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Questions tagged [ceiling]

For questions on the general topic of the upper containing surface of a room or other enclosure. Please use additional tags to refer to a specific area of concern, such as lighting, insulation, repair, painting, waterproofing, etc. If your question refers to a [ceiling-fan], please use that tag instead!

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Ideas to install stand-alone light on ceiling without nails or screws

In the ceiling there is no light box and I can't insert nails or screws. I need to install a square LED light fixture, weighting 1.4 lbs, that is fed by the outlet. Maximum I can do is to damage the ...
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Golf Simulator Ceiling Issue

I have recently just moved house. My new house unlike my old house cieling is too low for my golf simulator. I need a roof height of at least 2.7 metres but mines closer to 2.4 metres. Any ideas of ...
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LED Light in Ceiling Fan only works with a non-LED next to it

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan with two light ports and a remote control. The lights are e12 (candelabra) base, but I need some brightness. I just bought some 12W LED bulbs (100w equivalent) and ...
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Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer?

All called a local fan store in my area and the sales rep told me a ceiling fan should spin counter-clockwise for summer. I know what clockwise and counter clockwise is, but looking up at a fan for ...
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spacing of steel studs for ceiling leveling

I'm renovating a single-family basement. The floor joists above the basement are 2x8 douglas fir, mostly spaced 12" OC. The basement ceiling will be finished with a single layer of 1/2" drywall. There'...
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Tiling on horsehair plaster ceiling over shower

I'm tiling over a tub shower in my hundred plus year old house. I've already replaced lathe and plaster around tub as area with cement board. Since the ceiling is secure, I would like to apply tiles ...
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What to consider before removing a drop ceiling?

My basement has a drop ceiling in a semi-finished part of it and we've removed many of the panels in the process of updating the house's wiring. With most of the panels off and clear view of how ...
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how to hang 200lb chandelier?

I'm planning to buy crystal chandelier that weigh 200lb. We will be replacing existing chandelier in the two storied foyer (height 18 feet). Current chandelier is installed using electric metal box on ...
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Small Drywall Tiles for Ceiling [closed]

Im finishing my basement and I don't trust little drywall screws to hold a big and heavy sheet of drywall on the ceiling. Even when professionally installed and it's said to be conpletey safe ...
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Why is a white electrical wire connected to 2 black wires?

I just opened my ceiling light to replace it with another mount. I see a white wire connected to 2 black wires, is that right? The middle switch controls this ceiling light.
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Can these ceiling beams be removed?

Wanting to remove the center posts that are coming down on the diagonal from these beams, is that possible? We then plan to clad them to make them more pleasing to the eye.
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Can we plaster our ceiling without removing the crown molding

We have removed popcorn from the ceiling and it now needs to be plastered. The crown molding in place is in perfect condition and we would like to leave it. Will it be possible to plaster the ceiling ...
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Which bolt pattern to sister a ceiling joist?

I need to sister a ceiling joist — put a 2x6 8ft piece next to existing joist, and fasten with 1/2 inch bolts. It will be supported by a stud wall on one end (but not other end) Anybody knows what ...
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replacing ceiling fixture

I just moved into 1920's house and would like to install a chandelier. There are 3 wires tied together and one separate. They are not color coded. All are in some sort of fabric insulation and pretty ...
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Eye Lag Screws in TJI type joist for suspended ceiling

So I want to install a drop ceiling in my basement, but I have these TJI/ I-beam type engineered wood floor joists and I know that you should almost never nail or screw into them on their bottom ...
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Yellowing around crown molding

I live in an older home (built in 1929) in NJ and one of bedrooms has yellowing showing around all the crown molding. The room is below the attic and the attic is insulated above the ceiling. I don’t ...
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Vaulting ceiling and removing ceiling joists without risking the integrity of my roof system?

I have a large space without walls and when I looked in the attic, it seems like there is a possibility to vault my ceiling. Checking if anyone here could help me to figure it out. What are my options ...
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Hang a 100lb heavy bag from ceiling

I'm trying to figure out the safest way to hang a 100lb heavy bag from the ceiling in my garage. The pictured part is under a bedroom, and the continuous line, if it's like the part that is under ...
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Insulating between floors?

I have a "modern" UK house (approx. 15 years old, built as cheaply as possible, a wooden house with a brick shell). If it is cold outside and I heat the ground floor to the minimum I would like, then ...
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1730 House how to make Ceiling Level

We had a fire last year and had to remove our plaster ceilings. We’re left with beams that have all kinds of shims etc. that were used to level the lath. Every drywaller has had a different idea of ...
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Exposing Beams in existing ceiling [closed]

I am planning to remove drywall ceiling and expose the beams. The area is above kitchen and family room. There are quite a few recessed lights and fans. What considerations I have to bear in mind ...
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Does Chicago building code allow open ceiling joists in a finished basement? [closed]

I'm finishing the basement of a triplex condo in Chicago (townhouse style with a shared entry/common space with one unit). The developer didn't consider a future finished basement when it was it was ...
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When does a splitting floor joist become a problem?

We recently moved to the US Northeast and bought a 6 year old, two level plus basement house. I've been finishing the basement and have noticed several floor joists are splitting. I come from a ...
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Holes drilled in parallam beam: is this a structural problem?

The electrician drilled 3/4” holes on PSL parallam beams. Both beams are is 4”x12”. The first beam measures 13’ft long and the holes are about 3’ft away from the end. The second beam measures 23’ft ...
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Is a 6 foot 5 inch ceiling height ok for a basement bathroom?

