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

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Adding subfloor

I removed a wall in my home while remodeling. There was no subflooring under that wall so it was completely open to the crawlspace. I filled the holes with that spray foam insulation to keep bugs and ...
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How to fix barn wall gaps at foundation and wall joint

We just acquired a new property and the barn here is kinda strange. As shown in the photos, there is a base 2 by 4 which is running around the slab foundation instead of on top of it. Because of this, ...
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Is this an appropriate shower surround configuration?

Gutted an alcove shower. Replacement acrylic base is 32" x 32" Delta 40014, which has a slightly smaller footprint than the base it replaces. The instructions show base flange fastened ...
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How should I properly install flashing on this repair I made to the sill joist and plywood sheathing?

In preparation for a stone step/walkway that we will soon have built, a contractor removed our existing concrete/brick steps and found rot underneath our front door. I removed the rotted wood, which ...
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What style of house has space between doubled walls? [closed]

I've been searching for any clue or name of this design but haven't been successful at all. The design I'm looking for is a house with double walls. There is a space dedicated between each wall, like ...
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How do I keep a wide, wall-mount desk from sagging?

I currently have a desk made from a 18mm 4x8 sheet of plywood cut in half lengthways and sandwiched to make double thickness at 36mm. It has 4 hairpin legs (one at each corner) and an Ikea set of Alex ...
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How do I run ethernet [or other low-voltage wire] at an exterior wall?

Is there anything different about adding an outlet to an exterior wall? I've added several ethernet jacks to interior walls (drywall) using low-voltage rings & keystone plates, but never on an ...
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Failing to install a babygate to a stone wall

I need to fit a baby gate to the top of some stairs. The manual of the gate we bought says it is meant to be screwed on a wooden wall. Our wall is stone, so we first tried drilling holes and using ...
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Removing a vintage breeze block (decorative concrete block) wall

Can anyone offer any input on how i can remove some vintage breeze blocks (decorative concrete block) from between 2 concrete walls? The block wall is 3 blocks high and 7 blocks wide set between solid ...
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How can I repair deep flaking on a 1930s wall?

the walls of my room are bumpy and have some tears in the outer layer. Is this drywall or could it be plaster and lath? And if drywall, do I have to change the whole walls or just the bumpy batches? ...
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Drywall: Removing old mirror and installing new one

We are ripping off an old condo mirror from the 1970s, and laying on a new mirror of the exact same size. Below is a picture of old glue circles, and wall behind it. Before installing the new mirror, ...
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How can I restore worn and damaged 1950s tongue and groove wood paneling?

This house was built in the 1950s. The wood is tongue and groove (thank you @Ecnerwal) and appears to be the only wall material--there is no drywall under it. I can tell because some of the knots of ...
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Internal sandstone mortar under sash window

Whilst re-decorating a sash window I, perhaps unwisely, removed a wooden board below the window to find exposed mortar (see photo). The mortar is crumbling and flakey. The external walls are sandstone....
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Stains in the bathroom

We have some stains in our bathroom with shower. We already painted our bathroom 2 times by ourselves and 1 time was professionally painted with primer and then with paint. After 2 months, when ...
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Painting: Ensure First Brush Stroke is not soaked

When using a paintbrush or roller, the first paint dip from the tray contains the most soaked with paint. I usually then spread it on cardboard or plastic to remove the excess (this helps a little). ...
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Should I Mix Paint from different machines for same room?

I bought two gallons of Sherman Williams paint (White Shadow Cashmere - exact same productIds and barcodes) at two different locations and branches days apart. They are custom mixed colors, not stock ...
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Are polyester paintbrush bristles toxic?

I did spot touch up painting using the following Home Depot Paint rollers. I applied two coats of Sherwin William White Shadow flat paint, 20 minutes apart. After that, I got many paint fibers stuck/...
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Brown/ Orange spots on wall

I'm trying to find out what those brown/ orange spots are and how I can remove them. It looks like I have them in closets and less ventilated areas on my inside walls. I was planning on repainting the ...
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How to best fill wall-plug holes in a concrete wall?

My landlord took out some monitor they had originally left attached to a wall in my rental apartment, and has now left me with a nice decorative set of wall plug holes. Assume for the sake of ...
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What's this layer in between OSB sheathing and house wrap?

My house is in Northern California and was built within the last 15 years. I'm pretty sure I still have the original siding, which is hardboard (a.k.a. engineered wood). I've read that house exterior ...
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How to prepare wet basement wall for Drylok

I’m getting water in basement after rain and condensation remains on walls. How do I prepare for drylok and which drylok is best?
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Bottom wall getting dirty

I have an 8 foot retaining concrete wall. I painted it a few months ago, but it seems that when the water hits the soil it jumps back up and hits the bottom wall covering it in dirt. I was wondering ...
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Paint roller fibers stuck on wall after painting

I did spot touch up painting using the following Home Depot Paint rollers. I applied two coats of Sherwin William White Shadow flat paint, 20 minutes apart. After that, I got many paint fibers stuck/...
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Random buzzing/humming in bottom corner of Living Room…not electric?

