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Questions tagged [walls]

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

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How to close this wall

My house has a small "porch" near the main door. In many years I've been here, I never once used this area that is on the North side of the house as a porch. It tends to collect junk that I need to ...
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How can I remove pencil marks from a painted wall …?

... without damaging the wall. My first inclination was to just use an eraser but I imagine this would remove much of the paint. If this is the only way..., how do I repair the eraser mark? Here is ...
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Wood vs Steel framing for moving house

I'm trying to make a tiny (3 x 1.6 x 2 meters or 9.8 x 5.2 x 6 feet) shack on a trailer that can legally be dragged at 100km/h aka 62 mph. I am curious about the frontal force of the wind at this ...
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How to switch 40A timer used for outdoor lighting and direct 120V outdoor lighting

I am redoing my outdoor lighting and need to move 3 wall switches used for outdoor 120V lighting to a different place within the house. The issue is that the inground wire is 10/2 UF but the inside ...
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Can screwing too far (about 1.5 inches) into a stud can weaken it?

I put up some IKEA cabinets (using their suspension rail). I used a 5mm (#10) x 50mm (2 inch). Minus the drywall and rail it probably went in about 35-40mm (1.5 inch) into the stud. After all was ...
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How can this mirror be mounted on a wall?

I have this lead light mirror, how would I go about wall mounting it? It presently has no backing of any sort.
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Smooth a badly damaged wall

My goal: Get a wall smooth enough for wallpaper without replacing the wall My situation I have a wall that's been patched about 100 times in the last 50 years or so. I can't say why (I live in NYC),...
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How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile?

How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile? I want to build an all glass shower, including glass panel back walls (see picture at top of page here: http://grayglassblog....
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Retaining wall on a 2-way slope under an existing block wall

I live on a corner home and the street/sidewalk on the right side of my home travels up a slope. The way my yard is currently designed, the right half of the yard follows the same slope, but not the ...
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How can I securely hang a very heavy object on wall made of hollow bricks?

I would like to hang a blackboard (it could weigh 160 - 190lbs) on an interior wall made of hollow terracotta brick like this. In the case of solid bricks I see there are a number of solutions ...
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How do I fix gaps around my lean-to greenhouse? [duplicate]

I got my greenhouse and didn't account for the sloping away of the wall it was to go against. Meaning a small gap at the bottom becomes 4" at the top. I can't push it into the wall as it warps the ...
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How to fix a hole in a hollow wall?

We ended up with a hole in the wall, about the size of the palm of the hand. The wall is hollow. How could we fix it?
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How to stop bricks pushing out while drilling?

I need to add an extractor fan to our utility room so I started drilling a hole using a core drill bit from the inside to outside. Its a standard UK brick cavity wall, so brick > insulation > brick. I ...
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Temporarily moving 2 walls off of a slab

The very quick backstory is that in order to remain grandfathered to retain my current setbacks (i.e., too close to property line and alley), I must retain those 2 original walls of my garage. I ...
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Installing a Heavy Sliding Barn Door into Metal Studs

I'm looking to install a single, sliding barn door in the 2nd bedroom of my condo. The door is solid MDF and weighs 200 lbs, including the metal rail and sliding wheels. And being in a condo, I'm ...
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Will noise be an issue when joining two rooms with a circulating fan?

The plan is to join two adjacent rooms with an exhaust fan. One has air conditioner, the other does not. A handyman will drill a square hole into the wall, and then attach the fan. The goal is to cool ...
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Old Wall tile glue

I'm putting up a surround wall with the bath tub. I have removed the ceramic tiles only to reveal this yellow rock hard tile glue.. Now I'm wondering if I could glue the walls to this stuff ...
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What problems will I face with this all glass stairwell?

So i'm planning to build my own house and i have hired an architect to design it. So today they shown me the sketch up model and the floor plan. 1 thing really bother me, where i have concern that the ...
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Is there a big difference between specialised wall smoothing pastes and joint filler/finsiher?

