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  1. How to Remove a Wall and Other Demolition Tips

    Remodeling usually requires at least a little demolition. Sometimes you have to remove a wall before you can build one. Whether you're tearing down walls , removing a roof or getting rid of old plumbing fixtures, follow these tips and all your demolition jobs will be easier—and cleaner.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Fishing Electrical Wire Through Walls

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    Add wiring for new switches, fixtures and outlets anywhere in the house, with minimal wall damage. Learn how to use fish tapes, flex bits and glow rods to pull wire through walls and across ceilings, quickly and efficiently.

  2. How to Fix a Cracked Basement Wall

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    Cracks in basement walls are common, but they can also be a sign of a weaken wall . We'll tell you how to handle this potentially dangerous wall before it leads to structural problems with your house. It's a problem that must get fixed before you finish your basement.

  3. Wall Framing Tips for New Construction

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    Learn the simple framing techniques that ensure accurately built, tightly framed walls . This article explains the basics of marking up and laying out a wall , along with tips about headers, trimmers and studs.

  4. How to Install Baseboard Molding, Even on Crooked Walls

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    You can get perfectly tight joints and smooth, clean, professional results when installing trim, even on bad walls . This article demonstrates seven tricks that the pros use to solve the most common problems—like closing gaps along wavy walls and making crisp joints at corners that aren't square. These are tricks that even a novice can master. You'll get first-class results without hours of frustrating effort. While you sometimes only need one of these tips to solve a problem, often a combination of two or more will be required for polished results. But don't worry—they're all easy, fast and free.

  5. Use Aluminum Mesh for Fast Drywall Repair

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    Aluminum screen wall patches simplify and speed up repairs to holes in walls . Stick it on and mud it smooth.

  6. How to Build Retaining Walls Stronger

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    We'll show you how to build an attractive retaining wall that's firm, solid and will stand the test of time. It features a solid base, compacted base material and good drainage. The masonry wall looks great from the front, too, and will enhance the look of your yard.

  7. Preparing Walls for Painting: Problem Walls

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    We show you how to fix common wall flaws and make them perfectly smooth before you paint. You'll save the $200 expense of hiring a pro.

  8. How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

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    One bowed stud can make a whole wall look bad. Before you hang the drywall, fix badly warped studs so that the finished wall will look straight and true.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Clean Painted Walls - Bob's Blogs

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    FromBobVila.com

    Cleaning your painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple (though somewhat time-consu...

  2. How to Texture Walls - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Learning how to texture walls is a fun DIY project that not only raises visual awareness in your home, but allows your creativity to truly express itself.

  3. Veneer Brick Walls - Bob Vila's Blogs

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    FromBobVila.com

    Brick has a timeless appearance and requires little maintenance, making it a popular material for many applications. Veneer brick walls rest atop masonry sills; behind the veneer is an air space that allows moisture to vent.

  4. Cape-Style Home : Framing the Walls - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Bob visits an authentic antique Cape Cod house, while back at the project house the crew gets busy constructing walls .

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Equipment for Painting Walls

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    In this video you will get an overview of necessary equipment for painting the walls .

  2. How to Remove a Drywall Without Damaging Surrounding Walls

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Host Tim Carter shares a tip for removing drywall that will prevent unneeded damage to surrounding walls . Before doing any wall demo, make sure you do the necessary preparations to save yourself time and money.

  3. How to Prepare Your Walls for Painting

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    In this video you will see a demonstration of how to prepare the walls for painting.

  4. How to Paint the Walls with a Brush

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    Get some tips on how to paint the walls with a brush in an easy way.

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Blog Posts

  1. How to Build a Wall

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    FromAsk the Builder

    Building a wall for a shed or a house is not that hard, but then again, there are many places you can make a mistake. Understand there are many ways to achieve your wall -building goal. What follows are methods I’ve used to build walls that are square, plumb and level.

  2. Wall Building Tip Video

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    FromAsk the Builder

    This video provides a little tip when building the walls of the shed. This is just one of the many step-by-step videos that will be created showing how to build a wood shed from start to finish.

