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Best option to finish tiled corner at a sliding door frame

Fix the ugly, uneven, not straight edge of the installed white tiles with a diamond blade and a straightedge to guide the cut. Choose the point where you fix the edge of the tiles to accommodate ...
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Can a painted wall be resurfaced with mud to remove texture without flaking

Many homes in my area are built with some type of texture on the walls. Often new owners want the walls to be smooth. Recoating or "floating" the surface with drywall compound is the common ...
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Can a painted wall be resurfaced with mud to remove texture without flaking

I've seen this done succesfully. prep included de-greasing and key sanding They used diamond veneer plaster (that is "hot" plaster) for the finish. This was a ceiling.
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Can you push rockwool through a joist cavity for 10 feet without breaking the rockwool?

Having just insulated some new construction work with Rockwool, I doubt you'd actually be able to push it more than a few inches into the cavity. It would slide nicely along the drywall "floor&...
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Can you push rockwool through a joist cavity for 10 feet without breaking the rockwool?

There are various densities for rockwool, from very soft to quite hard, but I believe rockwool batts are the wrong material to solve your problem. If you want to inject insulation through a small ...
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hanging long shelves on a mobile home wall

The easiest solution to hanging new shelves in any length is to use a stud finder and mark it with a straight edge. The size of the studs rather 2x3 or 2x4 or even 2x6s if it happens to me on an ...
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Rental unit ceiling, unsure if this was a previous repair or current unresolved leak

Since it's a rental, I wouldn't worry about it except to get a written statement from the landlord that it isn't your fault and to keep the area directly under it free if either electrical devices or ...
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Can I put up drywall on collar ties on 48" centers?

Rather than adding more collar ties consider framing going perpendicular to the existing ties, ie parallel to the ridge. One member on each side, with one or two spaced in the middle, would provide ...
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Can I put up drywall on collar ties on 48" centers?

It doesn't matter if you put up one 4x8' sheet of drywall or cut it in half first, drywall (even at 5/8") won't span 48" totally unsupported. Well, it will span it for a while, but then it'...
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How to tape over channel left by old tape

Do yourself a favor and run a taping knife over the edges of the compound that remain. ( like this: Knife> /__ direction>>> )That will knock off loose bits and particles that will get in ...
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How can a round ceiling junction box be installed as new work with 5 layers of drywall and no demolition?

Reach in through the round hole and hack away some of those drywall layers from the rear until you're left with a thickness that the winged old-work box clamps can handle. The hacking work doesn't ...
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How can a round ceiling junction box be installed as new work with 5 layers of drywall and no demolition?

There are two and a half options here. These are both fairly close to product recommendations, but that's what we get for a weird case like this. Option one: if these are next to a stud, you can use a ...
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What to do with this corner in terms of drywall?

The trick here is getting to an outcome that's not just right for very localized points, but for the overall situation. You want straight and square to the extent possible. You want to ease any ...
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What to do with this corner in terms of drywall?

Use cut chunks of drywall for shims, but short of the intended finished surface level. Then a layer of hot mud to flatten everything. Tape the drywall transitions to the hot mud like you would tape a ...
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How do I measure my recess for a shelf accurately?

While it may be overkill for an almost-straight shape like you have, Joggle sticks used in boat building are an useful technique to know. It comes especially useful if there is a curve involved. Make ...
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What are the dark spots on wall around electric outlet?

Your guesses are on the right track: soot/dust sticking to the wall caused by temperature or moisture. I'll take a guess based on what I see. It's not electrostatic or electrical or mold. My guess ...
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How do I measure my recess for a shelf accurately?

Get some card (old cereal boxes work well) and cut & tape to fit. Should give you an exact template.
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

It's not often I have a visual representation, but here it is This was our repo house that had a bargain basement contractor brought in to slap some lipstick on and keep moving. So you replace the ...
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

I would like to know what a reasonable load is Approximately 0 kg. These anchors are not designed for use in ceilings. Full stop. The closest I got to using anchors in drywall ceiling was when I used ...
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What is causing a recurring crack in drywall after it's repaired?

Here's what's happening: As your trusses move up and down (wind pulling up, snow pushing down, and/or wood moisture changing seasonally), the wall is restraining one location of the truss against ...
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

Snap toggles. A snap toggle would be perfect in this situation, most are rated for much higher weights than typical drywall anchors. These anchors specifically say they are rated for much higher than ...
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

Is this a bad idea? Only if you want the speakers to stay in the ceiling. Don't forget, you're not simply attaching 8kg to a ceiling made of highly compressed powder sandwiched between two pieces of ...
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

Depends on the quality and thickness of the plasterboard, if you hit a weak spot... I suggest you find the studs that the plasterboard is fixed too and consider adding braces between the studs for a ...
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Fixing root cause of wet garage drywall

Cementboard would certainly stand up to the water better, but a key thing here would be to provide vents both low and high so that moisture can get out of the garage. For an unheated garage that would ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

Get your jigsaw and a knive to cut after the cutout a 45°angle for new putty. first drill a hole to insert the blade of your jigsaw. A ruler and a pen are usefull to cut on line and not wobble around. ...
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Fix a gap between the drywall and the window frame

I'd use the backer rod. The normal thing is to seal this gap for air tightness and then trim to hide the gap. Spray foam is expensive for a small job and eventually cracks so it isn't the best product ...
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Fix a gap between the drywall and the window frame

You can use a non-expanding foam made for windows and doors or you could use some backer rod and an elastomeric caulking like DAP or Big Stretch. A non-expanding foam will do just as it says, fill the ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

Remove loose drywall/plaster. Cut a sheet of metal lath the size of the damage. Wedge the lath, or fasten it in place around the edge of the damage. Fasten it to any wood, with screws. There are 4 ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

Your best bet is to cut away the damaged drywall and install a new patch. After you have your new patch in you should tape the edges an apply a few coats of all purpose mud. Overhead work can be ...
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What caused area of drywall to become as thin as construction paper?

Also could have been the access point to repair the shower plumbing, but cheaply repaired. Agree with others- cut it open and replace the sectiin to make it robust. Ideally cut half way into the stud ...
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What caused area of drywall to become as thin as construction paper?

There's been a time or two that I've repaired a 2-3 inch hole in drywall simply with paper tape and joint compound. There also exist drywall repair patches for damages larger than this but those ...
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What caused area of drywall to become as thin as construction paper?

My first guess would be a goofball worker. Cutting into it you could examine the edges where it transitions from proper drywall, where that would probably indicate the cause. I've seen a drip-drip-...
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Water damage to wall drywall near ceiling - Should I repair or extract and replace?

Remove the entire damaged area if solid behind the area. It is easiest to fill 1 or 2 times with duro-bond 90, then tape, mud, and finish coat. Paint or texture it to match as close to the color as ...
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