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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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Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly

Last night I switched a ceiling light fixture with a Ceiling Fan. Before it was just a light fixture and it was controlled from a switch on the wall; one of two switches on the same switch plate/panel ...
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How do I connect a chandelier to this ceiling wiring?

I just moved in to a 16 year old house and replacing a ceiling fan with chandelier. Chandelier has conventional white, black and ground. The fan was connected to red and ground only, which I guess was ...
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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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How to hang a chair from the ceiling joists (with attic access)

I'm planning on hanging a chair from the ceiling. From what I can tell the best method is to add a crosspiece above multiple joists, and mount the chair to that using an eye bolt. The problem with ...
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Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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Water leaking in ceiling when central heating turned on

Water is dripping from the ceiling when the central heating is on. If the heating remains on the drip becomes a gush (the ceiling has fallen in under the weight of water). When the bathroom ...
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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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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How do I splice a drywall metal outside corner bead?

When re-finishing my ceiling (formerly popcorn, now smooth) I had some trouble with the edge of the tray ceiling in the master bedroom. Since the length of the tray was longer than a standard metal ...
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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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What I do about mouse droppings in basement ceiling where I can't reach?

I had a mouse infestation a while ago - they were coming in from dryer and exhaust vents too close to the ground. I trapped the mice and fixed the vent/exhaust situation to prevent more from ...
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What DIY should I do on the ceiling to prevent noise from neighbor upstairs?

I live in a apartment. My neighbor who live upstairs, like to drag their chair and stomp their feet when ever their relative children come to visit them. So, what should I do to my ceiling to block ...
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Can I paint over XPS insulation?

I've a top floor apartment in India which gets almost like an oven during the summers which is like for 9 months out of 12. I've decided to apply under the deck XPS 50mm (nailed to the ceiling). I ...
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How to remove glue from ceiling

I removed a ceiling of plaster panels and found that on the original concrete ceiling there is a glue residue of some glued-on styrofoam tiles. (See picture) Before I get the plastering redone, I ...
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I'd like to raise the ceiling height on my second floor but the roof is flat. How do I do this?

I have 7ft ceilings in one room on my second floor. The room was an addition and the previous owners decided to make the original stone porch below into a family room. In this room, they kept the ...
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How to install flush mount lights when ceiling electrical box is 1/4 of an inch below sheetrock?

We recently bought a house and are changing the lights. The ones that are currently installed have a dome base. We bought ones that will sit flush. The issues is that some of the electrical boxes hang ...
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How to fix a small ceiling corner?

I have a ceiling corner above the stairs that needs to be repaired. It was previously drywall on the vertical, and finished ceiling on the horizontal. We caused some damage early on that I covered ...
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?

My garage ceiling framing consists of manufactured 2x4 trusses over a 20.5' span and on 24" centers. There is currently some plywood flooring for light storage. The sheetrock that was on the ceiling ...
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How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?

I was finishing the space above a garage. The space was buried in blown in cellulose insulation and we framed in some walls, laid a subfloor, and finished the room. During framing two different ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...