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Can 2x6 ceiling joists support a temporary point source load of 1500#

I’m installing a residential elevator in my home. The installation requires a padeye in the ceiling to carry 1500 lbs. I have 2x6” ceiling joists spanning 16’. I planned to bridge a 2x10 across two ...
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2x8 Rafter Span with Underpurlins Struts

I am redoing a 1950s/60s house in NYS and need to raise the ceiling in one room by about 1.5" by replacing the rafters with collar ties, underpurlins, and struts (to the underpulins). The span is ...
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Have a ceiling fan four wire switch and a three wire capacitor need to know what wires go where on the switch [closed]

Kitchen fan not working properly
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How should these ceiling repairs be finished?

Need a 2nd opinion around the effectiveness of ceiling repair done. This repair is made of 3 patches. Despite my request, the workman did not cut the ceiling to make it one patch and did 3 smaller ...
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How can I finish the ceiling in this detached garage?

I'd like to finish the ceiling in this detached garage with insulation/drywall. I've attached some pictures but I definitely don't think there are enough (rafters/joists not sure which one?) to ...
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How to Fix Dipped Ceiling

I removed the chandelier in my living room to install recessed lighting. After looking at my installation, I noticed that the ceiling dips where the chandelier used to position, by about 2 inches. ...
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Attach light acoustic tiles to typical fiber drop ceiling

We have just build a small sound recording room at my office, walls and floor were done with no issue. Now I'm looking at the ceiling, builders had to put in a drop ceiling with those typical boards ...
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How can create a ceiling in a wet area?

I have a wet area that has joists across it and need to create a ceiling for it. I do not want to use drywall because the area experiences significant humidity, so mold would develop in drywall. The ...
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Fill and redrill curtain holes (concrete ceiling)

I have an apartment where previous owners have done a lot of holes on the concrete ceiling for very long a curtain rail. They removed the curtain and the plugs and sealed the holes with single no more ...
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Are my ceilings and flooring going to cave in?

Bought house a year ago. I can feel the wood upstairs has moved. Some areas sag bad, others the wood has lifted. The ceilings on first floor below have cracked and I can see the indentations all over. ...
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How to hang from ceiling when stud finder isn't working

I want to hang a fluorescent strip light over my workbench in the garage. The problem is that I don't see how to determine where the joists are; the ceiling is some sort of weird 3-dimensional ...
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Water damage to Garage ceiling and wall [closed]

I live in a row/townhouse (in Toronto Canada) with my house being last one. We have balconies instead of backyards. During one of the windstorms, the divider between balconies broke and caused water ...
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Can I install a ceiling light fixture on a wall, say a closet

I bought a small flush ceiling mount fixture, can I install it on a closet wall?
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Water leak on basement ceiling near chimney

I've been seeing water stains on my basement ceiling after heavy rains and not sure what is causing it. I have a stucco house and the chimney is directly off the house where the leaks are appearing. ...
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How much weight will two 2x12 nailed together that are 18ft long hold? [closed]

I am sitting in my living room looking looking at my ceiling wondering if the beam is strong enough to support the roof and ceiling after taking out a wall parallel and perpendicular to the beam.
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What is the difference between these two ceiling wire configurations?

I see two types of ceiling wire configurations in a flat (in Germany). They seem to be both 3-wire, but each type of wire is doubled in the first type, compared to the second type. The first type is ...
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What is this lightbulb and how do I change it?

The lightbulb pictured below is in a ceiling lamp fixture in the United States and is probably original to the house, meaning approximately 1985 vintage. There is no lettering or labeling I can see on ...
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Broken ceiling junction box in a condo

I've recently removed the light fixture in my kitchen / breakfast area in a condo (ceiling is NOT drywall, as far as I can tell). I got a new fixture that I want to install but it weighs around 6 ...
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White Spots on Wood in Attic

Went up to the attic today and saw these white spots on the wood for the ceiling. Just wondering what they are and if I should be concerned? And also how to get rid of it and prevent it from coming ...
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How to install skinny cylinder surface mount ceiling light?

I, located in Canada, bought UL-listed surface mount ceiling spotlights with diameter of about 6.5cm from Italy. My builder says it is illegal to install the cylinder body directly to the ceiling ...
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How to remove/install these drop ceiling tiles

I’ve been renovating my old basement in my house (built in 1951). The basement has some discolored/outdated/sagging drop ceiling tiles which I’d like to replace with new ones. My issue comes in the ...
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Flickering light when ceiling fan is switched off

I replaced a one way light switch that worked fine, with a nicer looking switch but now the ceiling fan light flickers when the switch is OFF. I installed a bulb flicker adaptor but it does not help. ...
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Why does my home’s ceiling and wall have lines, bumps, and bulges?

A home we recently purchased has its fair share of wear and tear. These are things we noticed when we bought the house but just did not seem too concerning. Now about a year in - not sure if these ...
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How do I convert canless recessed lights to regular light fixtures?

We have this existing type of light in our dining room: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-Ultra-Slim-6-in-Selectable-CCT-Canless-Color-Integrated-LED-Recessed-Light-Trim-Downlight-900-...
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Replace or Glue ceiling tape?

