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How To Remove a Load Bearing Wall
Kim | April 23, 2012
How To Remove a Load Bearing Wall

This how-to guide is a compilation of several articles from 2010 when we were going through the process of removing a load bearing wall. It was a big project that took place over the course of several days and required the help of professional contractors and engineers. This article will walk you through the process, step-by-step so you can see how the pros completed the job. For any of you who weren’t with us in January 2010, this was the last wall to be removed in the conversion to an open floor plan in our home, as indicated by... 

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How to Install Drywall (with 75+ pics): Hanging, Taping, Finishing
Ethan | April 17, 2012
How to Install Drywall (with 75+ pics): Hanging, Taping, Finishing

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognize this is the part of our Pro-Follow series with expert general contractor Steve Wartman. We’re following Steve as he and his crew remodel an unfinished basement. For any of our readers in the greater Baltimore area looking to hire a contractor, I highly recommend Wartman Home Improvements. To see more of Steve’s work, take a look at our how-to articles for building a deck and building a shed. Now that the walls have been framed, the electric and plumbing are roughed in,... 

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How to Patch Small Holes in a Textured Ceiling
Kim | April 16, 2012
How to Patch Small Holes in a Textured Ceiling

A quick tip for small patches in homes with textured ceilings: you CAN do it yourself with materials you probably already have in your house. I ran into this job while prepping our guestroom to be painted.  The prior owners had swagged lamps hanging from hooks on the ceiling in that room.  Not our style.  So I got rid of the lamps and took down the hooks, but it left me with round holes. Here’s how I fixed them. Editors Note: Hanging drywall and making drywall repairs is a popular topic here on OPC, and if... 

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How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting
Ethan | March 29, 2012
How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a great wall application for dressing up kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more. It’s also a great do-it-yourselfer project because with the right tools and proper planning, anyone can achieve great results. This post focuses on bead board wainscoting; we have another focused on board and batten wainscoting. If you’re not sure how to tackle this project, what better way to learn than straight from a professional contractor? Today’s Pro-Follow showcases carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they install... 

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How to Remove a Stipple Ceiling by Sanding
Fred | July 9, 2011
How to Remove a Stipple Ceiling by Sanding

Stipple. It’s the little brother to popcorn texture that was popular on 60s- and 70s-era ceilings. Unlike popcorn, which is sprayed-in-place using specialized equipment, stipple is applied by dipping an applicator in drywall compound, sticking it to the ceiling, and pulling it away to create a pattern of pointy stalactites. The result is a ceiling that looks darker (because it casts hundreds of tiny shadows) and one that pops every balloon that floats up to its thorny surface. Home builders in the disco years... 

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