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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

Rip a 1/4" strip of wood and glue it onto the edge of the door frame. Now your drywall will be even at the top and bottom, and the frame will be 1/8" proud of the drywall in the middle. ...
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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

There are many good approaches to this problem, but here’s the quick and dirty: Pound the edge of the drywall down with a hammer. Yes, pulverize the gypsum until roughly flush with the door jamb. Try ...
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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

I've used three techniques to deal with this problem, which can be caused by several issues. Fix the underlying issue Sometimes it's a result of sloppy framing (misaligned trimmer studs, king studs, ...
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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

This happens because there is a bow in the jack stud next to the doorframe. It isn't the end of the world. Install your casing, nailing it to the door frame first. After those nails are in add a few ...
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How to deal with drywall that is 1/4in proud of door frame

Ideally the frame would match the wall thickness and be level on both sides of the wall. You don't have that luxury, so you'll need some trim that has been rebated on one edge in the back - so the ...
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Is it normal to have visible lines below a second story room?

Boring and normal drywall joints not done well. You can go over them with joint compound and a wide knife and a wider knife and perhaps even a wider knife than that (letting each layer dry before ...
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Is it normal to have visible lines below a second story room?

This looks like a poor taping job. The installer probably did butt joints instead of the taper joints. The butt joints are two pieces of drywall where the joints are the same thickness as the rest of ...
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Is it normal to have visible lines below a second story room?

They look like joins in the plasterboard, the width you see is the tape that is used on the joints, so that the plaster can bridge the boards. A modern plasterer could do a much better job. Often the ...
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How to finish drywall where it meets uneven stone wall?

There's a special gauge, looking somewhat like a many-toothed comb, which can be offered to the wall, and its profile transferred to the board. Then it's just a matter of drawing round that profile, ...
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How to finish drywall where it meets uneven stone wall?

I am extremely lazy, and the other suggestions sound like a lot of work. I would put the drywall close to the wall, leave a 1/8" - 1/4" gap. Then carefully fill the gap with caulk of your ...
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How to finish drywall where it meets uneven stone wall?

You can use a tear-away bead to provide a clean finish to the drywall edge. It’s quick to install and also protects the stone/brick from getting mud and paint on it. Afterward, you can decide if you ...
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How to finish drywall where it meets uneven stone wall?

Given that drywall mud and/or paint on the stone will look ugly, scribing a piece of wooden trim is one approach (set the trim plumb, set dividers to the widest gap, drag the dividers along to make a ...
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Can I cover my breaker panel and wires with a frame?

You can enclose the cables entering the top and sides just fine, but you must not bury the junction box and transformers at the bottom. Those must remain accessible without tools.
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Can I cover my breaker panel and wires with a frame?

Yeah, that looks legit. To add a few points to what manassehkatz says, you currently have a surface mount panel. You want a flush-mount panel cover, which has a flat surface which protrudes ...
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Can I cover my breaker panel and wires with a frame?

That should be fine. If the wires are actually cables rather than wires in conduit then you need to add protection if the cables will be within a few inches of the drywall. Since this is a breaker ...
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How can I secure a vent register to drywall on a ceiling?

See if there is a joist along any of the four sides of the opening. You can use a 1/8 inch drill to check this. If there is, use a 2 inch wood screw to screw the register to the wood. If it's on ...
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How can I secure a vent register to drywall on a ceiling?

Hollow wall anchors don't do well here, so close to the edge of the opening. You may get a small one to work, but it's a gamble. I like to create a sheet metal tab. The foam you have may complicate ...
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How can I secure a vent register to drywall on a ceiling?

You can use a drywall picture anchor. Given that the holes seem to be overly large, I suggest the screw in kind of drywall anchor. Any home improvement store would carry them. I like these:
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Ceiling drywall water damage repair - bulging seam

Some parts can be covered with paint. The cracked one can not be covered with paint. Those need to be scraped, the tape replaced and mudded
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Ceiling drywall water damage repair - bulging seam

Without checking with a straight edge, I would assume that the board has swelled behind or around that split. I did a similar repair and cut out a section - in my case about 2' long and across 3 ...
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Cement board or purple drywall for shower surround?

In a perfect world, using the purple drywall should be fine for a surround. The problem is you still have to cut the surround for your valves and shower head. You might want to install a grab bar at ...
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Cement board or purple drywall for shower surround?

I tend to view this choice in terms of the overall project cost. There's a difference in price of materials, but on the complete project scale, the cost difference is minor. With tile, it's a trivial ...
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Cement board or purple drywall for shower surround?

