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

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Stucco in need of repair?

We recently had our cement tile roof replaced with asphalt shingles, and along the bottom edge of the stucco wall (where it meets the roof), it looks sort of unfinished. Is this an issue? If so, what’...
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How to get rid of odorous paint?

My landlord used a chemically smelling paint that is designed to cover cigarette smoke but no one smokes here. I am allergic to the paint he used and the smell is awful. It was the base coat. He also ...
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Wall in kitchen near hallway wall with cabinet sandwiched between

We'd like to redo our kitchen, but we have this cabinet that pretty much goes to the ceiling that is sandwiched between the hallway wall and a wall that's built to the right side of the fridge. I keep ...
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Can I tape and mud over joints in drywall that have had spackle applied previously?

First time doing major drywall repair. I didnt do my research and thought that I could use drydex spackle to cover the joints. As you can imagine, after three coats and a lot of sanding, the joints ...
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How would you clean this greenish mold on this outside wall prior to fixing the crack?

I am about to fix this crack then paint it. I do need however to clean it let it dry and get it proper for the fix. What is bugging me is the best way to get rid of this greenish and sometimes brown ...
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Removing a built-in desk from my wall

I recently purchased a house that has a room I'm planning on turning into an office space. The room came with a long desk that seems to be glued to the wall of the room. Any advice in terms of how I ...
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Sanding orange peel walls

I'm a complete beginner with home improvement and I'm not sure what to do with the orange peel walls of a room I'm renovating. So far I spackled in all the holes on every wall, and then sanded one ...
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Easily removable wall that can insulate relatively well from fumes?

I'm trying to split a room into two, and I want to create a barrier to prevent fumes from traveling from one side to the other. I want to avoid putting up a traditional wall. Does anyone have any ...
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Drill hole external wall for security camera install

Have successfully drilled holes in inside of the home. Wanted to install security camera on outside wall. Finding it difficult to drill hold, even starting the hole is difficult. I understand if I am ...
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new roof built on the house now the wall is about 5 in too Short from reaching the roof can we fill it in with cement

Can we use cement to fill the Gap in the wall up on top of the vertical wall 5-in Gap to the roof
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What do I need to do to prepare this wall for wainscoting and a railing

We have a crack on our stair wall adjacent to where the banister connects. We are thinking about adding some wainscoting and an additional rail. What steps should I take to prepare/repair the wall ...
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Reason for wall discoloration/deterioration

My sister recently noticed the following discoloration/deterioration on her wall: The construction company for the house came by to take a look at it and determined that this is indeed unusual for a ...
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Patching holes less than 1.5 inches wide in wood panel walls

I am about to put wallpaper in this bathroom, but I don’t know the best way to patch these two holes in the wood panel wall. Both holes are about 1-3/8” wide, right by where the tiled shower starts ...
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How do I find plumbing/electrical in drywall? [duplicate]

I moved into a 2016 cinder block house. It has an attached garage from which the electrical and hot water travel to the rest of the house. The interior walls of the garage are largely finished with ...
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Which boxes for stucco (new work)?

I would like to install a couple of electrical boxes (smurf tube conduit) on a stucco wall that's being built. I would like to use them for lights, receptacles, switches and low voltage termination (e....
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Create a decorative wall end cap

I have a brick wall that has been cut (ceiling to floor) which now needs to be finished off. I was thinking, 3 pieces of wood joined to slide over the wall end. Hopefully this would look like a wooden ...
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Flexible conduit for electrical wiring to "future-proof" runs in a wall

I have a very big and urgent project coming up on which one exterior wall of my 2 story house will be gutted to the studs, new windows, insulation, stucco. Now I do not have enough time to think of ...
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What caused localized cracking and peeling of wall paint and how should I go about fixing it?

We just discovered this damage to our house's wall that was behind a bunch of furniture. Does anyone have any idea what could cause this? It's inside the house, and in a well ventilated and cleaned ...
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lime plastering over chicken mesh or reed

we are trying to put up walls for our insulated walls. We used fiberglass insulation and currently just put up chicken wires (not super flat but we are fine with the wall having curves here and there) ...
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How big of a notch/hole in a stud can a stud shoe support?

A load bearing 2x4 stud can only be notched 25% of its width. If it's more, my understanding is that a stud shoe can be used to reinforce it. But what's the limit for a stud shoe? If it's 80% notched, ...
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How to fill hole in concrete wall

I need to fill these holes, one with the pipes and the other small accidental hole drilled. It is on a second floor and can be reached only by extending something down from the terrace. Need help with ...
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Identifying wall material and related concerns [closed]

I recently bought an apartment and since it has really ugly wallpaper, I am trying to replace it. I have peeled back the wallpaper in some spots expecting to see a white plaster wall, but instead saw ...
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Is a 2x4 header sufficient for a 32" span?

I have these two walls meeting at a corner. The guys who had been working on it are currently incommunicado so I'm trying to get this sorted. Currently there is nothing on the left wall but ...
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Safe to remove wall separation between two closets?

I have two double sliding door closets in my master bedroom that are side by side. Between the two closets is a drywall partition, the same depth as the closets, separating the two. I'm looking to ...
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How to take care of holes in shower walls [duplicate]

I just bought a condo from a woman who'd installed shower bars in both her master bedroom shower (shower walls made of some kind of stone, it appears) and in her guest bathroom. It was easy enough to ...
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brick wall slope

I'm building a new house with a builder company and I've noticed that one of the side walls has a slope of about 1-2 inches from the bottom to the top. This is 2 story house with full brick siding. ...
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Can I demolish concrete block walls in the basement under concrete beams?

