Questions tagged [ceiling]

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How do I remove a panel from the ceiling of my side porch?

I have an uncovered side porch attached to the my brick ranch home. I noticed that parts of my roof are sagging and it is getting worse. I also noticed that some flashing around my chimney looks bad ...
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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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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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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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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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Anyone know what this paper backing under this ceiling texture is?

I'm hoping someone knows what appears to be some kind of paper backing under ceiling texture is. Some areas are just peeling right off. Mainly around cracks. Other areas are very difficult and it ...
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Ceiling fan wire if confusion

I’m trying to install a new ceiling fan. I’m having a bunch of difficulties. There are two wall switches that control the lights. Out of the ceiling there are 5 wires a ground bare copper 3 white one ...
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Filling gaps between concrete and roofing

I'm new to this stackExchange and very glad that this stack exchange exists! My question is about how do I fill the gaps between the concrete wall and the roof. I want to fill the gaps in order to ...
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Crack in ceiling along where it meets exterior wall. Possible causes, should i be worried?

I live in a victorian end terrace. The ceiling where it meets the exterior wall has cracked over time. It is in the same area where there was some subsidence due to cracked drain but repaired some ...
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Blue electrical boxes extend beyond finished ceiling

My electrician installed the blue light boxes at an angle that does not match my ceiling and they also extend 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the finished ceiling. we planned on 4 inch led gimbal lights to ...
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Ceiling fan has 2 Switches on the Wall

I have two switches on my wall by my bedroom door. Both of them control the fan they both turn on the light and fan. I know in houses black is hot, white is neutral or common and green is ground. I ...
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What is the role of this telescopic pole-looking item in the ceiling?

I've recently viewed a property and done a first pass at the work that will need doing. But, I noticed this in the ceiling of the stairwell and I'm not entirely sure of a few things: What exactly is ...
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Interior painting

My. Maintenance wanted to paint this apartment but the temperature is 28 degrees today, no snow but inside the apartment is no heat,would it be still ok to paint the apartment?
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Drywall ceiling in basement of multi family dwelling required by IBC

In a multi family dwelling is a drywall ceiling required by IBC in basement area below living area? 5/8 X? Property has 9 dwelling units in Baltimore City which uses IBC latest updates 2017. Area of ...
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How do I open this flush mounted light fixture?

Having trouble opening this light fixture to replace bulbs. The blue/white glass appear to be one piece. No visible screws or on base. I tried twisting it open, but whoever installed the box behind ...
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Installing ceiling rack with a LPI32 Plus I Joist Framing.

My garage ceiling has LPI I joists that are 11 7/8 deep and 24 inches on center. Wondering if I can install ceiling racks if the supports run perpendicular to the joists and span and are secured to ...
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Painting chipped surfaces

I have a question regarding painting some chipped ceilings. I have a really old house, and it's been painted several times before I got it. A couple of rooms in my home have LARGE spots of the ceiling ...
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How can I wire up my new light? Old one was a fluorescent strip light

Also if I turn off electric at the mains so no electric in house at all am I quite safe and not likely to electrocute myself? 😳 Thanks
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Hang a plant pot to a concrete ceiling

Having fixed quite a few things to walls in my life, I am about to hang something for the first time to a ceiling. It will be a plant pot weighing below 5 kg. The ceiling is made from concrete. I have ...
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Ceiling light wire/hook up

Hello I hooked up a new ceiling light, There are 3 different color wires. Red,Black,and white, 2 of each color wire. I wired each color wire to there self and then wired the light wires (copper color) ...
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Vapor resistant ceiling fixture installation

I am installing vapor barrier on a ceiling using poly, acoustic sealant, and a vapor-tight ceiling fixture (FN-426-C-V - pictured below). Note the ring of soft foam around the circumference of the ...
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How Can I Make This Indirect Cove Lighting Look?

Just moved in to new house and would love some indirect cove lighting like this in the bedroom I'm decorating...but I'm not sure where to start. I want the box section to protrude around 1ft from the ...
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Ceiling light not turning on?

My ceiling light is not turning on, not sure why? I switched off the circuit breaker where it is getting power from and have re attached the wires to the light fixture. Black wire , white wire and ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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Can these metal ceiling drywall joists be removed?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement with the intention to leave it as an exposed ceiling. Would I be correct in understanding that the metal ceiling joists (highlighted in blue in ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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How can I prevent ceiling stress cracks from coming back?

I have ceiling stress cracks in my dining/living room ceiling, and it's coming time I tried to fix them. I went into the attic and noticed the ridge from the garage that runs into the attic has no ...
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How can I cheaply replace basement ceiling tiles?

I live in Edmonton, Alberta and must replace the old ceiling tiles. I have been told it could cost more money than I have to replace it. Is there a low cost way to do this? I am having the electrical ...
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How to wire an in-celing recessed projection screen

So, I have a in-ceiling recessed projection screen. This sits flush to the ceiling so all projection screen box lives permanently inside the ceiling. However, odly, it ships with a 3 prong electrical ...
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Can I use mixed shellac flakes in place of Zinsser BIN primer?

I have heavy nicotine damage on my ceilings. I want to seal the ceilings and then install a drywall ceiling just below them (with cornices) to cover up the ugly painted "popcorn" texture (I tried ...
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Could there be asbestos in the thick brown paper / card backing above my popcorn ceiling?

I have sent away the popcorn ceiling samples for testing, but didn't tear out any of the brown paperish backing above it. Should I have? Here is an image:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ways to dry out space in wall or ceiling

I am installing recessed lighting into our living room. The ceiling of the room is topped with a flat roof. At one point, there were a handful of leaks in this roof that have since been repaired. ...
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Flat roof, polyurethane sprayed ceiling, holes in a air and vapour barrier

Ok guys, I really made a mess. I hired someone to spray my flat roof garage. I was going to put rockwool, but after researching those issues with flat roofs, i choose SPF closed cell. But it's not ...
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Where in the attic is this ceiling leak coming from?

There are couple of circular spots on the ceiling that are growing slowly and directly on top in the attic are these big metal-like boxes that ducts connect to. I'm not sure what they are. One of ...
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Ceiling fixture wiring

I am putting a new fitting on my ceiling with Line, Neutral, Earth connections, but the wires from the ceiling are black, brown, green and grey. What do I connect the grey wire to? Thanks.
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what to use on my bathroom ceiling

I have a home that has a leak or runs during heavy wind and rain. Nobody can find where it leaks. What can I use on the bathroom ceiling to keep the moisture from coming through and causing mold?
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What are these things that look kind of like sprinklers in my ceiling?

What are these things coming out of my ceiling? They look kind of like sprinklers but I'm told we don't have a fire suppression system of any sort. Are they sprinklers? Mostly placed in the corners ...