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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm currently building a house using a Ryan Homes and I was told that the Gap between headers and walls is acceptable (no problem if a few inches of the connecting nail is visible) or the builder is just being lazy. Is there any code I can refer to if he keeps saying that it's safe?
  2. Flooring
    Looking for some short term solutions to my leaking shower problem. Had a complete shower renovation in 2014. Over the last six months I have noticed that the drywall at the base of the floor behind the toilet which is next to the shower has got water stains. So I blocked off the drain turn the...
  3. Painting
    I painted my kitchen cabinets with satin SW ProClassic Acrylic Alkyd and they came out great. I am now working on the kitchen walls. I skimmed them and applied Gardz. Now I don't know which SW paint to put on for the top coat. I have both Emerald and ProClassic Acrylic Alkyd in satin. The areas...
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello, I need to install some towel bars on the drywall in the bathroom. The towel bar came with mounting brackets and wall anchors. I want to use different anchors instead of what came with the bar, and was thinking of the E-Z Ancor twist-N-Lock anchors. My questions are, how do you feel...
  5. Painting
    Hi all, new member here. We're midway through a renovation. I previously primed new drywall in our basement with Kilz Drywall Primer and finished with two coats of SW Super Paint Satin. That paint is peeling, which is a real heartbreak, but not the subject of this post. I want to use...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    I have little experience in this line of work but would like to fix up my kitchen walls now that my new counter has been installed. How do I best patch these two fairly significant holes in the wall? (I attached two photos of each hole.) Thank you.
  7. Drywall & Plaster
    I need some advice on what to do with this obstruction in ceiling. Was planning on drywalling ceiling in my basement the previous owner had the basement framed and I’m unsure what to do with this section to finish. It’s copper water lines protruding below where the joist hang. Any advice would...
  8. Building & Construction
    Had a crew in to complete drywall work for a new build. They glued and screwed ceilings and walls. Drywall inspection passed; around here, with glue you can go 24" on center on walls. So, on a 4FT panel there's the screws on the edges and then just one row in the center. Went back and checked...
  9. Drywall & Plaster
    We finished tiling our shower, but there's a large and variable gap between the drywall and the tile. On one side, the gap is as large as 2 1/8 inches. On the other side, there's a metal corner bead that seems to be in an inconvenient place for my purposes. I'm not sure how best to close...
  10. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi, I’m having some trouble with a repainting project in the bathroom. I hired a company to repaint the bathroom — cheap price, cheap paint, cheap results long story short. With high risk family members and COVID, I decided to DIY and have painted w/o problems before. I removed the (new)...
  11. Drywall & Plaster
    DYI'ing my basement, started with a smallest and least important room to learn on how anal i need to sand and smooth the mud before putting on a primer. ( Needless to say all other rooms are getting VERY anal sanding and triple-check with worklight 😂 ) There's some bumps ( not holes, holes...
  12. Drywall & Plaster
    Old house. My sheetrock guys didn't put enough shims / ignored uneven beams/studs and now some walls and ceilings have bumps/uneven spots (pic attached). A couple of bumps are half inch big. What's the right way to fix it? 4x8 1/2 inch drywall. Thanks
  13. Drywall & Plaster
    I'm trying to remove wallpapers, and wall anchors from drywall. When I tried to remove wallpapers it goes easy (without even using water or steamer), and I get to this part that looks like gray carton. Does that mean that I removed wallpapers completely, or is this gray layer also from...
  14. Drywall & Plaster
    In my other post I showed some crack arounds windows/doors on my main floor that everybody said are just cosmetic (still waiting for an engineer to come) and fixable. In that post I mentioned there are cracks in the basement, but I didn't have pictures to share. Well here they are, and to me...
  15. Drywall & Plaster
    Our new (to us) house has a damp foundation, it’s not an underground basement, it’s more like a first floor. We ripped out the drywall and flooring, had a perimeter drain and sump pump put in. Water is worse now, but I’m hoping the people who installed the drain and sump pump will fix it...
  16. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi, I'm looking if anyone can provide what the acceptable tolerance are for a drywall return around a window. We have two noticeable issues: 1. The plasterer around the jamb isn't even around the window. For example, at the top of the window the plaster is flush with the jamb and by the time...
  17. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi Folks, anyone ever run into this issue? I have drywall around the tub surround that bubbles up. I’ve already redone that area once when I first bought the house but it happened again.Just curious, how does this even happen? It’s happening in both my bathrooms.
  18. Drywall & Plaster
    In my other recent post, I outline the "brief" history of my time in my house, so I'll spare that. I'm starting to notice these horizontal lines in areas where light is signing obliquely down a wall. The space between the lines is 4ft and this happens in some bedrooms as well. It's obvious...
  19. Drywall & Plaster
    I bought my house in the Fall of 2020, and that makes this the second full season cycle in our area. Where we live is high humidity Spring/Summer followed by very dry and cold Winters. This Winter, suddenly cracks and nail pops everywhere in the house. They are in the interior corners of rooms...
  20. Drywall & Plaster
    I need to repair the holes left from some floating shelves and cabinets that were removed. Instead of scribing to fit the hump in the wall, they cut channels in the drywall for the shelves. The top one is approx 2" wide, the middle and bottom one 1/2" each. The cabinets were caulked in, and has...
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