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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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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 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 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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Can I use a non-standard design for a stairwell ceiling cutout in an old house?

I am designing the framing for a stairwell in an 1870's cottage, which is presenting a few extra constraints. What seems to be the standard approach throws up a couple of additional issues, and I'm ...
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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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Loose electrical box for ceiling light

I have a ceiling light which is held up by am electrical box. The box is hanging down at an angle. I opened the box and found that one side of it is secured to what I hope is a cross brace. 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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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 ...
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Do I need a moisture barrier between my bedroom and attic?

This is related to my other question about moisture barriers. There is an attic above the bedroom and there is insulation with paper backing in place. The attic area seems far more likely to get ...
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Completely flat/flush recessed lighting trim

I can't seem to find these anywhere, but I really want a trim that is completely flush with the ceiling (at the mud level) for my 4" recessed cans. That is, I don't want the trim to have any profile ...
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Choosing depth of ceiling electrical boxes?

Ceiling electrical boxes come in different depths: 0.5", 1.5", 2.25", 2.75" seem to be fairly common. I'm going to be hanging some lights as well as ceiling fans. I want to have the boxes as shallow ...
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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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How to rehang vertical blinds on a damaged bay ceiling?

My vertical blind has lost two of its four brackets. It was fixed to the ceiling of my bay window and the plugs and screws have pulled away. Is it possible to fill and replug in the same place and ...
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replace half a drywall ceiling?

I'm redoing my kitchen which adjoins the eating area. Part of this was removing the soffits or fur downs, which has now left my ceiling without large strips of drywall on 3 sides. The kitchen ...
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How to repair a basement ceiling's old school interlocking tiles?

I'd like to repair this hole, but I am running into trouble as I've tried rotating the fallen tiles every which way, but nothing seems to work. Don't know if I have to start from or work back to the ...
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How can I hang a ceiling fan with a 3/4 inch difference between the junction box and bracket?

I've taken down an old ceiling fan for replacement and found the octagonal junction box to be approx 3/4in above the ceiling, it isn't flush with the drywall which the new ceiling fan bracket mount ...
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What products are available to make coved ceilings?

Due to massive cracks and drooping ceilings we need to tear off our existing plaster/lath walls and replace with sheetrock. The 1948 house currently has coved ceilings that we want to duplicate when ...
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Are these studs intended to hold a drywall ceiling, or just for foam insulation?

I just bought a house and the basement looks like this: I was wondering what those "studs" across the main floor joists are for? Are they intended to just hold acoustic foam perhaps? They're ...
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Add electrical box to existing ceiling

As detailed in this question, I had a loose electrical box in my ceiling. I acquired a Saf-T-Brace, ripped the old box from the ceiling... and then discovered my beam spacing was too narrow for it. ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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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 do I fill a hole above my shower where cockroaches are coming through?

I recently moved into an old brownstone and realized that there is a cockroach issue in the entire building. I'm working on getting rid of them but the other night I noticed some were near the ceiling ...
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How can I hang drywall from a ceiling made out of aluminium insulated panels?

I am closing in my Florida room. I want to drywall the ceiling. It is made out of aluminum insulated panels. I can't get any drywall screws to grab. No studs to drill into. I can leave it as is, but ...
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How to hang a mosquito net safely over a bed?

We have one of those hoop-style mosquito net that hangs off a single hook. When we first put it up, we hung the net with a small brass hook--the kind that you just screw into the ceiling with no wall ...
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Is primer required for fresh knockdown texture?

I have freshly sprayed knockdown textured ceilings. I can not figure out if priming is necessary before coating it with flat white ceiling paint. Some people say it is okay to just paint it, some say ...
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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 are these metal ducts/tubes going into the attic used for?

We live in a house that is approx. 1200 sq ft. and was most likely gutted and 'refactored' by the previous owner. In our laundry room, they built a 'closet' around the water heater and our HVAC unit. ...
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Leaking roof valley strategy

UPDATE: New album with additional photos here: http://imgur.com/a/RGfrP My parent's house has a pretty bad leak that has been going for a few years. Because of money and other issues with the house ...
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Can I use a 2x6 beam stretched across a few of these roof rafters to support a hammock?

I want to hang a large hammock in my reading room. It used to be an open-air carport structure and so the construction is fairly lightweight. Here're some pictures of the ceiling/roof in question ...
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Covering up ceiling damage

I have just started to paint my kitchen ceiling and the first white coat really showed up some surface damage we hadn't noticed before. It looks like the previous occupiers scuffed their fridge ...
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Access 2nd-story burst hydronic pipe through ceiling or floor?

We had a freeze which caused one or more bursts in our hydronic heating system pipes. We know that there is one burst in a radiator, but there may be others, according to the contractors. If there is ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...