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Skim-coated textured ceiling - do I really need to sand before priming and painting? [closed]

My kitchen had textured walls and ceilings. I've skim-coated, sanded, primed, and painted the walls and they look great. For the ceiling, I'd like to avoid the mess (and health risks) of sanding ...
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Align two holes on the ceiling

I need to put two holes in the ceiling in order to put a LED bar I would like to align the holes as much as I can so the bar is as much as possible parallel to the vertical walls. How can I do it?
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Lower attic floor joists to increase head room

An old home I am interested in buying has 10' ceilings on the main level and an attic with 7' clearance. I would like to replace the ceiling joists (or attic floor joists) in order to lower the main ...
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Who can I hire to investigate a possible airflow blockage in my attic?

Had a new roof replaced last year, tear off/replace. Also had a new slider door replacing old one installed last year. I am noticing what appears to be staining where the ceiling meets the wall. ...
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Ceiling light wiring

I recently replaced a dimmable light fixture with a new one. When I opened up the box there were 4 black wires and 1 live white wire, 3 white wires and the ground wires. I had to replace the box and ...
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Drywall thickness for placing over ceiling drywall

The ceiling in a family room I'm getting ready to work on is rather beat up with cutouts and nail holes but not to the point of needing to replace it. The joists are on 16" centers. I want to go ...
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Is this ceiling fan going to fall and cut off my head?

Would you trust this fan? Do you know how can I tell if it's secure? I can't see how the canopy is attached to the ceiling. No screws are visible. I pushed up on the rod, and the ball nestled into ...
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Is it possible (and if so how) to repair this hole in polystyrene coving? Is it normal “wear and tear” or does it indicate a problem?

Background: the room was converted from an integral garage to a dining room some time in the 1980s, the rest of the house dates from the 1960s. I have artex and textured plasterwork everywhere... I've ...
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How to verify electrical box is secured strong enough for 16# ceiling fan?

The metal electrical box says it's "Acceptable for fan support when secured with 10-32 screws provided". The box has 2 black screws (sheetrock screws?) in the middle that are screwed to some piece of ...
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how to install the mounting bracket for ceiling fan

I need to install a ceiling fan, but when I looked at the fan box to hang the mounting bracket, I cannot find the screw to hang it. i have a metal mounting bracket which I like to screw to attached ...
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How to fix cracks in hybrid gypsum/plaster ceiling?

I have a 1950's house with gypsum/plaster wallboard as described in this question: Is this plaster over gypsum wallboard? I have a few cracks in one of the bedroom ceilings and would like to repair ...
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Replacing a ceiling rose with a led light without using wire connectors

I have two ceiling rose lights in my corridor, I have managed to replace one without the need of any wiring connector. I achieved this because it had one Live, one neutral and one earth connector. So ...
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Are suspended ceilings common in residential buildings?

Are suspended ceiling common in houses, rather then offices? If we to comparing with drywall ceiling: Are there more strict requirements for suspended ceiling? Are there more possible safety issues ...
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Changed light, when the new light is off the fuse go down

I have changed light, it was quite messy 4 cables of each color so when I have finally put everything in and turned the electricity on again all worked, but when I wanted turn it off the fuse went ...
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what's the minimum depth of a wire channel in a concrete ceiling?

I would like to install fans and and ceiling lights at different locations on a concrete ceiling and not have the wire or the conduit visible. I've seen previous posts recommending a trench as a ...
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Plastic Ceiling box

I have a 10.5 lb. 42 in. ceiling fan. the existing box installed by builder is a deep rectangle plastic box which is attached through the top to sistered stud attached to a joist.
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Where do I place drywall screws when fixing nail pops?

I have a few nail pops I would like to fix and want to be sure I am putting the screws in the right place. The nail pops are along the edge of the ceiling where it meets the angled portion of a ...
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Can I use any coarse drywall screws when fixing nail pops in the ceiling?

I have several nail pops in the ceiling sheet rock of my house and I've decided to finally address/fix them. The house was built 40 years ago so I don't believe there is any underlying issue other ...
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after fitting a new light, it will not turn off at the switch, my wiring is brown, blue ang yellow/green

I never took a picture of how the previous fitting was connected. However there are three grey cables, each containing a brown, a blue and yellow/green. the earth wires are connected together, has are ...
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Changing out ceiling light fixture and found no box, - how to proceed?

I am replacing a ( hanging ) ceiling fixture in the dining room and found only wires and no box ( see photos ). There's no junction box and the wires are old and gnarly looking. The house was built ...
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Electrical Ceiling Lights: Torsion vs Friction Clips Installation Differences

Is there any difference between Using Torsion springs vs Friction clips in installing ceiling lights? I am trying to understand the advantages/differences between the two methods. https://www.youtube....
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Prevent Electrical Wires from Cutting/Tearing in Ceiling Light

I installed a Recessed Ceiling Light. The Manufacturer Halo Eaton built Silver Metal Mounting Rack with Very Sharp Inner Edges. Wires loop through the center sharp edge . So when installing or ...
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Will blown-in insulation work directly on the back of 12" square ceilings tiles?

We're renovating an extremely old house that we use as a camp that had numerous issues. ( Originally built circa WW2, but has had some work done since then. We use it occasionally in the warmer months ...
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Garage Ceiling Truss Load and Distribution Options for Overhead Storage

Last summer I hung two 4'x8' overhead ceiling racks by using 4x4's across multiple trusses. The only point that actually share a truss are the mounts closes to the wall. As janky as this is, It's ...
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Finished garage ceiling for storage: 2 x 6 spanning 11' 6" - 16 on center?