I've recently bought a house with a spacious basement. The basement has several walls that divide it into "sections" with free passage between them. I'd like to demolish some of the walls. ...
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How to install an outdoor receptacle on the other side of this indoor receptacle?

I want to have access to electric on a porch, and there's an indoor receptacle right around where it would be helpful to have an outdoor one. I did some research and it seemed simple enough: Open the ...
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Fixing interior Wall Cracks and Door Frame Gaps

I've recently relocated to a new place and I'm considering removing the current wallpaper in the living room and repainting it. However, upon removing the wallpaper, I noticed cracks in the wall about ...
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With my circuit breaker open I have found 0.67 VAC between my light switch common wire to ground, is this acceptable?

I have opened the circuit breaker at my box to diagnose why my outside light is not working. I verified that there is no VAC at the switch and I have disconnected the light switch from the circuit to ...
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Are these internal walls load bearing? [duplicate]

Can someone please help acertain whether the walls highlighted in red are load bearing? One of them feels quite solid when I am knocking on it but I am not sure how to tell. The one highlighted in ...
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Conversion from wood stud hardware to metal stud/toggle bolts?

I currently am looking to install some shelf mounts that come with #10x1.8 in screws to drill into wood studs. Two mounts have a 55 lb weight capacity. Our walls have metal studs, so I need to use ...
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Will 1/4" TapCons hold a 72" window box?

Afternoon, I purchased a 72" window box to hang under a window that is just under 77" in length. The box itself is fiberglass and is 33lbs fully assembled without plants and soil. With ...
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Wall behind bathroom sink

Looking for help identifying this material and how to remove it. I replaced my bathroom vanity but created a bigger job in the meantime. The vanities were different sizes so I created a gap in the ...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

I’m assuming these are expansion joints, I’m about to put down my floors. They protrude about 1/4 inch out the wall. How can I run my baseboards evenly along these?
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Is there a standard wall bracket, for these guys (perhaps a standard width?) or are they totally ad hoc depending on the device? The solid solution?

I have a number of these problem children to take care of. They should hang a foot above the floor on the wall. My crap solution is push two small nails in to the drywall at an upwards angle and hang ...
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How to fix gap between top of foundation wall and bottom of exterior wall

I recently bought my first house. We removed some drywall in the basement for a project and saw a couple gaps between the top of our foundation wall and the exterior wall of the house. The gap in the ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

We are purchasing a home and have two rooms we would like to improve the window situation in. In the dining room we would like to replace the regular 36x54 double hung with a 48" round picture ...
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Drywall concerns - Nail pops, cracking in corners and door/window frames, shoddy repairs?

Nail pops, drywall issues, cracking - any advice? Hi Everyone, So we bought a house (N. central Virginia) last fall. House is 22 years old (2002 build). When we bought the house there was some ...
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Backboard to follow the path of the slight off level tub?

I recently tore out my old tile shower walls, and am replacing with go board and new tile. the wide wall (60") is slightly off level from th back of the tub toward the drain. Should I hang the ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

I am thinking about making this small room into a guest room (maybe a window in the door or the wall, adding a bed, etc). There are some knobs and pipes in one of the walls (2nd pic below) that I don'...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

I’m new here. We recently bought a home built in 1984 and we’ve started removing all of the wallpaper. We noticed that underneath the wallpaper are patches of what looks like chipping paint and the ...
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Roughing out shower niche

I am presently roughing in a shower niche (20" wide prefer 24") for a curbless shower (45x60), and after demoing the wall it appears the builder placed studs 24 o.c., which is fine as I will ...
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What are the options for moving a non-loadbearing wall in kitchen?

Does anyone have any experience removing a non-load bearing wall in a kitchen/living room similar to the one in the attached pictures? Wondering if this this a nightmare project, or a doable DIY.
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How to repair flashing between stucco and brick chimney?

The flashing that transitions from my stucco wall to my brick chimney appears to be separating from the chimney. This separation is occurring across the entire height of the chimney and not just in ...
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What is covering my stone wall and how to repair?

In the photos you can see some kind of concrete rendering or something covering the top of my doorway, and also a layer peeling off the side of a window. Does anyone know what this most likely is? Is ...
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Recently purchased an apartment and noticed this on my balcony wall

What is this at the base of my balcony wall?
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Which of these areas are mold risks or pest-intrusion risks vs just cosmetic imperfections?

I have just signed a lease on a place that was a deal I couldn't pass up with the knowledge I'll want to put some work in on it myself (landlord is not great), what would be considered problematic ...
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Roof pipe vent leak into wall

I was on my roof a couple of days ago seeing if there was tile damage after a hail storm and I noticed on one of the pipes that the pipe flashing was old and cracking and able to let in rain (Pic 1). ...
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Where can I find a specific screw (pan head #10 wood screw) for a wall-mounted speaker

I have these wall speakers which weigh 13 lbs each. There is a keyhole mount in back for hanging them on the wall. The manual calls for a 2.5"-3" #10 pan head wood screw for mounting to the ...
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