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Is this gray fibrous substance above my ceiling tile made of asbestos?

This is above my ceiling tile. Is it asbestos?
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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 to attach cables to ceiling using curved nails or hooks

I wanted to use this trunking for the cables (power + hdmi) coming out of my ceiling mounted projector. But I'm renting and the ceiling is covered with... wallpaper. So I'm afraid of damaging the ...
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Installing cable trunking on ceiling without damaging the ceiling paper

I'm renting. I need to install this trunking on the ceiling for my projector's cables. In that room, ceiling is covered with wallpaper. If I use the adhesive feature that comes with it, I'm afraid ...
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Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house

Sometimes I love our house and sometimes I don't..and many times I don't when I am trying to do some electrical because it is not at all straight-forward. House was built in 1943, has older silver ...
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Fitting an ornate ceiling rose

I've got to fit a ceiling rose. I'd assumed that the centre would be clear so that I could fit a ceiling rose hook for the chandelier. However, it's decorative all the way to the centre like this : ...
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How do I change out the light bulb in this fixture?

My wife picked up this light fixture at a sample sale. We had some electricians install it a while ago while we were having other work done on the apartment. The electricians threw out the box and ...
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Best option to fix cracks in ceiling with radiant heat?

One of friends recently purchased a house with electric radiant heat in the ceiling. Several rooms have cracks in the ceiling. Currently they are redoing the kitchen which has a large crack which is ...
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How can I light up a room without a ceiling light?

I will soon be moving to an apartment that has no ceiling lights. Unfortunately installing my own is not an option, it needs to be reversible. There may or may not be a switch wired to an outlet. I ...
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How can I attach a light fixture to plasterboard?

After some water damage and a ceiling repair I cannot locate the joist to refix the light fitting. It is a circular fluorescent light weighing about 3 and a half pounds. Is it safe to fix all 3 ...
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Should I texturize my ceiling after removing popcorn? [closed]

I'm going to remove the popcorn ceiling in my 90's era house and was wondering if I should texturize after removing it. The walls have the "orange peel" type of texture on them but I just don't know ...
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Should I primer my walls/ceiling before I spray on texture?

I have removed a wall and upper cabinet, replacing some sheetrock. I have skim coated and sanded the existing walls and removed the "popcorn" ceiling. My question is: do I need to primer the walls ...
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Can I attach drop ceiling molding to a brick chimney?

I have a drop ceiling in most areas of my basement. The previous owners did not complete the job over top of where the wood stove is, and around the brick chimney behind the stove. I don't think this ...
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Is there a suspended ceiling tile that allows sound to pass through without reflecting sound?

I've ordered an acoustic ceiling which comprises a suspended ceiling with sound insulation above to absorb echo and sound insulate. I'm concerned because the builder has given us a sample of the tile ...
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Water damage in the kitchen

Today, we went out of the house for about an hour and when we came back the whole kitchen was flooded. Turned out the cold water soft connection for the kitchen sink had somehow disconnected (?). We ...
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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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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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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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Am I going to die of Cancer from Asbestos if not handled correct? What more should I do? [closed]

So I have scrapped down old pop corn ceiling and removed staple on tile on drywall attached to plaster, that can be only lord knows how old. I didn't hang any barriers up as we are planning to do ...
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Why doesn't my replacement lighting work after my old fixture died?

I live in a pretty old condo in MA, and the living room track lighting stopped working. New bulbs didn't help, but the second set of lights on the same outlet worked fine. Replacing the bulbs and ...
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Can I use mixed shellac flakes in place of Zinsser BIN primer?

I have heavy nicotine damage on my ceilings. I want to seal the ceilings and then install a drywall ceiling just below them (with cornices) to cover up the ugly painted "popcorn" texture (I tried ...
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Should I install drywall or plywood above a drop ceiling to increase the insulation value?

I am currently insulating a new room in my house. I am planning to put up a drop ceiling. I have insulated between my roof trusses. Do I need anything else between my drop ceiling and attic space ...
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Could there be asbestos in the thick brown paper / card backing above my popcorn ceiling?

I have sent away the popcorn ceiling samples for testing, but didn't tear out any of the brown paperish backing above it. Should I have? Here is an image:
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What are your recommendations for bedroom recessed lights in a step ceiling?

While remodeling our bedroom we are considering recessed lighting. The bedroom has a seating area also - the bed area is 14' x 15' and the seating area is 10' x 9' (overall length is 24 ') and the ...
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How do I take down my kitchen ceiling to expose my roof above?

I want to take down the ceiling above my kitchen to expose the roof above, but I need to know if I should leave some of the joists in place for support of the side walls they are laying on.
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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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Long screw that wont unscrew

I am trying to get a ceiling fan long screw out. The head is not stripped but the screw only turns (it started unscrewing) but it only came out a little. It is at a place that it does not come out. I ...
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How much space do I need between rafter ties?

