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

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brick wall slope

I'm building a new house with a builder company and I've noticed that one of the side walls has a slope of about 1-2 inches from the bottom to the top. This is 2 story house with full brick siding. ...
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Can I demolish concrete block walls in the basement under concrete beams?

I've recently bought a house with a spacious basement. The basement has several walls that divide it into "sections" with free passage between them. I'd like to demolish some of the walls. ...
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How to install an outdoor receptacle on the other side of this indoor receptacle?

I want to have access to electric on a porch, and there's an indoor receptacle right around where it would be helpful to have an outdoor one. I did some research and it seemed simple enough: Open the ...
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Fixing interior Wall Cracks and Door Frame Gaps

I've recently relocated to a new place and I'm considering removing the current wallpaper in the living room and repainting it. However, upon removing the wallpaper, I noticed cracks in the wall about ...
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With my circuit breaker open I have found 0.67 VAC between my light switch common wire to ground, is this acceptable?

I have opened the circuit breaker at my box to diagnose why my outside light is not working. I verified that there is no VAC at the switch and I have disconnected the light switch from the circuit to ...
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Are these internal walls load bearing? [duplicate]

Can someone please help acertain whether the walls highlighted in red are load bearing? One of them feels quite solid when I am knocking on it but I am not sure how to tell. The one highlighted in ...
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Conversion from wood stud hardware to metal stud/toggle bolts?

I currently am looking to install some shelf mounts that come with #10x1.8 in screws to drill into wood studs. Two mounts have a 55 lb weight capacity. Our walls have metal studs, so I need to use ...
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Will 1/4" TapCons hold a 72" window box?

Afternoon, I purchased a 72" window box to hang under a window that is just under 77" in length. The box itself is fiberglass and is 33lbs fully assembled without plants and soil. With ...
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Wall behind bathroom sink

Looking for help identifying this material and how to remove it. I replaced my bathroom vanity but created a bigger job in the meantime. The vanities were different sizes so I created a gap in the ...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

I’m assuming these are expansion joints, I’m about to put down my floors. They protrude about 1/4 inch out the wall. How can I run my baseboards evenly along these?
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Is there a standard wall bracket, for these guys (perhaps a standard width?) or are they totally ad hoc depending on the device? The solid solution?

I have a number of these problem children to take care of. They should hang a foot above the floor on the wall. My crap solution is push two small nails in to the drywall at an upwards angle and hang ...
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How to fix gap between top of foundation wall and bottom of exterior wall

I recently bought my first house. We removed some drywall in the basement for a project and saw a couple gaps between the top of our foundation wall and the exterior wall of the house. The gap in the ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

We are purchasing a home and have two rooms we would like to improve the window situation in. In the dining room we would like to replace the regular 36x54 double hung with a 48" round picture ...
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Drywall concerns - Nail pops, cracking in corners and door/window frames, shoddy repairs?

Nail pops, drywall issues, cracking - any advice? Hi Everyone, So we bought a house (N. central Virginia) last fall. House is 22 years old (2002 build). When we bought the house there was some ...
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Backboard to follow the path of the slight off level tub?

I recently tore out my old tile shower walls, and am replacing with go board and new tile. the wide wall (60") is slightly off level from th back of the tub toward the drain. Should I hang the ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

I am thinking about making this small room into a guest room (maybe a window in the door or the wall, adding a bed, etc). There are some knobs and pipes in one of the walls (2nd pic below) that I don'...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

I’m new here. We recently bought a home built in 1984 and we’ve started removing all of the wallpaper. We noticed that underneath the wallpaper are patches of what looks like chipping paint and the ...
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Roughing out shower niche

I am presently roughing in a shower niche (20" wide prefer 24") for a curbless shower (45x60), and after demoing the wall it appears the builder placed studs 24 o.c., which is fine as I will ...
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What are the options for moving a non-loadbearing wall in kitchen?

Does anyone have any experience removing a non-load bearing wall in a kitchen/living room similar to the one in the attached pictures? Wondering if this this a nightmare project, or a doable DIY.
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Do you need to replace the entire stud in a wall if part of it has termite damage [closed]

Do I need to replace the entire stud in a wall if part of it has termite damage or can I attach a partial stud adjacent to the damaged stud to repair the problem?
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How to repair flashing between stucco and brick chimney?

The flashing that transitions from my stucco wall to my brick chimney appears to be separating from the chimney. This separation is occurring across the entire height of the chimney and not just in ...
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What is covering my stone wall and how to repair?

In the photos you can see some kind of concrete rendering or something covering the top of my doorway, and also a layer peeling off the side of a window. Does anyone know what this most likely is? Is ...
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Recently purchased an apartment and noticed this on my balcony wall

What is this at the base of my balcony wall?
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Which of these areas are mold risks or pest-intrusion risks vs just cosmetic imperfections?

