Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

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.
Cutting drywall with straight edge and utility knife.

How to Cut and Hang Drywall

While hanging drywall can seem intimidating, with the right tools and techniques, it’s not as difficult as you might imagine. Drywall—also known as wallboard, plasterboard, and by the trade name Sheetrock®—is made from gypsum cement that is covered with paper to give it added strength and a smooth surface.

How to Cut Drywall Around Outlet Boxes

It’s easy to make a mistake when measuring and marking the location of electrical outlets on drywall. Watch this video to find out how to do it the right way.
Patching hole in drywall.

Patching a Hole in Drywall with Spackling

Yolunda asks, "I patched a big hole in my wall with drywall and put spackling over the drywall. Was this wrong?"

While similar in nature, spackling is usually used to fill nail holes and other minor imperfections while joint compound is the best choice for finishing drywall. Read on to find out more.

How to Repair Cracks in Plaster Walls

Plaster walls in older homes are often plagued by cracks and other defects such as pitting and uneven texture. If cracks are simply filled with spackling or joint compound, they have a tendency to telegraph back through. Watch this video to find out how to solve this problem.
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.
Faux marbleizing column.

Faux Textured Wall Surfaces and Finishes

Sometimes homeowners want more than just a plain, painted wall. Adding texture or a decorative finish to your walls is an excellent way to add interest and personality to a room. Read on to find out more.

Drywall Repair

Nail pops in drywall are a fairly common repair for homeowners. They are especially common on stairwells and walls beneath stairs. But don't worry; it's an easy fix. Begin by digging out the old nail or screw with a knife or pair of pliers.
Wall removed and replaced with beam.

Taking Down Walls

Taking down a wall is common in major remodeling projects. Read on for tips on what to keep in mind when considering whether to take down a wall in your house.