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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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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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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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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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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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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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How would I fix drooping ceiling tiles?

Long story short some of the ceiling tiles in my bedroom are sagging. No idea why, it was like that when I bought the house. How would I fix this:
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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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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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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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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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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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Should I install drywall or plywood above a drop ceiling to increase the insulation value?

I am currently insulating a new room in my house. I am planning to put up a drop ceiling. I have insulated between my roof trusses. Do I need anything else between my drop ceiling and attic space ...
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What size of ceiling joists should I use

We started remodeling the 2nd floor this last fall, starting with a spare bedroom, but between our day jobs and the holidays, we ran out of time, stopping short of dry-walling - the room is sealed and ...
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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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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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New fixture won't turn on

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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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 hang a heavy weight from a concrete ceiling if I reinforce it with fiberglass?

I'm investigating the possibility of hanging a pull-up bar/ rock-climbing training board from the concrete ceiling in my apartment. The slab is 180mm (7inches) thick and the (static) weight which I ...
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Vapour barrier for basement garage ceiling

To make the floor of a bedroom above a garage warmer it is desireable to insulate the garage ceiling. Does a vapour barrier go up in the joists against the floor above since the house would be ...
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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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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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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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Should I bother to flip basement ceiling insulation that's on backwards?

the rolled faced insulation on the ceiling of my unfinshed unheated basement is on backwards(vapor barrier facing down instead of up towards the 1st floor),1st floor is uncovered hardwood. Insulation ...
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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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What type of insulation has the highest R value per inch?

I am trying to find the best insulation for my apartment. The limitation is that space between the drywall and the ceiling is 1/2". I live on the top floor of my building.