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Best way to install a ceiling fan with a surface-mounted junction box

I am buying an apartment where a previous owner added a chandelier using a surface-mounted ceiling junction box and surface-mounted conduit (in other words, nothing is inside the ceiling.) I'd like ...
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Possible Asbestos Contamination? Pls help

We bought a condo built in 1971 recently. We decided to remodel the place and did not like the ceilings as they resembled a popcorn ceiling. My dad is doing the renovations and didn’t think asbestos ...
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Running electrical cables with a dropped ceiling

I have a hanging/dropped ceiling in my house in the entrance. There is one electrical cable hanging by the side, waiting to be connected to a lamp. This ceiling extends to the above of the stairs, and ...
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Is this ceiling crack a hazard?

I just moved into my boyfriend’s house that he bought in late 2022. Noticing all kinds of cracks in the ceilings and walls, plus lots of uneven floors. This one is the most concerning to me - it’s in ...
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Will 12 foot 2x4s on 24” centers support 5/8” drywall

I want to add 5/8” drywall to the ceiling of my double wide mobile home. I am concerned with the added weight to the truss system. I would like to install 12 ft 2x4s 24” on center from the outer wall ...
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Sister rafter ties or use independent joists for new ceiling

I have a ~22'x21' garage with 2x6 rafters and 2x6 rafter ties 24"OC. The 2x6 rafter ties span 21' with a 2x4 strongback and a couple of king posts connecting two sets of rafter ties and rafters. ...
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Ceiling Fix: Chimney or something else?

I bought an old 1929 house a few years ago. It's a cape cod style, 1.5 floors. There's two chimneys. The one in the picture is small and goes to the basement--probably the old coal furnace. It's ...
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Mysterious bulges in ceiling

My home was built in 2016. We just started to notice these two strange bulges in the ceiling. They are solid, dense sounding when tapped on compared to surrounding area. No staining and not squishy or ...
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Hanging Olympic Rings

So I read the "Advice on hanging gymnastic rings in garage rafters?" and I'm not satisfied with the responses. It's not that they weren't good it's just I still think it can be done safely ...
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Unable to screw into the wall right below the ceiling

Our home was built in 2006 in Wisconsin (location is listed because I know building materials can change by climate). It seems that there’s something behind the drywall where the wall meets the ...
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Front porch ceiling and swing framing questions

I am currently in the process of remodeling our front porch after finding some water and insect damage. My wife and I want to make two improvements to the space that I have some questions about. The ...
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Orange marks on ceiling underneath bathroom

Orange marks on ceiling underneath bathroom . Can anyone confirm if it’s a mould or is it a leakage from the bathroom. Suggest the best approach to proceed. Much worries.
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Should I be concerned about this crack in our bedroom ceiling?

I recently noticed a hairline-type crack in our bedroom ceiling extending from the wall to the light fixture roughly three quarters the way across the room. Is this something to be concerned about? ...
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Unidentified smell from vents in brand new construction condo unit

I just moved into a brand new build condo and there is a smell coming from my vents. I have had HVAC guys, construction techs and roofers to look at it and nobody can figure out what the smell is. ...
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I am trying to put a ceiling in an 18x25 room, what is the best way to put up ceiling joist when I only have 16ft lumber in my area?

I have an 18x25 room I'm building inside an existing shop but wanting to insulate this area, I want to put in a ceiling for the joist i was thinking of building a beam consisting of 3 2x10 and 2 3/4&...
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Convert cathedral ceiling in bathroom to storage space

I have a bathroom with cathedral ceilings and do not like it. I want to add a rim joist around the room and create a flat ceiling. I have a solid plan on doing that. However, I now have this space ...
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Ceiling light fixture bracket

I am trying to replace the existing light with a new led flush mount. The junction box looks really big (6.5in) and it doesn’t have any holes in straight opposite direction to screw in the mounting ...
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Is this a DIY Project? [closed]

Few issues…paint peeling from corner of living room, possibly due to water leakage. Another paint peeling, from kitchen ceiling Two vertical pole boiler (don’t know if this is the correct term). Also, ...
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How would I fix this leaking garage?

My garage is leaking. I cut away drywall and noticed that some of the joists are rotting or damaged. There's mold, I think a lot. I think the cause of the leaking might be related to water that's ...
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Discoloration around ceiling edges, what could be the reason?

What could be the reason of this coloration and the crack-like black color at the edges and joints of the celing?
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Cracks In Ceiling

I just noticed small cracks in the ceiling of a bedroom. My house is a new build that's about 2.5 years old. The crack spans maybe ~2-3 inches along it's greatest dimension. I don't see any signs of ...
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Light Installation

I'm replacing flush mount lights in my house and when I pulled down the old fixture, there was insulation in the box. I had to remove it to find and connect the ground wire. Should I replace it or ...
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Ventilation and insulation for a wooden floor in a tenement house (renovation)

I have an apartment with a wooden floor in a tenement house. Construction: wooden joists, the neighbor's ceiling boards attached to them from below, then air up to the "blind ceiling", then ...
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New Minka Aire ceiling fan is making this tapping noise

My wife and I got a new Minka Aire Light Wave ceiling fan for our 1965 townhouse, and it's been making a tapping noise that's been keeping me awake. We tried installing a longer downrod since it was ...
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anyone has experience this?bulge on the ceiling but no sign of water leak..house is newly built [duplicate]

We just moved in 3 months ago and notice this linear bulge on the ceiling near the main entrance..no sign of water leak when touched. house is newly built.
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Connecting flush mounted ceiling light

Just bought flush MOON ceiling light. The ceiling receptacle has red(live),yellow (live) and white pair (zero) wires. How to connect black and white wires to this? Thanks VS
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Can I screw into a cladded beam to add a ceiling fan?

I want to add a large ceiling fan, obviously I need to add a junction box of some nature. I was wondering if there is a recommended method to mount to the beam.
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Time to skim, knockdown and paint 1200sqft ceiling

I am having the popcorn ceilings abated (due to asbestos) in the house we just bought and now am in the process of hiring a drywall contractor to do 1-2 skim coats, retexture (to knockdown) and paint ...
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Flooding and Patch below the bathroom

There was flooding in bathroom because a tap was accidentally open. Water came out on carpet from the bathroom. Removed the water and made the surrounding dry in and around bathroom. But it resulted ...
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Is it likely that an acoustical ceiling from the late 1980s contained asbestos? [closed]

We just bought a new house, built in 1988/89. We contracted to remove the popcorn ceiling. I didn’t even think about asbestos because I thought we were out of the window where it was possible. Dust ...
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What is this around this ceiling light? [duplicate]

Things that have recently been performed in this area: removal of popcorn ceiling installation of ceiling light The area directly above this on the roof does not seem obviously in poor repair. Any ...
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Insulating above suspended basement ceiling

I've got a basement room that is not connected to the rest of the basement, is not heated and has poor insulation. Our living room is right above that basement room. The ceiling/floor between the ...
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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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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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