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    Wainscot a Wall
    Wainscot a Wall Wainscot is a traditional wall dress-up. Although it's often used in dining rooms, we used it to enliven a drab bathroom. You can buy bogus “wainscot” in large panels, but it looks as fake as it is. We used the real stuff: 1...
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    Build a Stud Wall and Fasten Drywall
    Build a Stud Wall and Fasten Drywall If good fences make good neighbors, good walls make good rooms. Stud walls—usually built of 2 × 4s—are the standard way to build home walls. Builders usually build walls flat on the floor, and then tilt...
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    Build an Archway
    Build an Archway Home fashions come and home fashions go, but ever since the Romans, arches have always been in style. Although drywall is flat as a frying pan, you can shape it into an arch—bend it to your will, if you will, using some tricks...
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    Drywall an Existing Wall
    Drywall an Existing Wall Dave's Don'ts Drywalling is dusty work. To preserve domestic bliss, it's smart to protect your house and furnishings before you start. Tape plastic to within 1" of the wall. It's handy to know how to use drywall when a ...
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    How to Install Crown Molding
    How to Install Crown Molding Crown molding-or cornice molding-is trim used where the wall meets the ceiling. This decorative touch can add a note of class and completion to a room. Because crown molding highlights irregularities in the wall or ...