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Why is the ceiling cracking?

I think you have a leak. There appears to be water damage (the darker areas) around it; that would cause a seam to split or drywall tape to delaminate. Cost is off-topic on this site. You need to get ...
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Can I hang a swing from manufactured "I" joists made of wood?

The answer with I-joists is always "ask the manufacturer." Your image's "Trus Joist TJI 210" is sufficient to figure out the manufacturer, Weyerhaeuser. Since there appears to be ...
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Why is the ceiling cracking?

I agree with the leak assessment, but here's some tips on what's going on The spot in your picture is where the joints of two sheets of drywall were taped (which is the technical term) together with ...
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Help identifying mystery device in ceiling

Google reverse image search for the win! Legrand DA1101 wireless access point
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Should I hire an electrician or handyman to move some lights?

Someone not qualified as an electrician may not modify electrical power circuitry in your home. They'd also not be legally liable in the same way a licensed electrician would. Unless the "move&...
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Is it safe to remove screws from a 4x4 support beam without compromising it?

To add further clarity to FreeMan's answer, removing the screws doesn't change the equation. Any hypothetical weakening occurred when you drove the screws into the wood. At that point, some fibers ...
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Potential Asbestos - Health and Abatement Concerns

Asbestos is not plutonium. Hell, even plutonium is not "plutonium" in that meaning. Let's review the reasons you even give a care about asbestos. Career workers who spent 5-40 years of ...
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Is it safe to remove screws from a 4x4 support beam without compromising it?

Unless you put all the screws within a couple of inches of each other (which would be an issue whether you removed them or not), you will not cause any sort of issue in the beam strength by removing ...
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Installing lights in drop ceiling - do I really need multiple contractors?

This job could be done by a skilled handyman. Or a good DIY project as suggested by another answer here. It really depends on your current skillset. If you get one of those new flat recessed light ...
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Installing lights in drop ceiling - do I really need multiple contractors?

I don't know about your skillset/interest, but this is a good diy project. You take down the old light. You figure out if you have enough wire to easily get to your first pot light. (If not, call an ...
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nail pop in bathroom ceiling

Just one nail is not a safety risk. There drywall is not supposed to be a barrier to water infiltration, so this popped nail will not risk water getting in. Watch out if you see water stains on the ...
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Is it safe to remove screws from a 4x4 support beam without compromising it?

For fasteners with diameter less than 1/4", Chapter 12 of the National Design Specification prescribes zero fastener strength reduction based on fastener spacing and end distance. See 12.5.1.1. I ...
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Installing lights in drop ceiling - do I really need multiple contractors?

Makes sense but in the wrong order. Hire the electrician first. He or she can remove the old lights and rough-in the new ones. After that, yes it's drywall and paint. And from the looks of your ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

You absolutely need to engage an engineer. Ignoring those braces, which may or may not be relevant, your ceiling joists tie the outer walls together and keep them from bowing outward. As an aside, ...
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How to add "partial" ceiling joist to support mini split cassette that needs 16" OC joist

You don't even need full 2x6 here. 2x4 properly aligned should provide adequate support. I would use the proper hangers for the joints. Image source, no endorsement implied Don't think of it as ...
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Why is the paint bulging away from my drywall ceiling?

This definitely looks like water damage to me, Latex paint in particular, as its name implies, is elastic/rubbery, and can hold together pretty well when being pushed from behind, producing this ...
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How would I fix this leaking garage?

...Fix the roof. It's not complicated or mysterious - the roof leaks, so it's wet, and you need to stop that. Which is going to be work if it's a concrete deck ( less if removable pavers so you can ...
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Should I hire an electrician or handyman to move some lights?

Are you looking to have the old junction box obliterated and the ceiling refinished so there's no evidence of it? There's the difference in price. The handyman is simply going to extend wires 3 feet ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

That looks like an old house, with the original roof sheathing made out of boards instead of plywood or OSB. The rafters, however, look like 2x6 or 2x8s and not the usual 5x5 rough sawn lumber with ...
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Is this chandelier installation safe?

I think you misread the instructions in a subtle but important way. They do not say that you can use the ceiling box plus some drywall anchors. They say you must not use the ceiling box at all to ...
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Potential Asbestos - Health and Abatement Concerns

To calm yourself down, take a sample of the removed popcorn ceiling and send it to a lab. It's the only way to know for sure, and it's cheap. Around where I live labs charge $15 to $20 per sample. ...
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How to deal with this water damage when we can’t afford to hire anyone?

The biggest thing is going to be: stop the leak. You have to get into the space under the tub to find out what's leaking. If you cannot access this space under the tub from the side, perhaps cutting ...
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Drywall ceiling repair

Your best bet is to cut away the damaged drywall and install a new patch. After you have your new patch in you should tape the edges an apply a few coats of all purpose mud. Overhead work can be ...
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What to do about some popcorn ceiling that's left in some closet railing

The correct answer: this needs proper abatement. In some areas of the US you can do the abatement yourself as a homeowner, provided you follow some rules around the work. If your area does not allow ...
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Is this surface too rough to plaster over?

No, it's not too rough. I've seen pros deal with far worse effectively. The key is to taper out far enough. You won't resolve this situation with an 8" knife, or even a 12". You want a 16&...
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What are these circles on my ceiling?

First and third look like there was a different light fixture there that had two ceiling mounts. The one poking out from under the current light fixture base strongly supports this idea. If the second ...
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How can I hang heavy things from this drywall and metal ceiling, without cutting drywall?

What you have there is a steel web truss with hat channel attached to the bottom. The hat channel gives you an attachment point for the drywall as it cannot span the 4' spacing that you have between ...
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Is this chandelier installation safe?

So far you have not provided enough information to determine the risk of failure. You say there is a metal box, but what kind of metal box? What was the weight of the fixture that was mounted there ...
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What is this on my ceiling?

The dimples are from the nails used to hold up the drywall. Lath and plaster uses much smaller nails and would unlikely move as described without showing some cracking in the plaster. Nails tend to ...
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Adding an insulated ceiling to my new build garage

You've been misled (though I can't imagine by whom--I've never seen such a warning from anyone I consider knowledgeable). Those trusses (and all similar trusses numbering millions) are absolutely ...
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