Questions tagged [ceiling]

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Help identify ceiling board

Recently a tree fell on my roof and some water got into the attic and dripped through cracks between the boards that make up my living room ceiling. I've pulled and trashed the damp installation, ...
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How to fix this water damage to ceiling?

Please see the picture, what's the best strategy to fix this? The skin which is quite thick is peeling off but the back end is quote solid. I have stopped further water leakage. Should I be cutting ...
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Fixing Chimney leak and ceiling damage

I got a quote from contractor to fix chimney leaking water during rain to ceiling. There is drywall damage to ceiling too as result. What he is recommending is ripping off the roof 2 feet around the ...
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Ceiling drywall nail rusted (new construction)

What would cause a nail to be rusted like this in the drywall ceiling of a new home (built 2019)? Is there anything specific I should request our builder to repair other than just painting over the ...
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Extremely low suspended ceilings? (NEC)

Here are the key points: Condo in NYC with concrete ceilings Recessed lighting "Exactly" The ceiling is to be dropped by only 2-1/2" The light in mind is a 1-1/4 LED light (Extremely low profile) Ex: ...
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issues wiring ceiling fan with remote and 2 switches

I've done some basic wiring but seem to be in over my head on figuring this one out. We have a solarium the had a ceiling light fixture and a switch at each end of the room. I removed the light and ...
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Does a ceiling fan switch make a ceiling fan slow with buzzing noise?

I replace my 6 year old ceiling fan because of really weak speed in any setting and of course the noise but apparently the new one makes the same i just check the voltage when the fan is on speed off ...
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Install Vintage Ceiling Light Fixture

We purchased a vintage ceiling light fixture in Europe and I’m trying to figure out how to mount it. I’ve attached photos below. It seems to have a sort of hickey attached to the end of the post ...
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Find joists in plaster ceiling

My plaster ceiling is cracking and the advice I’ve gotten is to cover it with dry wall. The issue I’m having is how to locate the joists in the ceiling. Is there an easy way to do this to make sure ...
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Non remote controlled ceiling fan turns off and on by itself

I have a ceiling fan that we turn on each night as we go to bed. During the night it turns off for an intermittent amount of time and then back on by itself. It is not a ceiling fan with a remote ...
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Part 2 - What sort of ceiling fan support do I need where I can't find framing?

I am return and resume to work on my ceiling fan in the dining room. Last August of 2018, I tried to put it up but the support bar is different than others. I did not know what to do until I saw a ...
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How should I repair the cracks in my ceiling before painting?

I want to repaint my ceiling, but I can’t quite tell what’s going on. Is there a layer of drywall? Plaster? What should I do if I just want to repaint?
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How to laser-level close to a surface

Many self-leveling lasers, including my Bosch GCL 2-160, have a limitation when used to level a ceiling or a floor: the horizontal laser beam often cannot get within several inches of the ceiling or ...
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How can I prepare an uneven beam to be wrapped with wood?

We are doing a complete update of a 1975 home. The issue we can't figure out is in the living room. There is a drywall-wrapped beam at peak of vaulted ceiling that is 24' long. We want to wrap it with ...
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Tiling shower ceiling next to drop ceiling

I'm installing a tile shower. I have cement board attached directly to my joists on my basement ceiling. I am about to tile this, and I am installing a drop ceiling after the shower is finished. How ...
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want to install new led lights but they have aluminum wires , can i join to copper wiring with merrits?

can I use ordinary wiring merits to join aluminum and copper wire together to wire up led flush mount lights. Is there a product that will protect the joining of aluminum wiring and copper wiring ?
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How to Approach Fixing a Roof Leak When Drywall is Rotted Out?

My parents house has a leak in the roof that hasn't been takan care of for a few years and has pretty much destroyed the drywall in the affected region. What strategy should I use to repair the leak? ...
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Integrating moldings with coffered ceilings

I am working on a renovation and thinking about having a coffered ceiling. The room is 17x23 with a 10'5" from the subfloor to the joists. The problem is that if I put a crown molding below the ...
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Wiring new ceiling fan/light

I installed a new ceiling fan/light combo. I have two wall switches. (one for fan, one for light). I don't want a remote. I did not use the control box(remote operated brain box) that came with the ...
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Hanging a ceiling lamp from reinforced concrete; what tool do I need to avoid rebar?

I'm trying to hang a ceiling lamp from what appears to be a reinforced concrete ceiling. My anchors require a 40 mm deep hole, but I don't succeed in drilling more than about 35 mm deep with my ...
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Adding ceiling joists to workshop shed

I'm adding a 10x10 (100 ft sq) shed workshop to my yard. Walls are 2x4, 16"OC. Rafters are 2x6, 24"OC. I will be insulating the shed and adding climate control so I can use it year round. I'm in ...
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Ideas to hang five polycarbonate squares to ceiling

I have five plastic (polycarbonate) squares that I need to hang / attach them to the ceiling (concrete). They can touch the ceiling, or have little (maximum 2 inches) gap between the square and the ...
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Remove silicone stain from ceiling

I made a mistake and ended up with a very light coat of cured silicone spread in the ceiling. So looking at an angle, this ceiling area is shining. I can't just scrap it off because it very thin and ...
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Beam dimension determination

What would be the minimum solid-wood beam dimension to support a 10' span supporting 10' floor joists only for a non-bearing wall area. (ie: we are removing interior wall between a kitchen and dining ...
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Are These Ceiling Stains From Cigarette Smoke?

We purchased a home recently and there is a lot of discoloration on the ceiling of the living room. Can someone tell me based on the photo below, if you can tell what would have caused these stains? ...
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lower the sheen of acrylic paint? (flat isn't flat enough)

We have a flat paint we love and wanted to paint the ceiling the exact color. Even though it's flat, it has more sheen than we'd like for a ceiling paint. I've done a bit of research and have ...
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Electrical wiring for this ceiling lamp with many bulbs?

I saw this ceiling lamp on the internet, and I thought I would try to build it. I'm trying to be more DIY, but anything related to electrical is new to me. This question is related to the electrical ...
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Repair Ceiling Hole for Round old work ceiling box

I am replacing an old light that was above my sink and the box was so brittle it broke and I could not mount the new light. I removed the "new work" box and the drywall around it crumbled. Now the ...
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My ceiling light won't turn off, how do I wire it up correctly? (UK)

My living room has two ceiling lights controlled by one (dimmer) switch. I've removed the old fixture, disconnected the wiring and unfortunately forgot to take a picture of how the black / blue / red ...
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Does anyone make larger torsion spring clips for recessed lighting fixtures?

I've got recessed LED fixtures in the dining room. (Juno IC22 housings.) They were installed after the old plaster ceiling had been removed, so they're fastened to the joists with telescoping bar ...
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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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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 ...