  3. 21" Wall Kitchen Cabinets - Momplex Vanilla Kitchen

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    FromAna-White.com

    21" wall kitchen cabinet plans from ana-white.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  So I have a just terrible confession to make ... When we got to the wall cabinets for the Momplex Vanilla Kitchen, I got so busy with the building part .... that I neglected the photographing part.  I am so so so sorry ... they just were so easy to make and went so fast, before we knew it, they were all done!  And not a single building photo to share with you. It's a good thing we have another kitchen to build on the other side, and I promise, I'll take some construction photos. So we are cool?  I'm forgiven? We kept things simple for the Momplex Vanilla Kitchen wall cabinets.  The wall cabinets are two 36" double door cabinets, an above the range cabinet and the two 21" wide wall cabinets (plans for these guys follow). We ordered the doors from Cabinet Now , but other than that, these wall cabinets are just a simple box with a face frame, screwed to the wall .  You will be shocked at how easy wall cabinets are to build! Plans for the 21" wall cabinet follow - check them out! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Holiday! XO The Whites Materials and Tools Shopping List:  8 feet of 1x2s for face frame 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 10-1/4" wide 1x4 or plywood scrap for the back support 1/4" plywood for back 1-1/4" pocket hole screws 3/4" finish nails for attaching back edge banding for finishing shelf fronts shelf pins for adding shelves DOOR and 1-1/4" concealed hinges for FACE FRAMES Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill compound miter saw table saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" x 30" (Sides) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" x 19" (Top/Bottom) 1 - 3/4" plwyood OR 1x4 @ 19" (Back Top Support) 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 20-1/2" (Back) 2 - 1x2 @ 30" (Face Frame) 2 - 1x2 @ 18" (Face Frame( Shelves should be cut to fit depending on attaching and if you use edge banding FULL OVERLAY DOOR SIZE 20-1/2" x 29" Step 1 First, make up your sides by drilling shelf pin holes on the insides for adjustable shelves (I use a Kreg Shelf Pin Jig ) - it's much easier to do this now than after assembly - and drill 3/4" pocket holes facing the front for attaching face frames in later steps (I use a Kreg Jig for drilling pocket holes). For taller shelves, you would simply just cut the sides taller.  For deeper shelves, you would simply adjust your plywood rip width. Step 2 Next attach the two sides together with the top and bottom. NOTE: Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing forward for attaching face frames on top and bottom. Step 3 The back support is very important because you will use it to hang the wall cabinets on the wall . We used prefinished plywood for the plywood, and simply used the scrap leftover for the back support (it ended up being about 3" wide). A 1x4 would also do the trick but just don't forget, you will be able to see this board when the cabinet is open. TIP: For especially wide cabinets or cabinets with expected heavy loads, a second bottom support is recommended for additional attachment to studs in walls . Step 4 The back is attached with glue and 3/4" finish nails to all fixed shelves, sides, top and bottom, and back support. Step 5 Build the face frame seperately with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Then attach using the predrilled pocket holes on the outsides of the cabinet, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Step 6 We cut all of our shelves 1/4" less in width and depth than the top and bottom to allow for shelf pins and adding edge banding. You can see how we added edge banding here. Step 7 For the doors, we opted for full overlays with concealed face frame hinges. The end goal of the cabinets with full overlay doors is a 1/2" reveal of the face frames when done. So this means 1/2" gap to bottom and top and 1/4" side to side (since a neighboring cabinet will also have a 1/4" gap). I'll be sharing a post soon on how we hung the cabinets - so stay tuned for that! Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Minwax Two Tone Oil Based Stain on Pine Authentic Vintage Distressed Finish with Minwax... Whitewash Stained Finish   1 of 9 ››

