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Why were the screws set in pairs in my drywall?

Like others have said in comments, drywall was commonly nailed in pairs to help prevent punch-through--hammers had a tendency to crush the drywall and weaken the hold of the nail. When screws were ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

You can use a flat tear-away bead to provide a clean finish to the drywall edge around the door. Before mud: After mud: Finished:
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I think my electrician compromised a loadbearing stud

That is a little rough. It's not a problem. Any stud is part of a system, which includes many other studs, wall plates, wall sheathing, the roof structure, etc. You could take just about any common ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

The black pipe looks like a drain cleanout. The white pipe looks like a drain for a washing machine and the two valves with the blue handles look like hot and cold water valves for a washer although ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

There are a few ways to apply texture. The most common method I've used is a texturing roller. Spraying is messier and harder to get consistent. If the building was built legally in 2012 it does not ...
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Does my toilet flange need to be replaced?

It looks remarkably well, considering the age it must be. There are no signs of leaks. You didn't indicate you had any leaks. I would add a couple of nylon shims under the ring and screw it to the ...
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What determines "old work" vs. "new work" during a re-wire project?

A lot will depend on local practice, which is ultimately determined by an inspector for any permitted work. As a general rule, my understanding is: You don't have to do things like add more ...
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Why do building contractors turn down jobs, such as when the homeowner wishes to provide materials?

Contractor here. My opinion only. Contractors turn down jobs for a million reasons. Maybe they don't agree that your job is 'stable and high paying'. (Parenthetically, you can't know anything about ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

Any pressure in the pipes disappeared instantly when the meter was removed. Disconnected gas piping poses no special hazards, it can be removed and disposed of just like any other steel piping. Any ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

Here's my plan for you. You have an exit door right there in the room, that's great. Don't have to spend money on new emergency exits. I'll assume that's an outside wall then, and it's not entirely ...
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Please help me identify this molding

That looks like bevel casing, possibly oak. Take your sample to local lumberyards (not big box stores) and see what they have. If you can’t find an exact match, replace everything in the immediate ...
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Exposure to asbestos, what to do with stuff and worries?

What's actually true is that workers in environments saturated with asbestos dust (i.e. asbestos factories and boiler construction), where they are huffing it into their lungs 8 hours a day, 250 days ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

Normal atmosphere is at 15 PSI. Most pressures are measured relative to that. If you dive down in water, your pressure increases at about 1 PSI per 2 feet of dive. This becomes an expression called ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

The texture shown in the picture on your post was sprayed on using a compound that was mostly water and a common and readily available powder or paste. There is virtually no dangerous asbestos in that ...
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Why were the screws set in pairs in my drywall?

My guess: The drywaller (novice) sank the screws too deep and broke the paper; yes, all of them! Their boss/inspector came by and told them it's not acceptable The drywaller had to re-screw their ...
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Removing Junction Box with extra wire

There are 2 or 3 ways to handle this, but first I would point out that you have more than 2 conduits involved here. I count at least 4 conductors passing through the box via all 4 conduits. The other ...
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In what order should I perform these renovation tasks?

I'd paint the ceiling, unless it's like new it will look out of place with fresh walls and floors. Installing some down lights I'd do this first because of gravity - dirt falls down - you don't ...
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What should I consider / know about before replacing with a Stab Lok GFCI breaker?

Don't go there The Stab-Lok GFCI-breaker is a two-pole half-width Stab-Lok, mechanically speaking, with one of the handles removed and one of the poles connected mechanically to the GFCI trip ...
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can this antique douglas fir floor be saved?

It is totally feasible to do this. Just a lot of hard work. We redid a laundry room that had a worn painted outdoor porch floor (the house is from 1869 and has been organically growing for 150 years)....
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How do I renovate these walls to be smooth?

I have removed similar wallpaper multiple times and if it is like the type I have removed it is actually relatively easy to take off of the wall. You will simply soak it with a hot water and ...
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Storage for household stuff

If this is short-term and you have the space (i.e., private driveway) and permission (you don't live in a neighborhood where a homeowner's association or similar bureaucracy has rules against such ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

starting with, you need new hidden hinges. Then you can fill the gaps between the door frame and the stucco wall. To cover the gap and make the mud stick, use stucco mesh. It is slightly adhesive on ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

If you are willing to do some rework (or for those future people who haven't done any drywall yet), you can use J-trim, sometimes called U channel or J bead. For example, here's the first link that I ...
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Is it possible to convert a single-sided wood-burning fireplace into a two-sided one?

I have been searching far and wide for answers to the same question, with one minor exception. I want to convert an existing single fireplace to a "see-through," or double fireplace, and put a natural ...
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I need to find out how to straighten a wall

The easiest route to getting a straight, vertical wall is to identify the furthest out studs and then shim out those studs that are not as far out. Similarly, find the area on each stud that is ...
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Can I remove framing members forming a wall below a load bearing beam?

It's highly unlikely that there's a full beam in that wall. There's probably a doubled 2x10 header over the opening. Plan on installing a 3-1/2" by 14" LVL beam (or steel) to span that distance (after ...
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Reinforcement for Ledger Board on Bearing Wall

The 2x4 ledger is sufficient to support your 2x8 joists, but it needs 4 or 5 16d common nails per stud at 16" on center to be able to carry the load if it is only carrying the floor load and no roof ...
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How can I change chair straw backing?

The chair in the photo is indeed webbed cane. It features the most common (and traditional) installation method - the cane is woven in a sheet and held onto the chair by a spline pressed in a groove. ...
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How to seal where the wall meets the floor?

There are several ways the air can reach the gap between the floor and wall. Your best solution would be to find the entry point and seal it there. Unfortunately, that's almost impossible so your ...
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Is this closet wall load bearing?

From the 2 images you've attached, this is not a load bearing group of walls. Feel free to remove all 3 of them.
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