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14ft Ceiling beam sagging 5/8" - what to do?

First some background: Our home is a 2 story detached. On the main floor it is entirely open concept, with a ~14' drywalled horizontal support beam separating the kitchen from the living room area. ...
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How to reduce heating of cold water pipes in the ceiling space?

On a hot day our kitchen cold tap, if it hasn't been run for a while, will produce water at a temperature up to around 50-55 degrees C shortly after it is turned on. We haven't measured the exact ...
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What advice would you offer somebody who is building a laundry chute for the first time?

I'm looking to build a laundry chute from our bedroom closet to the laundry room below. The positioning is such that the wall of our closet is shared with a storage closet in the loft above our garage....
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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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How do I tent a ceiling?

My fiancé and I are trying to tent our bedroom ceiling. We bought enough fabric from the fashion district downtown and got set up and ready to do it... and nothing was working or looking right. As of ...
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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 Much Weight Can My 1/2" Drywall Ceiling Take?

Okay, so, I'm doing a DIY home improvement project; I do not have access to the attic as my home is on the second floor of my building. The project: Installing a beaded ballchain/shimmerscreen ...
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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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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 do I frame a room inside a garage so that the room's ceiling will not touch the garage ceiling?

I am considering building a small 6 x 9 room inside my garage to use as an office. However, I do not want to remove the garage door opener unit nor the tracks the door slides on because we will want ...
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Putting up old crown moldings

I live in an old house with crown moldings in each room. We took them down to replace a ceiling. When it's time to put them back, are there any tips that would help us so we don't damage the ...
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Is there an easier way to remove a double layer of drywall on the ceiling?

I'm pulling down the ceiling and am having difficulty pulling down the drywall because it is 2 layers thick. I'm using a hammer and a wrecking bar but it is going a lot more slowly than I'd hoped. Is ...
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Is it safe to drill into the metal spacer between drywall and joist?

I am trying to install a bike hoist in the ceiling of my garage. I found the ceiling joist using the stud finder and when I tried making a pilot hole, I noticed that I am hitting metal. I don't have ...
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Can I reroute this air duct?

I'm quite new to dealing with HVAC duct-work. We would like to install a suspended ceiling in this room. Since the finished ceiling will be higher than this duct-work, we're going to build drywall ...
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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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Molten wire nuts on recessed MR16 halogen lights

In one room of the apartment we rent, there's recessed 12v MR16 halogen lighting. There are 3 different circuits with dimmers. I noticed that two of the bulbs were humming loudly even when dimmed all ...
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Are there octagonal box extenders that are slimmer than 1 1/2" deep?

Is there an octagonal box extender that's slimmer than 1 1/2" deep? So far I haven't been able to find one. Here's why: to cover up 30 years of patching on one of my plaster and lath ceilings, I'm ...
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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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Will the original ceiling box in my 1939 home support a new 45lb chandelier?

I recently purchased in a house built in 1939. The electrical boxes and wiring have been replaced, but the ceiling support bar holding up the box looks original (i.e., flat steel bar attached to the ...
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What are the dimensions of the steel in the concrete slabs on the upper floors of my house?

Drilling holes (for curtains) in the ceiling of the 1st floor(2nd floor in the US) of my house I ran into a steel rod in the middle, running parallel to the outer wall. The steel is about 2.5cm in ...
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How far can I move ceiling joists up?

The second floor of our house has a fairly low ceiling, perhaps 6'8" or 6'10". The width of the structure is only about 16' with standard construction and the ceiling joists running parallel to to the ...
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Natural ways to keep the ceiling cool during summer

I live in the single floor independent house in South India with the ceiling exposed to sun. In summer it gets really hot. I am not an expert but was wondering if there is a traditional/natural way ...
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How do I install a ceiling fan without creating holes in the ceiling?

I wanted to install ceiling fans in my house but there there were no existing outlets in the ceiling so I got an electrician to do it. He created 2 holes in the ceiling and 2 in the wall to run the ...
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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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Standard height from floor to ceiling?

Is there a standard height from floor to ceiling. I want to install some false ceiling (plaster board) ... I seem to remember there was a standard but i don't remember it Any help really appreciated
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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 replace or patch a plaster ceiling?

