Questions tagged [ceiling]

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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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Hang indoor swing chair BETWEEN two ceiling joists

I purchased one of those indoor hanging swing chairs for kids, specifically this one, which is meant to be mounted in the ceiling with a single eye bolt. I want to hang this in a 38" space, between ...
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Can the drain pipes in my kitchen soffit be relocated into the wall?

I'm in planning stages for a major kitchen remodel. Home built in 1984 with PEX plumbing, all electric, etc. We would like to demo the kitchen soffit (bulkhead) to make the ceiling level and install ...
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Repairing broken plaster

Removing some rotted wood above a window bay caused more destruction than would have been desired, and am hoping for some advice on how best to repair the holes in the plaster.
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Small soft spot on ceiling below shower

Appreciate some help here before i spend money in calling an expensive plumber because i think the problem can just be poor caulking in my shower. I noticed a small soft spot on my ceiling today. I ...
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Replacing ceiling joists with rafter ties higher up on the rafters

I'm trying to help my grandfather plan for a remodel of his 1950s home. The original structure is 24x24' with 6" rafters spaced about 20" apart on a 6/12 roof. He'd like to be able to have a "vaulted ...
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Ceiling Drywall Direction

I plan on installing 1/2" lightweight drywall over an existing textured ceiling. The room measures 23' x 8.5'. Joists run parallel to the short end of the room, spaced 16" however there is another ...
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How can I apply paper covering to a glossy ceiling?

Ours is a 1911 SD house. We have a bedroom measuring 4.1M x 4.3M. We are about to redecorate the room. The ceiling (original plaster and lathe) finish is not the best and was formally gloss painted ...
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Should crown molding go over stone fireplace?

I understand this is somewhat (design) subjective, but I have no reference to what is common practice when it comes to this type of application. I'm going to be running (foam) crown molding with LED ...
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Ceiling radiant heat

Each room has its own thermostat and heater. The bathroom hasn't stopped but isn't working correctly. When I touch the ceiling I can feel heat but the room doesn't get warm. I'm trying to fix this ...
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Control fanlight with both remote and switch

I would like to control my fan using remote and the light on the fan using both remote and switch. Is that possible. I have 1 black wire, 1 red wire for light, neutral and ground wire coming from the ...
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How do I achieve this ceiling texture?

My home has a ceiling texture that i can't seem to duplicate. Attached is a photo. If someone can please identify and tell me how to duplicate this look I would appreciate it. It makes things more ...
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Can I lay an attic floor over electrical wires?

I've been told that the electrical wires in the roof can heat up and potentially start fires if you cover them up. How can I get around this to lay the floor for an attic? The type of floor is just ...
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What does “by half an inch” mean when talking about rest channel?

This video shows how to install the resilient channel to the ceiling. It sound like the tutorial is saying (a video link with a time stamp) because we're installing the rest channel by half an ...
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What is this hollow box made of steel hanging on the ceiling?

This guy is talking about resilient channel while he is playing with another thing, a hollow box pointed out by red arrow. What is that?
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installing a drywall ceiling where drop ceiling was

I'm opening a brand new barbershop and I'm remolding my new space. It use to have a nasty, dirty, and bent drop ceiling. My space is a 29'x60' open space. I am also installing 2 interior walls to ...
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Attaching drywall to cracked/sagging plaster ceiling?

I have a plaster & lath ceiling in a bedroom that is in need of repair - it's intact for the most part, but it's pretty unsightly. Since the entire ceiling is full of cracks, I'd rather simply ...
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Had a slow leak into bathroom ceiling/wall but humidity was low and controlled in that area for 2 weeks. What is mold Risk?

Installed a new furnace humidifier to replace a non-working(probably never used) vintage humidifier 14 days ago in a new place I bought. Confirmed a small gap let a slow drip from condensation that ...
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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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