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  1. Remodeling
    I'm getting rid of a pantry within my kitchen. The galley kitchen is bounded on the long sides by load bearing walls. In the photos attached you'll see the back wall of the pantry has the joists ending from both directions and overhanging a bit in both directions in the attic. Another thing...
  2. HVAC
    While drilling a hole into my bedroom wall to hang a framed portrait, I accidentally drilled a little too far and pulled out some insulation. Not a lot, about a dime sized amount. It's interior drywall and now the hole is plugged with an anchor & screw. I assume this isn't something to worry...
  3. Building & Construction
    I have a couple of partially/fully sub-grade rooms I am redoing in my house; the foundation for both is all cinder block. I have some questions about proper wall prep/construction. The room in the picture below is only about 4.5 "blocks" below grade, but had water issues before I had a french...
  4. Carpentry
    Hello, We are preparing to install a single stud TV mount, (Kanto PS300). However the ideal place to put it (visually for the room), lies between two studs. We want to open up the wall and frame in a faux 24" vertical stud, securely suspended between the real ones, then attach the TV mount...
  5. Remodeling
    Planning to begin the process of finishing my basement, and I am unsure what I need to do with conditioned crawl spaces. Home was built in 2015 and the basement has 2 crawl spaces that are fully encapsulated and insulated (ceilings not insulated). I would like to put walls over these areas with...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    Hi Everyone I am new to the group and a novice DIY'er. I am seeing nails popping out if the walls and ceiling from the upstairs of my home. I living in a fully dormered cape. The house was dormered in 1990. Original construction 1950. I've seen some videos and read up on it but WOW they...
  7. Building & Construction
    Our home was built in 2013. Although we chose everything from the floorplan to the doorknobs, we knew very little about construction and it was a steep learning curve. Five years in, I'm left wondering if every little kink is either part of the normal aging of a house (with 2 toddlers living in...
  8. Remodeling
    Hi, I recently removed some wood paneling, framing and fiberglass insulation from a room in my basement that a previous owner finished many many years ago. One small piece of the paneling was wrinkled, I believe due to a condensation/moisture issue, as my house was under renovation for the...
  9. Insulation
    Good morning- We live in upstate SC and are building a new home. We are going with 2x6 exterior walls and will have vinyl siding with a wrap on the outside of the house under the vinyl. The house is a total of 2600 SQFT with the majority downstairs and a small bonus room over the garage. We are...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hi there, We just rebuilt our enclosed, insulated, unheated porch and was wondering what kind of walls we should use? We don't want the look of beadboard walls and would prefer smooth walls (like drywall). We plan to add some recessed paneling trim to gussy it up. Because the enclosed porch is...
  11. Painting
    Flooring: The color flooring I'd like is the one pictured on the left. I'm looking for a good matching wall color to go with this lighter shade of hardwood flooring. The crown molding is off white and the ceiling is pure white. The baseboard molding can be painted whichever color, I'm also...
  12. Building & Construction
    Thank you in advance, I recently bought my first house and the wife is wanting to start projects... THANKS PINTEREST! Our first project is to finish the basement. Our basement has this massive PVC sewage line in the middle of the wall wrapping around the whole basement that sticks out a good...
  13. Interior Decorating
    In dire need of ideas/opinions on what to do here. Entire house is done in old world/ pirate era scheme, and the living room has one accent wall and the rest is just white. Wondering if it would be ok to paint solid, should i continue with the faux finish like the accent wall, or what. Posting...
  14. Insulation
    Hey guys, I am trying to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible and use my Mini Split A/C units with my Solar panels to heat/cool year round without having to use backup oil if possible. To do this I know I need to better insulate. I have a 1920s house with blown in Cellulous insulation...
  15. Painting
    Regarding a new plastering job done to my garage converted into a studio, the plasterers did a swirl texture to the ceiling, does it need to be painted or can I leave the plaster as is? If I need to paint it, can I use a roller or does it require a professional quality sprayer? In regards to...
  16. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi, I'm trying to tile a kitchen counter and backsplash on an old house (in Hawaii) that uses single wall construction. That is, the walls are comprised of vertically layed tongue and groove redwood planks. The planks are about 6 inches wide and 1-1/4 inches thick. Do I need to use backerboard...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My contractor put what I think is LevelQuik Latex Primer on an interior cinderblock wall that is to be patched with a scratchcoat. His rationale was that the old cinderblock (75 yo) was so dry and porous that it needed to be primed with a bonding agent and that this primer would help with...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hi! I'm remodeling the kitchen in my 1920s house and opened up a wall opposite a staircase to add shelves between the studs. I found these supports between the studs and I don't know if removing them will affect the structural integrity of the wall or the stairs. Should I abandon my plan for...
  19. Insulation
    Corners of exposed basement walls frost when it gets cold We have Superior Walls in our walk out basement. The two corners that are exposed, will frost at the seams in the corners when temperatures get 30 degrees or below. It is only these two corners that frost. Wondering if closed cell spray...
  20. General DIY Discussions
    Hi: I am wondering how common plaster walls are in the US, as a rough percentage. Does anyone have that information or know where to find it? Thanks.
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