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How to install rigid foam installation w/radiant barrier under a cathedral ceiling?

I'm in the process of insulating my shed-turned-office. I've installed typical fiberglass insulation in the walls, and currently have some 8x4 sheets of rigid foam insulation tacked to the bottom of ...
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How to tell if old ceiling light box can support ceiling fan?

I want to replace a small hanging chandelier with a ceiling fan and am trying to figure out if the existing box can support a fan. I don't see labeling on the box itself but noticed this large rod ...
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How to provide power to laptop in unused ceiling access panel?

In my closet there is an access panel which formerly was used to access the attic. There is a new access hole in the hallway with steps. The old access is covered up from the top with the attic floor....
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Ceiling Fan light enclosure - CFL only lights

We have a few ceiling fans at home with an enclosed lighting. There's a sticker inside it saying 2X20W max, CFL lights only. What is the reason they are restricted to CFL light only? I tried putting ...
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Toggle Bolts in Concrete Ceiling

I want to hang a baby bed in our bedroom (less than 20kg /44lbs). I drilled a hole into the concrete ceiling.. which i was expecting to be quite thick, but its actually only about 4cm (1 9/16") depth!...
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replacing ceiling fan with 3 wires controlled by switch with a fan with 2 wires

I am replacing a ceiling fan. The old one had 3 wires. For the connections, the black on the fan went to the black from the house. The red from the fan went to a white from the house that went to the ...
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Should I cover area where ceiling once was?

I'm in the process of converting a 10'x11' bedroom into a master bathroom. I plan on removing the ceiling soon and it will be replaced when the drywallers come in a month or two. My question is, ...
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Brown Spots Above Ceiling/Ductwork

Any idea what these spots might be? They're isolated to just one spots on my ceiling. My ductwork is right above this area. Thanks!
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Ceiling light wire/hook up

Hello I hooked up a new ceiling light, There are 3 different color wires. Red,Black,and white, 2 of each color wire. I wired each color wire to there self and then wired the light wires (copper color) ...
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What are these lines on the ceiling from?

I'm looking at buying a house and I noticed it has lines on the ceiling in one of the rooms: It looks like the white lines are where the rafters are, and there seems to be some kind of stain ...
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The walls in our living room transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface…what is this called?

Our living room has walls that transitions into the ceiling with a curved surface...the radius of the curve is a few inches I think. What is this kind of construction called?
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How can I replicate a ceiling texture with parallel lines surrounding irregular areas?

Could someone tell me what type brush or instrument was used for this knockdown texture?
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Ceiling Fan with Light Install - Pre 1950's House

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan (with a separate light attachment) into a room in our house. The current wiring coming out of the house has two separate wires that have been twisted together and ...
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Vapor resistant ceiling fixture installation

I am installing vapor barrier on a ceiling using poly, acoustic sealant, and a vapor-tight ceiling fixture (FN-426-C-V - pictured below). Note the ring of soft foam around the circumference of the ...
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Ceiling Fan with no chain - Want to add fan speed control on wall

I have a ceiling fan with light that has no chain. The electrician who installed it added it to the switches on the wall. It's a 3 gang box with 2 switches used for the fan light and fan power ...
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Screws for mounting exercise rings on concrete ceiling

I want to have a pair of still rings for training purposes in my room. To be more specific I want a pair of adjustable and storable still rings and for that, I need two screws in my concrete ceiling. ...
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Adding recessed lights to existing ceiling fan connection

I replaced an old ceiling fan in my sons room that had a light fixture and dimmer switch. The new ceiling fan only operates with a remote that it came with. No pull strings for the light or fan. I ...
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Does joint compound or ceiling texture emit a harmful odor?

Preface: My grandmother knows little about Home Improvement or Repairing; please keep answers basic and explain as if she is 10. My grandmother lives in a new condominium in Canada, built in 2011 ...
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Replace bathroom light fixture without replacing the fan?

I have a bathroom fan/light fixture. The fan and light both work well, but the light fixture looks very dated and the cover is broken. Replacing the entire fan fixture is a bigger project than I want ...
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Squeaking Floor

I have just bought a fully refurbished/extended detached house. The problem I have is squeaky floor in the kitchen area from the floor above (2 bedrooms). The ground floor kitchen area is about 7m x 9....
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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How to install a ceiling lamp that doesn't have holes

I bought a floating lamp, I started building everything, when I noted that the holder doesn't had any holes to fix it on the roof. This are the "instructions": Here you can see my issue :( This ...
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Ceiling fan bulbs repeatedly fail

My Ceiling fan light in my bedroom keeps going out. I changed the bulb and it worked for a few days and went out again. I changed it again and days later it went out again. The ceiling fan itself ...
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Can I use setting joint compound to fix a a plaster ceiling with metal mesh lath?

Plaster repair with drywall compound? Will it work? I put fiber tape over the hole and filled it in with dura bond. Will it last or not? I need to figure this out fast. I have never worked with the ...
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Ceiling fan noise is it normal or abnormal?

