Questions tagged [ceiling]

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Replacing existing ceiling fan, with on/off switch only to wall mount control of light/fan

My old ceiling fan switch used black, red, green (ground) no white. Built after 2004 white was in outlet box, 4 white wires but all together in single cap - not used. New wall mount switch has ...
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Why is this ceiling joist cut off on both ends?

Why would this ceiling joist be cut short on both ends, and a flat board be put in the place of the part of the joist that was cut off and removed? Is this a problem I need to fix? If so, how?
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Replacing bulbs in Harbor Breeze ceilng fan with remote

I'd like to use the brighter better energy LED bulbs but when I put them in - they blinked continuously. I think this MAY be because the fan is on a remote control.This blinking seemed dangerous so I ...
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Cardboard behind popcorn ceiling

My house was built in 1971. After removing a think layer of popcorn, I found cardboard behind it. Does anyone know what that is? Is it safe to just paint over it?
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How to plasterboard a garage ceiling

Can I have a little advice please? The joists run length ways, so naturally, I board across the joists. However, the joists finish about 300mm from each side of the garage. How should I support the ...
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How to get this finish on a ceiling?

The ceiling in this image is very typical of houses built in the 90s in the UK. Wondering if this type of finish is still available and what it would be called? I'm guessing its a kind of wallpaper ...
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What is this thing inside ceilling?

I am trying to figure out whether wall is load bearing or not. I am in 2nd floor of 3 storey condominium building. To figure out which way joists run, I cut rectangle in ceilling near the wall. I ...
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Standard measures for buildings in the US?

I've been looking for a reference guide on standard measures for common building elements in the US. That includes: Standard ceiling height Standard wall thickness Standard door dimensions Standard ...
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Should I prime just repaired areas or the entire ceiling before painting?

Just finished patching two holes in a ceiling due to a leak in the apartment above. Ceiling is all smooth and ready to paint. Question, should I prime the areas that were fixed or prime the whole ...
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Do these materials typically contain asbestos?

Update I tested samples at a local asbestos certified lab and all came back 100% clear of asbestos. Thank you all for your advice. I’m new here and a new home owner. Just purchased a condo in a two ...
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Ceiling box has 2 black wires and 1 white wire

I just moved into a newly built condo, and there wasn't a light fixture installed before. This is what it looks like right now: There are two wires, black and white, marette'd(?) together, and there ...
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I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and lights. I can't find bulbs that work

I have a 52 inch/132 cm edenton, Model#L2AP, Item #0154637. It says use 4 40 Watt A candelabra base bulbs. I could only find A15 and lights are not working. Can anyone please help me? Do l need ...
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Advice on connecting this light to a ceiling rose

I have bought a vintage light but i'm not sure how to attach it to my ceiling. I currently have a regular ceiling rose (UK) but I can see I need to replace that with something else. Just not sure what....
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How do I open this flush ceiling light to change the bulb?

I am trying to open this flush ceiling light fixture to change a burned out bulb, but I can't figure out how to open it for the life of me. It looks like this: I am not sure what the brand or model ...
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Installing a projector a ceiling junction box

So in my apartment, tenants aren't allowed to drill holes in the ceiling (it's concrete), but there are junction boxes available where lighting/fans can be installed. I thought it might be a good ...
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Hanging 10kg/22lbs pulldown projector screen from hollow plasterboard/drywall WITHOUT JOISTS

really need some help! I have a 2.2m long 7ft projector screen around 10kg / 22 lbs. I need to hang from a hollow wall WITHOUT JOISTS. Bit annoying, but I've got a stud detector and defo no wooden ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan/light to two 3 way switches

Wiring a ceiling fan/light combo with TWO 3 way switches. The fan/light is pull string type. The First 3 way Switch box has ONE (line/power) 14-2 cable plus ground, and TWO 14-3 cables plus ground ...
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20 year old home with ceiling cracks getting worse

I have a Town-home that has these ceiling cracks that seem to get worse in the past 5 years. Please see attached. Do you think we need to worry? We got it inspected by a foundation expert 2 years ago(...
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Does this appear to be asbestos?

I stupidly started ripping down a damaged ceiling tile with the idea of replacing it with a new one. Someone mentioned that ceiling tiles sometimes contain asbestos. The house is from the 30's ...
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White marks on garage ceiling

I just moved to a new house, and noticed those white marks on my garage. Does anyone know what's behind them? I would like to install a ceiling rack in my garage. Should I install it on the white ...
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How easy is it to remove polystyrene tiles in a house?

A survey report from the house states this: Ceilings throughout the property appear complete and are a mixture of plasterboard construction with a plaster skim and decorative finish and lath ...
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How does one properly seal a celling vent of a forced air hvac system?

In a room that may have had some kind of condensation on the past, how should one go about sealing the area around the vent hole in the ceiling, specifically to reduce the likelihood of returning ...
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Why is the paint around my ceiling air vent discolored?

What is this pattern of discoloration around my ceiling AC supply vent, and how can I stop it from happening again if I repaint? Background: In September 2016, I had an air conditioning system ...
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Ceiling light with 6 wires

I'm trying to replace old ceiling light with a new one. New light has only blue and red, no green. There are 2 cables coming from the ceiling each with 3 wires. Green/blue/red and green/black/red. ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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Options and advice for two-point aerial yoga hammock

I'm looking to hang an aerial yoga hammock in our garage from 2 attachment points. I'm based in Australia which might change some of my measurements/ratings so sorry in advance! I can use a manhole ...
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How do I get rid of water streaks on my bathroom wall?

