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How can I fix my loose Towel Hanger that is sliding down and making the bar fall

In your picture from underneath, it looks like there's a hex set screw in there that can turn. It won't be a typical screw that you could use a screwdriver on. You'll need to find a hex (sometimes ...
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Determining shear on drywall anchors / toggle bolts

You have studs, so the simple solution would be a 16" or larger shelf bracket attached to a stud, so the 15" radius of the 30" diameter chandelier doesn't hit the wall. Only have to ...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

If you've got drywall in the other rooms, then you've probably got drywall in the rooms you're dealing with. Most wallpaper paste used back in the 80's was a cellulose type. After it dries, which you ...
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Diagonal Cracks in drywall at corner of 1 piece shower/tub - Serious?

This looks like a surface crack probably caused by tightening the shower curtain rod too tight. A taping job and light mud can crack with a concentrated pressure point like those shower rods cause if ...
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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?

A special fitting is not required. These are "keyhole" screw slots. The screw or nail head has to be wider than the narrow part of the slot but narrower than the wide part of the slot; the ...
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In which direction should ceiling drywall be hung on furring strips below joists?

Generally you hang ceiling drywall perpendicular to the mounting members. This isn't always critical, but some drywall has a strength axis that must be observed. It's also easier, since fitting sheets ...
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How can I fix my loose Towel Hanger that is sliding down and making the bar fall

I solved this problem with a toggle bolt to hold the mounting plate rather than the old drywall anchors. The toggle requires a new large hole drilled with care. Allow plenty of excess length of the ...
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Garage dry wall to floor question

My solution for my basement was to stop the drywall about 2" above floor level, to avoid wicking up any moisture on the floor, and cover the remaining gap with baseboards made out of 1x4 pressure ...
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Tried mounting a tv and stud caused drywall to bow

You probably hit an area where they didn't fasten the drywall properly to the stud so the drywall pulled away a bit. Another possibility is you hit a nail plate and the drywall pulled away. If you're ...
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How to patch the drywall around this jbox

Cut back to the stud on the left. Give yourself 3/4” bearing minimum. Pull off the baseboard. Cut to the right, either to the middle of the next stud or 3” over from the jbox. If you didn’t go to the ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

There should be wood studs behind the drywall. You always want to screw into wood studs if any weight is involved. Drywall should only be used to hold up paint/posters. Find studs, find a decent ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

I have had the same problem and fixed it in several ways, depending on the particulars. Key points: 1. Easiest first: Flip the shelf upside down so the curve rises in the center. The load (stuff ...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

You will need to cut and "step" the moulding. You have the perfect example right here
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Stud framing for drywall on a sloped ceiling

If the attic ventilation, insulation and vapor barrier are all done within the rafter spacing, and the rafter-to-rafter spacing is 24" (60.96cm) or less, screw the drywall into the rafters and ...
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Time to skim, knockdown and paint 1200sqft ceiling

I just had to do this on a house a couple of years ago (1600 sq ft) that had textured ceiling that was impossible to match and had the entire first floor skim coated. The "abatement" of the ...
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Best material to use under drywall returns?

Wood or metal is fine, wood is probably stronger, but the metal is probably easier - unless you're a carpenter - you do you.
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Home Soundproofing Solutions - Existing Ceiling and Walls

Basically, soundproofing takes a few forms. One is to put more mass between yourself and the sound source. Blowing insulation into my walls made the house significantly quieter. In professional sound ...
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How can I fix my loose Towel Hanger that is sliding down and making the bar fall

Late answer but literally just went through this at two rentals and my own house in last 3 months. I have a question in the DIY sphere about it... If you do not have wood to screw in behind the rack ...
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Need to fix drywall - ceiling speaker mounts not flush

I would either use cornerbead or duct mastic. Cut one side of the bead from edge to center about every half inch to enable to fit the curve, then mud it. Multiple layers of duct mastic would work and ...
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