Questions tagged [walls]

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

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Replacing a top plate underneath a fireplace, with an attached exterior deck

Amateur here. I have a house where the chimney run framing extends to the basement (rather than simply sitting on a platform attached to the main floor). The only fireplace present is on the main ...
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Stain blemished/damaged surface layer in cultured marble shower?

Is there a way to stain what appears to be cultured marble? Two I've used in the recent past at different locations, with suction cup based hooks/holders have had some material removed over time ...
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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile?

How should I attach glass panes for use as shower walls in place of tile? I want to build an all glass shower, including glass panel back walls (see picture at top of page here: http://grayglassblog....
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How to screw in a screw that is nearly accessible?

I have an antique coffee grinder and the plate is directly under the container. What tool do I use
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What are the requirements for a header for an open passageway through two rooms?

My question is for both load and non-load bearing walls. There used to be a hinged door between the kitchen and dining room, who knows when it was removed (I've been here a couple years). The door ...
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Filling gaps between staircase and plaster wall

I purchased a home that was a two family converted to single. Brick veneer on the outside and block inside. I have been assured by two structural engineers that I have no foundational issues. I have a ...
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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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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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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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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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Filling gaps between concrete and roofing

I'm new to this stackExchange and very glad that this stack exchange exists! My question is about how do I fill the gaps between the concrete wall and the roof. I want to fill the gaps in order to ...
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Crack in ceiling along where it meets exterior wall. Possible causes, should i be worried?

I live in a victorian end terrace. The ceiling where it meets the exterior wall has cracked over time. It is in the same area where there was some subsidence due to cracked drain but repaired some ...
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What type of wall texture is this? How can I match it?

Looking for what type of wall texture this is, how is it applied (i.e. spray on)? Basement window flooded, I need to match the texturing around the rest of the room. It looks like a SantaFe ...
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How do I stop water entering from where the stack meets the wall in the basment?

I just bought a house and everything in it is fine. Untill the other day when there was water in the basment. I initially thought it was related to the washer but I found out it was coming from the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to bring solar panel wires inside house?

I have a pretty simple solar panel setup in the backyard which links to the charge controller to the batteries. I wanted to run wires inside the house so I can use it for smaller stuff like charging ...
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Water damage to outside wall

In an outside wall at an entrance door the bottom plate and studs for the door frame, sheathing and possibly the wall studs have rotted from water leaking in from a space between the aluminum siding ...
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49" TV wall mount with full motion bracket on plasterboard

I recently purchased the LG 49SJ800V. I would like to wall mount this TV using a full motion TV bracket (like this). Aerial and electricity sockets are located at 1.83m from the floor on a ...
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How to Move a Doorway in a Load Bearing Wall?

This is my first remodel attempt and I would like to create a doorway between a bedroom and a walk-in closet. The existing wall between the two rooms is a load-bearing wall. After removing the ...
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Installing CAT6 in a wall without using trunking or conduit

I’ve just bought an old house in the UK (circa 1902) and am running CAT6 cable through most of it. I bought Outdoor Cable as I needed something a bit more durable. The downside is that I can’t run any ...
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Is there any way to build a fence without putting posts in the ground?

I want to build a nice looking wooden fence around my property. However part of it has dirt, part of it has concrete. Also, there are already block walls between my two neighbors. I don't want to ...
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Walls dont appear to be bolted to foundation - any retrofix?

After quick inspection of the walls in my house I dont think they are bolted to the foundation. At least I couldnt find the bolts - I think there mightbe several concrete nails holding it in place but ...
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DIY Camper, framing advice needed

So my little teardrop trailer plans have changed into a 12'x6' camper so that I can stand in it. I'm in the planning phase still. What I'm doing for the walls is 3 layers; an outer 1/2" board, a ...
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Building a deck - can I extend the side wall vent of my propane furnace underneath it?

I'm building a low deck outside of my house, and the vent wouldn't have a 1ft clearance. Deck extends about 7ft out from the house. Would it cause any problems if I were to extend the vent's 2inch ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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can I use natural rocks from my property as a 4 foot retaining wall?