So the walls in my bathroom have streaks all over them. They've been building up over time and is getting worse. The wall over the shower in particular looks pretty bad. Does anyone know how I can get ...
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How do I install my new ceiling light fixture?

Hi I’d like to install a new light fixture. The fixture is made out of plastic and has a blue and a brown cable. The image is of the old fixture that works. In case the image isn’t clear enough - ...
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Raised bulge lines on ceiling

Can someone please tell me what is going on in my house. Almost all he rooms are starting to form these raised bulges lines from wall to wall on the ceiling. They are raised and don't move when ...
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How do I clean mold off my bathroom ceiling?

So I live in an apartment and there are black spots all over my bathroom ceiling. I assume it's mold. I've kind of avoided dealing with it because it's on the ceiling which makes it harder to clean. ...
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Light junction box cover does not conceal the box opening

I recently replaced a hallway ceiling light with a pendant, only to find that the supplied canopy was smaller (5") than the hole previously cut in the ceiling (6"). I'm hoping someone has encountered ...
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How to replace bathroom fan?

For about two years now, two of my bathroom fans have not worked and I haven't gotten around to changing them. But I am wondering the best way to replace it. The current fan/light I have installed is ...
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How to remove old pancake junction box (metal brace, lathe and plaster cieling)

I'm trying to upgrade my ceiling electrical boxes for ceiling fans. The house is from 1935 and lord knows when the electrical work is from, but it's old. Got up in the attic to get the old box out ...
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How to run 10/2 THHN outdoor wire in finished basement along ceiling?

I need a 220v (intermittent load will be 14 A max) single phase outlet about 30 feet from my distribution panel in my finished basement. The distribution panel is outside on the first floor. I do not ...
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How to remove waves from ceiling and paper from walls [picture]

I saw a house recently that has wave pattern on the ceiling and paper on walls. What would I need to do to make ceiling flat and remove the paper to paint it? Thank you
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Neither pendant light or ceiling box has loose wires

So I'll preface with this is the first time I've ever tried to install a light. I brought several pendant lamps from Ikea, on the end of the wires is a plastic box where i should be able to connect ...
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Hanging medium weight things from popcorn ceiling in rental

I'm trying to add hanging lights to a rental property I'm living in. The lights + fixtures are about a pound each. Unfortunately, the place has this ugly, bumpy popcorn ceiling which makes it very ...
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Cracks on Ceiling and Wall

I'm thinking about buying a condo which has cracks on the ceiling and wall in several rooms. The condo is located on the 4th floor in a 7 stories apartment building in New Jersey. It's steel and ...
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How can I put in a screw in a concrete ceiling without power tools?

I want to hang my plant but my ceiling is concrete. I don't have a drill. I have a hammer and screwdriver.
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Soundproof Garage Ceiling

I’m building a soundproof room in a garage for a friend, after having done something similar for myself, but am not sure about the ceiling. I was planning to use two layers of acoustic plasterboard (...
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Stickyback Velcro Application

Adhesive-back Velcro is to be applied to a ceiling and a sensor bracket temporarily for a test. When selecting the Velcro half to be attached to the ceiling, is there an advantage to using the ‘fuzzy’...
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Ceiling paint peels while rolling new coat

We are repainting ceiling in the kitchen of a summer house. First, we scraped a lot of old paint (yellow) and laid joint compound on top of the patches without yellow paint (looks gray in picture) ...
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1920’s 2 story brick home sagging ceilings down the middle

I am not sure if I should sister joists for both the 1st floor ceiling and then the second story floor or can I jack up just the 1st floor ceiling and take care of it that way. Its a hip roof with no ...
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No place to put base for a ceiling lamp

I recently moved to a new house and there are no ceiling lights. I can only see the wires but no place to put a hook for my fixture. Any idea how should I install my lights?
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Ceiling Fan Wiring Confusion

Was expecting to find just 3 simple wires (b, w, g) and be able to hook up this ceiling fan quite easily but found this when taking out the old fan...3 sets of wires, #1 with 2 black and 1 white, #2 ...
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How can I mount a light to a square junction box?

In my entryway, there is a lighting fixture box that is sticking out of the ceiling drywall. (See attached image below) The box is 4 inch by 4 inch. I assume that it came with some kind of ceiling ...
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How do I reinstall the glass dome on my light fixture?

Can't figure out how to get glass cover back into clips. All three have springs but due to positioning, I can't hold all three fully back and get glass positioned in clips at the same time. I keep ...
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Flat roof with deep Skylights that create heat

The roof has 40x41" skylights which in the desert creates a lot of heat. Will there be a problem later if the opening at the ceiling is drywalled and sealed?
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How much weight can threads hold?

I'm building a pot rack that will hang from my ceiling and I want to make sure it is secure. I rigged up a hanging apparatus that consists of a 1/2" x 12" bolt, two lock nuts, a 3/8" pipe floor ...
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How do I find out what is under this ceiling cover for hanging a Charleston/Joshua Swing?

First time poster here, I'm the second homeowner, the original homeowner has reported this is an addition, that they only had a deck. The company that built it is no longer in business. The County ...