Questions tagged [walls]

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

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Redguard Waterproofing

I have red staining leaking through tile grout in our shower stall. I presume it is caused by Redguard Waterproofing on the backerboard. How do I get rid of the continuous red staining, including down ...
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Networking in an Old House

So I have an old house (circa 1790) that I'm trying to install data cable into. It has 2 floors for living, and attic and a basement. The issue that I'm running into is that there are only a few ...
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Reinforced concrete drilling: wall plug won't fit

First-time driller here, so please bear with me! :) I was trying to afix a shelf in the wall, and started to drill the holes for its mounting brackets. The wall is reinforced concrete, and I was ...
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Water-Damaged Faced Insulatiion - but before install. Can I use it?

I'm working on framing a portion of my garage into a laundry room. I had an unopened package of R-13 faced insulation standing upright on the garage floor, when the garage flooded due to heavy rains. ...
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How can I determine whether I have moisture issues behind a brick facade

I removed a wall panel next to the window in my garage and removed the wall insulation to expose a particle board (think that's the right term) panel that's behind the exterior brick facade. The ...
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Is it a problem to have gaps in the drywall hidden by molding?

We recently had someone repairing the stairs in our home. During the process of removing the old stairs they created these gaps in the drywall (see images), however, they never filled them and simply ...
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Mounting a TV on non-load bearing wall

The TV is 55 inches, and weighs about 40 pounds. The wall mount I plan on using will be able to reach 2 studs. Will this be enough to support the TV? Does it make a difference if the wall is a load ...
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What type of paint do you use for a concrete retaining wall to work with hydrostatic pressure?

I know we are not supposed to recommend brands because it is against the rules. But I am trying to paint some outdoor cement stairs that tie into a retaining wall that is roughly 4ft tall to as high ...
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1790 brick Federal home with fieldstone foundation

We live in a 1790 brick federal upstate NY with a fieldstone foundation. The basement has above ground windows, and is the same footprint as the upstairs floors. The walls of the basement are all ...
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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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How to pick the correct white? [closed]

After repairing some damage to a wall, I need to re-paint the repaired area to match the rest of the wall. I have been given the wrong colour by a shop assistant and it has made it worse (See photo). ...
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Cooker hood venting close to eaves

I have had a new single story extension built to first fixtures; this includes a new kitchen area. Building Control (UK), will not sign off the extension until an extractor hood is fitted with ...
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beam to replace 5 studs of wall

I recently removed 2 studs from a wall and now I feel like it is not enough, so I intend to remove 3 more. The house is 26' wide and 30' long, built in 1918. It has a basement, main floor, and attic....
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Interior painting

My. Maintenance wanted to paint this apartment but the temperature is 28 degrees today, no snow but inside the apartment is no heat,would it be still ok to paint the apartment?
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Framing a non-load bearing basement wall - are plates required to be a single piece?

Are either top or bottom plates required to be 1 continuous piece of lumber? If it's not required, what is the best way to attach the separate sections; a lapping piece over the top of the joint?
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Can I reuse mounting holes into a stud for a shelf?

I'm painting and I have to take a big shelf off the wall. The shelf is screwed into the studs because of it's size. The wall is drywall. Will I be able to use the same holes as before and keep the ...
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mount bed to aerated concrete wall

I want to mount a bed frame to 2 aircrete walls with a pillar on the unsupported corner. I've heard that anchors can tear out parts of the wall if overtightened. My question is for a load greater than ...
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Wall Textures In Different US States [closed]

I am trying to learn about wall textures. Can someone share some knowledge about in which US states are textured walls (like orange peel, ....) common vs which states they are not common? I would ...
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How feasible is it to reuse the bricks when rebuilding a wall?

I knocked down a wall (drove into it). I have had two builders along to quote for repairing this wall. One builder says that he can reuse the bricks to rebuild the wall. The other says that there is ...
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How can I reliably determine whether a wall is load-bearing?

I remodeling my kitchen and opened up the entrance to kitchen to be more “open concept”. An inspector has asked me to determine if the wall is a load bearing wall. I need to “verify” but not sure ...
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how to fix damaged wall after peeling off hook?

How would I go on repairing damage caused by peeling off some "damage free" adhesive sticky hooks? Photos attached. It looks like a layer of paint came off completely. Would I need a layer of filler ...
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How can I avoid wiring when drilling into walls? [duplicate]

i'm going to drill into a wall interior and avoid the wires immedietly above the socket and horizontally near it below If I remember my dad told me that wires are normally found travelling vertically ...
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What options are available for gap between interior door frame and wall?

There are is gap (approx 0.1cm to 0.4cm) between the interior door frame and wall as shown below. (on the left side is the wall, middle is the gap, right side if the interior wooden door frame) What ...
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How to fix this crack in drywall?

