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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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Hang indoor swing chair BETWEEN two ceiling joists

I purchased one of those indoor hanging swing chairs for kids, specifically this one, which is meant to be mounted in the ceiling with a single eye bolt. I want to hang this in a 38" space, between ...
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I have a potted plant (approx 5kg/10lbs) that I wish to hang from a drywall ceiling of a window aisle. Unfortunately, I have no idea about what specific kind of drywall plate it is or how it was ...
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What is the best method of hanging drywall on ceiling?

I am hanging more drywall and will be doing a basement ceiling. I generally start in a corner and work my way out. I use glue on the joists and then drywall screws. Is the glue needed? I learned ...
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Strange mud-like formation on ceiling

I live on 4th floor of a seven-storey building. It's been a month since I noticed these strange things growing on my ceiling. It looks like mud when observed closely. At first I cleared it with brush ...
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How do I meet the 7 feet high ceiling requirement after finishing the basement?

My basement ceiling joists are exactly 7 feet above the concrete slab. The requirement for finished living space is 7 ft from the finished floor to the finished ceiling. Since I'll loose a couple of ...
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How can I fix the noise level in my home?

When anyone walks above me in our two level home it sounds like a herd of elephants stomping through. Is there any way to fix this?
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What is the best way to remove popcorn from the ceiling?

What is the best solution for removing popcorn from the ceiling if I want to get it to look smooth afterwards? Edit: thanks for your answers! Would you estimate that replacing the drywall on the ...
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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Can I leave drywall floating in the corners of my basement ceiling?

I was planning on installing drywall on my basement ceiling and realized that I have nothing to screw the drywall on after the last joist. On one corner of the room there is 12 inches from the last ...
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I have this light and I don't know how to open it

I would like to replace the bulb and I don't know how to do it. I tried pulling the clips on the side out, but they don't budge. Then I tried to unscrew the clips off (hence the third picture), but ...
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How can I paint over a ceiling after there's been a leak?

We had a leak in our upstairs bathroom, about 2 weeks after we had a new ceiling put up and painted in the room below. It wasn't a major leak, but it caused quite a wide line to show up on the ceiling....
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Are these drywall screws driven too deep into the sheet?

First off, I apologize for the asking and deleting my previous question about this. I thought it was more of a dupe of this question that I asked a while back. I'll be more central to the actual ...
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Should we skim-coat or drywall over a textured plaster wall to smooth it out?

Our new house has textured plaster walls that my wife and I don't like. We originally wanted to skim coat the walls to smooth them out, but a contractor suggested that we could put up drywall over it ...
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White marks on garage ceiling

I just moved to a new house, and noticed those white marks on my garage. Does anyone know what's behind them? I would like to install a ceiling rack in my garage. Should I install it on the white ...
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How can I change the bulb in this three-clawed, ceiling-mounted dome light fixture?

I am having trouble retrieving the light bulb in this fixture: I tried bending the claws to release the dome, but that did not work. I tried twisting the whole fixture many times in either direction, ...
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Can I hang a heavy weight from a concrete ceiling if I reinforce it with fiberglass?

I'm investigating the possibility of hanging a pull-up bar/ rock-climbing training board from the concrete ceiling in my apartment. The slab is 180mm (7inches) thick and the (static) weight which I ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?

I installed two new recessed LED light fixtures using 4" new construction IC housings. The problem is that both fixtures are not flush against the ceiling after installation, they are dipping down on ...
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How can I make low ceilings appear taller?

I am having my basement remodeled. The ceiling is about 6'6 recessed lighting has already been installed. I would like to know what I can do do make the ceiling appear taller.
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How can I seal the gap around a bathroom exhaust fan?

I've got my exhaust fan installed in the ceiling of the bathroom, now I'm wonder how best to seal the gap around it. The fan housing is obviously sheet metal, and the ceiling has the plastic vapor ...
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Can I install recessed lighting in vaulted ceiling with 6" rafters?

I would like to install recessed lighting in my vaulted ceiling. One contractor I spoke with suggested not doing that because the rafters are shallow (only 6 inches), which does not leave much room ...
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Should drywall used on a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used on walls?

Should drywall used in a ceiling be of a different weight/grade than drywall used in walls? We are demoing a closet this weekend, and will need to repair the remaining drywall in a few places.
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Can I install drywall on the ceiling, without removing crown molding?

I'm in the process of replacing a failing plaster ceiling in my finished basement with drywall. I originally had intended only to scrape down the popcorn finish and have it skim coated, so I did not ...
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Screws in ceiling

Can anyone tell what these screws in my upstairs ceiling are for? There are three drilled into a joist, about 1.5 ft from a window. I would guess they are for some style of curtain rod. But I don'...
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Can you paint a ceiling that has acoustical texture??

