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Is this a load bearing column?

We can never be certain from pictures but I'm going to stick my neck out a bit and say "yes", it is load bearing. Given the open design of both the lower and upper floors, it would be ...
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damp line behind toilet

The mark could be from condensation on the cold water pipe. As the pipe warms, when not in use, condensation stops. If that is the cause, there likely would be condensation on the toilet tank. Some ...
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What is this metal plug thing on my outside wall?

All-but-certainly connected to the usual over-pressure/over-temperature relief/safety valve common to boilers and water heaters. It appears to be configured to turn the boiling-hot water and/or steam ...
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damp line behind toilet

Temporarily tape a piece of paper so it hangs loosely between cistern and wall. A sheet of newspaper would be fine. Intention is to figure out if the damp is coming from inside the wall, or from the ...
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DIY New Window or Call a Pro?

This looks like DIYer job to begin with. The first glaring problem is no jack studs holding up the header or sill plate for the window. The sill plate for the window looks piecemeal as do the ...
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How should I deal with this protrusion in future drywall ceiling?

Jack it into place and nail it (spike it) in while jacked into place. Don't overdo and jack up the whole laminated beam - just jack up the loose bit, and use suitable spikes into holes somewhat ...
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

It's difficult to say how bad the paneling will splinter, but here are a few pointers. I have done exactly what you propose to do and find that if I tape over the spot I will be drilling with blue ...
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DIY New Window or Call a Pro?

Windows and doors typically have a king stud & jack stud (trimmer) on each side. The king stud is full height, from the bottom plate to the top plate. The jack stud goes from the bottom plate to ...
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Can I create two or three more cutouts in my 6' Load Bearing Knee wall to build a closet System

Your knee wall is not clearly load bearing. It may or may not be load bearing. It may also not have been there when the house was first built, added later so the attic could be finished, and has ...
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What adhesive solution should use for walls with powdery surface?

No "adhesive solution" is going to work if the paint you are adhering to is poorly attached. Since the paint is peeling off the wall with the hook, the hook is attached to the paint, but the ...
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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

I'd use a standard rod bracket on the right and a cup on the left. If you are mounting to concrete, simple plastic plug anchors should work very well. source source
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What adhesive solution should use for walls with powdery surface?

Consider spring fit (aka tension) curtain rods instead. These contain a spring somewhere inline and rubber feet on the ends. When set up correctly they use outwards force pushing against the walls, a ...
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Is this a load bearing column?

Semi-retired structural engineer here (but caveat emptor anyway) The column is almost definitely load-bearing (though to my eyes it looks pretty flimsy even if it has stood the test of time). The ...
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Why did the builders install 5 2x4s together behind drywall?

Look up. Usually that would be supporting a beam above. So long as you stay out of the area where the protective plates are for the waterline, you can mount shelf brackets to it.
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

From the picture, that's a strap -- fancy people would call it a stud plate tie ;) -- and it's no problem to drill through it.
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Pancake Electrical Box Nailed To Wall

All you need to do is install one more fastener (i.e. screw), and the box will rotate no more, and be adequately secure for any reasonably sized fixture. So if you have any solid backing behind any of ...
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Replicate "Behind Wall TV Power" - Idea or Explosion?

Inlet/outlet is perfectly reasonable here. A few things to consider: The typical "kit" will be a fixed, relatively short, length. So the right way to do this between floors is full-fledged ...
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Does over refrigerator cabinet need support at both ends?

Whether it does have adequate support is unknown. It certainly can be adequately supported from behind and above. Whether that involves adding some hardware or not would be something for you to ...
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Recently purchased an apartment and noticed this on my balcony wall

This looks like a poured concrete wall, and the marks look like the imprint or 'ghosting' left from the plywood used to make the forms. The plywood was probably left outside for too long, got wet and ...
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How should I mount objects on a garage firewall if I can't find studs?

To answer your specific questions: Where the hell are the studs in this thing? Use the old-fashioned stud finder: take a coat hanger wire and bend it at 90-degress. Make a hole, insert at least 10&...
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How can I get rid of this white stuff on my walls?

Hard to be certain, but it looks like it might be efflorescence, which is caused by water passing through the wall and then evaporating on the surface. The minerals contained within the water are left ...
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How can I mount a large TV over wall molding?

This doesn't need to be fancy or complicated. You just need standoffs that are large enough to not crush into the drywall. Simple 1x2 boards would do just fine. If that doesn't give you quite enough ...
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How do I install a smart switch in a very thin wall?

There's a box for that! Mobile wall box These give you enough cubic inches while fitting in the skinny walls. The side that goes behind the drywall hinges outwards to tuck wires in, then snap closed ...
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Should I insulate water pipes in exterior walls?

Texas plumbing. It freezes, but y'all pretend it never does, making it an apocalypse when it does. I would suggest removing the fiberglass (in this stud space, anyway) entirely and installing either ...
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How can I remove or cover flooring adhesive on my walls?

OH MY! With that much glue on the walls there only 2 logical options. Cover with drywall compound, sand and give a light texture like orange peel. (You will work like crazy to get it perfectly smooth,...
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How to properly patch the "scar" in the wall after the door removal

I can understand your timeline and it is possible. In my 5+ decades of home repair and remodeling I have had to do the same type of repairs. Here is the way I do it: Day 1- Clean away loose debris ...
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Can I reuse bricks from my removed fireplace?

Absolutely! We recently had an addition put on our house. As part of the process, the contractor removed the portion of the chimney that extended through the roof. We had him carefully remove the ...
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What is this small metal cover on my exterior wall?

I'm with brhans - I think it was a clean out for the fireplace. We had something very similar on the house I grew up in (USA) on the wall outside the fireplace. You might want to contact the local ...
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What is this small metal cover on my exterior wall?

A solid-fuel fire needs a fresh air supply, because the flow up through the chimney needs a compensating inlet. This blocks off what would originally have been a grating (which might still be behind ...
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Can I mount a large projector screen to metal studs with just screws?

Mount to the studs; plasterboard isn't really intended to take that much weight, toggle bolts or not. Screws directly into the studs will do fine. Predrill with a bit no larger than the base of the ...
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