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

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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
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Using wool curtain in gardenhouse

We got a very nice and large piece of wool, and it would be perfect to use as a separation curtain in our small gardenhouse. Somebody (not an expert, and not from experience) told us that somehow ...
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Should I use screws or nails to hang 19/32" thick t1-11 panels indoors? [closed]

I'm installing 19/32" thick T1-11 panels as interior walls against wood studs. I'm unsure whether it would be easier/better to use ring shank nails in a nail gun, or screws. Some of my concerns: The ...
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What are these nail strips above and below windows?

There’s a new condo being built in a nearby northern Californian city and I noticed sets of nail strips above and below each window opening, over the plywood but under the vapor wrap. What is the ...
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Can I install a brick with a corner missing by filling the gap with mortar?

I took out a wall in AC unit from a rowhouse wall and was attempting sawtooth new bricks in to help remove any evidence of the AC in the wall. In doing so, I have 2 challenges. One brick cracked off ...
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Using a full motion single stud wall mount for the 49” Sony 900f?

I am planning on getting the Sony 900f 49” very soon and have really only been contemplating on the type of mount. I have opted to go for a Kanto mount but I’m trying to choose between the single stud ...
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How to correct this pointing?

This is a picture of the wall of my house: I need to fix the pointing; I think it's causing water to enter around a window at one point, and it's generally a disaster. The house is in the UK, built ...
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How do I determine if a wall can be removed?

I don't know much of anything about load bearing walls so I can't really decide how necessary this wall is. So the space for my fridge is 35" almost exactly. Less if you count the trim on the floor. ...
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Is this retaining wall failing? [closed]

The picture below shows a retaining wall. It was hard to take a picture from a good angle, but it looks to me like the wall is showing a "belly" and the seams are opening up. But I'm not sure: perhaps ...
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Speaker wall plate wiring

I have standard speaker cables and a wall plate that supports 2 speakers (i.e. 4 wires): The front is obvious but I'm confused about the back. Should I pass the wires through the little hole on each ...
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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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How to fill a gap between wall and ceiling?

I'm planning to convert an office to a bedroom but need to fill a gap above the door. Any ideas how I might do this in a way which minimizes sound transfer from living room to inside room, and vice ...
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Insulation for crawl space with framed wall and foundation

I am encapsulating my crawl space, but not sure what to do with walls above the foundation. At least part of this area could have been a basement I guess, but I am needing to deal with this area due ...
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Retaining wall next to tree--how to fix or rebuild?

I have a small, roughly 4' by 4' retaining wall adjoining my neighbor's yard (see photos) that is leaning over and needs to be fixed or replaced. We think it has moved not because of pressure from the ...
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Do I need to replace cupped/curled plank sheathing in my wall?

We gutted the inside of an old unventilated bathroom, and found extensive mold throughout the drywall and insulation. The exterior sheathing is old horizontal planking (probably dating back to the 50'...
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How can I protect this plumbing in an exterior wall from freezing?

We're converting an old bathroom addition in our house to be a utility/laundry room. The bathroom wasn't properly vented or sealed, so we are completely gutting the room to deal with mold and mouse ...
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Tilted header repair ?? for 200lb 13 ' x 18 ' Awning from > 1 ton wind effects to lag bolts

I am a happy owner of a 13'L x 18'W motorized canvas awning over the rear deck. However, after 6 to 8 yrs of continuous use under the sometimes inclement weather, when it was not retracted (...
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How to learn house construction? [closed]

I want to learn house construction engineering in very cold climate (Sweden), wooden and brick. It should cover the following questions (you don't need to answer it): How the roof, walls and ground ...
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Framing a Wall with a Sloped Ceiling

I'm building a new partition wall in a space where the existing ceiling is drywall attached to the sloped underside of studio-vault roof trusses. The new wall will be perpendicular to the trusses. My ...
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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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What needs to be done to protect existing 12/2 cable in a stud wall being converted to a mass wall?

I'm working on plans to convert three bays of a 2x4 stud wall with drywall into a mass wall by adding material to the cavity. The material will be something like sand/clay/gravel (to be determined ...
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How much pulling force will this plug withstand in gypsum bricks?

I have these plugs that I mounted on a 70 mm (2.5”) thick gypsum brick wall. The goal is to mount a rail for hanging coats. I have the sizes and I can calculate the required pull-weight, but I don't ...
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Old structure: 2X4 studs at 24'' on center

I have an old freestanding 2-car garage on my property that needs a lot of work. There are some major rot issues where the sills were sitting in water for a long time. Which brings me to the issue: ...
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Can I make an interior partition wall thinner to accommodate appliances?

We live in a condo are looking to expand our laundry W/D space by a few inches so we can upgrade to a standard machine (27" wide). We only need about 2-3 inches to accommodate a larger machine. The W/...
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Pull-up bar hanged from drywall door-frame

I bought a pull-up/chin-up bar to hang from my door frame. The instructions state that it is not to be used for walls made out of drywall/rigips. The hollow noise I hear when knocking on said wall ...
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Can I mount wall 75 inches (50kg) tv on plasterboard? [duplicate]

I am going to mount a TV to a wall in my living wall. The only problem I have is the TV weighs about 50kg and I am little bit afraid of hanging this amount of weight on pure plasterboard. Is it safe ...
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Which anchors to use for a wall in a basement [duplicate]

I need to extend one of the walls by approx 30 inches. I will be using pressure treaded 2x4 in bottom of the wall and wall will be about 83 inches high. Which anchors should I use to secure the ...