I recently installed a new ceiling fan in my bedroom . A Case Endeavor fan. It wobbles a little bit, really a 'little' (maybe it is me) so I've been attempting to balance it . However the larger ...
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Sealing Ceiling holes

I am renting a very small townhouse that has termite issues. At certain times of the year (termite season) I get dropping coming into my bathroom, laundry room and now kitchen. I have told the ...
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Electrical light switch circuit split

I have one inside switch that turns on 3 porch lights. I would like to install a ceiling fan where the middle light is but do not want the other two lights on the same circuit to turn on. How can I ...
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I left a pound of ice to melt in my shower. Two hours later my downstairs neighbor reported a leak from their shower light fixture

Our 4-unit building has identically laid out apartments with a guest shower. I was clearing some ice from a broken freezer, and left about a pound or less of ice near the drain of the shower to melt ...
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What's this bracket?

Has anyone seen this type of bracket before, or have suggestions on what it might be called? The drawing is upside down for the intended usage - basically I want the U-shaped piece on the underside of ...
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Mount Ceiling Fan to Old Junction Box?

Is there anyway to safely mount a ceiling fan to this type of older ceiling junction box (see the photos)? I rent an old 1920's built house where an old hanging light fixture junction box was covered ...
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Opening in dropped ceiling causes room to get warm

I've moved into a new home last year. One attached room is a workshop with a drop ceiling and it was comfortable at around 70 degrees last summer with the air conditioning. This year, I moved a piece ...
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Should I be concerned about residual contamination from previous asbestos removal?

The previous owners of our home removed the textured ceiling above the kitchen and dining room themselves after they came home to a plumbing leak from the bathrooms above. The ceiling is approximately ...
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ceiling fan installation with two white wires

the current light is connected to the white wires coming out of the box now.The two black wires are hooked together. can I hook the fan to the white wires like the light is now? Is it safe to do this?...
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How to repair damaged drywall seam

In a recent windstorm, a couple of shingles blew off my house. I had some water drip into my attic and seep through the drywall in my bedroom ceiling. As a result, a definitive section of seam tape ...
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Ceiling lights not work

Previous owner left a loose cables in the ceiling. There is 8 cables, 3 blacks, 3 reds, 1 earth green and 1 extra grey. We've connected 3 blacks to neutral, 3 reds to loop and grey single cable as ...
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Is it OK to use 12-3 awg to wire a ceiling fan and light?

In a 2000 era home in Georgia, I replaced an overhead lighting fixture with a combo ceiling fan and light. (Yes, I reinforced the junction box appropriately.) The wiring was simple enough, the ...
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Is there a non-popcorn non mess ceiling cover?

I have a house built in the 60s. Bought it 10 years ago and finished doing most of the updates - it hadn't been touched at all since being built. However there is one thing left. Ceilings. I ...
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New remote-controlled ceiling fan doesn't respond to wall switch

I replaced a ceiling fan in my bedroom that no longer worked. I didn't pay attention to the wiring when removing the old fan but diligently followed the instructions. The new fan has a light kit and ...
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plaster boarding an existing ceiling and locating pipes and electrics

Hi I have located the joist with no problems. I now need advice on how to avoid putting my drywall screws into pipework or electric cable as I screw through the plasterboard. Thank you in advance
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Drop Ceiling Carrying Current?

After we use our shower, our ceiling makes a buzzing noise (sounds like a bug stuck up there). When my husband moved the drop ceiling tiles he noticed one rail is carrying current (it was throwing off ...
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Bumped into a joist while drilling for a toggle bolt

Uh oh. I've used two other toggle bolts to hang plants using a swag hook in this 2 sq foot area of my ceiling, and it never occurred to me that I might actually hit a joist. The one inch gap between ...
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Creating my own coffered ceilings, whats the best material to use for the frame?

SO I am creating my own coffered ceilings by creating a grid which I will attach to the ceiling. Then I will nail/glue crown moldings onto this grid to create my coffered ceilings. Now I've made a ...
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What's this ceiling mounting system called?

I'm looking to suspend some Wi-Fi Equipment from a roof slab where there's no suspended ceiling grid to clip it to. The suspension is a cable loop that can hang from just about anything (the access ...
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How to keep rats away from wires?

I live in a shop house, my below unit is rented to a restaurant, and hence rats are not uncommon in my house or my ceiling. But for the purpose of this question, I just want to know how can I keep ...
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Why do I have pocket holes in my new texture ceiling?

We sanded down old texture on ceiling. Then skim coated, and sanded again. After that was dry, put up knock down to ceiling. When it dried, we have little holes all over. What can we do to fix it?
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How to fix a leaking concrete ceiling?

We are occupying the second floor of a 4 story apartment complex. We have recently moved in and all 4 floors are now occupied. The occupant in the first floor says his bedroom ceiling is leaking with ...
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Installing Drywall on Concrete Ceiling?

I have a concrete ceiling in my basement and would like to cover it with drywall. Specifically, I would like to take the flat surface concrete ceiling and put another ceiling under it so that I can ...
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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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what size of beam should I use to replace 3 2x8 that is 16 feet?

What is the equivalent of a 3 2x8, 16 feet? I would like to use one beam (for decorative effect) instead of the 2x8s since the beam will be exposed. This will go up in my dining room ceiling. If the ...