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

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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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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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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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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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Scratch on wall - ceramic tile

by accident I scratch ceramic tile in my bathroom while cleaning. Do you have any idea how can I remove/(paint?)/fix this? I tried a lot of home products (at start I though its just a tech pencil), ...
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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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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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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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Drilling a hole in a dry-wall backed by concrete or plaster?

I am trying to mount this TV: LG 55UK6300 https://www.lg.com/ca_en/tvs/lg-55UK6300BUB I bought the Insignia 47" - 80" Fixed TV Wall Mount: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/insignia-insignia-47-80-...
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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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Hide fiberglass insulation in ceiling next to stone wall

I'm pretty inexperienced to say the least, so bear with me. In my basement, the previous owners stuffed a bit of the pink insulation between the wall and ceiling but left it exposed. I don't ...
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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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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'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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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 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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Running Satellite cable from wall plate, under carpet to opposite side

I want to route my satellite cables, which are currently poking out of a media plate on one side of the room, to their destination on the other side. The challenges that I face are: Routing the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 majority of it is well done, but neither my wife or I were content with the basement. It was partially finished, with a closed off utility room, some hideous ...
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Should I be concerned about rust on a post in my basement?

How long do support posts last? Any reason to be concerned with rust on them? Seem to be working fine.
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How do you identify settling cracks versus structural cracks (new build )

In my new build house I've found roof to ground stucco crack on outside and at same location on inside (garage). There's a crack from top through the mortar, then straight through two blocks, then ...
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Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
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Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
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Five outlets not working

My home was built in the late 60’s. An outside porch light was on a timer that recently broke. I replaced it and it works fine, however, now I have no power to five outlets. One is outdoors and the ...
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What should I do with this crack on an outside brick wall?

I have this long, but thin, crack on my outside brick wall and I was wondering what I could do to repair it myself (if it's even worth repairing). Winter is coming and I'm afraid it will get worse ...
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Render internal wall after doorway brickup

As per the picture, I have a room with a bricked up wall. All the walls are concrete. The doorway has been bricked and covered with what I believe to be cement. So far I have sanded the doorway with ...
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How to properly scribe molding?

I have a 96" wall. The wall and ceiling are not square. I wanted molding on the top. I leveled and secured the molding. The left side of the molding was up against the ceiling. The right side of ...
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How do you weatherproof SIPS panels if you are building next to an existing wall?

I am planning on building a SIPS garden room, and want to build it as close as possible to my existing garden wall. (It will be within UK permitted development rules, so I don't have to leave 1m gap.) ...
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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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Can these wall braces be removed?

My detached garage was rebuilt in 2015, and 2 of the walls have metal braces with kerfs cut into the studs. The walls are sheathed with tongue and groove. The wall in the picture is 2x4’s 24” on ...
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Covering up tile gaps

There are some holes in between these walls: What are some proper (and inexpensive) ways to cover them up such that: they can't be seen crawlies are not able to get in