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All ceiling lights pulsing randomly

We moved into a 1940s house and are having issues with our ceiling lights pulsing randomly. Some specifics: -All ceiling lights are on the same circuit, lamps plugged into outlets are unaffected. -...
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I have a bulging ceiling can someone tell me how to fix? [closed]

I have bulging ceilings can someone tell me how to fix this ? Thanks in advance.
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what did I drill into in my ceiling? is it ok?

https://ibb.co/dtzXXWC https://ibb.co/fQdjNJh I wanted to hang something from my ceiling. I thought I was all that with my stud finder. Turns out I am not. It went in fairly easily so I am guessing a ...
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Hitting something hard drilling a screw near my curved molding in a 1906 ceiling - looks like sandy stone with hair in it - what is that?

** Updated with what I found in the drilled hole Can I just drill through it with a masonry bit, or do I need to be careful? It's a 1906 brick row house that was gut renovated in 2015. Nothing shows ...
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How do I fix this Underwriters Laboratories light fixture part that's missing side clips?

One of my light fixtures (recessed ceiling) fell in the kitchen. It's a UL thing that stays in place with these metal clips that go in the holes you can see in the images below. What happened to the ...
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How to know if timbers supporting floor need work?

Pictured is the ceiling beneath our first floor (second floor US). It's an old stone farmhouse, and there's no telling how long those supporting beams have been there (it could be 150 years or more). ...
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Installing 3 Bulb Chandelier

This used chandelier came with 3L, 3N & 3E wires, plus 2 spare wires, one marked with electrical tape. Which wires should I attach to the spares, and where do I attach the 3 Earth Wires?
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Why is the paint bulging away from my drywall ceiling?

The attached picture shows what's behind a "blob" of paint that seemingly delaminated from my ceiling kitchen right adjacent to the hood that's over the stove. The paint delaminated during a ...
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How should I connect a new light fixture to my wiring?

I’m new at electrics (UK-based) and am rewiring a new light. All the advice I’ve read notes that the black wires are L & N and the red are the loop with the bare coppers being the ground but when ...
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Fix Sagging Garage Beam

I have a 1970 built 24x24 workshop with a recessed support beam that is perpendicular to 2x6 24in on center ceiling joists. The support beam is 24 feet long and is built with 2x10's bolted together ...
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How to suspend small cabinet from ceiling?

I want to put my NAS in a small cabinet. I do not want to hang the cabinet to the wall, for a few reasons : there's no stud where I want it to go, the wall is plaster board, and toggle bolts require ...
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1970's house new light fixture with connectors

Installing ceiling light fixture in a 1970's house. The new fixture has push-in connectors to all wires (black/white/ground). I am replacing an old light/heater which was grounded to screw in the ...
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Finished basement ceiling insulation advice/questions

Location: Chicago-land area Situation: Finished basement about 1500 sq ft Basement has a bathroom, washer/dryer, HVAC system, and water heater, and has heating registers down there to stabilize temp ...
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Ceiling joists/false ceiling

I am trying to determine how my ceiling is constructed. I live on the top floor of a building built in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Specifically, I want to know if my drywall ceiling is mounted ...
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Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joist Douglas Fir#1 at 21-6 span at 24 on center?

In my garage I have a span of 21 feet and 6 inches with 2x8 rafters. Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joists on 24OC for an ADU? They will be sitting in the top plate of the walls. I am in California, and ...
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Putting in a sub ceiling in garage to insulate and dampen sound to upstairs bedroom

I am putting in a sub ceiling with insulation and drywall. I have begun the project and it kind of suddenly hit me that this weight could be dangerous? I'm running the 2x6x9.5 ft joists from these ...
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Help framing ceiling in attic

I've gotten a lot of help from browsing this forum, but coming up short on this questions... any advice and guidance is appreciated. 200 year old home in hot/humid area. Converting attic space into ...
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How to disconnect ceiling joists from wall to raise them for wall repair

I have to repair support wall framing. I will rent ceiling jacks. What is the best way to separate the joists from the wall top plate? I can't raise them while nailed to the top plate, and I don't see ...
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Can I hang a swing from manufactured "I" joists made of wood?

This is a picture of my ceiling. I would like to hang a swing that will hold an adult. I'm not constricted for space, so I could attach directly to one of the 2x2's
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Vaulted ceiling cracked paint

I’m not sure if it’s from old paint or if it’s a sign of water damage but my ceiling paint in the v is cracking. Suggestions on what to look out for? It’s so high I can’t get to it myself
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How should I mount a 1x6 valance board to my ceiling for curtains?

I am trying to hang a 1x6 from my ceiling to make a wall-length cornice box for blackout curtains. I'm stuck on the best way to attach the wood to the ceiling. I will be mounting two curtain tracks ...
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What would cause ceiling lights in a circuit to stop working after the first one?

enter image description hereSo, I have three recessed ceiling lights on a single switch. The first ceiling light turns on, but the next two do not. Because the lights downstream of light 1 don't ...
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Why is my ceiling protruding here, is it safe to drill?

I want to screw this 3.5 inch screw into my ceiling in the red area. My stud finder indicates the red area is a stud / joist. I'm not sure why the ceiling is protruding here, should I avoid this area ?...
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Painting ceiling: patches alternating smooth and textured, why?

I'm having problems painting a ceiling. It was already painted, but I decided to freshen it up (which I regret) as I was painting the walls. I get alternating patches of a light roller texture and ...
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no power in the ceiling wire

I have the opening(junction box)) with wires in the ceiling one white and orange but none have power. In another part of the ceiling there is another opening (junction box) with black and white wires ...
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How do I repair ceiling joists separating from beam/hanger?