I have a living room that I'd like to vault the ceiling on. I've had a contractor come out and tell me that my ceiling joists are not supporting the roof in anyway, they are just tying the walls ...
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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 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 can I hide the wires to a self-made ceiling light fixture?

I have a simple self-made ceiling light fixture, but it currently lacks two things: some kind of a pipe to hide the wire. a cover to hide the ceiling junction box. I'd like to use something ...
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How can I replace a water pipe on the second floor without the need to damage the bathtub?

My father is the owner of the house, and on the second floor area there is a bathtub over the top of the water damaged ceiling on the first floor that i currently live, my father told me that these ...
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Ceiling joists job in a cinder block house

So I have a 25 x 30 square house made of cinder block. Roof is just a gable roof with gables on the ends of the 30ft length. My question is, I know in stick framed houses the ceiling joists act to ...
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is this ceiling tile asbestos?

Looking to see if anyone can tell if this is asbestos or not http://imgur.com/IsvbL2C http://imgur.com/v4dPYEI Edit: house was finished in 1984
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How can I modify floors, walls, ceilings and furniture in a reversible way?

I am renting an apartment starting next month and I am not satisfied by some of its floors, walls and even ceilings. Also, both kitchen and bathroom are already set-up with basic furniture, i.e. ...
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How to level sloped concrete ceiling, and is it worth it?

I want to remove popcorn ceiling in a 7' by 14' room and turn it into a smooth ceiling. I have just built this room. The walls are not yet painted, so now is a good time to do the ceiling. I know how ...
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How Safe is this 5-way ceiling lighting DIY install

I've installed a 5-way ceiling light in a relatives house yesterday and whilst I've been more than careful in all it's prepartion and install, and being over caustious (without big paranoid!) I'm a ...
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popcorn ceiling in old building but ceiling looks new- asbestos worries

My apartment building is very old. It was built in the 1960s. I want to mount my projector in the ceiling but it is a popcorn ceiling, and an old building, so I am worried about asbestos. Although the ...
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How do I use a Stanley IntelliSensor to locate the joists/crosspieces in my ceiling?

Six months ago I posted a question about fixing a circular light fitting to my plasterboard ceiling and thank you to bib for a really detailed answer. Returning to the problem I have borrowed the ...
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Perimeter walls, ceilings and sound insulation

I'm currently planning on converting a basement into a school. It will have adjoining classrooms that need be very well sound insulated and also a reverberation problem that needs addressed. Having ...
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Ceiling Fan Install - Ground Wire

I' removed an old ceiling fan and I am replacing it with a new one. My home was built in the 60s and I'm installing so it works off one switch. After the removing the old fan the ceiling revealed two ...
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Calculating Tray ceiling dimensions

I am building a tray ceiling for my living room to install recessed lighting in. Is there any general ratio's for tray size to room size? I have looked everywhere and it seems most tray ceilings don't ...
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Do I have to cover the entire floor while painting a ceiling, or can I simply cover the floor in the area I'm working?

I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I'm going to paint the ceiling first then the walls. I'm going to ...
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How should I mount a rework box if it has to go through an MDF/wood panel and drywall?

I need to install a combination power and low voltage box in the ceiling of my finished basement for my home theater projector. I can't bolt the projector mount directly to the studs because of ...
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Can I install 1x6 T&G boards over 1/2" drywall on 2x6x14' ceiling joists

I have an 8'x14'(outside dimensions) mudroom attached to the back of my house with 2"x6"x14' ceiling joists/rafter ties @16" centers. I have 1"x6" collar ties installed and installed a center support ...
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How to repair garage ceiling?

The attic of my house is unfinished. My son accidentally fell to the filing and caused the garage ceiling broken. Please see the images. Can you advise me how to repair this?
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How can I dress up a boring drop ceiling?

I don't like the look of the standard drop ceiling tiles in my finished basement. I'd like to replace them with something like the one picture below. However, the cost of these is prohibitive given ...
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How do I safely install a weight bearing fitness equipment system in an apartment?

I am looking to (semi) permanently install some fitness equipment in my apartment (the Lifeline Jungle G XT system if that helps). It requires installing a strap mounts into either two ceiling joist ...
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How can I figure out where this water is coming from?

I have the situation where my shower piping is leaking underneath a tiled floor. This only occurs when the shower is running, suggesting a drainage issue. The pipe passes from the shower faucet ...
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How to wire an in-celing recessed projection screen

So, I have a in-ceiling recessed projection screen. This sits flush to the ceiling so all projection screen box lives permanently inside the ceiling. However, odly, it ships with a 3 prong electrical ...