Just within the past few days, an annoying humming/buzzing has been occurring on the bottom corner wall of our living room. I immediately thought it was electrical in nature. After trying a few things,...
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Is our closet load bearing? [closed]

Can we take this closet out? Last photo shows diagram. The closet is perpendicular, and the wall 2 feet behind it is load bearing (obviously, as an exterior wall). The tricky part is the front of the ...
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Walls: Protect from scratches, dents, dirt, etc

I have a contractor fixing/repainting my ceilings and doing repair work around my place. I want to protect the walls, not only from dirt, but scratches, dents, etc. if the contractor's ladder etc rubs ...
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Do we need to put cement on all sides of bricks when building house walls?

I have started building walls on my house and I have noticed that the builder in the third row just put the bricks next to each other without any cement in between at all? just to note the first three ...
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Are the battens on mobile home/modular homes necessary?

We're buying a piece of property that has a mobile/modular home on it that's going to need quite a lot of work. The walls in the home still have the batts/battens, which we plan to remove. Do they ...
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Standards for non-bearing wall construction in a carport?

I purchased a SteelMaster metal building, and hired a contractor to assemble and install it and construct wood end-walls. I don't know much about this stuff, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the wall ...
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Can I mount this weight lifting rack to 3 studs instead of 4?

My wife bought me this Rogue Power Rack. It looks amazing, but the place we both want to mount it to is not the garage, it's a bedroom in our house in Phoenix. It's a new-build and the studs in the ...
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How do I fix this paint rip?

Accidentally ripped a piece of paint off the wall when trying to hang something up and now need to fix it ASAP. I have the sample to color match but I don’t quite know what to do to patch this… The ...
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Floating shelf leaning forward/sloping down

Background I am fitting some solid oak floating shelves to a plasterboard wall, using a kit I purchased from Etsy. I was supplied with Gripit brown anchors which are plenty capable of supporting the ...
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Should I try to open filled brick weep holes?

I may have made a stupid mistake. Last year I found some wasps in the weep hole in my brick veneer house. The problem is that I didn't know what a weep hole was at the time, so I killed the wasps, ...
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How should I remove the number from my house?

The sign appears to be stuck to the outside. No screws. What is the best way to remove it?
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Water damage to Garage ceiling and wall [closed]

I live in a row/townhouse (in Toronto Canada) with my house being last one. We have balconies instead of backyards. During one of the windstorms, the divider between balconies broke and caused water ...
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Mounting external component of split AC on hollow brick wall

I have a small split system (Philco Phs25ha4cpi). The external component weighs 25kg, and I have mounting brackets like these: And a wall made from bricks like these: My question is what kinds of ...
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Is there a way to attach a baby gate to my outdoor wall without drilling into the wood?

The top of the stairs is a steel railing and a wooden wall. I don’t want to damage the wood but as this is at the top of stairs I can’t use a pressure mounted gate. Can I somehow build a temporary ...
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Can I install a ceiling light fixture on a wall, say a closet

I bought a small flush ceiling mount fixture, can I install it on a closet wall?
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How to fix the crack in the external wall?

I bought the house about a couple of months ago, the house inspector missed many things during the inspection. Recently I noticed that there is a crack on the external wall. The crack is thin and ...
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Is this a load-bearing wall seen on this architectural building plan?

Hello community! I wanted to ask if anyone could assist in figuring out whether this wall is load-bearing based on this architectural building plan?? This wall is currently the back of a reach-in ...
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Gap: Exterior Door Jamb and Brick Wall

Situation: I am replacing my exterior door with a new framed, exterior door (36") that has rough opening of 37.5". The wall-to-wall gap is 40". So, I have a total gap of 2.5" (= ...
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Is this wall with a beam below it load-bearing?

I want to remove a wall with pocket doors. Crawl space joists run parallel, but I see a parallam beam. Is this wall load bearing.
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Supporting a freestanding "wall" (vertical cantilever) [closed]

I'm building a freestanding "wall" in my garage, for storage. Click any image to embiggen It's obviously incomplete in the photo (it's also only temporarily floating off the ground). I'll be ...
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Need help identifying old house interior wall panel

I'm fixing a hole in a wall that is made of a material I cannot identify and therefore locate. House was built circa 1940. I believe the wall was exterior before an addition. The material is ...
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Does PVC conduit penetrating an exterior wall require a box on the interior side?

I'm running a circuit through a basement rim joist to a PVC LB connector on the exterior of the house via a short pvc stub glued to the LB connection but just free on the basement rim joist side. Can ...
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I was installing a TV mount in a new office on a partition wall and ran into some issues

After I got the measurements of the mount brackets to mark the holes and marked, I then used my stud finder, found some, marked them and made some pilot holes. It quickly became clear the newly added ...
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Shall I worry about these cracks in wall?

I have a few small cracks in different places in the house. Most of them around doors and windows and they are horizontal or vertical, which I think they are pretty common and nothing to worry about. ...
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Bought a house and very strong damp/sewer smell in main bedroom

Just recently bought a house which has been renovated. It was in a pretty poor state beforehand however since we've moved in (house has been vacant for 7 months at least) the main bedroom has a ...
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How to temporarily cover holes in exterior wall?

This is a followup to Can you identify these things in my wall? Once I realized what I was seeing was the back side of aluminum siding, I started going to town ripping out drywall - and dirty, ...
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What is the best way to paint the exterior of an old brick wall?

I want to paint a large external brick wall. The building is around 55 years old and the mortar between the bricks has recently been deteriorating fast due to excessive rain and wind, hence letting ...
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