Learn how to build, repair and decorate all the walls in your home with these projects, tips and ideas.
How to Find a Stud
Use clues and your powers of deductive reasoning to locate studs and ceiling joists with out an electronic stud finder. Here are some tips to make finding studs and ceiling joists a piece of cake.
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How to Repair Plaster
Repair sagging, cracking plaster walls and avoid the mess of demolition. With plaster washers and wide fiberglass mesh, old plaster walls can be made smooth and solid again.
How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam
Open up cramped rooms by replacing a wall with a load-bearing beam. Create an open kitchen/dining area, a larger living room or a huge master bedroom using basic framing techniques and standard materials.
Home Theater Setup
Create a first class home theater setup in an existing room in your home. We show you how to adapt it for optimal viewing and sound and the wiring materials that will deliver the best possible sound and picture.
How to Soundproof a Room
Cut down on the noise coming into—or going out of—your living area with these proven sound-dampening materials and techniques.
Removing Mold From Walls
Persistent mold on a wall near an inside corner may be due to an insulation problem in the corner framing. Here's how to find it and fix it.
Get the most energy efficiency from your insulation by filling all gaps, avoiding compression, sealing holes in framing and other expert tips.
Close Gaps Around Electrical Outlets and Switches
Air leaks around electrical devices and register openings on exterior walls can create significant drafts, increasing heating and cooling costs. Plugging them takes only a few minutes.
Drilling Holes: Notching and Boring Holes in Wood Studs
Building codes specify allowable sizes and locations for holes and cuts in studs. Here's a handy guide to those requirements that will keep your building standing tall.