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Can I close this exterior wall opening or is it required? Seems like energy leak

I've never seen an opening like that and know of no codes that mandate it. My guess is that they cut the plywood wrong and used it anyway, then added scrap 2x4s for a nailer, laid them flat so ...
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What kind of header do I need for a 10 foot span supporting twin pocket doors?

The primary concerns here are sag and lateral stability. Since you don't have swinging door involvement you don't have a lot of lateral force being regularly applied. However, you do have two door ...
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I removed wallpaper, and it seems I've hit a wall. Sand, plaster, or seal?

Using white paint over primer is going to show all kinds of different wall textures due to all the patching and sanding. You'll need a skim coat if you want a really smooth finish. Otherwise, think ...
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Is there any benefit to building framed walls inside concrete block walls?

Don't worry about the holes. It is more of a pain, particularly for lighter things where with drywall you can use a picture hanger or a very small anchor but with brick/block/concrete everything is a ...
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resurface interior concrete foundation wall

Ready mix stucco would work for that. Maybe prep the concrete with liquid concrete adhesive to improve the adhesion. You only need thin layer so no mesh is required. However if you want to make it ...
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What kind of header do I need for a 10 foot span supporting twin pocket doors?

If the ceiling joists are parallel to this planned wall, this would normally mean that this will not be a load bearing wall. Therefore, no load bearing header is required and the double jack studs on ...
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Is there any benefit to building framed walls inside concrete block walls?

Patching holes in concrete blocks is entirely possible, and if that is the only reason you are considering adding a framed wall over it, that is not a good one. Hanging-sized holes are immaterial to ...
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Is this crack normal house settling?

water erosion is a thing and you should consider fixing it as soon as possible (at least from the outside) before the winter because erosion due to ice expansion is even more serious. also in the ...
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Is this crack normal house settling?

Since both sides are covering the actual structural wall, it is hard to say/see. There is a deformation on both sides which would indicate structural problems. At first look I was going to say it is ...
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Are these cracks in our wall something to be concerned about?

I would get a 1" putty knife and fill in that crack with joint compound. Have a damp sponge ready and clean off the excess mud from the area outside of the crack so you don't ruin the wall ...
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Drywall Finish - Can an existing "Orange Peel" finish be upgraded or sanded to a "Smooth" finish?

If you are very good with large trowel, you can apply a thin layer of mud over it. Then gently sand it to make it perfectly flat. Alternatively just sand with 80 grid to remove the orange peel effect ...
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Hanging a 10Kg fixed frame projector screen without stud/joists

I would recommend to use drywall EZ anchors. over the years I have hung many heavy loads on the drywall where I cannot find studs. I always use these instead of the anchors that come with the product. ...
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What type of wall anchors to use on a prefabricated sunroom wall made of metal with foam insulation?

In many/most cases, none. The wall structure in a prefab built that way is likely just about able to hold itself, and not much more. For very light things, if you have a sheet metal wall surface, you ...
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Is this wall load-bearing or not?

If you could take a picture of what is above the beam in the attic that would be helpful. From the pictures shared: First section between stairs and mid of the opening - A wall was recently removed ...
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resurface interior concrete foundation wall

What you want is stucco mix. stucco You can add a latex additive for extra adhesion. You can even "paint" the latex on the walls prior to the stucco, but it is a little pricy. Concrete ...
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What's the best caulk for the interface between shower wall and painted/sheetrock wall?

You probably want an acrylic/latex caulk for where the tile meets the painted wall. You can also use a blend of acrylic/latex and silicone in that application, which has better waterproofing ...
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Can these exterior wall layers be used in this configuration?

Yes, unless you're in a very hot, moist region. Well, almost. My father just retired as the local Habitat for Humanity construction manager. In an effort to achieve better-than-standard energy ...
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Built in bookcase/shelves within alcove of non-plumb sides

Another classic solution: build a bookcase which is square, then apply trim which is scribed to match the shape of the opening That would retain the ability to use adjustable shelves, and would look '...
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