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Will sealing ceiling with foil paper introduce any problems?

At some point I’m going to paint or shellac then paint this ceiling. I’ve covered the cause of the peeling in another question so please don’t worry about that - it’s because of humidity due to not ...
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What to do about water in ceiling from leak?

Some water leaked from my upstairs bathroom into the ceiling of a downstairs bathroom. I noticed it when I saw drips coming from my fan/lighting fixture. I would estimate the amount of water that ...
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What is this coving profile?

This coving is all around my house, but some needs repair and I can't match it. It's a "C" profile with a lip at the bottom. I thought perhaps the lip was a separate picture rail or ...
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How do I remove this light bulb to replace it?

Sorry if this has been asked before - but I cannot figure out how to remove this light bulb to replace it. Any suggestions so I don't break it? thanks!
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Why do a lot of old houses have drop ceilings?

I've been looking at a lot of older home listings in different areas and I'm seeing a lot of drop ceilings in older homes, especially in less populated areas. In my areas drop ceilings are primarily ...
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Is paint enough or do I need to shellac?

The paint from my ceiling has fallen off due to humidity/no extractor fan being used. The exposed white rings are not leaks etc but salt so I’ve been told by a plumber who inspected it. The smell of ...
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Can I add cords to recessed light fixtures to make them portable?

Imagine one of those 4ft led shop lights with a 6 foot plug-in cable that you can get from anywhere. If you had a basement with finished walls and floors but an unfinished ceiling with electrical ...
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Wiring a ceiling light

I've just changed the light fixture in my living room, but I forgot to take a photo first. I have two cables coming through, each with a red, a black, and a green wire in it. A wire had a red sleeve ...
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Do I need to sister this ceiling jost?

A plumber came to push my DWV pipe back so I could decreased my soffit/bulkhead. In the process, he cut a bit into one of my 2x8 ceiling joists. Not ideal. Wondering if I need to sister the whole ...
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Ceiling heat not working right

The ceiling heat in one of my rooms will not come on unless i turn the thermostat up. Once i do that, the heat will not shut off unless i manually turn the thermostat way down. The thermostat clicks ...
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Ceiling rose light replacement

Would love your advice on connecting a new light to the existing wiring on our ceiling light please! It’s a lot more wiring than I’ve seen on other images. And certainly more connections than the ...
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ceiling cracks-spider web cracks

Hi, there’s such spider web cracks in our second floor room. Who should I ask for to fix this problem? It looks serious.
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Ceiling drywall crack recurring problem at screw location

I have a drywall crack in the ceiling that keeps coming back. It is at the location of the drywall screw. Last year I applied a regular drywall patch and then painted over when it dried. But less than ...
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Ceiling Register Box Insulation and Airtightness - Is this correct?

I'm in the process of making all the ceiling punctures into my attic air tight and better insulated with caulk and spray foam to reduce moisture and my energy costs. However, the HVAC ceiling register ...
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Should I be concerned about a ceiling light fixture that was installed without the mounting bracket?

The last piece of my move was to install my new light fixtures from my last place and I finally hired a general contractor to do so. After he left, I realized that I had not given him the mounting ...
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Why are recently repaired drywall joints in my ceiling bulging?

I recently redid my ceilings and had somebody come out and do the finishing. Used furring straps to level out the ceiling and then hung the drywall. It has been about 2 weeks now and insulation is all ...
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Suspended grid ceiling with T-channel on the perimeter?

Is it possible to install a suspended grid ceiling without using L-channels? Two of the walls are structural masonry, and I would like to avoid risking structural integrity by drilling into them. I'm ...
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Can I reuse the screws and holes of a ceiling rose to fit a surface mount light?

I'm moving into a new build and in some room. I have some simple pendant lights with a rose. Unscrewing the rose reveals a new box that seems to click in place and that hides all the connections and ...
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Replacing Interlocking Ceiling Tiles From The “Wrong” Direction

A section of ceiling above my front door has been damaged due to a leaky roof, so I need to replace around half of the 7' x 9'-ish entry area. The existing tiles are stapled to furring. However, based ...
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How do I paint a ceiling properly?

I can’t seem to get this right for the life of me. I’ve applied primer, 2 coats of paint and it looks terrible! Look at the roller lines, the texture etc I’ve used a good quality ceiling paint, 10mm ...
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Uneven floor and pending joints

We found out after buying the house, when sanding the floors, that it’s uneven. We looked in basement to find out that there is wood pending between the joints. Is this normal for house built in 1960? ...
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Hanging ceiling hooks from concrete beams above drywall ceiling

I'm hoping to hang two aerial yoga hooks from the ceiling in my apartment (I'm on a middle floor in a ten-story building). I popped out a light fixture to take this picture, and I want to make sure I ...
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Dry walls nail pops and wall cracks in ceiling doors and windows

I bought a house that was built in 1948 and moved in 3 month ago. Now I notice nails popping from all the walls around my house and new cracks around all windows and doors. I noticed walls joints are ...
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Are there any issues with this Trap Door Garage “Attic” Design?

We have a two story house that has a garage that has half of the 2nd story covering it and the other half doesn't. I want to build an "attic" opening to be able to access to run cables and ...
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What is the material and how to seal it?

As you can see In the photo the layer (paint?) on my bathroom ceiling has fallen off. I think the red/brownish colour part is off-gassing a smell. Does anybody know what material this is and be what ...
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Remove Popcorn Ceiling without Asbestos, what kind of specialist should I hire?

