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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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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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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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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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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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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 ...
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Gas wall heater issues

Why does my gas wall heater turn on and off intermittently when the switch is off? It's NOT the fan turning on and off Its the flames coming on then quickly going out! Why? and thank you!
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How should I conceal gaps between laminate flooring and wall trim?

I am looking for the best way to fill some small gaps left between flooring and wall in new house, see image. Guessing the previous owners installed the flooring themselves hence why the finish is not ...
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Electrical problem in my home

I have a circuit on a 20 amp single pole breaker. All it has on it is two lighted ceiling fans on 1 single switch; it operates both ceiling fan lights and fan. It has a receptacle as well. My panel is ...
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Cheap material for stiff, thick, lightweight, insulating walls?

I want to construct a large water tank. The walls need to be fairly thick (several centimetres) very stiff (they will be decoratively plastered inside and out and the plaster should not crack) ...
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What material is this fake wood? How can I fix what's been chipped off?

What material is this fake wood? How can I fix the crap that's been chipped off?
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How to insulate exterior walls with electrical wiring

As part of renovations to our home we chose to replace existing aluminium electrical wiring with Copper wiring. We also wanted to replace the original R7 insulation with something better (R14 or 15) ...
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Cable trunking terminology

I have a few cables running between my desk to a nearby tv screen and an electric outlet. I was thinking about tucking them in a pvc raceway stuck to the wall. For a more tidy solution, I'm looking ...
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How do I fix this part of the wall?

I have this section of the wall just above my bed, recently it became a bit dirty so I used a sponge to clean it. Unfortunately now I'm left with a a big green mark on the wall and it wont go away. I ...
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How do I patch a medium size hole so that I can install a baby gate securely?

Long story short, 2 holes became 1! I'm trying to patch a medium/large hole so that I can put a baby gate up but it's not working with just spackling! I've tried securing a board over it but it's ...
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Insulating small area in attic-like space

I recently moved into (am renting) a new place and have set up a desk in an attic like space. It's overall not an ideal setup but I have limited financial resources. The issue I am facing right now is ...
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wall anchor didn't go all the way in - hit a white plastic?

Pretty new with everything about drilling stuff into the wall, so forgive me. I tried to use a recommended wall anchor (click the link for more info), and unfortunately, about halfway through, the ...
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How to find type of wall separating flats in same building

I'm trying to work out the construction of a wall that partitions two flats (maisonette). Most things on the internet deal with internal walls (with wood studs, found with a stud finder), or solid ...
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How the fix washed-off wall paint?

I've recently moved to a new place and I wanted to clean a couple of superficial wall stains like I always did: using a clean cloth and a few drops of water. But apparently this wall paint is ...
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Outdoor led wall panel - reacting when hit by a ball

I want to build a 10-15'' square or round wall panel and hang it on a wall. This I call the target. My son is supposed to hit it with a soccer ball. When he hits it the panel should change its color e....
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Can Simpson Strong-Tie H1Z hurricane clips be installed on the inside of a wall?

Can the H1Z (diamond shaped) hurricane clips be installed on the inside of a wall's plate or do they have to be on the outside?
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Water Damage Between Paint and Wall

My mini split had filled the drip pan and was not draining properly. When the wall was painted some of the paint had gotten onto the mini split and it seems like it had created a channel so that when ...
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Interior Wall French Windows

Does anybody know where I could find, reasonable priced, french windows that I can use in an interior wall for my finished basement? (Toronto area). That means both sides would look the same. No ...
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Framing an appliance opening in a load bearing wall?

I bought a fridge that is much too deep (first time buying a new house/new appliances) and unfortunately the appliance place does not take exchanges or returns. I am considering recessing the fridge ...
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Filling gap between outside door frame and solid brick wall

I’ve had a problem where an outside door swelled in hot and wet weather so that it did not quite fit in its frame, and repeated impact has knocked out a section of the pointing around the frame. I ...
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What could cause a wall mounted sink to fail?

I went to the restroom before I was gonna eat at the restaurant after using the restroom I flushed and attended to the sink to wash my hands as I put just the pressure of my elbows on the sink to ...
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Determine what a wall switch does

I have 2 wall switches in an electrical box, 1 controls the ceiling fan, and I cannot find out what the other one does. I've tested everything in the room. It does not control the light in the fan, ...
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Best way to retrofit a dyer vent duct in 2x4 interior wall

My washer and dryer are located on the second floor of a two floor townhouse (crawlspace foundation). It's basically a closet that fits the two machines only, with very limited space front to back ( ...
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Replacing R7 in exterior home walls

I really appreciate all the great feedback from the forum members on various questions. We are working on lots of renovations to our home that is located in Toronto, Canada. It was built in the early ...
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Is it a problem if a bookcase isn’t fully touching the floor?

IKEA assemblers have screwed a large bookcase (180cm height x 160cm width x 40cm depth) into my wall where the top is 10mm from the wall and the base is 17mm from from wall, meaning the bookcase doesn’...
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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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What is this protrusion of bricks in my wall?

My house was built in 1904 in St. Louis, USA. It has a brick exterior. Currently, one of the side walls has a narrow stack of bricks near the back of the house. The stack starts in the basement and ...
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What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?

I have heard rustling sounds coming from my exterior walls, which I am assuming is mice (or some other rodent) scurrying around in the hollow wall. I have found a hole about 2 inches in diameter in ...
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Can I mix waterbase Behr wall paint with waterbase deck stain/sealer?

I had some clear Waterguard exterior deck stain/sealer which is water-based. I got them a while ago so I cannot return them. The problem is I like to cover the deck with opaque color. Is it possible ...
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Can I Move Interior Load-Bearing Walls Without Changes/Additions to Beams/Piers/Foundation?

I'm trying to determine if I can make some changes to my house's interior walls without making changes or additions to the underlying beam/pier/foundation structure. I have attached a drawing of the ...
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Removing wall under truss

I am wanting to turn this wall into a pony wall to open up my kitchen. It is directly under a truss. It contained a pocket door and there is no floor joist running under it or no other load bearing ...
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Determining if wall is non-load bearing

I am planning to renovate my kitchen and I would like to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I have attached a photo of the wall (wall behind the stove) as well as the room on the ...
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What is this sticking out of my wall?

I've got this small thing (see attached pictures) in my third-floor bedroom wall that previous tenants have simply painted over. It's about 1 inch in diameter, sitting about 5 feet off the floor, and ...
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Replacing Load bearing wall in basement

So we are fully gutted in our duplex and we realized that the middle wall of the building (load bearing) is set on railroad ties that apparently lay on dirt. We noticed this when trying to assess why ...
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Open load bearing wall

There's a wall in my house that I'd like to open to widen a room. The beam (a single 6x10 of hard wood) above is sitting on the concrete foundation at each extremity of the house (10in wide concrete) ...
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Building an exterior wall within an exterior wall for insulation

I just purchased a 1925 beautiful home that is stucco on the outside and old plaster on the inside. I have some carpentry experience and am realizing the incredible loss f heat to the exterior walls. ...

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