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motor hums, light works, fan won't turn

Just hung a ceiling fan with light fixture. Wired black to black and white to white. Fan and light are operated by a remote. Light will go on, motor hums, but fan won't turn. I have installed many ...
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What could this blue ring on my ceiling be and what are my options?

Today I noticed that there was this brightish blue ring emanating from a crack from my ceiling. I hadn't noticed this before. Earlier this week my cat broke a full glass of water directly above it. I ...
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What are the options to increase doorway height in load-bearing portion of foundation wall?

Question: What are the potential options for increasing doorway height in a load-bearing portion of a cinder block foundation wall? Background: I am considering finishing my basement, but there is an ...
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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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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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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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Crack in plaster ceiling

Have lived in our 1957 ranch for 14 years. Sometime back, there was an errant step by someone working in the attic, and a bit of cracking occurred in the plaster ceiling in the master bedroom. The ...
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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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How do I connect a ceiling fan without a light kit?

I'm trying to install a new ceiling fan that is controlled by one wall switch. The fan came with a pull-chain that controls the 3 speeds; and also comes with an optional light kit. But I am not ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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How can I tidy up a hole in a plaster ceiling rose?

I have a pretty old plaster ceiling rose with the lighting wires coming out of a pretty ugly hole that I want to tidy up. What are my options for neatening this up? The area around the hole is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Ceiling leaking from upstairs bathroom ONLY when water supply is turned OFF

I have a leak developing in my ceiling that is coming from what I assume to be the upstairs bathroom. This first happened when my pipes needed to be snaked a bit over a year ago where, during that, ...
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4' double fluorescent lights fixture

I want to mount 4 feet double fluorescent light fixture in my room celling. The celling is made of drywall, my question : is it safe to use drywall anchor in celling which is rated for 75 lbs to mount ...
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Mount a projector to an existing ceiling junction box?

A media room has a ceiling fan and the owner wants to replace it with a projector mount, and possibly reuse the wiring to power the projector. The projector weights less than the fan, so this sounds ...
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Ceiling fan & light installation - can't get wiring right

I recently purchased and installed a Quorum 70443-14 fan with light. This model has no pull chains, and is operated by an in-wall "remote" that is hard-wired and not removable. The wall switch (that ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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Can these metal ceiling drywall joists be removed?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement with the intention to leave it as an exposed ceiling. Would I be correct in understanding that the metal ceiling joists (highlighted in blue in ...
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Correct gauge of wire to power 2 ceiling lightnings

I was attempting a simple home improvement project that has slowly become a bigger job than I expected. So my aunt had a light bulb hanging from the ceiling in the corridor and wanted it replaced ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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How can I prevent ceiling stress cracks from coming back?

I have ceiling stress cracks in my dining/living room ceiling, and it's coming time I tried to fix them. I went into the attic and noticed the ridge from the garage that runs into the attic has no ...
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How can I cheaply replace basement ceiling tiles?

I live in Edmonton, Alberta and must replace the old ceiling tiles. I have been told it could cost more money than I have to replace it. Is there a low cost way to do this? I am having the electrical ...
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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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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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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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self-supporting walls

I need to build some dividing walls, but per landlord requirements, these cannot reach the ceiling (must be 12" below the 100" high ceiling) to prevent re-working the existing sprinklers. The floor ...
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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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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 ...