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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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How can I fix the noise level in my home?

When anyone walks above me in our two level home it sounds like a herd of elephants stomping through. Is there any way to fix this?
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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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Are these drywall screws driven too deep into the sheet?

First off, I apologize for the asking and deleting my previous question about this. I thought it was more of a dupe of this question that I asked a while back. I'll be more central to the actual ...
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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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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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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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How can I paint over a ceiling after there's been a leak?

We had a leak in our upstairs bathroom, about 2 weeks after we had a new ceiling put up and painted in the room below. It wasn't a major leak, but it caused quite a wide line to show up on the ceiling....
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How do I repair cracks in a plaster ceiling?

I have a bungalow house built in the early 1930's. It is in remarkable condition and has been well maintained. In the last few weeks a few cracks have shown up in the ceiling. There is an upstairs ...
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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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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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Can I leave drywall floating in the corners of my basement ceiling?

I was planning on installing drywall on my basement ceiling and realized that I have nothing to screw the drywall on after the last joist. On one corner of the room there is 12 inches from the last ...
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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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Can you paint a popcorn ceiling?

My guess is that a paint sprayer might be easiest, but are the other ways that won't remove the popcorn?
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Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?

I have the swirly-tiny(stress the tiny)-bump texture on my ceiling on the first floor. I will be doing some major drywall repairs on the ceiling and would like tips on how to replicate the pattern. ...
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How to change the bulb in an enclosed ceiling light?

I have just moved to China and my apartment has these kinds of lights: I simply cant open them! The glass can be rotated without much force, as can the inner metal ring. The outer metal ring can ...
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Can I hang a hammock from basement joists?

My basement is what I assume is a typical setup, built in the 1970s. 2x8 joists run from the outer cinderblock wall to the center beam with an approximate 11 foot span. I'm thinking about hanging a ...
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Do I need to attach a wire fished through a ceiling?

I have a finished basement and am mounting a flat-screen TV on the wall and I want to put an electrical box behind the TV. The two existing outlets are both two joists over and each separated with a ...
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How do I repair this hole in my ceiling?

So I did something stupid and I screwed up my den ceiling: For scale, the hole itself is about 3-4 inches long, but the overall damaged area is about 9 inches in diameter. It's hard to see, but it ...
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Tips To Inspect/ Popcorn ceilings

My wife and I are considering buying a house that was built in the 1960s and has acoustic "popcorn" ceilings. I want to know if there is a cheap, effective way to do a home asbestos test. I'm still ...
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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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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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How do I hang drywall where the wood is uneven?

I need to hang some drywall; my ceiling has a couple spots of uneven-ness. There's a few spots that are about 1/4" out of whack and another spot where joists+hanger are a little less than 1/2" down. ...
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How to hang a chair from the ceiling joists (with attic access)

I'm planning on hanging a chair from the ceiling. From what I can tell the best method is to add a crosspiece above multiple joists, and mount the chair to that using an eye bolt. The problem with ...
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How do I refinish a bathroom ceiling after it got moldy and peeled?

I need to refinish the bathroom ceiling in my 35-year-old house. Before I bought the house a few years ago, the bathroom had just had some work done (new wallpaper, probably new lights, and I assume ...
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IKEA recessed lights: extreme clearance requirements?

I'm finishing the ceiling on my basement. I'm planning to insulate the ceiling with the Roxul Safe'n'Sound Fire & Soundproofing Insulation. It is 3 inches thick so it only occupies the upper 3 ...
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Is it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?

Taking down my ceiling to run some wire to new outlets. The outlets are going in an area with an unfinished ceiling, so I know the romex there will need to be ran through the joists when going ...
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What is the best way to hang a heavy dynamic weight from a flat ceiling with joists?

I want to hang something like http://www.skychairs.com/ or similar in my living room. If the joists were exposed I would mount a beam between two of them and hang over or through that. However, when ...
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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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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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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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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 ...