Questions tagged [walls]

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

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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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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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Need to attach shelving unit to wall; what kind of wall structure is this?

I live in an Australian inner city apartment built in 2007. I want to attach a shelving unit to a wall but haven’t ever done this before, so I want to make sure to do it properly. I’m not sure exactly ...
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Which is the better first step: rebuilding a basement closet, or insulating the basement walls?

Recently closed on a split-level. The basement was partially finished, with a closed off utility room and a hodge-podge closet (enclosed area in one corner of the basement with a door, separated from ...
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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 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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Calculating a main floor load bearing wall for 4 story condo

I'm seeking help on calculations of a main flood load bearing wall support for our 4 story (basement and 3 floors) condo. The raw area of the condo is 19'6" wide by 27'6" deep. The full length of the ...
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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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Economical way to prevent dusting from AAC blocks in your garage?

Two main walls of my garage are made of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) blocks and they produce a lot of dusting. Total surface I need to is around 25 square meters. What can I use to prevent ...
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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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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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What went wrong with this wall, and how do we fix it?

My friend's condo was built in 1960 and renovated before she bought it, in 2010 or so. Not long after she moved in, a chunk of plaster on the kitchen ceiling fell off, then a little later the same ...
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Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing?

Other than looking up blue prints, which many homeowners may not have, are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing? Methods I can think of might include: Going up in the attic to check if ...
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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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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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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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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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Mount glass shower wall with adhesive to avoid drilling holes in the bathroom tiles

I would like to mount a glass shower wall in the bathroom but avoid having to drill holes. The model in question is the following: http://www.bathdeluxe.com/products/130/130-328-toscana-wall-manual....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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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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What hard material is behind the plaster on interior walls in my 1920s apartment?

I moved into an old (c. 1920s) rental apartment building in the northeastern US (Philadelphia) and would like to hang pictures and secure some furniture. I tried putting nails in several places ...
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Reinforcing load bearing wall

Pretty sure the box across the opening is a beam and the wall is load bearing. Want to remove these studs on this wall and the wall behind it to open up my living room to kitchen and create a bit of a ...
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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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Closet Wall, is it Load Bearing?

Trying to figure out if the front wall of this pantry cabinet is load bearing. We'd like to remove the front of the pantry and install cabinets here instead of the closet, but unsure if we can pull ...
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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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Should a concrete curb at a patio door be built on top of or inset into the slab?

This is going to be hard to explain, so please bear with me. I am shrinking down an old 8' sliding glass door Rough opening from what appears to have been an old garage door originally. The header ...
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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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Why is Easy Sand not suitable as a skim coat?

I have Easy Sand 90 joint compound. Its label says not to use it as skim coat. Why can't I use it?
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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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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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Need help installing the pull up bar i just bought

i am a rookie that hasnt done much installing/drilling etc. in my life (just turned 18 ;P). So i bought this pull up bar online, assembled it, but now i have to install it to my wall. At first i ...
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Does this CMU block wall on pool need rebar?

So I'm in the process of remodeling my backyard. One of the things I wanted to do was build a wall similar to the first picture I included (with the stacked stone). The red arrows point at the wall. ...
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House with many cracked external wall bricks

I saw a house recently, approx. 20-30 years old in the London area. I cannot say if it has double tied cavity walls or it is the cheaper version which is essentially a wooden house with a single brick ...
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How feasible is a brick veneer fake wall?

We want to brick veneer our chimney breast (Which has a TV mounted to it) but I had a thought that would allow us to hide the wires, brick veneer the wall and also keep the wall behind in a clean ...
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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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How can I seal a two inch gap in the floor along a wall?

I have almost a 2 inch gap between my wooden floor and wall in the apartment I am renting. I think the dust down there is causing me allergies and I’m worried about the cold AC air escaping down there....
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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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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