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How do I connect a pull cord switch to a fluorescent light?

What is the wiring to connect a new pull cord switch ( with 4 unnamed terminal connections) between an unswitched live (Live, neutral and earth) to a fluorescent with (Live, neutral and earth)?
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How do I prepare a ceiling for restomping?

I had to cut access panels in the ceiling of a 7' x 11' room to make several plumbing repairs. The ceiling has the slapbrush/stomp texture: I have patched the drywall and I plan on restomping the ...
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Low ceiling clearance non load-bearing door opening question

I'm finishing my basement, and am framing in a room. I have 81.5" of ceiling clearance to the ceiling joists, and am in the process of framing in a door for a bedroom. My question is, since this ...
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Fragile paperback on cellar ceiling batts

Installed in 1968, these insulation batts now fall, or hang. The paperback has become so fragile the insulating weight pulls it apart. What suggestions for a remedy? Replace? Or?
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Crack in plaster ceiling

Have lived in our 1957 ranch for 14 years. Sometime back, there was an errant step by someone working in the attic, and a bit of cracking occurred in the plaster ceiling in the master bedroom. The ...
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Ceiling cracks appear and worsen over weeks. Self repair or professional?

Background We recently purchased a home built in mid-50s. At the time, no structural movement or displacement was noted by the home inspector. Over the last few weeks, there have been long cracks on ...
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Any way to mount this diffuser without screws?

I needed to unmount a drywall ceiling diffuser to do a small fix. The diffuser is a "traditional" stainless still box mounted using two screws driven straight into the sheetrock. Unfortunately the ...
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How can I install a regular light fixture where a ceiling fan used to be?

Removed an old ceiling fan. There was one wall switch that only controlled the lights. The fan portion could be on regardless of wall switch position (by pullchain on the unit). I'm left with two ...
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How to fix plaster on ceiling due to screw coming loose?

A builder did a bad job when painting and the ceiling vent came loose, upon inspecting it seems that they broke the ceiling plaster by unscrewing it, tried to hide it by screwing it in another place ...
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Will foam-filling this gap create problems?

I'm trying to find out if I can spray-foam fill a gap in my ceiling. I have an almost-flat rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, then a gap created by 2x6s, then the sheetrock ceiling. I'm in PA, climate ...
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How to take down a lath and plaster ceiling

I have a lath and plaster ceiling to remove, but it is quite large, and my first attempts have created masses of dust. Is there some way to take it down easily? (For example, would lifting the ...
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I have this light and I don't know how to open it

I would like to replace the bulb and I don't know how to do it. I tried pulling the clips on the side out, but they don't budge. Then I tried to unscrew the clips off (hence the third picture), but ...
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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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How do I hang drywall where the wood is uneven?

I need to hang some drywall; my ceiling has a couple spots of uneven-ness. There's a few spots that are about 1/4" out of whack and another spot where joists+hanger are a little less than 1/2" down. ...
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What could be causing a dripping noise in the ceiling?

There is a dripping noise coming from the vent in the ceiling, but no drip has been detected. It comes and goes. We are still using air conditioning in Louisiana. Could it be the result of cycling ...
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Can I knock down this wall without the whole place collapsing?

I have a partial kitchen wall I'm trying to tear down. I took out the ceiling drywall and there are long joists running perpendicular to the wall which made me think the wall might be weight-bearing. ...
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IKEA recessed lights: extreme clearance requirements?

I'm finishing the ceiling on my basement. I'm planning to insulate the ceiling with the Roxul Safe'n'Sound Fire & Soundproofing Insulation. It is 3 inches thick so it only occupies the upper 3 ...
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How should I wire this ceiling light pendant?

I'm installing a light pendant. Its wires are white, green, black. My ceiling box has wires that are white, green, red. I've attached white-white, green-green, black-red. two questions: 1) ...
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U.S. NEC on adding wires in a finished ceiling

I want to add a second outlet to my finished garage ceiling, about 14 feet from the existing box. The DIY info I found has all been about adding wires to finished walls. The question is how to get ...
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Could a loose connection be causing my ceiling fan to work intermittently?

The fan and light will turn on then off then on, etc. Sometimes it will last a few seconds and other times minutes. Is it just a loose connection?
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Can I repair a plaster ceiling with drywall?

I had a leak from my upstairs bathroom that came into my kitchen. The repairs for the leak can be done through the kitchen ceiling where the damage is. My ceiling is plaster that has been ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete ceilng?

I live in a condo with popcorn (a.k.a California) ceilings. Next week I'm having them scraped, spackled, and painted smooth. I also want to hang a ceiling light fixture (the dining area desperately ...
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Stains in fresh plaster

I have often plastered ceilings and walls and have never previously been asked why there are some stains when I get done. However, I recently have been asked this question and I would like to give ...
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Is the skim coating on my ceiling ok?