My guess is that a paint sprayer might be easiest, but are the other ways that won't remove the texture?
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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 do I cut drywall on the ceiling accurately?

I want to cut the drywall on the ceiling accurately. The thing is that the drywall is thick and it is on the top. I have to stand on the ladder; one hand use utility knife and the other hand hold the ...
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Should I install drywall panels parallel or perpendicular to ceiling joists?

I am going to be putting drywall up on my ceiling soon and I am not sure which is the best orientation\layout for the drywall. The ceiling joists run horizontal to the following images. The section ...
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Increase size of ceiling joist compromise roof strength?

I am in the middle of renovating my home and discovered a major problem in my livingroom. The room is 20 feet by 20 feet (400 sq ft) and the ceiling is built out of 2x4s spaced 24 inch on center. Each ...
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Why are there two layers of dry wall in my ceiling, and how can I patch it?

The fan in my bathroom died. We bought a replacement that's a bit bigger. The original was nailed to a beam in the ceiling and required me to cut out some drywall to remove. When removing the old fan,...
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What should I look for when choosing faux tin ceiling tiles?

My fiancee really likes the look of the faux tin ceilings. We found some in Home Depot, but they are 20$ for each 18" x 24" pane. For a moderate sized room, this will be a LOT of money to do one ...
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How can I be sure all the asbestos particles are gone?

So we got rid of the popcorn ceiling that had asbestos. Now my wife is worried about the particles that might still be lingering in the air. How long until it settles down? Wet-mopping, HEPA vacuuming ...
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How do I repair a drywall ceiling when there is blown in insulation above?

I was finishing the space above a garage. The space was buried in blown in cellulose insulation and we framed in some walls, laid a subfloor, and finished the room. During framing two different ...
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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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How do I install this flush-mount ceiling light?

I bought a new flush-mount ceiling light and am having a tough time figuring out how to get it installed. The instructions that came with it are completely useless. Here are all of the pieces that ...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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What do I need to use one winch motor independently on several different cables (for overhead storage)?

I'm almost-nearly-started on installing a bunch of motorized ceiling-storage platforms in my garage. I was researching which winch/hoist to buy when I realized that I'd rather not buy one electric ...
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What type of screws would work best for hanging a projector from the ceiling?

I installed a projector and a screen a few days using toggle bolts in my drywall ceiling. One of the anchors didn't open all the way up, and the screen fell. So, I searched here, and quickly came to a ...
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What size of ceiling joists should I use

We started remodeling the 2nd floor this last fall, starting with a spare bedroom, but between our day jobs and the holidays, we ran out of time, stopping short of dry-walling - the room is sealed and ...
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Installing spotlights but hole in ceiling is too big

I bought 4 of these bad boys which I want to attach to my concrete ceiling (Oriel Baril LED Adjustable Spotlight). They are pretty lightweight. Mounting cup diameter is 80mm However, the mounting ...
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How can I locate and repair a leak?

We recently bought a 100 year old house that stood uninhabited for 18 months prior to our move. Everything had been properly winterized for the cold winter months (Temperatures can reach -40 C) and ...
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What should I do with insulation in basement ceiling?

I am fixing up my basement, and to make it seem bigger- we decided to remove the drop ceiling and are going to have the exposed ceiling and duct work sprayed black. There is some insulation around ...
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Place drywall joint at sagging truss center or overlap?

I added a 10'x15' room and am preparing to hang drywall when I noticed the center of the engineered roof truss (15' span) is sagging slightly. The 2x4 trusses have a joint in the bottom center. If I ...
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Should I repair floor joists that have cracks or holes?

The floor joists in my unfinished basement of a 1950s house have nails that the previous owner probably used to hang items on. Many of the nails have caused the floor joists to split. I've been ...
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Thin walls means lots of noise

My bedroom is directly under my neighbors living room, he has crazy hours and I find myself waking up constantly. I tried talking to him and he's trying his best but it's just not good enough. What ...
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How do I fix my kitchen ceiling?

How do I fix my kitchen ceiling? I have the ceiling covering peeling off. It has exposed cracks where water has possibly come through from the tiles above. So, how do I fix my kitchen ceiling?
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What are chances of split/weakened joists from ceiling hanging hardware?

I was supposed to hang some stuff to make space in the garage. So I started indiscriminately screwing a bunch of crap into the joists. Now I realized that I was stupid in my haste. How do I evaluate ...
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How do I splice a drywall metal outside corner bead?

When re-finishing my ceiling (formerly popcorn, now smooth) I had some trouble with the edge of the tray ceiling in the master bedroom. Since the length of the tray was longer than a standard metal ...
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Splicing electric in attic properly

I am installing ceiling lights on my attic that has only fiberglass insulation. I needed to splice some cables half way to the fixture box. I just want to verify that I've done so properly. Here is ...

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