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

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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Wall air conditioner not operating with outlet

I recently bought a Haier 12000 btu wall ac unit. When plugged into the wall outlet a 15A 125V, the unit turns on for a few second then cuts off with the units display lights flashing. This unit doesn'...
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Why is the water vessel overflowing on my air conditioner?

The ac keeps on leaking and now there is a bubble formed underneath it. Is there any way to fix this right now?
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What is the black stain on my exterior brick, and how can I remove it?

The brick wall above my apartment is blackened, what is it and is it possible to clean it?
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Newly painted room - paint gets “wet” then dries each day - top of wall very cold to touch

We recently moved house and are in the process of decorating. The main bedroom had wallpaper which we stripped off back to bare plaster, which looks in good condition. We put down a couple coats of ...
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How to repair the voids in this stone wall

I have a stone wall and steps in my yard that have voids that need patching What is the best way to fill these holes Is there some type of cement that can be used or some other material to fill the ...
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Cracks up wall in corner of room

We recently did a comprehensive remodel of our very old condominium. Its a four unit row house from the 1890's. I noticed that there is a long crack going up the corner of a back room. Is this a ...
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How can I tell if this is a load bearing wall? [duplicate]

Hello I would like to remove the wall from our family room to kitchen. The wall that I circled in yellow. How can I tell from this blueprint if it is a load bearing wall?
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Minimum length of concrete fasteners to floor and ceiling to attach a wall?

I want to attach a wall, of 7-9.2cm thickness, on ceiling and floor. Drywall with wood frame done for living apartment in a block of flat: 42mm x 66mm woods form the wood frame where 13mm drywalls ...
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Range Hood vent and rules regarding distance from windows/doors

I want to exhaust my range hood directly through the wall. I have a brick veneer house. There are 2 windows and a door close by. What rules need to be followed?
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Structural impact of removing windows from formally exterior wall

Our 1950s ranch on slab was added on to some time in the 1990s. A wall of rectangular windows that used to be a perimeter/outer wall, is now an interior wall. Surely it's structural, but are the ...
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Fasten mantel to bad wall

I've just had a fireplace rebuilt for a new log burner and now have an issue installing a floating mantel on the wall. I've just drilled the first hole to fit the studs (onto which the mantel will ...
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Cutting out beam pockets

Guys that were pouring concrete did not form beam pockets so now i have straight walls with no beam pockets. How can I possibly cut the beam pockets out now? I believe the size is 8 1/2 by 12 1/2.
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Before blowing in wall insulation, is it better to remove old rock wool insulation?

We're going to blow in fiberglass insulation to improve the exterior walls we haven't had an opportunity to upgrade—after ten years of remodeling projects we've modernized about 60% of the walls....
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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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Hanging picture on a very hard concrete wall [duplicate]

Situation: Appartment in a panel building. Very hard concrete walls -- all, thick or thin. No plastic hooks (like these on alibaba that usually work for people around do not work for me, the little ...
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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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Supporting a leaning foundation

The walls in my foundation were built a tad crooked in the 60s and have gotten worse, likely due to non existent gutters before I bought it. I've been here 2 years and it hasn't gotten worse. The ...
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Soundproofing garden

New houses have been built at the back of my house and they are very noisy. I want to build an outside wall to get some sort of protection. I currently have a standard fence panel and a Hawthorn ...
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Are these integrated diagonal wall braces structurally important?

I was helping a friend expand the width of a closet door, and when we pulled the drywall off the interior wall frame, we noticed some 45-degree wall braces in the interior wall. I am pretty sure ...
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Is it likely that this single skin brick wall can support a large kitchen cabinet?

I would like to hang an 80cm x 80cm x 37cm cabinet on this single skin brick wall (where the ladders are currently hanging). The bricks are 10cm deep. The span of wall, each side of the pier, is ~...
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Hanging a curtain rod to hold Drapes on an Old Plaster wall (which wall has no studs)

Help, a novice here. What is the best way to mount/attach a rod to hold heavy drapes to an old plaster wall. The wall is an exterior wall that has no studs (i.e., it is the wall that faces the back ...
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How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?

We are redecorating our hall. We have stripped all the wallpaper off and have discovered that the plaster behind is not in great condition. What suggestions do people have for preparing a slightly ...
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How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?

Like a lot of you, we have several wall-mounted LCD HDTVs in the house. The TVs have two wires -- power and HDMI -- running down the wall to the power outlet and cable box. I've historically been too ...
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What are the different types of drywall anchors, and what are the advantages of each?

