Questions tagged [ceiling]

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Is lag bolting ledger board into foundation safe for overhead storage?

I'm planning a project for an unfinished room in the basement and I have an important structural question. There's about 15' of vertical space but I want to build 10' ceilings with access to overhead ...
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What causes this line in my popcorn ceiling?

What causes this line in my popcorn ceiling?
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Grounding wire for ceiling pendant

I am trying to install a metal light pendant with a ground wire, it is replacing a plastic pendant which has no metal box or grounding nut, do I just connect the ground wire to the earth along with ...
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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

I recently had a new ceiling light fitted which replaced a standard plastic ceiling rose. The new fitting is quite slim and the old fitting was hiding a larger than expected cutout in the plasterboard....
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Short joist not continuing through kitchen soffit foiling remodel plans

My house is a 1960s build and has no gables, every exterior wall has a roof slope to it. In the kitchen, most rafters are North-South, with the East end being angled down until it meets the garage. ...
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How to prevent sagging ceilings when joists are spaced 24"

I recently had a ceiling removed as part of asbestos abatement. The ceiling joists are 24" apart. They run about 20' long and the area is about 8 1/2' wide. What's the best way to avoid the ...
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Framing basement ceiling with concrete slab

I want to finish a room underneath my back balcony. Currently four concrete walls and ceiling are bare. Real cold in winter and warm in the summer. Goal would be to turn into a storage room with some ...
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Drop ceiling tile direction

I am replacing old drop ceiling tiles and I am bit worried about the current grid layout (which came with the house). The tiles are 2*4 and the current ones are fairly light. After reading ...
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Does this ceiling look like it contains asbestos? [duplicate]

I noticed water dripping from my kitchen ceiling. I informed my parents about it and they decided the best thing to do was rip part of the ceiling off? I am very worried about this as I think it may ...
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Better, not Perfect way to Insulate Uninsulated Attic Space in older Home

I have an older 2-story home (almost 100yrs) in Ohio, Zone 5. Rafters, walls everything built from 2x4's and 1x6 planks for deck of roof. Just had roof done so not planning on doing a tear off at ...
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I have an old light fixture in my bathroom with no visible screws; how do I remove it from the ceiling?

I'd like to replace an old, rusted light fixture on the bathroom ceiling. Unfortunately, I have no idea how it's actually held up to the ceiling. There are no screws on the sides, but there are ...
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What to use to install a simple drop ceiling for home theater

Instead of drilling the concrete ceiling multiple times to support a motorized projector screen, a projector, and some lights (either strips, or some panels for decoration), I was thinking about ...
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What to use to build an enclosure for projector screen case? [closed]

I need to create an enclosure for a projector screen case mounted on the ceiling. The size is 50 inches wide, 4 inches high, 4 inches deep. Requirements: The enclosure is just for visuals, just to ...
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Repair holes concrete ceiling (not just masking them)

An old apartment, where dry wall was a thing yet. The ceiling is concrete, plastered and painted. There are many holes, from current and previous owners (different light spots installed in different ...
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Do I need to use a bonding agent between scratch and base coat plaster on the ceiling?

I'm doing a traditional 3-coat plaster over wooden lath to repair a 4x4 hole on an interior ceiling. I'm using StructoLite base coat plaster. I applied Plaster Weld to the lath prior to putting up the ...
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Cannot remove ceiling recessed canned light trim/can

I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling recessed canned light/trim. I turned the breaker off. I cannot see or feel any springs on the exterior or interior of the can. I've tried twisting the trim ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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Light fixture on new condo wiring question

Ok so my wife and I bought our first condo. It was built over 100 years ago but has some modern renovations and some early 90s renovations. There were two light fixtures we hated so we shut the ...
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What is this panel on my ceiling? How can it be opened?

This panel is in our bedroom closet in our apartment. We're not sure what it is, or how to open it. Is it for storage? The sprinkler system? A gateway to Narnia? Can anyone give us any insight?
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Can I remove or relocate a beam that acts as a rafter tie?