I just bought a new apartment and have ceilings that were covered why what seems like concrete popcorn. My contractor didn't scrape away the "popcorn" and is skim coating over it. While the skim ...
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How do I install this flush-mount ceiling light?

I bought a new flush-mount ceiling light and am having a tough time figuring out how to get it installed. The instructions that came with it are completely useless. Here are all of the pieces that ...
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How can I hang small weights from a drywall ceiling in a way that's minimally destructive?

I need to hang some plants (small, a few pounds max) from the ceiling but I don't want to go the usual toggle bolt or the drywall anchor route. These create holes that are too large for the kind of ...
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Are these foundation issues significant?

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. It is 8 years old. We have found one that we like, but I am a little hesitant about going through for two reasons. The foundation ...
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What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?

We have begun a bathroom remodel project. All the studs were exposed by removing plaster, wood lath and old plastic tile. We began attempting to install the ceiling drywall first. We were able to ...
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How can I remove a stuck overhead light fixture?

I recently decided that it's time to install some less hideous lighting in my apartment. Since it's an apartment, my options are limited because I must be able to restore whatever is there now if I ...
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How to permanently remedy a patch of mold on a ceiling from a water leak above?

I recently discovered that water was dripping from the ceiling light fixture in a first floor bathroom. It turned it was due to a toilet leak (faulty wax ring) in a bathroom directly above. The ...
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Can I use the area above my garage for an extra room?

I want to use a 8 x 20 space above garage for an extra room (Load Bearing). It has two 2 x 10’s sister’d together spanning of 20 feet and 16 inches apart with no center support. Can I make this set ...
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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Can I use an LED bulb in a incandescent only fixture?

I'm considering buying this Home Easy ceiling rose, as my light switch is in awkward place and I'm unable to move it. I have an LED bulb in the correct socket, and this manual says you can't use ...
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What do you call a false ceiling dropped below a main ceiling used for indirect lighting?

I'm wanting to provide some character and define our lounge room space with a large flat ceiling that is hung below the main ceiling. The edge of which I can install lighting and create a nice effect ...
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How can I add insulation above my finished ceiling?

What is the cheapest option for adding insulation above a finished ceiling? There has never been any in the spot that I need it. Should I take the roof off or have it sprayed in? The space is 20 feet ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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How can I tidy up a hole in a plaster ceiling rose?

I have a pretty old plaster ceiling rose with the lighting wires coming out of a pretty ugly hole that I want to tidy up. What are my options for neatening this up? The area around the hole is ...
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Why is a previously wet light fixture now getting dimmer?

A leak resulted in the light fixture in the ceiling of my laundry room getting wet. Despite being dry now, the light gets noticeably dimmer each time it's turned on. I am trying to keep it off until I ...
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How to wire an in-celing recessed projection screen

So, I have a in-ceiling recessed projection screen. This sits flush to the ceiling so all projection screen box lives permanently inside the ceiling. However, odly, it ships with a 3 prong electrical ...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Ceiling fan in between ceiling rafters not producing air flow

I just bought a home where the den ceiling fan is positioned in between two exposed rafters in the ceiling. The fan is in the perfect position in the room, but I believe the rafters are causing an ...
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Installing/fixing ceiling drywall when trusses are uneven?

My house is an "L" shape where the short leg of the "L" is the garage. Above the garage ceiling, the trusses transition from one orientation 90 degrees to another orientation. The different ...
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Light replacement for a complicated light ceiling cover

I need to replace the lights in the below shown light ceiling cover. I have read another post on this forum and tried those methods I.e. sliding the glass cover between the metal holdings or trying ...
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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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How to wire a light fixture with 3 white wires in box?

I just removed a light fixture which was connected to three wires. One light wire (both are brown) was hooked up to two white wires, and the other wire from the light (also brown) is connected to one ...
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How to install Light Fixtures - no ground in the ceiling box

I am trying to install a lighting fixture that I bought from Ikea. The ceiling box has one black, one white, one blue, and one yellow lines (as in the photo below). But, I cannot find a ground line ...
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Ceiling Fan Install - Ground Wire

I' removed an old ceiling fan and I am replacing it with a new one. My home was built in the 60s and I'm installing so it works off one switch. After the removing the old fan the ceiling revealed two ...
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How can I lay moulding around this ceiling protrusion?

We are installing crown moulding in our kitchen. The ceiling is horizontal so we haven't had much difficulty. Except for this part: That sloped part of the wall is the underside of the staircase ...
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Is that a leak from roof into my ceiling?

I found a spot into my ceiling that was not there before. Spot looks like this. We had rain last night and i am worried if there is a leakage in the roof. This is what is on top of it. Is this ...