My house is about 109 years old, excellent condition, other than cracking in the plaster ceilings. I've had one 3x3 section even fall out in my dining room. I want to replace the ceiling in the ...
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wiring for an oldish house

I have 4 wires (red,black,bare,white) from the ceiling. From my new light fixture I have 3 wires (black,green,white). Which two switches for the light. I wired it black and red to black from fixture, ...
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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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Insulation options for narrow ceiling space

I've got a flat roof ( wooden, sealed with tar and then roofing iron on top of that ) with a 30 cm gap between the ceiling. Not really enough for someone to crawl in unless skinny. There's no ...
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How can I hang a heavy bag from this beam in my garage?

I'm renting a house that was built about 10 years ago. The attached, finished garage is under the master bedroom. It has two large beams running across it, see picture. The larger one is 6.5" ...
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Should I be concerned about the repair to a ceiling after water damage?

We're in the middle floors of an apartment building and have had some damage done to our bathroom ceiling around the manhole due to some leaking pipes (minor rupture so there was a bit of water). The ...
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Drywall installation on the ceiling without help

I bought a piece of drywall(48x26 inches) and ready to install it. Please see the images. The height of the ceiling is about 11.35 foot. I tried to hold it with my hand, but it is heavy. I can't ...
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Why does the breaker trip occasionally after I installed a new light fixture?

We bought a house a couple of years ago with a covered light fixture box in the ceiling (a blank cover over a wired box and a blank cover over the switch box). I recently modified a plug-in pendant ...
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How should I install a hoist given that the walls and ceiling are made of concrete?

I have this hoist, of the engine-lifting variety, which is designed to be installed below a pipe or beam. I do not have any load bearing pipes or beams. What I have are a poured concrete ceiling (9" ...
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Missing cap on ceiling sprinkler

I found this sprinkler head in the ceiling of my new place with a cover cap missing - later I found the cap in a drawer. How would I go about replacing this? Is there a way to attach the original ...
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Should the tester start flickering when I touch my chandelier's top wiring cover?

(First time quiestion here, so correct me if something's wrong) I recently installed a lamp on the ceiling (a metallic chandelier). Two wires connected to the ceiling (one phase and one "zero"). The ...
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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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How do I replace part of my bathroom ceiling?

I had a leak in the roof above my bathroom. I had a contractor investigate. He looked at the roof carefully, and he examined the ceiling with an infrared scanner while it was actually leaking. He ...
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What is a good solution for hiding insulation in an unfinished basement?

First off, let me note that I am a tenant in this house. My landlord lets me do small improvements, but I'm not going to finish the basement with drywall myself. Basically, we have an unfinished ...
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How do I patch a 3'x3' hole in a ceiling made up of plaster, lath, and metal mesh?

I've fixed leaks above my plaster-and-lath-and-chicken-wire ceiling, and now I need to fix the ceiling below it. The ceiling is a sandwich of wood lath on top, then 1/4" of solid plaster, then ...
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What could be leaking after installing a pet sprayer on a tub?

Installed a simple pet sprayer in the upstairs master bathtub. It has a long hose with a release valve/button on the very end of it. About 6 hours after installation (and without officially using it ...
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What could cause condensation on a ceiling after painting with a roof sealer?

I am renting an apartment and the tenants recently complained about water droplets on the ceiling in one of the rooms. The apartment is on the first floor and surrounded by plants (we live in a ...
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How do I repair cracks in a plaster ceiling?

I have a bungalow house built in the early 1930's. It is in remarkable condition and has been well maintained. In the last few weeks a few cracks have shown up in the ceiling. There is an upstairs ...
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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 to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?

Recently moved in to a new workspace with some very funky wiring. Basically, there is a flourescent light installed overhead with a three prong plug. That plug goes to a power strip also attached to ...
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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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Can sheetrock be put in for fire barrier over existing ductwork and plumbing in drive under garage?

I am in the process of buying a house and the home inspection brought up some interesting issues. The house is in the Atlanta area and was built in 1979 with a drive-under garage. The garage ceiling ...
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Worthwhile to insulate basement ceiling while remodeling?

I have an existing finished basement where I'm in the process of replacing an severely damaged plaster ceiling with drywall. I've got the entire thing open, and as it's an old house (1925) there is ...
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How can I fix a ceiling above the shower that was damaged by water?

Our pipe coming out of the wall was leaking a very fine stream of water. We haven't had time to fix it. I don't know what that bumpy stuff on the ceiling is called but it's all peeling off. I know the ...