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How Many Days After Skim Coat Can I Paint?

Wait until it's completely dry. It's not time-based. Time will vary with how thick the thickest part is, temperature, humidity, and airflow. If in doubt, wait longer. If any part of the area feels ...
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Is this okay ? Meets the code requirements

Are you talking about this circled bit? If so, this looks fine. It's just used as nailing surface for drywall -- it's not structure. It kind of looks like someone made the bottom of it a bit short, ...
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How should I shim furring strips to bring them on plane with an adjacent wall?

Yes, just fur those walls out to where you want them. I would use 1/2" plywood strips rather than regular lumber to avoid them splitting when being fastened or fastened to. Alternately, you could ...
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When a touch-up paint doesn't match, and you need to paint "corner to corner" is one wall usually sufficient?

Yes, because colors look a little different on different walls because of different light angles, different reflections and shadows, a well matched paint should not have to go beyond the surface that ...
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When a touch-up paint doesn't match, and you need to paint "corner to corner" is one wall usually sufficient?

It depends how close the new colour is. You really won't know until you try it. Modern scan/repro techniques ought to be closer than a 'by eye' match, but surface/brush texture/reflectivity can make ...
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Is it ok to use drywall instead of cement board on a kitchen backsplash behind the cooktop, there is no running water in the area

Is it "OK" - yes, plenty of tile is installed on drywall (assuming you are planning to retile? If not, well, you don't even need a "backsplash as such.") Plenty of kitchens with ...
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Skim Coat walls, is joint compound visibly thick between wall sections?

As @Ecnerwal noted, there's always going to be a noticeable transition between smooth and orange peel (or any other texture). Trim or a strategic corner would hide the change. But if you had to try ...
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When a touch-up paint doesn't match, and you need to paint "corner to corner" is one wall usually sufficient?

TL;DR I have to move, so I wanted to clean things up properly for the next owner. Did the next owner fall in love with your existing paint color choices? Patch it, paint it, and get out if it doesn'...
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How can I fix this drywall crack and prevent it from happening again?

Using full size sheets to minimize the number of joints will reduce the likelihood of cracking at joints, even though it might not make the most efficient use of your drywall scraps. Ensure that you'...
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Re-Insulating a Shed with 2x4 Walls

The best way to increase insulation is to have more of it. You can combine batt or cellulose in the small cavities with foam sheets overlaid under the drywall (reduces interior space) or under the ...
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Are the battens on mobile home/modular homes necessary?

As the comments show I have pulled battens mudded and taped over but I then shot the entire room and did a heavy knock down type of texture to help hide the slight bumps from the tape. The video link ...
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Butt joint transition from drywall to wood with joint compound or other material to prevent future cracks from wood movement

Your drywall guy is correct, from a "guaranteed not to crack" perspective. If the timber is old, you might get away with it, but from a professional installers point of view "might"...
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Can I use expanding foam to seal a hole behind my kitchen gas stove?

Yes, you probably can use expanding foam there. Read the label more closely. It may mention that the product contains a flammable gas as its propellant. It could be ignited by sparks, open flame, or ...
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How to remove recessed cupboard lip and drywall over the cupboard?

Removing the cupboard: If it were not for the textured wall I would say this is a perfect learning project. You can take your time, make mistakes and correct them at a fairly low cost. Worst case ...
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How can I fix this drywall crack and prevent it from happening again?

Yes using paper tape, and setting compound are stronger. Cut open the cracked seams. If the tape comes out you can pull it out. Taper the joint edges with a knife so that drywall mud can enter between ...
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How can I fix this drywall crack and prevent it from happening again?

USG (large drywall supplier) only suggests using mesh tape with "hot mud" (setting-type drywall compound - dry product in a bag) and recommends using paper tape as being stronger if using ...
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