  4. 36" Wall Cabinet, Double Door - Momplex Vanilla Kitchen

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    FromAna-White.com

    Plans for 36" wall kitchen cabinet from Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  DIY Friends! Hope you are still enjoying a little down time (and maybe a little DIY time?) this Holiday season! We are trying to stay warm up here in Alaska, and are still waiting on a very late baby to show up ... and fighting the urge to not start on kitchen number two ... talk some sense into me, okay? More kitchen cabinet plans today - this time, it's a wall 36" wall cabinet, much like the 21" wall cabinet we shared a few days ago .  But with a 36" width, it's recommended to do double doors instead of a single door.  The general rule is the door should always be taller than it is wide - I personally wouldn't do any larger than a 24" wide wall cabinet with a single door - and even then, that's a pretty darn big door (and heavy). Because of the change in the double doors, you also need to add a center stile (also called a mid-stile or a vertical piece on the face frame) to cover the gap between the double doors. We again used PureBond Formaldehyde-Free plywood in prefinished maple (about $20 more per sheet and you can do a couple of cabinets - or more for walls - with a sheet) for the carcasses so no finishing required inside the cabinet.   In fact, the only finishing we had to do was apply edge banding to the fronts of the shelves, and paint the doors and face frames.  Definitely worth the extra $$$! The beautiful doors were ordered from Cabinet Now - can you believe all we did was apply paint and primer to these doors?  They are beautiful! Plans for the 36" wall kitchen cabinet follow! XO Ana and Family Materials and Tools Shopping List:  12 feet of 1x2s for face frame 27" of 1x3s for face frames 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 10-1/4" wide (for 12" overal depth wall cabinets including face frames and full overlay doors) 1x4 or plywood scrap for the back support 1/4" plywood for back 1-1/4" pocket hole screws 3/4" finish nails for attaching back edge banding for finishing shelf fronts shelf pins for adding shelves DOORS and 2 sets of 1-1/4" concealed hinges for FACE FRAMES Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill compound miter saw table saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" x 30" (Sides) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" x 34" (Top/Bottom) 1 - 3/4" plwyood OR 1x4 @ 34" (Back Top Support) 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 25-1/2" (Back) 2 - 1x2 @ 30" (Face Frame stiles) 2 - 1x2 @ 33" (Face Frame rails) 1 - 1x3 @ 27" (Face Frame mid stile) Shelves should be cut to fit depending on attaching and if you use edge banding FULL OVERLAY DOORS (2) SIZE 17-1/2" x 29" Step 1 First, make up your sides by drilling shelf pin holes on the insides for adjustable shelves (I use a  Kreg Shelf Pin Jig ) - it's much easier to do this now than after assembly - and drill 3/4" pocket holes facing the front for attaching face frames in later steps (I use a  Kreg Jig  for drilling pocket holes). For taller shelves, you would simply just cut the sides taller.  For deeper shelves, you would simply adjust your plywood rip width. Step 2 Drill pocket holes facing forward along front edges of top and bottom for attaching face frames in later steps (as done with sides). Drill 3 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the top and bottom and attach to the sides, using 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. All pocket holes should be on the outsides of the cabinet and the inside of the cabinet should have no visible joints or holes. Step 3 Attach back support inset at the top of the wall cabinet, hiding 3/4" pocket holes on back side. When you hang the cabinet on the wall , screw through this board into a stud in the wall . For additional support or heavy cabinets/contents of cabinets you can add a second support at the bottom of the cabinet as well. Step 4 The back is not structural but finishes out the inside of the cabinet. It should not be used for hanging the cabinet. Use glue and nails to attach. Step 5 Build your face frame first on a smooth, flat table, clamping joints, using 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Then attach through the predrilled pocket holes in sides, top and bottom with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Face frame is flush to top and bottom (of sides) but overextends the sides of the cabinet by 1/4" (this is done so you have some wiggle room when installing the cabinets to get the face frames to line up perfectly). Step 6 We used shelf pins for adjustable shelves, and cut the shelves 10" deep by 33-3/4" wide, and applied edge banding to the fronts of the shelves. Step 7 We opted for a full overlay door using 1-1/4" overlay concealed euro face frame hinges for the doors. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Coffee Stained Antique White Weathered Pine Stain Espresso Stain   1 of 9 ››

  5. Roundup: 10 Affordable DIY Modern Wall Art Projects!

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    FromPosts tagged: decorating

    Bare walls are the pits.  Liven those bad boys up with some affordable modern art -- that you made yourself!  Here are ten of our favorite DIY wall art projects to make this week.      1. Bubbles of magnificent splendor!  This project is high-impact and low, low cost.  See more here . [Photo: Sara ...

  6. Shazam! A DIY Chevron Wall with Some Serious Shine!

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    FromPosts tagged: decorating

    You've probably seen a few DIY chevron projects lately, but... holy mother of all chevrons!  This teal and silver wall blows all other chevron projects out of the water!   Megan Stay, a super talented photographer and DIY junkie, was itching to get something -  anything -  up on her walls .  After ...

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