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Recurring crack on second floor ceiling

We have a 13 year old 1 1/2 story house (colonial with vaulted ceiling and dormers on front, 4 BR, 2 BA upstairs on the back side. The foyer is 2 story, with stairs going up to the second level. At ...
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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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How can I replace a ceiling light and repair the surrounding plaster?

The house was probably built in about 1900 (so Edwardian) and I would guess much of the plaster work is still original. We refurbished the house 3 years ago and suffered from lots of plaster falling ...
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What material is allowed for a furnace room ceiling material?

What types of material, other than drywall, are acceptable by Ohio HVAC Code for the ceiling of a small furnace room which will: Have return air ducts (only) passing through it to attic space. Butt ...
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How do I paint over a textured ceiling without removing the texture?

A painter I had at one time painted the textured drywall mud ceiling (off white color) in a different part of the house. He had to change to a sprayer because he said the drywall texture was coming ...
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How can I locate and deal with mold between floors?

About 9 months ago, my wife and I replaced a toilet that had a broken wax ring. We got some water leaking down to the ceiling on the first floor. Now I'm having what seem to be mold symptoms -- I ...
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Insulating attic ceiling and looking for synthetic t&g ceiling boards

We have a 3/4 upper floor room that is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. The current ceiling consists of 2x4 ceiling rafters with a foam vent and perhaps 2.5" of foam insulation, then the ...
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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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Can I sheetrock over styrofoam on a garage ceiling?

I am buying a home with a detached garage that the original owner insulated. The garage is probably 25 years old. At the time of construction, 1" expanded foam was nailed directly to the rafters to ...
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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 it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?

Taking down my ceiling to run some wire to new outlets. The outlets are going in an area with an unfinished ceiling, so I know the romex there will need to be ran through the joists when going ...
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Is it safe to use a former furnace flue to vent my dryer through the roof?

Our dryer is located in the center of our house. The current vent situation has tubing that makes several bends between the dryer and the crawl space before hitting metal duct that takes it about 25' ...
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Would this be an effective method to remove painted popcorn ceiling?

Sand off tops of "popcorn bumps" with rotary sander or multi tool (like bosch multi-x). Spray with vinegar and water. Use elbow grease and a scraper.
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Why do some painters leave a gap between the wall and the ceiling?

I've noticed that (at least here in Germany) some walls are painted so that a tiny fraction of the upper wall has the same color as the ceiling. Why do people do that? I find this not so pretty.
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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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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?

I have recently installed a new projector onto my back wall in my lounge. See attached photo. The problem I am having is weight - the main big board you can see in the picture is screwed into a ...
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Punching bag mounted on ceiling in flat

I would like to mount a punching bag on the ceiling as there are not really any good boxing gyms here in Madrid. Key Facts I am on the Ground Floor known as "Bajo" in Spanish The weight on the ...
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why does my ceiling fan change direction 2or3times before it finally stays in one direction?

When I turn my ceiling fan on it will reverse direction several times until it settles into the correct direction.
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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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Is it normal for an exhaust fan cover to hang below the finished ceiling?

I live in an apt complex and have asked my live-in manager to please fix the bathroom fan. He tells me that there is "nothing to fix". Can someone please tell me if this is true?
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Is there such thing as joint-compound primer? And, is there a need to prime before texturing a ceiling?

In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIt3YEJjFko The guy breaks down the process of making a California Ceiling into five steps: Cover the Walls Prime the Ceiling Mix joint compound Spray ...
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How do I refinish a bathroom ceiling after it got moldy and peeled?

I need to refinish the bathroom ceiling in my 35-year-old house. Before I bought the house a few years ago, the bathroom had just had some work done (new wallpaper, probably new lights, and I assume ...
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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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What are these nail pops that keep popping up in my house?

I've only lived in this house for six months and there are these weird dimples that keep raising. It started with one and has now gotten to be around 7-8. All but one are on the upstairs ceiling. The ...
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Long straight cracks in the ceiling

In several places in the ceiling of my 1986-built bungalow, there are long straight cracks running along the ceiling. What's causing them? Should I be concerned? How can I stop it from ...
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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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Can a new ceiling be build directly onto an old one

I would like to build a new ceiling on to an old slightly sagging and poorly finished ceiling (peeling paint and no joint plaster used). I see this way as more convenient and less messy than ripping ...
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How to wire two light bulb sockets inside a ceiling fixture?

I purchased a flush-mount ceiling light with 2 light bulbs. The wiring is a simple 1 black, 1 white, and 1 ground to the ceiling box, but there were also wires connecting one bulb to the other. ...
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Fluorescent Light In Garage - Mounting Issues

In our garage, I'm trying to mount a flourencent light fixture that is 4 foot long. The problem is, I don't know how to mount it. I'm assuming that I would want to drill the screws into the ceiling ...
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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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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 patch the ceiling and rehang a shower curtain rod?

I have glass tiled walls in my bathroom, so opted to hang the shower curtain rod from the ceiling to protect the tiles. It looked great, until a house guest recently slipped, and grabbed the curtain ...
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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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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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How to find joists through sheetmetal ceiling?

I have an antique sheetmetal ceiling of historical importance in my centenarian vintage home. As I am currently in the last stages of installing an AC system and the parts of the house that have ...
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Should I use a roll or spray method to paint my textured ceiling?

I have fresh knockdown textured ceiling. I plan to give it a coat of primer and a coat of white ceiling paint. The whole house is undergoing complete remodeling. There is no furniture, and no ...
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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.
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What's the best way to shore up a ceiling register that is loose?

I have a few ceiling registers which are not flush with the ceiling since the duct has loosened over time. What's the best way to get them flush with the ceiling? I thought about driving several ...
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How to fit a pendant light hook?

I'm a complete amateur, so please bare with me. I have a pendant ceiling light that requires a hook. I'm guessing that simply screwing a hook into the ceiling is a bad idea (electricity and all ...
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How do I replace ceiling drywall over cabinets?

I recently had some water damage to my ceiling after a storm. For the most part, it's a simple cut out and replace procedure, but I'm stuck wondering what to do in the kitchen. There's about 1'x2' ...
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How do I paint a basement ceiling and heating pipes?

What is the best way to paint a basement ceiling? Can I paint the copper baseboard heating pipes? Do I have to use special paint?
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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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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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Should I remove moulding before adding a plaster ceiling?

We have an 85-year old house with textured ceilings. We had a plasterer advise us to install new plastered ceilings over the old ceiling; if we do so, without removing moulding, the new ceiling will ...
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How should I hang racks from the garage ceiling with trusses?

During installation of the 4' x 8' SafeRacks, I discovered that the ceiling joists in my garage are 2x4 trusses, instead of solid joists. Unfortunately, the product comes with 3" lag bolts, and after ...
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Options for insulating a ceiling that is already finished (former 3 season room)

Is there a way to insulate a ceiling that is already finished and has no access point? More details below: Recently purchased a home in Eastern Massachusetts; one of the features was a room off the ...
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Ceiling Fan Pancake Box Install

I need to replace a ceiling fan and add a round 1/2" deep pancake box. However, the clearance with the drywall is slightly off and leaves a gap in the ceiling when the ceiling fan is installed. Is it ...
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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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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 ...