The picture shows the crack over a door. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the extra load/movement in that area. What's the best way to fix this crack that will prevent this from re-...
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How should I connect my new Fagor wall oven to the existing wiring?

I just picked up a Fagor wall oven off Craigslist to replace our existing and deteriorating (very old) 240/120V Tappan wall oven. The old home wiring from the wall is a metal encased 3 wire Black, Red,...
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Should I remove the drywall before building new walls against existing walls? [closed]

I'm closing off a walk through to the kitchen from hallway creating a pantry in its place. Is this overkill to open up wall to access studs for secure mounting of new framing? I'm building custom ...
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How do I position roof trusses without using a string line?

How would I be able to install trusses on the building walls in which the tails were pre-cut to length, and have them come out perfectly straight to one another, without using a string line, mainly ...
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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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Cutting sole plates in place

I'm framing some longer walls and in one post (I can't find it again) it mentioned it'd be a good idea to not cut the sole plate where doors will be until after the wall is raised. Is that correct ...
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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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What is this mesh cover on the wall?

I just noticed this thingy on the wall of my apartment. Weird I haven't paid any attention to it since I bought this place. I could swear I just heard a low-pitched sound coming out of it. Is it a ...
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How do I put a brick wall where an exterior window is?

I have a detached garage with fairly large sliding windows (previous owner installed these) with a brick exterior. I want to remove the windows and close up the wall with bricks. What do I need to ...
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Repair Small Holes In Brown Coat & Plaster

Removing nails from a plaster wall results in much of the surrounding plaster cracking and falling away. The brown coat under the plaster is a sand aggregate that also starts to crumble easily since ...
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Installing Tile on a painted wall with satin finish

I am redoing out laundry room and would like to put tile on a wall that is already painted. The paint is a satin finish and is in good condition as it is only 2 yrs old. Is it ok to just spread the ...
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Removing a section of the stud 17" long on a load bearing wall

I am trying to install an in wall speaker. The problem I ran into was exactly where the cut out is going to be there is a pipe to the left "steam heating pipe". Then a beam to right of it. Option 1 -...
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How can I store a paint roller for a second coat?

It's my first time using paint rollers, and I have a problem. How do I store a paint roller cover for 2 hours so that I can use it for a second coat?
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Trying to determine if a wall in my basement is load-bearing [closed]

I want to expand my basement. I removed the drywall from the this wall. Someone told me it is not load bearing but I want to be 110% sure. The floor joists above the basement are running parallel to ...
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What steps to take in painting this damaged wall?

Water leak from above windows created bubbles. I stripped the damaged section with putty knife, did I go too far? What steps should I take next? I'm new at this, I think I'm supposed to add primer ...
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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 would you attach an interior wooden wall to a metal building?

Didn't see this question from my searches but I'm unsure if I have my terminology incorrect. I've been looking to add some finished, air controlled, rooms to a metal building with beams upon my ...
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Metal braided cord in the wall

I was expanding a hole in what I think is drywall in between two closets. When I took the drill out I noticed some metal protruding and it looks like I went through a braided cable, but the metal ...
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Should a board connecting a beam in the attic to a rafter be removed?

When I bought this house (foreclosure) the prior owner was in the middle of a project to remove a wall. It is a load bearing wall 12' long that supports the ceiling joists which span 24'. T the other ...
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Removal of a 2x4 with roof truss built on top

I am remodeling my bathroom and I have run into a problem removing some of the framing where a shower used to be. There is a 2x4 spanning the 5 1/2 foot width of the bathroom and it has been built ...
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Drilling a hole from both sides of the wall

I need to drill a through hole in a brick wall. Is there a method to start from both sides of the wall and meet in the wall? I wish to do this because: The wall is slightly thicker than the length ...
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Wall paint bubbling on edge of window from lack of insulation, how to fix?

Window and walls were done only a month ago. The only time it rained was once this week. What are these big blobs and could it be because of the light rain? Should I leave them or fix? Could it be ...
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How to keep a concrete wall cool?

I'm a student renting a room on the 2nd floor of a small apartment. When i got back from the holidays i found out our next door neighbors extended their house and built a shed. The roof of their ...
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How to secure plywood wall panels with hidden fixings

We've got a new 3000 x 3000mm partition wall that we'd like to fix birch plywood panels to. The panel size would be 800 wide, 600 high and I'm trying to figure out how to best fix them to the stud ...
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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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Drywall ceiling crack emanating from/near the outside corner of two interior drywall walls

I have determined that this is not a foundation problem (the cracks have existed for at least two years without getting worse, other than in the winter they open up just a little. No other foundation ...
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Adding French doors in bedroom and bathroom. Can I do this without structural engineer?

I would like to add french doors in my bed room and my bathroom. I am not sure if I would need a structural engineer for this. I have my blueprints of my bedroom and bathroom. If I sent picture ...