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Problems with Drywall Nailhead Pops and Rust Stains on Walls and Ceilings

Linda asks, “What is causing nailhead marks and stains on the walls and ceiling joists of our home?”

It sounds like you have excessive humidity either in your home or inside the walls, crawlspace, or attic. Read on to find out more.
Drilling in ceiling with foam cup to collect dust.

How to Reduce Dust When Drilling in a Drywall Ceiling

Drilling holes in a drywall or plaster ceiling can create quite a lot of dust. Watch this video to find out how to contain dust using a paper or foam cup.
securing tall furniture

How to Secure Tall Furniture to a Wall

If not secured to the wall, tall pieces of furniture, like bookcases, can pose a risk of toppling over, causing injury and damage to your home. To prevent this from happening use metal brackets to secure the top of the piece to the studs in the wall. Watch this video to find out more.

Drywall Sponge Sanding

Patching a hole in drywall is a common home repair, but sanding the joint compound smooth before painting can create a lot of dust. Instead of sanding the patch, consider using a drywall sponge. While it takes a bit longer than sanding, a drywall sponge greatly reduces the amount of dust in the air.
Using sponge to bend drywall hole repair.

How to Make Minor Repairs to Walls Before Painting

When painting a room in your home, you’ll probably have to repair the damage caused by picture hangers or nails. Watch this video to find out how to repair holes in walls .
Rolling masonry sealer on basement walls.

Sealing the Walls and Floor of a Basement in Your Home

Chris asks, “What should I use to waterproof the walls and floor of my basement?”

Sealers are available for the inside of basements, but the first line of defense is outside. Read on to find out more.
Homax wall and ceiling spray texture in a can.

Easy to Use Texture Products for Patching Walls and Ceilings

Watch this video to find out about spray wall and ceiling texture products that are easy to use and can be adjusted to match different types of texture from orange peel to popcorn ceilings.
Applying natural clay plaster to wall.

Alternative Wall Surfaces and Decorative Finishes

There are an almost endless list of alternatives for plain painted walls from faux finishes and chalkboard paint to textured walls and magnetic paint. Read on to find out more.
Smooth drywall corner bead

How to Repair Damaged Drywall Corner Bead

Outside corners on walls take a lot of abuse. Watch this video to learn how to replace damaged drywall corner bead.