I want to use natural rocks and build it up to about 3 feet. Will it last if I use concrete/mortar to fill in the gaps? I am in east Tenn where it freezes in the winter.
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Tiling over rough uneven plaster wall

After pulling down some paneling in our bathroom I discovered why they had it there in the first place. At one time there was plastic tile over the walls and they damaged the surface while removing ...
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Return Air Vent

I am in the middle of planning a kitchen remodel. We are removing a non load bearing wall to open up the space. The wall has a big return air vent (using the studs of the wall). My initial thought is ...
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Do you have to vent the space between wall and drywall for a finished basement?

The ceiling in my furnace room is open. I have been chasing the source of the bad smell in my basement for about a year when I finally realized that the smell is coming out of that room. Here is a ...
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How can I attach a kitchen hood to a mud wall?

I am trying to attach a kitchen hood to a wall in a 200 yr old house. The wall is quite poor quality: random rubble I believe it's called. From what I can see it's essentially mud. The kitchen hood is ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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Garage Wall Question- Insulation and vapour barrier?

We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are redoing the wall that separates our house from the garage. The wall is built with 2 by 6's and has been insulated with Roxul R20 thermal batt insulation. On ...
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How should I build stud walls to make shelves in a room that has a sloping ceiling and floor?

We have a home that is 104 years old. There is a room that was added in the 1940's and built over a sloped roof from the rooms below. It is fully enclosed and we would like to add some shelving in the ...
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How can I fix these cracks in my concrete/plaster wall apartment in Paris?

I'm used to working on sheetrock in the U.S. but I now live in France. In my old apartment in Paris, the walls seem to be plaster but could be concrete. It is soft enough to make divots if I dig in my ...
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How should I deal with dampness coming from the mountain behind the walls?

I have a house whose back part is built into the surrounding mountain. The walls of the two back rooms are slightly humid. In addition, they are poorly ventilated. In some spots, the plaster wall is ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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Repairing exterior cement wall

I have an exterior wall on one side of a brick building that appears to be stucco or cement. Some of it is starting to come off in sheets. Basically, there is one layer, maybe the thickness of orange ...
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Should I worry about plaster walls in bathroom?

I just moved in to a new house, which has plaster walls. I was told that the owners never took a shower, due to worry over the walls. There is tile all over the walls, but I still wonder if I should ...
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Do I need to add a protective layer to insulation for wall heater?

I am going to install a 4000 watt wall heater to an add on. It is the kind of wall heater that is seated in the wall. i also plan to install insulation in between my wall studs. there will be ...
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Is the wall in this blue print able to be removed? (Blueprint in Spanish.)

I am looking at a home to purchase in Queretaro, MX where I have been transferred for five years. There is a two year old home in a great location for the right price but the rooms are really small. ...
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Sand like substance between the painted wall and Sheetrock making the walls crack

There is cracking in both the entry way and one bedroom of the house with this sand like substance underneath. I have had no luck looking up why this could be happening and any suggestions for how to ...
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How can I remove random gook from a wall …?

... without damaging the wall. I previously started renting a room and the walls are a bit of a mess. I'm not a handy man but wanted to clean them up. I can't say for certain what the material is ...
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Airstone installation over a curved wall

I am applying airstone around my fireplace. I have an area of wall that is slightly bowed. I really don't want to repair drywall. Can I scribe the back of the stone and grind it off (just about a 1/4")...
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Wood vs Steel framing for moving house

I'm trying to make a tiny (3 x 1.6 x 2 meters or 9.8 x 5.2 x 6 feet) shack on a trailer that can legally be dragged at 100km/h aka 62 mph. I am curious about the frontal force of the wind at this ...
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Old Wall tile glue

I'm putting up a surround wall with the bath tub. I have removed the ceramic tiles only to reveal this yellow rock hard tile glue.. Now I'm wondering if I could glue the walls to this stuff ...
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Is there a big difference between specialised wall smoothing pastes and joint filler/finsiher?

I have been renovating some interior walls that were damaged through age and the process of removing wallpaper. I didn't want to replaster, and I wanted a very thin covering, so I opted for a big-...