I recently put up wire shelving in my pantry, and spent forever figuring out what type of drywall anchor I should use. I even found several types that I didn't even know existed. It might be good to ...
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Proper way to install climbing grips/holds

I am planning on creating a small climbing wall for the side of my kid's Kura bed. Like this example. Most of the guides I read are talking about creating staggered, single hole grids to attach the ...
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How can I secure this metal 1-gang electrical box without creating a bigger hole?

I removed wood paneling in a room to reveal shoddy plaster & lath. I covered it with 3/8 in. drywall. I now need to add spacers to electrical outlets and a light switch. Except for this one ...
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Is the receiver for my ceiling fan defective or do I need to modify my wall switch?

I just got this minka aire wave ceiling fan an completed the installation but it will not turn on (neither with remote nor switch) UNLESS i take the receiver out altogether and just operate it with ...
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How deep should my entryway be?

The side entrance to my house is just off the driveway and most people enter the house from there. This is the entrance to my wife's office which is a now enclosed slab porch. If the door is open, or ...
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Low voltage cabling - insulation

I have a closet that is colder than it should be - it is 2 degrees colder than the bedroom it's connected to. The closet is 4'x4', and has two exterior walls. The bedroom is 10'x10', with one ...
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How to support this shelf?

I found this shelf already attached to supports and I'd like to put it up on the back of this cedar closet. The cedar closet is built out of a frame of 2"x4"s, but the width between the 2x4s doesn't ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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How to cover seams in plywood walls?

I'm putting up a plywood wall in my garage workshop and have some unsightly seams; 1/8" or less gaps except around floor where I plan on installing baseboard anyway. I've had to cut smaller segments ...
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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Is it okay to apply silicone sealant on damaged silicone?

I did what was suggested and called back window installers to seal it with silicone (they left exterior sealed and water leaked). They told me it's not their job to seal the window only make it but ...
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How to wall-mount this whiteboard

Trying to mount a 1/2" thick white board (2' tall, 8' wide) on this brick wall. The challenge is doing so with these electrical tubes in the way (they come about 1.5" off the wall). Any suggestions? ...
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How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I've been given the Christmas task of setting up an HO model train and rails around a child's room, so I researched a bit and found a shelf train would be the thing. So I go to measure the room in ...
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What's the best way to remove a rusty, broken screw from a tiled bathroom wall?

The previous inhabitant of our apartment used screws which aren't rust-free in the shower. Now the screw holding our shower head rail broke off - or rather, just "came off" without any resistance. ...
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homax wall texture spray can won't work second time

I'm on my third can of spray texture, this time from Homax. Each works the first time, I clear the nozzle before I store.... then nothing. Are these one time use products? Or can I use them again for ...
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What could be causing dampness in a bathroom wall?

The bottom section of the wall (other side is bathroom and a closet) has the following appearance - after prying out the planks that decorate the floor/wall interface. The wall (in a high rise) does ...
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Determine load bearing wall

I recently purchased a small home in a very rural area (in other words, no original blue prints at the recorder of deeds). The home is sitting on a concrete slab and is a single level. I have ...
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Can I remove the top plate at top of an interior NLB wall?

Is it safe to remove the top plate in one section of an interior non-load bearing wall between two studs space 16" apart? The reason I ask is because I need to run some ductwork to my cold air return ...
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Load bearing wall or not?

I have a 10ft wall that spans only a third of the width of the house but is perpendicular to the 20' long 2x10s below it. One end of the wall could transfer load to the foundational wall but the rest ...
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Supporting a bookshelf aquarium

Trying to design proper support for a long bookshelf aquarium. The aquarium is 72x12x12 approximately 44 gallons. Which equates to about 360lbs of water weight. Since it will also contain rock/coral/...
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Can I flatten nails from house siding?

I'm doing some work on the inside of an exterior wall. It's covered in nails from the siding on the outside. I know you're not supposed to flatten these kinds of nails when used in roofing. Is it ...
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What are those metal discs at the base of some walls?

Here's an example from a shower stall at work. I've seen them in other types of walls, including exterior ones.
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Texturing a wall with Joint Compound

How can I fix this problem of the joint compound cracking on me, without starting all over? I am using a Premixed Ready to use. What am I doing wrong?
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Insulating inside on an exterior brick wall

I have a city house that is over 100 years old and the bedroom has two exterior walls made of brick. Inside the walls are plastered over. Normally, I would just add 2” framing and use polyiso foam. ...
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What do I need to know for wall-mounted desk

I'm trying to build a rather large desk that's going to hold 2 computers 2 monitors and accessories associated with them, and well, 2 humans working all day long and occasionally resting on the desk. ...
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Wall opening - drywall corners

Our kitchen has an opening that used to have a bulky wood frame/shelves. We have removed that and now evaluating how best to repair the wall so it could be evenly painted and are thinking of adding a ...