I want to remove Popcorn ceiling from 300 sq foot living room. The Ceiling does Not have asbestos, (I confirmed), and was built 1985. It will also be repainted with basic White Paint. Who should I ...
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Building a New Wall with Projector Niche

I’m hoping to transform my basement into a home theater space. While there’s a lot involved in the project, the primary scope involves (see pictures below): Close the opening on the front wall Create ...
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Identify/Replicate Drywall Ceiling Texture

I’m trying to identify and replicate this ceiling texture, any ideas how it was done? Possibly a tin roll texture? Anyone heard of that?
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Feedback on creative ways to sound proof - insulate existing finished ceiling

Without going into details on the, well, lets call them 'domestic political restraints' inhibiting me from tearing down the existing ceiling or blowing in insulation, I'd be curious to get some ...
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Replacing drywall on ceiling after a small flood

A laundry washer located upstairs, right above the basement room, had a leak and flooded the basement drywall ceiling. Luckily I was in the house and could stop the leak, however it did damage couple ...
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How to Insulate a Garage Ceiling

I'm based in NJ and want to convert my attached garage in to a home gym. I just started insulating the exterior walls and will plan on hanging drywall over them when I am done. The shared living ...
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What's a low depth floor joist solution for 2nd floor with 4x4 floor joists?

My goal is to meet the code requirement for the strength of the floors on a 2nd story for a remodel. I am remodeling a house where the floor joists supporting the 2nd floor are nominal 4x4 (3.5" ...
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Why don't some LED lights work in my ceiling fan?

I replaced the two incandescent light bulbs in my Hunter model 28679 ceiling fan with 3000k 7w LEDs. All works fine but I want them to be brighter and to be a different color/hue of light. So I ...
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Install a ceiling light - confused on the ceiling wires color

Purchased a light and try to install by myself. The light does require a bulb. https://www.crateandbarrel.com/ivory-woven-rope-flushmount/s577632 Previous owner removed her light in this room before ...
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How to check if joists are on plane?

I'm considering using 1x3 strapping before applying my new drywall ceiling (after doing some more work on them the other night and realizing it may be the best option). The ceiling joists are exposed ...
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How should I wire / connect a new ceiling light to this ceiling junction box?

UPDATED CEILING JUNCTION BOX PHOTO PROVIDED. I’m wondering if I can ask for some assistance in installing a new ceiling light to an unused (blank plate)ceiling junction box. The light switch in the ...
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Installing a ceiling fan, 1920s home

We are attempting to install a ceiling fan into our 1920s home. The light fixture was centered in the room, above it are two wooden cross sections (I’m guessing to support the floor above). We can’t ...
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Craters by screws where ceiling plaster has broken?

I have some craters around screws in the ceiling. The screws themselves are not lose, so I am just wondering if filler will fix this issue. If I remove the flakes around the craters and add filler, ...
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Drywall thickness for ceilings

Took down ceilings in a room on the second floor and it looks like they are 1/2”. House was built in 1983, but I thought all ceilings were supposed to be 5/8”? Joists are spaced 24” o.c., so I figured ...
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How to frame for a drywall ceiling with 8 feet between trusses?

I have a post frame building that was recently constructed where the post and joists have 8 foot on center spacing. The building is 38' x 54' and we had a 2nd floor built on the North end of it which ...
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Suspending many lightweight acoustic panels from a plaster ceiling

I have a collection of fairly lightweight acoustic panels that I want to suspend from a plaster ceiling (see mockup images below). My question: What is the best way to attach them? Here’s the shape of ...
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Does a light circuit in a garage need GFCI protection?

We are in the process of building a new garage. I am putting 4 rows of light on separate light switches, they will be on separate circuits so if a breaker would trip I won't be in the dark. From what ...
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I have a hardwired ceiling light . I didn't know it was not switched. What is the easiest way to control (on/off) it?

I didn't realize a ceiling lamp was not switched (hardwired) I need a solution
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Doing drywall panels on ceiling share joists at edges?

Installing 4x8 panels and I am staggering them perpendicular to the ceiling joists. My joists are 16" o.c. and I'm wondering is when the panels butt, will the be sharing the center of a joist or ...
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How should I connect a light fixture to this box with four cables?

Can anyone tell what is going on in this box? Why are there four plain copper wires? Why is there only one red wire? What is the purpose of the brown bundle of wires that contains a black, white and ...
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How can I fix this bad drywall patch

I recently had my ductwork replaced and since my home doesn’t have an attic, the ceilings had to be opened up. However when they closed the drywall back up and painted, it started to become very lumpy ...
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How can you tell if it's safe to hang weight from the ceiling? [closed]

I live in Canada and my house is made of wood. I'd like to mount gymnastics rings to my ceiling. I weigh roughly 90kg and I know you're suppose to find joists and attach weight there, but I don't want ...
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How to remove old-work ceiling light fixture box attached to conduit pipes

I am trying to install thin LED recessed lights in my hallway. I need to remove the old ceiling box, as shown in the picture. I tried to remove the box for the whole day but was unsuccessful. I cut ...
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Drywall joint/edge against pipe ok?

I'm wrapping up the design of my basement ceiling. Going with drywall to save an inch or so. One problem area I have is write at the bottom step to the basement there is a heating pipe that cuts ...
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Identifying what material this ceiling is made out of

I am in the process of re-modelling my old bathroom and I had the ceiling removed today. It wasn't until I put the debris in the skip that I thought I have no idea what sort of material is inside it ...

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