Span is 11' 6" and I'm wanting to use 2 x 6 I'm wanting to create storage in my single car garage by adding a ceiling and adding storage above with a pull-down ladder. I'm doing the work myself but ...
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Need help envisioning how to move cable from wall to ceiling

Location: U.S. I have a series of wireless access points in the home that are currently wall mounted. For best coverage, I want to ceiling mount them instead. What do I need in order to do this? I ...
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What are these caramel colored spots on my painted ceiling? (And paint chipping)

Home was built in New England in the early 1960's. Since we've purchased the house (6 or 7 years now) there was spots chipped off the ceiling in main bedroom above the bed. I didn't think much of it ...
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Grounding wire attached to ceiling lamp but canopy of light fixture not grounded, is this serious problem?

I've just installed a new metal pendant light. The light itself has a metal canopy and there is a metal bulb holder below, the two parts are connected via insulated wire. The light came with a ...
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Remove ceiling lamp holder to change light bulb

I have a ceiling lamp (shown in attached picture) mounted in my bathroom. I want to remove the lid and change the light bulb inside and replace the lid. However, I am struggling to remove it. There ...
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How do I fill in this hole in my ceiling around pull light?

I recently had my bathroom done and a new light fitting was added. I have a hole left around it where the new light fitting is smaller than the previous one. How do I fill this in please?
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Rookie question regarding studs in garage ceiling

Good afternoon, Im trying to hang two hooks in my garage ceiling to hang a bicycle. I used a magnetic stud finder and marked a bunch of points where it stuck. To confirm, the studfinder is just ...
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Is there space between plaster ceiling lath and joists?

Two story, midwestern suburban colonial built in 1947. Gable roof. Plaster walls and ceilings. House faces north, and ceiling joists run north-south direction. I am hearing rodents inside of interior ...
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Ceiling and roof sagging in ranch house

The house is constructed with 2x4 trusses, 24 inch on center. The trusses span an open area 27 ft long with no support in between so the ceiling is sagged in the middle and the roof ridge is sagged as ...
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Replacing old 60's junction box with recessed lighting

I want to replace a light fixture that was put in the 60s with recessed light. The junction box looks to be held in place by a metal 'u' shaped bar, with the 'u' bend going over the junction box. ...
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Is a Wet Spot in The Ceiling From Toilet Plumping?

My home is two stories and in a first floor room the has a wet spot. Deduction reasoning points to upstairs toilet as the source. And, if I turn off water to the toilet and stop using it then the ...
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What is required to fix this plastered drywall ceiling?

A tree hit our house and made one of the trusses fall somewhat. The structural repairs have been made but I am uncertain how to best repair the drywall ceiling. Originally it was a popcorn ceiling but ...
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How to repair a ceiling after removing glued on polystyrene covings?

I had polystyrene covings in my apartment, and have removed them simply by ripping them off. Right now there's still glue left in many places on the ceiling, and in other places some of the plaster ...
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Ceiling fan has no power and an outlet in the same room- SOLVED

I installed 4 new fan's in my upstairs bedrooms. 3 were successful with no hiccups. The fourth had a different switch and only the light turned on, the fan did not. I have also installed 2 down stairs ...
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When changing ceiling light I connected the wires wrong now no light works but breaker wasn’t tripped!

I live in a condo and changed the light fixture in my den. But I connected the wrong ones together and when I turned the power back on there was a big spark from the light fixture. I then realized my ...
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Can I use toggle bolts to install faux wood beams to the drywall in the ceiling?

Unfortunately the ceiling ceiling joists run in the wrong direction. I was wondering if I can use toggle bolts to support ~50 pounds of faux wood beams on ceiling dry wall. It would be about 4 toggle ...
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Dropped Ceiling Configuration and Main Runner Splicing

I'm planning on installing a dropped ceiling and have a couple questions. For reference, the room in question is 12' 5" x 14' 10" and I'm going to use 2'x2' tiles. Question 1 I've plugged these ...
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Proper drilling

I was working on getting through the ceiling of my garage to install some eye-bolt lag screws to hang a boxing heavy bag. I had issues finding the joists which was handled in: Finding ceiling joists ...
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The holes in our ceiling junction box are not parallel to the walls. Do I have options other than removing the junction box?

The base of the new ceiling light is a 30” x 9” rectangle. Mounting it as the bracket currently sits would look really bad—not at all square to the room. I don’t need the hole moved much; maybe an ...
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Should I use 1/4" drywall to cover ceiling texture or imperfections?

My laundry room ceiling had to have a large section of its 1/2" drywall ceiling removed and replaced a few years back after a copper water pipe had a leak. The replacement was fully taped but was ...
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Finding ceiling joists overhead

I am trying to find some ceiling joists to hang a punching bag from. I have hit one joist, I got it because the track from my garage on the same parallel. I drilled a hole, hit wood, and verified with ...
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Hanging ceiling drywall, rafters not all 24” center?

I’m putting up 5/8” 4x8 sheets of drywall on my garage ceiling. I am finding the 24” center on rafters not all exactly 24”. So when I am butting up sheets some barely are able to get a screw into the ...
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Fasten ceiling panel so that it is removable

I am making some fabric ceiling panels. The panels are wooden stretchers with fabric stapled to them, similar to a painting canvas. The panels will be flush mounted with trim boards that border them. ...
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Short doors / method for low ceiling and ducting for finishing basement

Background We are in the process of planning to finish our basement. For most of the basement the ceiling to floor height is 83 inches making it pretty doable for most items. The problem I am coming ...
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Does this look like asbestos? Getting it tested but I'm curious in the meantime

Does this look like asbestos ceiling tiles? I'm getting it tested but I'm eager to know in the meantime.
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How do I install a relay receiver?

I have a string of lights above a tv that are controlled by a switch. But, the switch also controls a few other things. I cannot leave the switch in the on position as I do not want the lights on all ...

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