I have just signed a lease on a place that was a deal I couldn't pass up with the knowledge I'll want to put some work in on it myself (landlord is not great), what would be considered problematic ...
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Roof pipe vent leak into wall

I was on my roof a couple of days ago seeing if there was tile damage after a hail storm and I noticed on one of the pipes that the pipe flashing was old and cracking and able to let in rain (Pic 1). ...
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Where can I find a specific screw (pan head #10 wood screw) for a wall-mounted speaker

I have these wall speakers which weigh 13 lbs each. There is a keyhole mount in back for hanging them on the wall. The manual calls for a 2.5"-3" #10 pan head wood screw for mounting to the ...
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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

My wife and I recently became homeowners for the first time, and did our first home renovation. We opted to have smooth painted walls and hired a company to do this for us. Over our first months of ...
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I am in the process of converting an uninsulated block industrial building into my residence. Any suggestions based on my proposed wall assembly?

On the border of US Climate Zones 4 and 5, the building is slab on grade and interestingly has 2 slabs, one on top of the other with a plastic barrier between them as illustrated. The existing ...
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

As stated in the title I'm a novice when it comes to home improvement. Unfortunately there are some cracks/holes in the bathroom as you can see in the photos and video. It isn't your typical drywall ...
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drill into concrete wall first holes in my life

I live in a new building in Germany (2022 year). I have a hammer drill + concrete bits + metal detector. I have 2 drawings of my room (it is the same room). I wanna drill to orange and green areas. ...
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My new alcove tubs walls will be more pronounced than the untouched sheetrock outside of the tub walls. How can i deal with this

Ok, I'm having a pro install the tile in my alcove tub enclosure walls. Forgive me for not knowing all the terminology. As per the Manufacturer I will be installing the hardi backer board over the ...
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Partition wall loading on parallel joist

I want to move a non-bearing 2nd floor bathroom wall about 2.5 feet to make the space bigger for a bathroom remodel . The wall is currently over a matching bathroom below so the walls previously ...
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Cement on interior hallway walls with thin wallboard

This is a small home built in 1914. The house has plaster walls with wood lath. In the hallway there was wainscot paneling. When I removed the paneling some was glued to the wall and the wallboard ...
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Help with identifying wall material

I'm in an apartment building in New York from the 1930s, looking to hang shelves on an interior wall. It's possible the interior wall is newer than the rest of the building or was rebuilt at some ...
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Insulating interior walls

Is it okay to insulate my interior wall cavities with 1 inch blue insulation styrofoam and then r13 bat insulation on top of that before I sheetrock
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How can I prevent crumbs from coming off an interior plaster-like wall?

I recently moved into a house and I want to fix the interior walls. They are covered in a material that I never even saw before, so I would like to replace/cover with something, but I am confused over ...
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

I am mounting a 24 inch vanity light into wood panel walls. The light fixture is lightweight and there is no stud available, so I intend to use this 1 gang old work round electrical box. I need to ...
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Soft Spot On Plaster Wall - No Moisture?

Our 100 year old house has plaster walls, and I just noticed this “soft” spot by our front door (see photos). It isn’t bulging out - the spot leaves an indentation if you press hard, but no “squishy” ...
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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

I have an extremely awkward window configuration that I have no idea how to handle. It seems like most curtain rods want to have a bit of space on both ends of the window to install flat onto the wall ...
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How to insulate and air seal partially finished wall

I'm trying to slowly improve the energy efficiency of my house. I need to finish a 2x6 framed wall between my basement mechanical room and a poorly insulated, unheated garage (There is living space ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

I hit metal while drilling a hole next to a window. The identical house next to mine is at the pre-drywall stage, so I took a picture of the window area. I suspect the thing I'm hitting is called a ...
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How to trim windows on a curved wall

I have a curved wall with 7 windows in it. We are getting all the windows replaced but I'm a little concerned about how the windows will be trimmed on the curved wall. Currently there is no trim, the ...
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Board and batten on warped wall - best way to install?

When preparing to install board and batten on my wall, I found that the center of my 6' wall span is "warped" away from me, about 1/2" where I want the top rail, and 1/4" on the ...
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Can anyone identify this faux brick wall material?

I bought a new house in the summer 2023 and would like to paint over this faux brick wall. I am wondering what type of material this is, and if I need a special type of paint (besides regular wall ...
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Need advice. Painted over semi-gloss wall with matt emulsion paint without primer beforehand

The painter I hired painted over the semi-gloss walls with matt emulsion paint without using a primer beforehand. So the color from the original semi gloss paint is still coming through in spots as ...
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Why does only one of my three-way switches work suddenly?

I have two toggle wall switches at opposite room ends that control a ceiling light fixture. Only one switch (main) now works for off and on of fixture, the other will only turn fixture off not on. ...
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Can top plate of partition wall be removed where it joins load bearing wall?

Is it okay to remove a partition wall that has its top plate going under the I beam of a load bearing wall? Would I just cut the top plate flush with the studs of the load bearing wall? The red arrows ...
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Can I remove double top plate?

I am doing some renovation in my kitchen and when I removed the door that goes into kitchen, I came cross some sticking out wood from my ceiling and my wall and I am wondering if they can be removed ...
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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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Can I replace just the top rotten half of a wall stud rather than the whole thing?

The reason is I cannot readily access the sill plate. There is fireplace brickwork in front of the drywall there. I guess the best thing is add a sister that rests atop the sill plate but is not ...
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