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Skid Steer hit exterior wall.... interior wall now bowed

Tear open the inside wall that is bowing and repair as required, then repair the exterior as required. The sheathing may be damaged which would require an extensive exterior repair. Cracked Stucco or ...
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What to do with roof vent if needing to drywall over it?

I'm not sure what your entire roof design looks like, but typically people install "Prop-A-Vents" or equivalent products to facilitate airflow from the soffits up to a ridge vent (or the ...
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What to do with roof vent if needing to drywall over it?

Those vents have no relationship to your drywall. I assuming you have an air/moisture barrier immediately inside the drywall (be it poly sheeting or XPS), they're entirely inconsequential. If you want ...
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tile above fiberglass shower - can I apply directly to drywall?

Unless you have a party in the shower, the area above the fiberglass gets very little water. Go ahead and tile over the drywall. It is likely a moisture resistant drywall anyway. I have tiled these ...
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Just moved to another apartment. Surprised to see this damage to the wall. Maintenance from building claims its not water damage. Is it? Help!

Most of what you see here is 7 years of wear and tear covered up by 7 years of unskilled repair work. The ceiling looks like it wasn't fully finished nor intended to be smooth after the slab was ...
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Drywall Bathroom Mounting: How to move mirror clip up

Move the clip sideways a bit, an inch if you can. This will be enough to not make a bigger hole, since imagine the height difference needed is quite small, less than the hole size needed. The other ...
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Non tear off bead solution for transition between drywall and wood trim

Lay masking tape alone the edge of the wood and press it down well, then fill the gap with acrylic caulk, use a plastic trowel to smooth the caulk then peel the tape off.
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Running new electrical when plaster ceiling has drywall furred over with 2x4s

If the easiest way to run your new wire is between the old celling and new, go for it. If you called and electrician to do the job, that is what they would do. If you are standing firm on running ...
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Non tear off bead solution for transition between drywall and wood trim

You will need to either add a piece of wood trim above the baseboard to cover that joint or fix the drywall to fill that joint. They make a drywall L bead (it is like corner bead with one short leg). ...
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How to cover rawl plugs in plasterboard?

Photos show "nail pops," which indicate poor quality drywall installation combined with movement of the structure. DIY remedy usually entails driving a drywall screw adjacent to the pop, ...
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Confused about locations of ceiling joists based on what stud finder found

If there is wood (as in lathe) and drywall together, this won't work, but if not, I've had great luck with an electronic stud finder like the one pictured below. If you google it, go into private ...
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Asbestos Exposure Drilling Into Drywall Ceiling

If you are only making small holes and are concerned about possible asbestos, just wet the area down prior to drilling the hole, so that no dust is created and the asbestos cannot become airborne.
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How can I find places to nail/screw into walls of ICF (insulated concrete form) home?

You need to use a magnetized stud finder (36.00 on Amazon) to locate screws, which are embedded in the drywall. It’s a cumbersome process, but the only way you’ll find the webbed plastic embedded in ...
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What type of tape and compound should I use to repair cracks in a drywall ceiling?

It is plaster board with plaster rough coat and finish coat laid on top from the 1940's-1950's. The cracks were strategic, assuming along a joint or settling point in the house. Under these ...
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Mounting a Gardena retractable garden hose(115ft) to inside garage

If you're dead set on mounting this inside the garage, a simple solution is to cut a piece of plywood (3/4" should do) about 2" wider and taller than that plastic mounting bracket. Attach ...
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Asbestos Exposure Drilling Into Drywall Ceiling

Get a sample tested. Request owner to take remedial action. Owner may indicate you created the problem,...tell owner you only identified the problem. Question: Did you ask permission to drill into the ...
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Asbestos Exposure Drilling Into Drywall Ceiling

Better be Safe than Sorry. Invest $50 in complete and proper Asbestos removal gear. Includes head to toe Tyvek suit, full facial mask. Example: Asbestos
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Mounting a Gardena retractable garden hose(115ft) to inside garage

If you want to mount it inside on drywalls... Get a 20 inch wide plywood maybe 4 ft long, that you paint to protect from accidental water exposure. Screw the plywood between two 2x4 to get stability. ...
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Mounting a Gardena retractable garden hose(115ft) to inside garage

I recommend a yard hydrant installed in the middle of your yard and keep the hose and hose reel near the yard hydrant. It is a nice clean look and you aren't dealing with 115' of hose.
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Mounting a Gardena retractable garden hose(115ft) to inside garage

The recommended space is outside of the house because of possible leaks. To mount inside on a stud wall with drywall, would screw a piece of plywood or some type type of wood to two studs. Can mount ...
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Looking for a putty to patch door which dries stiff

When I worked in a door factory skin damage was repaired with polyester resin (builder's filler). This stuff has a strong chemical odor so wait for a period of open windows weather. This, sanding, ...
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Looking for a putty to patch door which dries stiff

I'm assuming the door is PVC or painted MDF and it's a reasonably sized hole (20mm+ or 3/4"). You've done exactly what I would have done. No filler would fill the hollow-core door, it would just ...
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Fix sag in soffit (faux ceiling) for duct work

This appears to be a sagiing of the soffit framing and not just the drywall. Perhaps your idea can work (or at least help a bit) but to actually correct the situation would require removal of the ...
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How should you insulate an exposed-stud garage built with 2x4 walls in Zone 4?

I think the 'best practice', at this time, is to use closed cell expanding foam sprayed between the 2x4's and then trimmed flush with the 2x4's. You add drywall after that. That will give you the ...
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How much R-value do you need to insulate a garage ceiling with exposed 2x6 rafters in Zone 4?

You have 5 1/4 inch hight at the 2x6. So here is what you can do choosing different materials. Rigid foam's have better R than Fiber glass, but they cost more. Now the choice is yours if you want to ...
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Can I drill into drywall where HVAC duct lies?

Yeah, you can. Drill for the screw, though, not the anchor. If you hit metal immediately behind the drywall, just mount your camera to that. It will not hurt a thing. There are already many holes ...
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Can I drill into drywall where HVAC duct lies?

Take off that vent grate and look inside. You should be able to see the depth of the vent boot that connects to the duct and make a reasonable determination of the amount of space you have between ...
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Bottom plate needs replaced of this load bearing wall?

You're in a high-wind and/or earthquake zone (the heavy stud tie to the left is a clue). A small screwdriver will dig into the wood. Should I replace this bottom plate? Should I replace the stud too ...
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Can I drill into drywall where HVAC duct lies?

Start by drilling a hole only 1/2 inch deep. Just enough to penetrate the drywall and not more. Now insert a long screw or nail to the depth of your planned anchor. If will feel any resistance then ...
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Do i need to remove a drywall steel stud before closing a closet space?

It depends what and how you frame. Those "metal" strips (corner protection) for the drywall, might or might not be in your way. They are easy to drill through if that is what you want. ...
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How to fit a straight board against bowed drywall

So, measure the biggest gap, then find a small block and notch or drill so that the pencil will be held at that gap size. Draw the pencil line by holding the block/pencil against the wall and follow ...
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When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls?

There are a few factors that are issues hinder the performances to efficiencies that most haven't noticed as possibilities where choices for sequencing or a planned steps to timestamps and or orders ...

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