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I'm not an expert on this but that ceiling looks pretty bad. Your big mistake was getting a painter to repair the ceiling and not a plasterer. Painters can patch but doing an entire ceiling takes a special skill set. You can try sanding the living hell out of it to smooth it out or get someone who specialized in plastering.


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I wouldn't do it. Even a 35-lb. fan needs to be connected to a solid structure, such as the house's framing. Those strips are often used in my area, and are typically not considered part of the house structure. They are likely just strong enough to support the ceiling (a static, distributed load)--not an overhead vibrating point load. One thought: how ...


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Ok a few issues with what you're doing. Retrofit led trims are not designed or listed to be installed outside of a recessed light housing. Especially if it's in direct contact with insulation. The metal can housing has two very important safety features that you simply can't do without. First, there is a thermo protection device that kills power to the ...


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If this were my project I would run 2x4"s on the ceiling perpendicular to the existing separating walls and tie into those 2x4's for the wall you want to finish. When the wall is built up to the ceiling I would then add a new ceiling to cover the new 2x4"s. You did not say if your bathroom has a shower or just a sink and toilet. Since you are ...


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There do exist removable plumbing access covers with a spring latch mechanism. They're easy to install and remove, but generally smaller than the opening here and wouldn't work out well. Larger access doors are often metal with a nice frame, but it looks like you need something about 33" long -- that might be both costly and hard to find. More than ...


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Yes that wall has the appearance of being a bearing wall: the header above the doorway is solid joists terminate on top of the wall, especially with no hangers to the other joist That first living room joist as it stands now is almost certainly not up to the task of carrying the loads of all these kitchen joists. That said, all hope is not lost -- it'll ...


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