Questions tagged [ceiling]

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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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Popcorn ceiling

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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Detached Garage rafter weight load of drywall and insulation

Okay, I made a previous post about this and have determined my original plan is no bueno. For light backstory, I've got a 3 car detached garage 40' x 25' with rafters every 4'OC (pictured below). I'...
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Connecting two joists with a wooden piece to hang a projector screen

I have a projector screen (45lbs) that I have to hang on the ceiling on it's two ends. However the joists on the two ends are not correctly positioned so I can't hang the projector screen where I want ...
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Is my detached garage ceiling capable of handling the load of drywall and insulation?

I'm looking to drywall and insulate my detached 3 car garage that measures 40' x 25'. The ceiling joists are 4' OC and I've realized thay may be a problem. The previous owner contracted a garage ...
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Old diamond metal lath plaster ceiling strength for supporting heavy loads?

I am an avid DIYer and have been renovating a space in an old commercial space from the 1950s. It is a hodge-podge of various building materials over the years. In our space is, from what I gathered ...
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Installing a celling light with 2 black and 1 yellow wire

I moved into this apartment and there were no ceiling lights just bare wires hanging from the ceiling socket. Now i have this light i bought from Ikea which has 2 wires 1 blue (N) and 1 brown(L) and ...
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Mounting ceiling light with screws on side

I bought a new ceiling light that has screw holes on the side. Our previous light had screw holes on the bottom. How can I attach the new light to a regular bracket- or do I need to buy something to ...
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Low profile options for insulating cathedral ceiling

I'm looking to convert an existing screened room into a sun room. Part of that process will be insulating the cathedral ceiling. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of space. Ideally I'd like to get R39 ...
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Power to ceiling light when switch is off

I have changed the old light fixture to a new one. When I turn off the switch the light bulbs have a slight glow in them as there’s still power going to them and stay like this until the light is ...
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Horizontal lines on ceiling, roof leaking

My bedroom's ceiling has been leaking (more like dripping) when it's raining or snow melting, and I highly doubt that the old TV satellite dish caused the roof leaking. (Pic 1) What troubles me more ...
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repair ceiling leak stains

After a heavy rainstorm, I saw stains on the ceiling of one of my rooms. What’s the proper way to repair stains on the ceiling caused by rainwater leak from the roof?
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Is this bulge in my ceiling due to a roof leak?

If the roof had a unknown leak would I notice it, and how? Would it cause damage to the ceiling, and would I easily see water dripping? My concern is this bulge in my ceiling:
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Using ceiling hook with no joist or anchor/toggle? Is it ok to do for string lights? What hook to use?

I've been trying to figure out whether or not it's safe to use regular hooks in the ceiling without a toggle or joist or other reinforcement for lightweight applications. I would imagine there would ...
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How to fix broken screw hole in ceiling box? (re: ceiling light fixture; how to replace the box?)

I was trying to take down the ceiling light above my kitchen table and in the process one of the plastic screw holes in the ceiling box broke: This ceiling box holds a ceiling light (14.2 lbs) so I ...
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Is this normal and should I be concerned about square on my ceiling?

Is this normal and should I be concerned about square on my ceiling? Should I worry about any leaks? I felt the spot and it’s cold to the touch but not soft, no wet. Although I am wondering why it ...
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Run cables through ceiling into attic

I would like to install a wired security camera box in a closet and run the cables up into the attic to the individual cameras. How should the cables penetrate the drywall ceiling? I would like the ...
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Duct work 'pushed' drywall from ceiling, can I jack it up?

Edited original question: Horizontal heating supply stack (4X15) runs between 2x8 joists under bathroom. The take off for the above bathroom register is located 4" from a rectangle to round ...
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Water dripping from the ceiling over a humidifier

Humidity in my house right now 13%, which is normal during winter. I have cathedral ceilings with no attic. It is an older, very large, 100% wood house, log cabin style. I ran 1 gallon humidifier for ...
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Trouble Opening a Fluorescent Light Fixture

My house has an old fluorescent ceiling fixture in the kitchen that probably dates back to a remodel done in the 1980s. The bulbs have gone out and I am having trouble figuring out how to open the ...
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CSST Gas Line is a Couple Feet Too Sort

I'm finishing my basement ceiling which includes building a bulkhead around ductwork, plumbing and two CSST gas lines. When the house was built (2002) the contractors used just enough of the CSST to ...
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Adding two rooms in a basement

The ceiling height in the basement is 78" (under the 7' requirement for bedrooms). I asked an inspector if it would be OK to add two rooms with closets and call them storage rooms when listing ...
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electrical ceiling fan wiring

I am trying to install a ceiling fan that had 2 separate switches to a dual control lutron dimmer switch . I blue wire (hot) directly wired to the blue fan wires. I have a red wire that is in the ...
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Do I have to use crossbars on ceiling lights?

I'm replacing the single bulb ceiling lights with double bulb lights in a 2010 double wide mobile home. The double bulb fixtures were second hand so no instructions, so I wired them exactly like the ...
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Wallpaper on the ceiling, damage to the drywall, what now?

