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ceiling surface mount fluorescent light question

I just picked up a great deal on some 4' fluorescent ceiling mount lights for my garage. Looking at the docs from the manufacturer, they state: MOUNTING Ceiling surface mount (HO and VHO units ...
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How to install crown molding to ceiling only

I live near a bog. Our house heaves in the winter - BAD. We get large horizontal cracks along ceiling. We thought of ceiling molding to cover it but continue to read "nail to wall studs". Well that ...
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either ...
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Problem hanging ceiling lamp with cord set (from Ikea)

Trying to hang a ceiling lamp and I can't figure it out. It's the type where you hook the connector to the ceiling, then push the "cup" (which conceals all the wiring) up to the ceiling. But there ...
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How to remove mold from Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

I've recently noticed, that there are some sort of (stains) on a ceiling in a bathroom. The ceiling is covered with Styrofoam tiles of square shape. I took a closer look and it seems to me that it ...
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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 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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what size of beam should I use to replace 3 2x8 that is 16 feet?

What is the equivalent of a 3 2x8, 16 feet? I would like to use one beam (for decorative effect) instead of the 2x8s since the beam will be exposed. This will go up in my dining room ceiling. If the ...
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Can I use a 2x8 for a ceiling joist and rafters on a 16' span?

I'm planning an addition which will be 16' wide by 27 feet long overall. the roof will span the 16' dimension. my question is, if there is no plan to use the space above the ceiling for storage or ...
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Does adding a ceiling improve temp?

My garage has a roof, four walls and a door. It currently has beams running along the ceiling height which looks like it was used for storage. Would adding a ceiling keep my garage at a Warmer ...
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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 an open junction box be allowed over an enclosed ceiling?

I am renovating my basement and there is currently a suspended ceiling. After removing some of the tiles I noticed there are some junction boxes without covers. I want to replace the suspended ceiling ...
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What is the best and least expensive way to update my walkout basement? [closed]

I have a walkout basement that is paneled and has a dropped ceiling with out a ceiling grid. In need of serious updating, but I have already put so much money into this house, I am looking for the ...
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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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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 Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Vapour barrier for basement garage ceiling

To make the floor of a bedroom above a garage warmer it is desireable to insulate the garage ceiling. Does a vapour barrier go up in the joists against the floor above since the house would be ...
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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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What is the best skim coating for polystyrene sheets?

My log hut is extremely hot, I have glued polystyrene sheets to the ceiling and would like to skim to create a clean finished off appearance. The sheets are the pressed pellets type (not isoboard) ...
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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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Water damage in bathroom ceiling floor: how to treat and then prevent?

Water on the floor next to the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom (tile floor and tile baseboard) was allowed to sit for a half hour, then I heard drip-drip-drip in the bathroom directly below it. We ...
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What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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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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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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Ceiling leaks When it Rains, Roof Looks Good

My ceiling drips water sometimes when it rains (especially when it rains hard). It seems inconsistent though, so I think that it may have something to do with the angle at which the rain comes in. The ...
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Can I drywall directly over cinder block (ceiling) using 7/8" hat channel?

We live in a condo that was previously a Hospital. In the early 1980s they installed the drywall ceilings using metal track. We removed the drywall and track to raise the ceiling from 8' to 11'. ...
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Why is my plaster covered ceiling magnetic?

tldr; Why do magnets stick to my ceiling? I have an old house, built in 1905 in the Boston area. I want to install a light fixture in a room that does not currently have one. I tried using my stud ...
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Should I repair floor joists that have cracks or holes?

The floor joists in my unfinished basement of a 1950s house have nails that the previous owner probably used to hang items on. Many of the nails have caused the floor joists to split. I've been ...
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Recessed lighting in existing concrete light fixture

I have some light fixtures that are currently used and covered with blind plates in the corners of a concrete ceiling room. I was wonder if there was anyway to convert those existing light boxes to ...
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What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?

I am replacing a ceiling fan remote. the fan has 5 wires coming from it and the new receiver has 4 wires coming from it. The old receiver had: fan out, common out, neutral in, live in and light out. ...
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How do I get rid of this ceiling finish and what is its name?

I am looking for an easy method. Common sense tells me that something like sanding must be used. Any special tool that can accelerate the process ? The structure the roof is shown below. I might ...
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What is the best way to remove popcorn from the ceiling?

What is the best solution for removing popcorn from the ceiling if I want to get it to look smooth afterwards? Edit: thanks for your answers! Would you estimate that replacing the drywall on the ...
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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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Ceiling light not turning on?

My ceiling light is not turning on, not sure why? I switched off the circuit breaker where it is getting power from and have re attached the wires to the light fixture. Black wire , white wire and ...
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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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Mysterious Ceiling Damage

About 5 years ago I noticed the paint chipping on the ceiling around the chimney that vent my furnace and water heater so I hired a guy to replace the flashing around the chimney. Since then I've ...
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Should I remove moulding before adding a plaster ceiling?

We have an 85-year old house with textured ceilings. We had a plasterer advise us to install new plastered ceilings over the old ceiling; if we do so, without removing moulding, the new ceiling will ...
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ive been told i have low results of asbestos in my ceiling

Ive been told there are a diffrent results of asbestos ie low medium or high , ive been living with a huge hole on my sitting room ceiling for seven weeks with parts of it falling daily as a result ...
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Thin walls means lots of noise

My bedroom is directly under my neighbors living room, he has crazy hours and I find myself waking up constantly. I tried talking to him and he's trying his best but it's just not good enough. What ...
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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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What are these nail pops that keep popping up in my house?

I've only lived in this house for six months and there are these weird dimples that keep raising. It started with one and has now gotten to be around 7-8. All but one are on the upstairs ceiling. The ...
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How to repair “textured” ceiling texture

I am in the process of making small improvements around the house prior to our starting to rent it out. A few months ago a bit of the paint on a small part of the ceiling in our master bedroom fell ...
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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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Insulation and Vapor/Moisture concerns with a wood ceiling.

I have already removed the drywall in the ceiling so the rafters and bat insulation is currently visible. I plan to be adding plywood to the ceiling and then installing 1x6 boards on top of the ...
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How close to the roof can I drywall in my garage?

I'd like to drywall the entire garage ceiling and I have a tall peak in the roof near the back where the garage roof meets the house roof. I'd love to keep the high ceiling, make some high shelves or ...
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Recurring crack on second floor ceiling

We have a 13 year old 1 1/2 story house (colonial with vaulted ceiling and dormers on front, 4 BR, 2 BA upstairs on the back side. The foyer is 2 story, with stairs going up to the second level. At ...
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Putting up old crown moldings

I live in an old house with crown moldings in each room. We took them down to replace a ceiling. When it's time to put them back, are there any tips that would help us so we don't damage the ...
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Finding a stud in a highrise appartment

I would like to install my xpole in my apartment but I am unable to find the stud in the ceiling. According to my stud finder the entire ceiling is metal. Can anyone help? I am in a 24 story ...