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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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Can I replace a ceiling light fixture with a higher wattage one?

I am planning to order replacement ceiling fixtures for my 2 foyer lights. i want to make sure they will work first. measurement wise, the dimensions seem to fit the space well. the ones in there ...
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How do I install a ceiling fan remote?

I am trying to replace a busted hunter ceiling fan remote. The transmitor unit from the old remote had 5 wires - live and neutral, and then 1 that was labeled "fan out", 1 that was labeled "light ...
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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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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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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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Why is a previously wet light fixture now getting dimmer?

A leak resulted in the light fixture in the ceiling of my laundry room getting wet. Despite being dry now, the light gets noticeably dimmer each time it's turned on. I am trying to keep it off until I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches to a separate fan & light switch?

How do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches, 1 for the light and 1 for the fan, to a separate fan & light switch? My next question is it possible to convert the second switch from ...
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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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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 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 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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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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How can I add insulation above my finished ceiling?

What is the cheapest option for adding insulation above a finished ceiling? There has never been any in the spot that I need it. Should I take the roof off or have it sprayed in? The space is 20 feet ...
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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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What materials to use replacing a water damaged bathroom ceiling?

I had a leaky roof that caused half the bathroom ceiling to come down. The roof is now fixed. I know I have to remove the rest of the ceiling as well, and dry it out before replacing, and possibly do ...
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What is the pros and cons of covering a basement ceiling with Drywalll vs. Panel board?

I'm renovating an unheated basement into a shop in a 1900's wood frame house. The plaster has long since come down and I'm looking to cover the joists. The goal is to insulate a bit (the floor ...
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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?