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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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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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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 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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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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How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?

BACKGROUND: New house built 5 years ago. I have a basement theater room with 12 foot drywall ceilings that have HVAC conduit and recessed lighting (in other words there is some space behind/above ...
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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 an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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How do I wire this ceiling fan?

I'm trying to wire a new ceiling fan. The outlet box wires are White, Red, and Black. The ceiling fan wires are Black, Blue, White, and Green. The installation manual states to connect both ...
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How can I hang a ceiling fan with a 3/4 inch difference between the junction box and bracket?

I've taken down an old ceiling fan for replacement and found the octagonal junction box to be approx 3/4in above the ceiling, it isn't flush with the drywall which the new ceiling fan bracket mount ...
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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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How do I fill holes around a newly fitted ceiling light socket?

I'm replacing a ceiling light that when fitted will leave gaps / holes in the ceiling where the existing socket hole is. The previous light was bigger and had a sensible amount of room for the wiring ...
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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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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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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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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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How to remove mold from Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

I've recently noticed, that there are some sort of (stains) on a ceiling in a bathroom. The ceiling is covered with Styrofoam tiles of square shape. I took a closer look and it seems to me that it ...
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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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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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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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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either ...
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Problem hanging ceiling lamp with cord set (from Ikea)

Trying to hang a ceiling lamp and I can't figure it out. It's the type where you hook the connector to the ceiling, then push the "cup" (which conceals all the wiring) up to the ceiling. But there ...
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What to do about a damaged stipple ceiling?

We have a stipple ceiling in our master bedroom, it appears to be lining paper over lathe & plaster with stipple/textured paint over that. We are concerned that it may have asbestos in it (we are ...
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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 ...
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Can I use a 2x8 for a ceiling joist and rafters on a 16' span?

I'm planning an addition which will be 16' wide by 27 feet long overall. the roof will span the 16' dimension. my question is, if there is no plan to use the space above the ceiling for storage or ...
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Does adding a ceiling improve temp?

My garage has a roof, four walls and a door. It currently has beams running along the ceiling height which looks like it was used for storage. Would adding a ceiling keep my garage at a Warmer ...
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Leaking roof valley strategy

UPDATE: New album with additional photos here: http://imgur.com/a/RGfrP My parent's house has a pretty bad leak that has been going for a few years. Because of money and other issues with the house ...
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Can an open junction box be allowed over an enclosed ceiling?

I am renovating my basement and there is currently a suspended ceiling. After removing some of the tiles I noticed there are some junction boxes without covers. I want to replace the suspended ceiling ...
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What is the best and least expensive way to update my walkout basement? [closed]

I have a walkout basement that is paneled and has a dropped ceiling with out a ceiling grid. In need of serious updating, but I have already put so much money into this house, I am looking for the ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Can I use a non-standard design for a stairwell ceiling cutout in an old house?

I am designing the framing for a stairwell in an 1870's cottage, which is presenting a few extra constraints. What seems to be the standard approach throws up a couple of additional issues, and I'm ...
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What is the best skim coating for polystyrene sheets?

My log hut is extremely hot, I have glued polystyrene sheets to the ceiling and would like to skim to create a clean finished off appearance. The sheets are the pressed pellets type (not isoboard) ...
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Choosing depth of ceiling electrical boxes?

Ceiling electrical boxes come in different depths: 0.5", 1.5", 2.25", 2.75" seem to be fairly common. I'm going to be hanging some lights as well as ceiling fans. I want to have the boxes as shallow ...
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Water damage in bathroom ceiling floor: how to treat and then prevent?

Water on the floor next to the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom (tile floor and tile baseboard) was allowed to sit for a half hour, then I heard drip-drip-drip in the bathroom directly below it. We ...
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What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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Can I use a 2x6 beam stretched across a few of these roof rafters to support a hammock?

I want to hang a large hammock in my reading room. It used to be an open-air carport structure and so the construction is fairly lightweight. Here're some pictures of the ceiling/roof in question pre-...
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replace half a drywall ceiling?

I'm redoing my kitchen which adjoins the eating area. Part of this was removing the soffits or fur downs, which has now left my ceiling without large strips of drywall on 3 sides. The kitchen ...
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Ceiling leaks When it Rains, Roof Looks Good

My ceiling drips water sometimes when it rains (especially when it rains hard). It seems inconsistent though, so I think that it may have something to do with the angle at which the rain comes in. The ...
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Can I drywall directly over cinder block (ceiling) using 7/8" hat channel?

We live in a condo that was previously a Hospital. In the early 1980s they installed the drywall ceilings using metal track. We removed the drywall and track to raise the ceiling from 8' to 11'. ...
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Why is my plaster covered ceiling magnetic?

tldr; Why do magnets stick to my ceiling? I have an old house, built in 1905 in the Boston area. I want to install a light fixture in a room that does not currently have one. I tried using my stud ...
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Should I repair floor joists that have cracks or holes?

The floor joists in my unfinished basement of a 1950s house have nails that the previous owner probably used to hang items on. Many of the nails have caused the floor joists to split. I've been ...
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?

I am replacing a ceiling fan remote. the fan has 5 wires coming from it and the new receiver has 4 wires coming from it. The old receiver had: fan out, common out, neutral in, live in and light out. ...
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How do I get rid of this ceiling finish and what is its name?

I am looking for an easy method. Common sense tells me that something like sanding must be used. Any special tool that can accelerate the process ? The structure the roof is shown below. I might ...
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What is the best way to remove popcorn from the ceiling?

What is the best solution for removing popcorn from the ceiling if I want to get it to look smooth afterwards? Edit: thanks for your answers! Would you estimate that replacing the drywall on the ...