When I had my house built, we had a bathroom roughed in for a future bathroom in the basement. Where they roughed in the bathroom is right below the heat and cold air ducts, which is below a sunken ...
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What kind of ceiling is this?

What kind of ceiling is this, and what's the process like for making it smooth?
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Ceiling fixture crossbar with 45° rotation

I'm trying to mount a Hampton Bay track light power feed to a standard 4" round ceiling box. The power feed seems to be designed for a ceiling box where the mounting screws make a line at 45° to the ...
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ceiling joist allowable span southern california

I'm adding ceiling joists in my garage. It's a 19' span between walls, and I'm using structural or #1 lumber. Should I use 2x8x22 OR 2X10X22 spaced 12" on center? I'll be adding 1/2" or 5/8" drywall.
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3 way switch ceiling fan and light

My old ceiling fan had the light switched 3 way and the fan on a separate single switch. my new fan w/remote does not account for this and there is no place to connect the red from the junction box to ...
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Ceiling insulation question

I live in a 2 story city row house in Philadelphia that is over 100 years old with a flat roof. The space between the second floor ceiling and roof grades down from the front to back - 36 inches or ...
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Likelihood of asbestos under newer ceiling texture?

Edit: Adding some up-front clarification because people seem to be fixating on the "asbestos" part of this question. This is what I am asking for: help determining what prior work may have been done ...
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Can I use alternative materials to insulate my roof?

We bought a mobile home to use for my office/studio workshop. It's 24 by 60, gutted out with no inside walls, and live in a desert area. The roof leaked and the insulation got wet and ruined. We ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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What are these thin boards resting on interior wall top plate for?

I am trying to figure out what these two thin (1x4?) boards being used for in my attic. As you can see in the second picture, they are running parallel to the roof trusses, and on top of the interior ...
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Too many wires coming out of ceiling fixture

Wiring in ceiling.1I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling light fixture but... coming out of the ceiling I have 3 black wires, 3 white wires, a red wire and a ground! I didn't take a picture of how ...
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How to diagnose crack on ceiling

Today I woke up to a nice surprise, a crack and stain on my first floor ceiling. The damage is below the shower wall of the upstairs bathroom, so I'm thinking this could be water related. I'm new at ...
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Ceiling fan with 2 switches with remote

Where are the wires I have, I am confuse to where the red from the ceiling goes, nothing in the manuals talk about a red wire. Right now we have 1 switch controlling the light, and 1 controlling the ...
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What is the term for a gambrel roof with an extra angle on each side?

What is the this roof style? Can it even be done with timber! Its not Mansard or Gambrel. Though similar to Gambrel notice the extra pitch. Any pictures, design, sketches of where this has been ...
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How to remove a bathroom fan vent grille for cleaning

I have a bathroom fan vent that doesn't completely come off, it stays attached but pops down (see attached images). Should I clean these things using a ladder, or should I remove them and wash them ...
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Convert drop ceiling to drywall but with plumbing access

My basement bathroom has drop ceiling currently and it's rather a large area with all plumbing there (from top 2 bathroom): It is almost 3x5 feet area. If I cover most with drywall and have access ...
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Flaking in kitchen ceiling - will plaster patch work?

Need some advice. We acquired an older property a few years back that had a kitchen ceiling with water damage from the past, just past a foot wide. (Culprit was apparently a lack of/damaged caulking ...
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Mold spots on Porch ceiling

I have what appears to be black mold growing on my porch ceiling. What is your recommended method for correcting that problem. The ceiling is white . Please provide specific products so that i can ...
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Low voltage cabling - insulation

I have a closet that is colder than it should be - it is 2 degrees colder than the bedroom it's connected to. The closet is 4'x4', and has two exterior walls. The bedroom is 10'x10', with one ...
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No Junction Box for Ceiling Light

Today I discovered that (at least) one of the ceiling lights in my house isn't mounted on a junction box. As an added bonus, most of the wiring is fabric insulated copper. You can see the single ...
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How to remove this light globe?

I have not been able to get the glass dish removed from this ceiling light fixture. There are no holes, visible clips or any other clues at how to free the glass. I have tried to turn the dish but ...
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Insulation challenge - exposed wood beams with 6" tongue/groove slats on top form ceiling with attic above

1950s Los Angeles ranch style house with 32F lows in winter and 95-115F highs in summer. Ceiling above family room has exposed 6x6 wood beams with 1x6 pine tongue and groove slats resting on top. ...
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2x4 trusses and 5/8 drywall ceiling

Here's what I have; 50 year old construction. 2x4 trusses, spaced 22" centers (2nd floor). Running 28ft in length with a beam in the middle (14ft). For my ceiling I have nailed up 1" blueboard (Hard ...
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Hide fiberglass insulation in ceiling next to stone wall

I'm pretty inexperienced to say the least, so bear with me. In my basement, the previous owners stuffed a bit of the pink insulation between the wall and ceiling but left it exposed. I don't ...
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Drip leak on ceiling right above toilet. Can't nail down the source

So, I have a few drops of water showing up on my first level ceiling right about where the bathrooms are on the second level. On the second level I have two bathrooms - back to back (and the toilets ...
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What is causing these ceiling cracks?

So I recently purchased this home and moved in about four months ago. These cracks have been showing up and slowly spreading. I don't remember them being present during inspection or during walk ...