Questions tagged [ceiling]

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How do I repair or fix crumbling plaster behind a light fixture?

Around the ceiling rose I spotted some crumbling plaster. I would like to make it good again once I remove the old light fitting. I am not sure what order to do things in. Ideally I want to put up a ...
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Support beam for basement ceiling [closed]

What size would you be suggesting, and wood or metal? I have hired 2 different structural engineers and have been given two completely different suggestions. The 1st engineer suggested a wood beam 18”...
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Thoughts on building a brace for a heavy chandelier?

I need to build a brace to support this light fixture in my dining room. The eyelet screws on either end should be attached to the existing ceiling joists. However, mine run opposite the direction ...
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How to texture match this 1987 drywall ceiling?

Home was built in Houston metro area in 1987. I replaced drywall in ceiling and haven't seen any examples of this specific ceiling texture. Other homes in the neighborhood also have it. I need to ...
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Running cables into my loft space when my bedroom ceiling has been lowered

For reasons I don't remember, my brother lowered the ceiling in my bedroom by approx 20cm (I think, it might be more), all my walls and new lower ceiling was plastered over. This has been fine for ...
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How heavy is sheetrock?

We have a pressed cardboard tiled ceiling and blown-in insulation in the attic above it. It's ugly and we'd like it replaced with sheetrock that we could paint. How would I go about determining if ...
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Is it safe to remove this plywood ceiling and ceiling joists?

I'm looking to remove the plywood ceiling in this porch along with the ceiling joists that I believe are only serving to hold the ceiling in place. I'm wondering if I'm missing anything. The roof is ...
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Building lines on ceiling/drywall expansion

From what I’ve read on other posts, this is pretty common. We moved into this home less than 1 yr ago and we’ve been noticing these lines more and more in the ceiling especially this summer. Is there ...
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Inspecting water damage to ceiling around air boot

Last night my second-floor walk-in shower backed up and overflowed while I was in another room waiting for the water to heat up. The water ran along the faux-wood laminate floor to the bedroom doorway,...
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How can I raise this ceiling joist in this shed?

I need to gain 3 inches of clearance underneath the ceiling joist underlined in blue. The entire joist is 24 feet across. Is there a way for me to safely move this joist up a few inches and still ...
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Question about framing a lowered ceiling (like a large soffit.)

I am lowering a 10' x 10' section of the ceiling in my home for cosmetic reasons (to define an area) by about six inches lower. I plan to frame it like a soffit/bulkhead, with multiple long parallel &...
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Ceiling drywall repair with poorly installed joist hangers

I'm trying to do drywall repair on a ceiling where the joist hangers were poorly installed, with the worst offender hanging 1/4" below the joist it is supposed to hold. The intention is to place ...
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Flared Skylight Shaft Framing

Any tips for framing out a skylight shaft that’s flared/slanted on all 4 sides? The roof is pitched, interior ceiling is flat. Where I am struggling is how to frame up the sides, no issue with getting ...
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What is this small box on the ceiling?

There is this small removable box on the left hand corner of the ceiling in the duplex down that I'm looking at. Can someone help me understand what it is?
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How can I fit a 10x4 register in this space?

I have a shallow ceiling and I'm trying to figure out how to fit a 10"x4" vent into the ceiling tile. When the vent is open, it is about 1.5" high or more. That would take up all the ...
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How to fix ceiling tiles that are drooping

In front of my house entrance a few tiles were drooping down, and I'm wondering what's easiest way to fix them, so that at least they won't drop and hurt anyone? I'm thinking about using screws but ...
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How to run electrical wire and ad a junction box to a concrete ceiling

I have been reading through some of the answers as this question was previously asked. So will try to keep it short so that you all can give me just a yes or no answer to my question. Condo concrete ...
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Unknown ceiling/roof beam installed in old renovation

This house has a shallow (approx ~15°) gable roof, and raked interior ceilings to match. In past renovations, a large horizontal beam was installed which runs the entire length of the house, on the ...
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is there a vibration dampener for a pancake box?

I live in a relatively new house, about ten years old. The builder installed a fan in the downstairs living room using a pancake box mounted to a beam. Because of this, running the fan causes a loud ...
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How do I remove the top of a ceiling light can

I am working on a 21 year old ceiling can light that is 30' in the air. The bulb is burnt out and I have twisted out the electrical bulb socket from the can light housing. I need to open the top of ...
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Rewire a ceiling light to a double socket

Is it legal and safe to remove a light fitting and use the three standard wires to wire up a double socket or gang plug? I want to mount a projector exactly where my light fitting is in the way.
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Crumpled Drywall At Ceiling - Wall Joint

I’ve noticed this defect in a few places where drywall wall meets ceiling. I don’t have crown mounding to cover it up. Does anyone know what causes it?
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What is this dirt on the top of my high ceiling wall, how do we remove?

We just noticed there is some dirt on the wall by my foyer close to the ceiling. On the other side of this wall is a small attic space. The wall to the right, where the bar is, has a bedroom on the ...
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How to join ceiling, raised door frame

I just raised a door frame, by removing the drywall over the door opening. On each side, I found studs that are just the right distance in. I'll be able to patch that just well. (Beginner, it will be ...
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Can junction box be placed on insulation above ceiling drywall?

I am thinking of installing these lights on my ceiling. Each light comes with its own junction box that you just leave inside the ceiling. My ceiling, however, has insulation right above it. Is it ...
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Lamp cord (?) coming from ceiling light fixture box

Looking for some assistance as I am not an electrician. I've replaced light fixtures and ceiling fans with no issues in the past, but have not seen something like this. I removed a tube flourescent ...
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How to connect LED ceiling light fixture?