I have been renovating some interior walls that were damaged through age and the process of removing wallpaper. I didn't want to replaster, and I wanted a very thin covering, so I opted for a big-...
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attach an IKEA Lillangen cabinet to the wall above tiles

I am thinking about buying an IKEA Lillangen cabinet for my bathroom. That one: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50396635/. The assembly instructions are here: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/...
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Is this wall in my kitchen load bearing?

Sorry for another one of these questions but here goes: My house is a single story bungalow, built in 1976. I can't get hold of the blueprints because the city in which I live does not keep ...
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How to reduce the sheen of a wall paint?

I got the same color of existing wall color. But the problem is that even though the existing paint is at the least glossiness, it is still a lot more glossy than the old walls. Is there any paint or ...
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What type of wall do I have and can a monitor wall mount can be mounted to it?

Hi all I have the following wall in my loft (top floor): If I knock on it is pretty solid and makes less sound than the wall on the side of my door opposite. What type of wall is this called and ...
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Wall plug outlet change

I am replacing a 3 prong wall plug outlet receptacle with a new one that also has USB ports built in. The old outlet had 2 black wires and 2 white wires attached and a ground wire. The New outlet ...
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Foundation next to salt water, on bedrock

I have a cabin next to the salt water and want to build an 8' x 8' extension. The water is 16' away from the cabin at high tide. The cabin is actually on a Tickle that leads out to the ocean...well ...
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Is this wall load bearing? Blueprints and photos attached

I would like to remove the highlighted wall on the second floor of my house in order to create a loft area. Please help me identify if I'm dealing with a load bearing wall.
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How leveled the wall need to be to put stick tiles on it?

I have a wall that is almost leveled, but there are some problems: Part of the old paint peeled off, so I removed the part that was peeling off. The rest still pretty good, so I didn't touch it. Part ...
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Repainted wall is peeling

So I painted my wall because it was peeling and my wall now looks like this and yes the paint I put on the peeling spots are dry please Help!!
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Estimate ROI of installing battery pack like the Powerwall

The power company charges more for power during peak hours than at night. In theory, a wall-mounted battery like the Powerwall or several competitors could help mitigate this by drawing power when it ...
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House with some cracks on the exterior wall

We are thinking of buying this house but it has some cracks on the exterior wall... It is clear that someone tried to patch them in the past. How bad do these look to you? The house was built in ...
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How to screw in a screw that is nearly accessible?

I have an antique coffee grinder and the plate is directly under the container. What tool do I use
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Green Glue with wall tiles for soundproofing?

Wall Tiles https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B016UPADF0/ I'm thinking of adding soundproofing to my home's bedroom using these tiles and Green Glue. There is only 1 shared wall + door between this bedroom and ...
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Codes for range hood exterior wall locations?

What are code requirements for location of residential range hood exhaust on external wall relative to windows?
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Space usage suggestions for oddly shaped room [closed]

Please see attached diagram, especially where the chair is situated. The area is about 27 inches wide and 24 inches deep. Other than having a hanging desk and using it as a small office nook as ...
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Can I use spackling paste to “rebuild” part of the wall?

I'm on a DIY half bathroom renovation. At first I was thinking about putting tiles on the wall. It's a drywall, which I'm not familiar with, it's painted and I would need to do some preparations to ...
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Is it safe to build a drop down table to a wooden wall?

I have a wooden wall (I just moved in, so I don't know which wood) 6cm thick. I want to build an IKEA Norbo drop down table (https://www.ikea.com/de/de/p/norbo-wandklapptisch-birke-80091713/). The ...
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Installing a stud wall without connecting to ceiling?

what is the best approach to installing a stud wall (making walk in wardrobe) without also screwing into the ceiling? I am going to pull back the carpet and nail into the floor but I am wondering if I ...
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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 ...