo owner previously mounted theirs. There are 4 existing holes that use Toggler-brand SnapToggle toggle bolts, but they do not align with my mounting ...
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Why is there a metal piece in the wall itself?

I’m drilling a hole into my outer wall and there is a random metal bit inside the wall. There are no studs or wires... what is it? In the picture it is just the most bottom part of the hole ( it’s ...
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I need to screw into my wall but halfway in, it hits something hard

I tried in different spots on the wall but same thing. Is the whole wall like that? I live in a concrete building but not soundproof. I am able to use screws on other walls.
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How to block a window with plywood for big wall to project a movie?

I have a kids' playroom with a big wall and a center window. I want to use this wall as a home theater projector screen. I don't want to block the window permanently with a fixed screen, and my ...
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Will nailing vinyl over my wall ruin the paint over time?

I have some noisy neighbors and my landlord has given me permission to nail mass loaded vinyl over the offending window. The vinyl will remain in place for about 6 months. Is there any risk that over ...
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Insulating under a bay window

I have a 1929 craftsman house. The dining room has a bay window, original to the house, cantilevered outside the foundation. The floor joists were covered outside on the bottom with tongue & ...
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Hairline cracking in section of painted interior wall

I have just rolled a second coat of emulsion (Farrow & Ball, brand new tin) onto a bedroom wall and an hour later noticed that a sweep of the wall (a few inches wide) has hairline cracks. I’ve not ...
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how to attach a door handle onto wall

I need a light duty rail in my kitchen to hang cleaning clothes just near the sink. After doing my market research, I saw a door handle with a suitable shape, something similar to this: However it ...
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In a house with baseboard heat, how can I tell where areas I need to heat in the winter to prevent pipe freeze?

All, I recently purchased a property in the mountains as a vacation home. It is two stories plus a basement. It has no central air, and just electric baseboard heat. It is at a rather high elevation ...
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Repairing wall near shower and floor - drywall repair

We recently moved into an older house with a pretty rough master bathroom with a walk in shower. The corner of the shower door appears to be a little leaky so I was going to sit down and replace caulk ...
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Is it unsafe to remove one stud from a load bearing wall?

I need to cut a hole for a recessed medicine cabinet. This wall is at the end of the house. I only need to cut one stud to make a frame for the cabinet. Will this damage the integrity of the bearing ...
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Fix wooden wall paint

I had mould in a wooden wall, so I had to clean it with the special cleaning solution. But after that I don't know what I should do to fix the wall painting. It's like a plastic or some sort of ...