The rotten plywood panels supporting the shingles were replaced in 2019 Options: cut ceiling tape replace tape glue tape back in place with an adhesive If option 2) is chosen, I would need to know ...
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Can I split 6” flex duct into 4” flex duct to run between rafters, then rejoin to 6”?

I am building out my attic, and need to run a 6” insulated flex duct between 2x6 roof rafters to a register in the ceiling. The 6” duct is too big to fit between the 2x6 rafters. Can I use a Y to ...
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increasing R-value for old vaulted ceiling

I have vaulted ceilings in the main living space. Internally there are 2x6 joists between the roof and the drywall and the insulation I am guessing is original from the 1960's so this section of roof ...
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How to repair this split ceiling joist?

While installing some new recessed lighting in my attic today, I noticed this split in one of the ceiling joists. The split is about 4 ft 6 in long starting from the end of the joist. The joist is a ...
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How to hang ceiling hooks with double layered drywal?

I tried a cheap plastic anchor first and it wouldn’t screw in completely then broke. I switched to metal toggle bolts and they weren’t going in enough to open. I realized there are two layers of ...
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Should I sand textured drywall ceiling patch edges and how?

After a little incident I had to get my textured drywall ceiling patched. It is still drying. Should I smooth out those edges after it dries up and before priming and painting? How? I don't think I ...
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I found this white electronic device on my ceiling. What is it?

I found this on my ceiling and I was wondering what it is.
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One remote switch two lighting circuits

As installed by an electrician, after working well for a time, when the remote (wall-mounted) switch is now operated, one circuit goes live and the other switches off. So one group of lights must ...
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Wiring a new ceiling light fixture with one white wire marked with black tape

HELP. Which wires go to what. Note the one white marked with black tape. Thanks
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Wood ceiling in bathroom

We are remodeling (actually, rebuilding) our bathroom in our 1930s farmhouse and when taking out the old ceiling, we encountered an old wooden ceiling with exposed beams. This old ceiling we can't ...
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What is this line in my ceiling where the wall meets?

What is this line in my ceiling where the wall meets?
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Leak from contractor work on toilet damaging plaster ceiling below (US)

We had a full bathroom renovation start while we were out of town. We just came home to discover that our contractor installed our toilet with the supply line leaking. The tile floor beneath the ...
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Any idea what happened to the Ceiling and how to fix it

How would I repair the crack and bulge in the popcorn ceiling? There is additional cracking in the wall nearby. The ceiling was painted 3 years ago and the wall by the ceiling had crack repairs and ...
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Closing a skylight with gypsum board

We have a fixed skylight in the point of the house where we have stairs and this continues to an office that we have. Therefore the office is in an open space with the stairs and the skylight. This is ...
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Ceiling fixture. How to go wireless? Electrician? [closed]

The light switch for the kitchen ceiling fixture is located between the refrigerator and the dining room wall (made of plaster). That space is not wide enough for me to reach the switch. I think ...
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How to screw drywall ceiling with furring [duplicate]

I am adding a drywall ceiling to my basement, and it already has 1x3 furring spaced 12" apart. I am planning on using ½x4x8 drywall sheets. When screwing my drywall, is it best to screw only in ...
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Building a 30x30 room in a 30x50 house?

Edit: I really appreciate all the replies, much food for thought. Below I will try to elaborate on a few things. I do have a design that I will post here in a minute. This house would be in a Northern ...
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How do I wire my ceiling light?

I have 2 black wires, 2 white wires and 2 exposed wires. I connected the light's white to the 2 white wires, the black to the 2 black and the green to the 2 exposed, but when I turn my breaker back on ...
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Drop ceiling in a bathroom

I'm thinking of installing a drop ceiling with acoustical tiles in a basement bathroom. Will this be a problem with moisture even with an exhaust fan installed?
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Best way to stiffen up floor

While gutting my basement I want to strengthen my floor above to make it move less. Currently the floor above moves a lot when people walk around, making it really loud in the basement and causes ...
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Are these lines/"bulges" in the ceiling of my new extension water ingress?

We had a single storey rear extension with flat roof built one year ago. In the past few weeks (there has been heavy rain) these bulging lines have appeared in various areas of the ceiling. No ...
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How do you power an Amazon Echo Dot in the ceiling?

I would like to mount Echo Dot units in the ceiling of all the rooms in my house in England. I have found a flush ceiling mount which will allow this. The rooms on the top floor are not a problem as ...
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Correct Order of Work For Re-Decorating

I purchased a house in the UK which needs considerably more work doing on it that originally anticipated. Because of covid backlogs it's really hard to get decorators/builders/etc booked in so I ...
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Light will not shut off when dimmer "switch" is tapped

I have a 40W equivalent LED dimmable bulb in my ceiling fixture. The dimmer switch will control it, but it never shuts off out when I tap the switch to turn it off.
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Crack in ceilling [duplicate]

I living in a townhome in the Northeast area, and now I see a crack line in my ceiling. Above the ceiling is the attic. Is this a minor problem just the paint is cracking, or I need to fix the dry ...
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What trade is best to fix the crack in my livingroom ceiling?

We have now noticed a crack running along the length of the living room ceiling. Looking to see who I need to come and look and fix it for me, so what trade, ie builder or joiner? Click for full size
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