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Many times paper is set behind plaster , sometimes 15 lb felt, this did not have asbestos, if it is thicker ground & compressed paper that was used for a while in the 30’s and 40’s that stuff was easy to burn so it probably did not contain asbestos. To know for sure it would need to be tested, panel by encapsulated and then covered would make it safe if ...


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Personally, I'd stop the crown molding at each end of the fireplace with some compound miter end caps unless you're really good with a coping saw. If you run it a couple inches off the ceiling , your recessed lights will leave a shadow at the top of the fireplace. Just my humble opinion.


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I live in the Pacific Northwest where ceiling cable heat used to be very popular. When I have found heating problems with not getting hot enough where it did heat properly in the past it has always been the thermostat with 1 exception. The 1 exception was a parallel cable set in a large room where a swagger lamp toggle bolt was drilled through 1 of the ...


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You have two main issues: 1) crack length of room, and 2) top coat and brown coat separating from scratch coat. 1) When we see cracks running in the middle of a room, it’s usually from undersized ceiling framing. Lumber bends most at the center of a span. If the lumber is undersized, it will deflect excessively and thus cause a crack in brittle materials ...


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The receiver for the remote needs power to work, so you can't fully control it with the switch and the remote. When the switch is off, the receiver will not have any power so it can't turn anything on. So, at a minimum, the switch can turn the light off, but in order to use the remote, you would have to turn the switch on. Another possibility is to not use ...


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This looks like a sponge wipe , it is difficult to match but with practice can be done. I usually add some water to the mud and mix it well then using a large sponge dip the sponge in the mix and try to maintain a similar arc pattern adding mud to the sponge as needed.


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Many ceiling textures are created by putting some mud on the ceiling with a perpendicular motion, then swiping sideways with a trowel ("knock down"). I see some parts of your texture that look like this might be what happened. Other parts of the texture have wide valleys with sharp narrow ridges. Those look to me like they were done very wet or runny. Maybe ...


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If you have wires/cables that run across the top of the attic floor joists, you could build up the joist with ripped 2x4's that would provide another 1-1/2 inch clearance above the joists for the wires. You would have to provide a gap between the added sections of wood to provide a channel for the wires to lay in. Or lay 2x4's flat perpendicular to the ...


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"Because we are installing the res' channel" is parenthetical, "by half an inch" is talking about the ceiling, not the channel. "We are going to be lowering the ceiling (because we are installing the res' channel) by half an inch" "We are going to be lowering the ceiling by half an inch"


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The video narrator misused the term, it has no proper english meaning the way he used it. You are correct in that the depth of the channel itself is only determined by the choice of channel, but an installer could shim a channel to make it drop lower than the manufactured dimension (depth). It would have been more appropriate had the narrator said ...


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That is a 4" deep Octagon Box. It is a standard electrical junction box for mounting lights and other ceilingey things. (not a fan; that takes a reinforced box). Note the single Romex (NM-B) cable entering it. The person is applying a junction box extension ring. They're modestly expensive, especially since, as an obscure item, the big-box stores will ...


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That's an electrical junction box. Likely for a ceiling light, but could also be for a ceiling fan, smoke detector, or anything else mounted on the ceiling that needs power attached.


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I had a similar issue with my brother-in-laws house. It was old and poorly constructed. The ceiling was sagging badly in the middle of the living room, it was almost 3" lower in the middle than the walls!!! Turned out that the joists were terribly over-spanned...like 20' 2x4s. Earlier, he and his wife, not knowing better used the attic space as storage. ...


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Adding a layer of gypsum board over your existing plaster will only be as level as the existing plaster. First, make sure it’s acceptable. Second, you may want to test it to make sure it’s not asbestos. If it is, there’s no special reason to remove it, but you’ll want to be extra careful working in that room until it’s “encapsulated” with the new layer of ...


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The plaster is sagging probably due to issues with some of the lathe boards above it. Those need to be repaired. If you have access above this you could just knock these totally out and reframe with 2x4s. This would probably be the quickest way. As far as mess... You are thinking about this wrong. Demoing might be a mess. Sanding the mud ...


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