I got a celling light fixture off Aliexpress with no instructions. Could somebody please let me know how I am supposed to connect my hot and neutural wires to this?
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Light fitting appears stuck to ceiling

I'm trying to open up this light fitting but it appears that it's absolutely stuck. I tried twisting as hard as I can locations (1), (2) and (3) in the image and I wasn't able to. Does anyone have ...
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Can rough paint texture on a ceiling be touched up?

I'm redecorating a room and having some issues with the ceiling and light. After sanding the walls and ceiling, I painted the ceiling with Zinsser Perma-White Matt as I heard it was good. ...
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How to remove an old celiing box that doesn't have screws?

I need to replace this old ceiling box. I'm wondering if I have to remove it from the attic (not easily accessible). I don't know what was used to attach it to a joist (or whatever). It's not a screw. ...
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What "equivalent" to drywall can I use to finish a garage ceiling with habitable space above?

My house is a fairly typical US split-level from the mid-50s. It has a two-car garage with the master bedroom and bathroom above. The garage ceiling is simply open floor joists, with some fiberglass ...
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How to install tongue and groove ceiling?

I’m going to be installing 5/8” tongue and grove on the ceiling in my kitchen on the main floor (a bathroom and bedroom are on the second floor above the kitchen). There is no ceiling there right now. ...
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Concrete ceiling in bathroom, already painted once and flaking

We removed the popcorn from the concrete ceiling in our bathroom and it got primed and painted. Paint flaked from the get go (not just in that room) but got really really bad over time. Peeling ...
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Permitting a finished attic during home sale

I'm currently working on buying a house out in rural eastern North Carolina, USA. The house has a finished attic, which apparently was never permitted or inspected. Because of this, my appraisal has ...
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Hanging a 20lbs lamp from a concrete ceiling, what to be aware of?

I’m trying to drill a hole into the concrete ceiling in my apartment to first insert a hook, then hang the lamp through. The lamp is a plug-in btw. Just wondering what are the necessary tools and ...
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How to install security cameras on ceilings?

I would like to know how to install or mount a camera on the bottom face of this hollow black box above the shop door. The word "Alabsh" is written on the black box as shown in image. The ...
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How to locate ceiling joists?

About to attach a bike pulley to my porch ceiling and advice re where the joists may be located ? I’m going to batten a piece onto it first then affix
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Can I use a ceiling tie above the level of the top wall plates?

I'm beginning to research and design a DIY build of a fully insulated garden room. Some key points: I'm in the South West of the UK, Wind zone 3 with very little/infrequent snow. I'm planning to ...
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How do I fix a large piece of drywall not matching up on a ceiling repair?

I removed and replaced an approximately 5'x6' drywall piece in the ceiling. On the butt joints, I used some OSB backer board to join them between floor joists. I knew this might be a problem, ...
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How to Drywall Around Wood Extending From Ceiling

Curious what I need to drywall around the 2x4 that is extending out of the ceiling in the photo. There used to be a wall where the 2x4 is, but we are joining the two rooms that were previously ...
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Hanging an egg chair between two joists

I want to hang an egg chair from my ceiling between two joists that are 24” apart. I have no attic access. Can I put a metal plate with a welded u ring in the center of the plate across the two joists ...
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Ceiling beam crack/split. Should I be worried? [closed]

The house is a recent purchase and I repainted (including the ceiling) before moving in so not sure if this was pre existing. I just saw this today and concerned it's a structural issue vs the normal ...
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6 white, 6 black, 6 ground wires coming out of ceiling

I'm replacing the fan/light in my sons room with 4 flush mount lights and a fan with no light on it. I removed the old fan and it had 6 2 wire cables with ground so all together there are 6 white ...
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Should I scrape bubbled skim coat off to repair my ceiling?

We have a drywall ceiling with a couple butt joint seams that were visible. Had a guy come in and I think (a few years ago) used Durabond to feather them out. Last week I thought I would tackle it ...
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Wiring Help Replacing a Two Switch Ceiling Fan and Light with Only a Single Light Fixture--See Photos

At the ceiling box where the ceiling fan/light there is: White Wire Black Wire Red Wire Ground Wire The 2 wall switches. The Left switch powered the fan. The right switch powered the light. I am ...
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Bulging in the wall and ceiling

I purchased a new construction home just a month ago that has a year of warranty. I have started noticing bulges in the wall and ceiling. Is it poor construction? There are several like these. How ...
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How do I know if there is a hole underneath a bad patch job in my ceiling?

How do I know if there is a hole underneath a bad patch job in my ceiling? I am just curious because I don't want a any leaks happening.
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Is it ok to calk drywall corner joints rather than taping them? [duplicate]

Instead of removing the popcorn ceiling I decided to just put a layer of drywall on top of the existing popcorn ceiling. I noticed the worker used the caulking instead of taping where the old and the ...
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Can I move a joist a few inches left without the ceiling falling on my head?

The ceiling above the stairs in my house (1950s, Minnesota) is too low. I want to remove the offending joist (the one that's vertical in the picture), cut back the adjacent joists (horizontal) a few ...
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Question about wood expansion for V-groove/shiplap boards

I have a lot of tongue and groove, reversible shiplap / v-groove boards from a big box store. I would like to use them for a plank ceiling that is 25x8ft. It is unclear to me how these boards allow ...

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