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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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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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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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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 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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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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How do I change the remote frequency options in my ceiling fan?

My Hampton Bay ceiling fan remote control is interfering with my neighbours. Inside the remote there are switches to adjust the remote frequency. Where in the fan do I make the corresponding ...
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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 ...
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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 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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What should I do about mold until the leak feeding it gets fixed?

About three weeks ago I noticed a leak on the ceiling of my studio apartment. When it began it was just a leak, a few days later it began to get dark-stained all around it and now it's covered in a ...
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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 cieling below it. The cieling is a sandwich of wood lath on top, then 1/4" of solid plaster, then ...
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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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What to do with a leaking ceiling

I live in New York with 45 degree temperatures, and after heavy rain last night I have leaking ceilings all over my house. Water is just seeping through the ceiling, drops and stops. The water dries ...
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What is the proper way to patch acoustic ceiling after collecting possible asbestos sample?

I want to collect additional samples of an acoustic ceiling for the purpose of having it checked for asbestos. The previous test came back negative but I'm paranoid =) The procedure as per ...
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Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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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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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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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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How can I meet the height requirements for a door in a basement with a low ceiling?

To meet code we need a minimum 6'6" clearance through all doors. The ceiling height in most of the basement is 6'8", but the clearance through the exterior door is much less than that. On the inside ...
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Does this ceiling joist layout look structurally sound?

I plan on talking with an architect soon, but wanted feedback from this community too. Please see the attached photo. I'm in Raleigh, NC and am using information from this site ...
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How do I repair damage to the plaster on my bedroom ceiling?

I have noticed that the ceiling plaster in my front bedroom seems to be crumbling off and the ceiling around where it is coming off feels spongy. My house is a mid terrace over 100 years old I guess. ...
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How to open ceiling light cover to replace bulb

I don't understand how to open it so that bulb can be replaced. It has no screws. Tried to move white dome anti-clockwise but does move at all.
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How can I frame a ceiling tray in my dining room?

We have a 12x14 dining room and are looking to add a shallow 6"h x 15"w tray border around the outside. One of the longer sides will not hit any ceiling joists, so I will be using toggle bolts to keep ...
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Is this asbestos in my ceiling drywall?

While looking through a hole in the drywall, I saw this... Is this asbestos?
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How can I mount a projector to a concrete ceiling?

I am in a dorm room and I am attempting to mount my projector and screen in my ceiling... As far as I can tell from just tapping the ceiling it is made of cinderblocks if that sounds right or ...
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How to find the concrete beam in a sandy block ceiling?

I want to hang a ceiling fan at my apartment, where the ceiling is made mostly of a sandy material. How do I find the concrete beam going through it, assuming I do not have access to the blueprints of ...
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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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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 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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Plugging a hole in the ceiling

We had an electrician install a light in our ceiling. In the process he had to move the fitting about 10 centimeters which left a hole roughly three centimeters in diameter. He tried to pug it using ...
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Will plaster on basement walls and ceiling provide insulation?

My basement's insides are completely unfinished. It has bare brick walls and bare concrete beams-vaults as the ceiling. I though of coating the walls and the ceiling with 2 inch thick plaster with the ...
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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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How to change halogen bulbs at 18 feet height ceiling?

How can I change the halogen bulbs above 18 feet high ceiling? How can I change the light bulbs around 20 feet height in tennis court?
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How efficient is a drop ceiling?

I have a small room (about 260 sq ft) with a tall ceiling (about 13 feet tall). It's very hard to heat that room up because the heat goes up and doesn't want to heat the lower part where the people ...
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Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
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How do I mount a ceiling box in 4" thick ceiling?

I'm trying to install a ceiling light in two rooms that didn't previously have hard-wired lighting. After cutting a 4" hole for a circular ceiling box (using a hole saw attached to my drill) I'm ...
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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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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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What can I use to fill a 6-10mm gap between ceiling and front door structure?

I live in a 1930s house with a small, open porch (as in no external door) in front of my main UPVC front door. Not long ago, the original lath and plaster ceiling in the hallway fell down quite ...