We purchased our house about 4 years ago, and I've recently noticed that in the attic, several of the ceiling joists are not fully "bearing" on the hangers. This is a house build in the late ...
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Technique for strapping a cathedral ceiling

I have an older cape (1947) and am finishing the upstairs. I was looking for help/idea on how to strap the ceiling to flatten out the uneven roofing rafters. I understand on a flat ceiling you could ...
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Rental unit ceiling, unsure if this was a previous repair or current unresolved leak

Just signed the lease on this place when I notice a suspicious looking spot on the ceiling. It is only really visible at this angle, no dark spots or damp smell. The ceiling in that area looks just ...
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How can a round ceiling junction box be installed as new work with 5 layers of drywall and no demolition?

I have an 80-year-old house, and the ceiling is 5-layers of drywall thick from work performed before I owned it. I need to install two junction boxes, and one of them is in an area I cannot access ...
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Cannot drill into ceiling above window

I tried drilling small holes in the ceiling above my window to hang Ikea curtain tracks, but when drilling, after 2mm of plaster, the drill is hitting something really hard (looks like concrete but ...
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How do I find leak from second floor shower. Shower is located in room by itself so it's definitely from it

My second floor shower leaks when my husband leans against wall and slides down to sit in shower. If he just stands in shower, it doesn't seem to leak. The ceiling below room is already removed to ...
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How should I repair paint peeling from my ceiling?

I have paint that's not sticking to the ceiling. This all occurred during a cold spell last month when the temp was below 10°F. Everything seems to be dry under the paint. No water damage or mold is ...
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Can I install Polyiso over a popcorn drywalled ceiling?

I have a mobile home with a vaulted ceiling and a thin drywall with popcorn finish. I would like to install a fire rated polyiso foam board (Mansfield CI max or Dow Thermax) on the ceiling, then ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

A small roof leak led (over time) to this damage in the corner of a drywall ceiling. Roof has been repaired, but I'm looking for guidance to repair the ceiling. I've done a handful of basic drywall ...
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How to best insulate a concrete ceiling in an old warehouse [closed]

We're renovating a three-story, 100-year-old brick warehouse with 14" thick concrete floors/ceilings that are heavily reinforced with rebar. The building is COLD and we would like to insulate the ...
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What can hold more weight, a wall stud or a ceiling joist? [closed]

I'm planning on building some custom wood-framed storage near the ceiling of my garage. The things you can buy online seem to always be ceiling mounted (Example: This product) However, I also found a ...
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Hanging drywall on 2x2 ceiling joints 16 on center

I want to replace the fiber tiles with drywall. The ceiling is made up of 2x2 16 on center, I plan to use 12' long pieces less seams. What thickness of drywall is safe to use. Thank you for any ...
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Hanging Chair from Ceiling in Apartment?

I bought a macrame hammock swing chair and a steel plate ceiling mount that came with 4 big expansion screws (pic #1 is chair i bought, pic#2 is mount with included expansion screws. Mount is size ...
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Why is the paint peeling and brown spots appearing on my ceiling?

I'm renting an apartment. The paint on my ceiling is slowing peeling and I see small brown spots on my bathroom ceiling. My bedroom closet ceiling is showing a lot of cracks and discoloring. The ...
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How do I wire my ceiling lamp?

I have two white wires, two black wires, two bare wires and a red wire coming from junction box. My ceiling lamp has one copper wire, one white one black and one green wire. How do I connect these ...
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How do I repair a leak in my roof? [closed]

I'm dealing with a water leak issue after the recent ice storm. Noticed dripping around my sliding door jam and the crease where the ceiling meets the wall. I've cut a 4” square hole to drain water, ...
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Why is the ceiling cracking?

The house was built less than 10 years ago and the ceiling is already showing cracks. Why is this happening?
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What's the cause of this small, round, brown stain on a drywall ceiling? [closed]

My kitchen extension is 3 years old. It is a timber frame drywall extension with plasterboard wall. This 1cm round circle has just appeared about 12 feet above and two feet away from my cooker and ...
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What are textured ceilings made out of?

This is a single family home built in 2015 in the Midwest. The textured ceiling you see below seems common around the area, even in newer homes. I'm curious what material it's made out of (drywall mud?...
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What type of ceiling is this and how can I mount a hook to it?

I’m trying to mount a ceiling hook above a table (to hang a lamp) but can’t drill more than about a quarter inch into the ceiling. To try and figure out what kind of ceiling I have, I removed one of ...
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Track lighting + ceiling pancake box? Is there an available solution?

So earlier today, I went to replace my ceiling light fixture with a cheap-o track light set from Ikea. When I went to mount the track base, I was visited by the ghost of when I first moved into the ...
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Dome light in bathroom, unable to get the glass dome off. Seems like a photosensor under the nipple

We have a dome ceiling light in our bathroom. We need to replace one of the bulbs but we are unable to get the dome off. We've googled and been unsuccessful on all the videos and sites we've found. ...
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How to add "partial" ceiling joist to support mini split cassette that needs 16" OC joist

Our ceiling has 24" OC joists, and we are adding a mini split ceiling cassette that needs 16" OC joists. Can I add a "partial" ceiling joist to support the mini split? That is ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall? [closed]

My condo is in an 8-story concrete and steel building, built mid-80’s in Massachusetts. My ceiling is 1/2” drywall screwed into 2-3/4” x 7/8” steel studs (Joists? Furring strips?). Those are hung with ...
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Kitchen Ceiling Paint Keeps Bubbling

Looking for some thoughts on why this keeps happening. In September we moved into this new (to us) home - a 1956 ranch in the Detroit suburbs. About a month later I started noticing that the paint in ...
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