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Do I need to remove drywall before casing an opening?

No, removing the drywall isn't required. It will narrow the opening slightly but you should have no issues nailing it over the drywall. Think about how standard doors are trimmed out, over the drywall....
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Do I need to remove drywall before casing an opening?

You don't need to remove the drywall, but I strongly encourage you to remove the corner bead. It adds substantial thickness to the opening and taper to the wall. Run a long straightedge across the ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling

All you accomplish by hanging small pieces and then taping all those joints is to add more fasteners and more lumps in your ceiling. The taped joints effectively make it all a single sheet, just as it ...
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Installing Baseboard Moulding with Brad Nailer

If you are renovating the whole house, or at least a good portion of it, I would purchase a nail gun over renting it or borrowing it. Owning it lets you use it when you need it, not like going to get ...
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Is it possible to de-gloss paint?

I had that same problem (oil based paint too glossy). 000 steel wool worked, sanding worked, tsp had no effect, vinegar had no effect. I mixed some talc (baby powder) with my oil based high gloss ...
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How do I cover a light switch mounted too deep in the wall?

Looks like more than a 1/4", so you can't use a Caddy RLC, you will need to use an extender like an Arlington BE1 or Raco add-a-depth ring. Raco's are a bit spooky but easier to install. Because ...
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What could one spray inside solid core door to protect wood and create a tunnel?

I think if you use a couple coats of good primer and a finish coat of enamel paint, you should be fine. Just be sure to work it into the wood well. Two thin coats are always better than one thick coat....
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How to touch up cabinet doors?

Looks like the finish is releasing due to moisture or heavy use. The way the color comes off may indicate a lower-quality all-in-one finish, rather than a conventional penetrating stain/varnish ...
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How can I fit a wooden wall to a stone wall?

"Look nice" is a highly subjective criterion. One approach to that sort of junction is to scribe a trim board. One tacks a trim board in a vertical position touching the stone, and then sets ...
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How do I cover a light switch mounted too deep in the wall?

You will need to dig out the top of the receptacle mounting plate where it is underneath the tile and tile backing board. That's going to be a pain. Hopefully you won't have to shave off any of the ...
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How can I color polished stainless steel?

(Note: original question asked about using wood stain on stainless steel.)I doubt a wood stain would adhere to metal of any sort whatsoever, unless the metal was very rough and the stain settled into ...
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What is tacky finish?

At least two very different meanings. One has nothing to do with how it looks - it's "tacky" meaning slightly sticky. For a finish, that's not fully cured/hardened. The other is tacky ...
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Skim coat with plaster of paris mixed with joint compound

Don’t mix use the correct product. Mixing can affect the strength and texture. For a light skim coat use a topping mud or topping compound or add water to standard joint compound or mud. Prior to ...
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What finish can I put on my pallet floor to fill cracks?

If you built a floor out of pallet boards I would expect that the floor would be uneven, have cracks between boards and rough surfaces. That style is pretty much what you get with this type of ...
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Can wallpaper be coated with a protective finish?

Generally, yes - you can help protect the wallpaper with polyurethane. However, once the paper is on, it's not coming off without a complete overhaul (sand it all off and redo it), and you should be ...
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How can I fit a wooden wall to a stone wall?

Don't build a river I'm not a fan of scribe-fitting to extremely irregular surfaces like this. Even if you do a great job it'll look like a child drew a river down the wall. You simply can't get it to ...
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Protect trim finish during installation

Most nail guns come with rubber bumpers or you can get them from the manufacturer. You can also use a piece of cardboard over the trim and move it along as you go.
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Where am I going wrong with hanging doors?

painting will make the door slightly larger if you paint the hinge seats it will reduce the opening crack even further, especially as paint tends pool there. Clean the paint out of the hinge seats ...
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How to finish OSB closet?

Given that easy way is actually part of the question, I'm going to make my comment an answer. Trying to mud OSB smooth is NOT easy. Even 1/4" of drywall over it will be much easier to finish ...
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Is it possible to de-gloss paint?

TSP has been used by painters for many years to "de-gloss" paint. I have used it to both flatten a painted rooms glossy look, as well as to provide a surface that a new top coat can adhere to. Gloss ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture?

If your existing finish truly is lacquer, all you would need to do is apply additional coat(s) of high gloss clear lacquer. Always use the very best brush you can afford, or spray it. Lay the ...
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What could one spray inside solid core door to protect wood and create a tunnel?

You bought a pet flap made for a thinner door. There are pet flaps that come made for thicker doors that have an adjustment range that covers the thickness of door that you have. Some indeed will also ...
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What could one spray inside solid core door to protect wood and create a tunnel?

You could try iron-on white melamine banding, usually used to finish the edges of particle board for cabinets or furniture. The banding usually comes in ¾" or ⅝" wide sizes, and it may be a challenge ...
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Lamination to achieve smooth surface over plywood

Lamination is a valid term to use in your application. Countertops are often laminated with Formica™ but I would not consider it to be a product to be rolled on in a manner similar to wallpaper. I ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling

Your best bet is going to be to install sheetrock in full size sheets using lightweight drywall. Once the install is normally done, you can install wooden furring strips on top of the drywall: ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling

You will have a whole lot of pain doing this. Those tapered edges on sheets make getting a decent surface a lot easier. Since screws at the edge of drywall share a joist, they are closer to the edge....
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How do I do transition between same level hardwood and tile floors?

If you can get a nice straight, square cut of the wood at the edge of the tile, I'd just use some caulk that matches the grout color, between "wood" and tile.
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What finish could be applied to a wood project with paper on top to seal and preserve the paper without discoloration or damage

Epoxy. I looked for, but could not find, a link to the special electrical fibre glass- it's aluminum oxide instead of silicon dioxide, made in a finer grid, and is practically transparent when soaked ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

sanding between coats should just be a light rub, usually it's less effort to use a hand block, or a sanding sponge than to lift a power tool, you only need to remove the sheen, when the paint looks ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling

Is this a serious question? If you cut a 50lb 4x8 sheet into 32 1x1 squares it's still 50 lbs. 6 of one half dozen of the other. Are you worried that the ceiling is going to fall? Just add more screws ...
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