I’m an converting our 20x25 detached garage to an in-law suite. I have a 12x20 beam spanning cross our loft. It used to hold the joist together, but I cut them off and opened the ceiling. My question ...
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ceiling fan wiring: 1 black, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 green on fan to - 3 black, 3 white, 1 red, 1 copper in ceiling

Trying to install a ceiling fan to where a light fixture was. When I took out light fixture I noticed that there are 3 black wires all bundled together, and not being used; 3 white wires with bundled ...
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Low light illumination on ceiling fan

I have a 15 yr old Hampton Bay ceiling fan with light fixture and remote. Worked well when we bought home for a few years but suddenly the bulbs in the 3 bulb fixture are extremely dim. The bulbs ...
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Pull chain fully retracted on ceiling fan

The pull chain that turns the lights on/off on a ceiling fan has fully retracted into the housing. Is this fixable without installing a new pull chain switch?
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What type of screw/bolt has expandable wings behind the wall surface?

Do you know what type of screw and bolt this is? Do you know the best way to unscrew it? It attaches my CCTV camera to the ceiling plaster (dry wall).
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Adding a door to water shutoff valve in ceiling

I am having my kitchen redone and during demolition, a pipe comes loose and I get water damage in my basement. The contractor fixed the damages and is working on the kitchen now. In the basement ...
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How to insulate/ventilate a roof without an attic?

I'm remodeling the upper floor of a ~100 year-old house near Portland, OR. It's down to beams: all the drywall (and plaster) has been removed, along with all the old insulation. I'm about to replace ...
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Attaching a motorized flip down tv mount to my apartment ceiling

I would like to attach a motorized flip down mount for a 50” tv to my apartment ceiling. This is the exact mount. My apartment is a new building that was built 2 years ago. It was built with post ...
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What should I do with this deteriorating, partially removed, popcorn ceiling?

Over the years the popcorn ceiling (over drywall and painted, I believe) in my bathroom has started to "sag" in places. Recently pieces started to fall off and I decided it was time to ...
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Why do I see such different rafter span tables for open beam ceilings?

Considering an open-beamed ceiling in southern california. Span is roughly 12'6" long ... perhaps 3-in-10 slope. I would like to use 4x8 rafters every 48 inches. However, this table from ...
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Can 1/4" bead board be used horizontally without sagging?

I'm looking at using 1/4" bead board plywood on the ceiling of my front porch. However, I'm concerned that it will sag too much if it's attached to 16" OC rafters. I've got a good stock of 1-...
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LED Ceiling Spotlight Remote Color Changing Switch Installation

I am fairly new to electrical DIY. I am planning to install 16 of these dimmable spotlight fixtures over two rooms with two switches: As a reference, similar to these ones: Is a grommet needed for ...
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What do I need to do to repair the plaster ceiling of my garage (on metal lath)?

Recently, I had some contractors come in and replace my garage lintel. Afterwards, I found that they'd had to break some of the white material that makes up the ceiling of the garage. It looks to me ...
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Best way to wire for recessed lighting

We are considering installing recessed lighting on a ceiling that has another floor above it. The ceiling currently has no light fixtures except a central ceiling fan. I can't access the ceiling from ...
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What paint to use on polystyrene ceiling rose

Does anyone know what kind of paint to use on a polystyrene ceiling rose? Thank you
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Is it ok to hang a ceiling fan from an Iberville Octagonal Box 1-1/2 Inch AC90 Steel Stud?

Iberville Octagonal Box 1-1/2 Inch AC90 Steel Stud I'm trying to figure if I can mount a 30lb fan (as per specification full installed weight) to this box? We are in a townhouse condo and don't think ...
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Can I increase the ceiling height in my mobile home?

In the main living area of my 1990s single-wide mobile home (living room, kitchen, dining area), the ceiling is 8' with a decline from the center that brings it down to 7', which is the height of the ...
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Running cables for a home theater: inside walls and ceilings or on the surface?

I am trying to set-up a home theater in my ill-equipped living room. After spending the last three days watching YouTube videos on routing cables, I did learn a lot, but got into a state of analysis ...
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What to do with wall behind bath taps

The tiles behind the taps of my bath have come off completely and I don't know what to do. My main concern is if it could contain asbestos withing the tiles themselves, the adhesive or the plaster ...
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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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