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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

Welcome to the world of "soft" walls. They have many advantages such as insulation for temperature and sound, they can carry plumbing and electrical conduits, and you can drive in a nail to ...
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White specks on framing lumber

I know I am a bit late, but.......white speck isn't caused by insects. Its a fungus. And if the wood MC gets high enough, it will start to grow again. Never ever would I use that somehwere in my house....
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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

I agree with RMDman. Modern walls are simply not to be touched. Even if they contain brick, the finishing materials are softer and lighter. This is for ease of installation and flexibility--they won't ...
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Is this damage to a plastered brick wall from furniture typical?

That looks like a normal scuff on a wall covered with plaster or drywall compound, textured and painted. Plaster and compound be scratched with a fingernail. If the paint is very new it may be dry but ...
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I am in the process of converting an uninsulated block industrial building into my residence. Any suggestions based on my proposed wall assembly?

Correct assumption NOT installing the typical 4 mil poly vapor barrier over the fiberglass Insulation. It would trap water vapors gassed by the block wall.
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

That is textured drywall. The crack is just hairline, but looks larger because the pic is so close. Usually that is the result of an impact, but could be from other things. These show up over a taped ...
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What type of interior wall is this in my bathroom and how should i go about repairing it? I am a novice when when it comes to home repair

You have might have drywall or one of those "insert" acrylic insert bath walls. Test it with a pin. If you can push the pin it is drywall, if not it is acrylic. You can try to glue (fill the ...
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Partition wall loading on parallel joist

When framing second (top) story partition walls, carpenters generally don't concern themselves with position relative to joists. Especially with such a small wall I don't have much concern--3/4" ...
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Help with identifying wall material

This looks like plaster from the transitional period between it and drywall, where traditional wood lath was replaced with various things, such as the Masonite KristoferA mentions or early gypsum ...
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Help with identifying wall material

Looks like Masonite board to me.
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

You need to use a 4 1/8" hole saw. It will fit much better. I'm an electrician, and that's what we use for round electrical boxes.
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

You might consider a spiral saw instead. They're much less likely to splinter than a large hole saw. Such saws are unwieldy, and if you let the drill tilt at all they tend to grab and sprain your ...
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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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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

Yes, it's o.k. to drill through it, with a smallish hole. You might even be lucky and happen to drill straight through an existing hole - there are plenty of them! But consider moving the bracket a ...
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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

I would use a telescoping (adjustable) rod with the two cups on the opposing walls. That way, you can easily slide the curtains all the way to the right to fully expose the window for maximum sunlight....
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Soft Spot On Plaster Wall - No Moisture?

That's probably a latex (painter's) caulk repair from previous damage or decay. There may not have been a moisture problem, but just cracks and crumbling from age. You have a couple options: Ignore ...
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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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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

There seem to be a variety of options with various pro/cons tension rod, from wall to wall (aren't as strong and curtain would span whole wall) source ceiling mount. Shouldn't be any problems with ...
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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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How to trim windows on a curved wall

Working with curves is always expensive, especially when it comes to stained or clear coated wood. Trim will or should be glued up from thinner pieces so it will readily bend, glued together, so it ...
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