Cement board has far better resistance to moisture, However purple drywall is fine when using a surround.
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How do I finish half concrete wall in walk out basement without framing

if the concrete is waterproof, you can glue the drywall to it with a special cement that is made for the purpose.
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How do I finish half concrete wall in walk out basement without framing

Since you can run cable and put switches and maybe some outlets in the top part of the wall, in this section I'd lay a minimal furring strip floor to ceiling to achieve a uniform face for the drywal, ...
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How do I finish half concrete wall in walk out basement without framing

You need insulation and vapor barrier. Drywall should rarely be attached directly to concrete. I've done it once, but it was on a basement wall under a heated garage where clearance was an issue. &...
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Do I need 2x6 studs in my basement energy walls?

No. 2x6 studs were used to allow R-19 or better insulation in the framed portion of the exterior walls. Unless you want that much insulation below, 2x4 walls are adequate (and standard in my northern ...
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How do I finish the edge of a shower surround next to dry wall corner wall?

The simplest and most durable solution is to cut the drywall above the shower, near the corner to the ceiling. That leaves the open corner of drywall and the shower edge with the drywall above. ...
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Need help with drywall vs microwave door

Move the microwave... problem solved.
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Can I hang drywall from strapping on an open slanted ceiling?

You can certainly support a ceiling that way, but I doubt 1x3 spanning 32" is going to be enough - you'll probably need 2x3, (or a metal support rated for the span) at minimum. I'd suggest adding ...
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Drilled holes too wide for drywall anchors- how to fix?

Depending on what type of wall you have (drywall, plaster, masonry( you could try putting a piece of cardboard or break a wooden toothpick and wedge it in between the hole and the anchor or glue it to ...
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Is this vent above a mudsill needed?

Garages have vents like that to air out any fumes. If it doesn't go through to the inside then a previous owner closed up the drywall on the inside. If you park a gas car in the garage then cut the ...
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How to fix this inconsistent overhang?

Some options: Using a flush trim router bit, simply make the shape of the plywood match the shape of the wall. You never noticed it before, so you'll (most likely) never notice it again in the future....
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Is this vent above a mudsill needed?

We don't know your location in the world, but homes in Florida built with garages, had those vents in the garage walls for ventilation. This was a 50s to mid 80s thing and is not done much now. The ...
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Drywall repair - trying to match texture

I have had good results with a sponge in a plastic bag for this effect. If you've used a trowel or float before you may have experienced the float 'sticking' to the material; it feels like suction, it'...
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Drywall repair - trying to match texture

RMDman had some good thoughts. Another thing to consider: the lighter color your paint, the less noticeable any texture imperfections will be.
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Drywall repair - trying to match texture

That texture is done with a paint brush. Make what you have smooth. Apply compound and use a paint brush the width of the swirls and swooshes you have originally. Use a light touch and move the brush ...
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Can kitchen backsplash tiles be placed directly on drywall?

Cement or Drywall matters, but not for the reason you think You can use cement board or drywall, for a kitchen backsplash. In terms of stiffness it makes no difference. (Bathroom walls, and any tiled ...
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Can kitchen backsplash tiles be placed directly on drywall?

Cementbord/backerboard is not required - plenty of examples of tile mounted to drywall exist. However: You're saving a very small part of the overall project cost (difference between drywall and ...
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Why type of drywall-like material to use on a gas fireplace?

Tile backer board / cementboard is fairly standard in this application, since the demise of asbestos-cement board as a product any sane person would use or make/sell.
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Can kitchen backsplash tiles be placed directly on drywall?

You can. Backsplashes don't really get a lot of abuse or have to support foot traffic, etc. so it's just a matter of keeping the tiles stuck on. Cement board is best but it's not entirely necessary ...
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Would a box lined with rock wool help to soundproof noisy plumbing?

wrap that pipe in dense sound insulation, the heavier the better rockwool, used carpet, automotive sound deadening, whatever. due to the increased weight you may need more pipe brackets. get the noise ...
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What is the correct way to screw wall and ceiling drywalls?

Why is it recommended to start screws 8in from the top edge of a horizontally laid drywall for walls? Does that apply to each sheet or just the top ceiling one? Why? On walls at least, the boards can ...
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What is the correct way to screw wall and ceiling drywalls?

The extra space at the top of wall/edge of ceiling area is to reduce cracking due to building movement. Incidentally, the ceiling should be up first, going to the wall framing, and should end up ...
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How to fix the gaps between kitchen counters and wall, if wall is not straight?

Make your walls flat for tiling or pay for it later. Tile wants to be installed on a flat surface. You can use tile leveling systems but the time spent to fix the wall issue with the finishing ...
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How to fix the gaps between kitchen counters and wall, if wall is not straight?

A few good counter top pros use a very accurate laser template. The counter is cut to the profile of the wall....BUT sometimes that isn't enough. Then this method is used: Once the counter is placed ...
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Can construction adhesive be used to fix this hole?

Someone used improper wall anchors, that are to weak for the job. Someone then ripped them out of the drywall. You could use construction adhesive but it will not end up looking good. Repair: Use a ...
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