About a month ago, I embarked on a mission to paint my half bathroom. Before I could paint, I had to remove the floor-to-ceiling wallpaper AND wallpaper on the ceiling. I successfully removed the ...
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How to hang exhaust fan with limited amount of space?

Ive added a small bathroom in my basement with a drop ceiling. I have limited amount of space to work with. Is it ok to use chain to hang my exhaust fan?
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What are the causes of these marks on a ceiling?

Every number of years we get these marks on our ceiling - where they get progressively worse. It is a dusty substance, but even a vacuum and wash don’t work longer term which results in a repaint. Any ...
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Can i use Existing Light fitting to power video doorbell?

---UK HOME--- I have the feeling the answer is going to be no but let's see. Currently i only have a light switch and ceiling light in my front porch and no power socket. I want to install a video ...
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Can I smooth a knockdown-textured ceiling with spackle?

I recently had new drywall put up in the top floor of my house to cover a cracked plaster ceiling with popcorn texturing. I used a contractor, and when asked about a texture for the drywall my ...
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Is this a sign of my roof trusses sagging?

There have been cracking/snapping sounds coming from my ceiling. I can't see disturbance with the cornices. However, when I go up into my roof, I found that these hitches (which perpendicularly ...
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Upstairs toilet leaking into ceiling

My upstairs toilet is leaking into the ceiling downstairs only when the water supply is turned on. One company came out and cut a hole in the ceiling and said it is not the water pipe. Another company ...
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How do I get my light fixture to work?

Recently I bought a second hand light fixture off of eBay for the living room. I've had 2 electricians out to mount it and in both cases, the light will not switch on after fixing to the ceiling. ...
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Replacing bulb in Janeiro surface mount ceiling light (not LED)

We had these Janeiro flush mount light fixtures installed 7 years ago - not LED. M10122 is the model number I believe. The light went out and we tried to remove the dome but it did not come off easily ...
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Can I put boards over the drywall ceiling

I want to cover the popcorn ceiling. It has been painted and the ceiling is vaulted. I am thinking about putting up some type of boards such as laminated flooring or a stained pine. Will the ceiling ...
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Hot water valve in the basement (how do I turn it off?)

My tub faucet is leaking. I know how to fix it, But the shut off valve is in the center of basement ceiling and of course it's stuck. But that's not the question. I can approach this valve from ...
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What could have caused these cracks on the ceiling and wall?

Today I went to inspect an an unit which I want to buy but I am concerned as there are visible cracks on the walls and ceiling. The unit is located on the top floor of a 3 storey unit building, is ...
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Hello I am new to electric work. I got these Halo Ultra thin downlight direct ceiling mounts and I need help installing them

The problem is the hole in the ceiling is 7 inch and it doesn't quite fit. Is there anything I can buy to help make it fit the hole in the ceiling or what can I do to make it fit in the hole.
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Will sealing ceiling with foil paper introduce any problems?

At some point I’m going to paint or shellac then paint this ceiling. I’ve covered the cause of the peeling in another question so please don’t worry about that - it’s because of humidity due to not ...
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What to do about water in ceiling from leak?

Some water leaked from my upstairs bathroom into the ceiling of a downstairs bathroom. I noticed it when I saw drips coming from my fan/lighting fixture. I would estimate the amount of water that ...
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What is this coving profile?

This coving is all around my house, but some needs repair and I can't match it. It's a "C" profile with a lip at the bottom. I thought perhaps the lip was a separate picture rail or ...
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How do I remove this light bulb to replace it?

Sorry if this has been asked before - but I cannot figure out how to remove this light bulb to replace it. Any suggestions so I don't break it? thanks!
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Why do a lot of old houses have drop ceilings?

I've been looking at a lot of older home listings in different areas and I'm seeing a lot of drop ceilings in older homes, especially in less populated areas. In my areas drop ceilings are primarily ...
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Is paint enough or do I need to shellac?

The paint from my ceiling has fallen off due to humidity/no extractor fan being used. The exposed white rings are not leaks etc but salt so I’ve been told by a plumber who inspected it. The smell of ...
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Can I add cords to recessed light fixtures to make them portable?

Imagine one of those 4ft led shop lights with a 6 foot plug-in cable that you can get from anywhere. If you had a basement with finished walls and floors but an unfinished ceiling with electrical ...
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Wiring a ceiling light

I've just changed the light fixture in my living room, but I forgot to take a photo first. I have two cables coming through, each with a red, a black, and a green wire in it. A wire had a red sleeve ...
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Do I need to sister this ceiling jost?

A plumber came to push my DWV pipe back so I could decreased my soffit/bulkhead. In the process, he cut a bit into one of my 2x8 ceiling joists. Not ideal. Wondering if I need to sister the whole ...
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Ceiling heat not working right

The ceiling heat in one of my rooms will not come on unless i turn the thermostat up. Once i do that, the heat will not shut off unless i manually turn the thermostat way down. The thermostat clicks ...

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