Questions tagged [ceiling]

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How can I mount a light to a square junction box?

In my entryway, there is a lighting fixture box that is sticking out of the ceiling drywall. (See attached image below) The box is 4 inch by 4 inch. I assume that it came with some kind of ceiling ...
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How do I reinstall the glass dome on my light fixture?

Can't figure out how to get glass cover back into clips. All three have springs but due to positioning, I can't hold all three fully back and get glass positioned in clips at the same time. I keep ...
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Flat roof with deep Skylights that create heat

The roof has 40x41" skylights which in the desert creates a lot of heat. Will there be a problem later if the opening at the ceiling is drywalled and sealed?
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How much weight can threads hold?

I'm building a pot rack that will hang from my ceiling and I want to make sure it is secure. I rigged up a hanging apparatus that consists of a 1/2" x 12" bolt, two lock nuts, a 3/8" pipe floor ...
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How do I find out what is under this ceiling cover for hanging a Charleston/Joshua Swing?

First time poster here, I'm the second homeowner, the original homeowner has reported this is an addition, that they only had a deck. The company that built it is no longer in business. The County ...
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3 cables into a 2 switch box

My breaker keeps tripping because of this wiring and/or faulty switches and now with a new switch, my ceiling fan won’t turn but the light still works and it still trips. I’m trying to figure out how ...
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Steel beams for 22' interior clear span

I am building a ceiling under an existing roof, covering an area of 22' x 28'. This rectangle will be supported at the two ends of the 22' run, as well as, optionally, one or possibly two ends of the ...
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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How should I prepare an already painted plasterboard ceiling?

We are repainting the interior of our whole house. We start with the ceiling of each room and the newer ceilings where gyprock has been used we don't have a problem. The older ceilings that are made ...
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Ceiling hole on top floor apartment

I have this ugly hole in the hallway ceiling: It's a top floor flat, in a a very old building in the UK (5 floors in total). If you look closely, you can see that there is some metal tube in the ...
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What is recommended method for mounting chandelier canopy that has 2 screws?

I want to mount a chandelier canopy like this one to the ceiling. You'll notice the hole on the left and the hole on the right. The way this assumingly is supposed to work is that you have the ...
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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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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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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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