Looking for advice.
I have a great job, great quality of life, but no career potential whatsoever.
I want to move jobs and stay in my industry but have been told alternately: too expensive, not qualified or way-too-experienced-for-entry-level. Snowflake details (and tl:dr) inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 29, 2014 -
What we thought would be a simple ceiling fan install has turned in to a stumper. After removing the existing fixture and light box we find the lightweight brace for the previous light to be a pain to remove. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas
on Jun 5, 2014 -
I'm looking for a ceiling light fixture for my kitchen that has 5 or 6 (or more) cords coming from a central plate, each terminating in a light socket. The cords are long, say 6-8 feet, so that downlights can be hung as desired around the room.
I could probably custom fabricate this whole setup myself, but it would be great not to have to. Have you seen anything that looks like what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist
on Jan 28, 2014 -
I'm hoping to hang a heavy sliding door system from the old lath and plaster ceiling. Are bolts screwed straight up into the wood going to be enough support--or will they just pull out?
All the information I can find on sliding, barn door style systems show the rail support being screwed into a wall. But I was able to buy some ceiling brackets, so that must be "another" way. I can't bolt from above, so: am I asking for trouble screwing straight up into the wood, and expecting the bolts to support a 10-foot track and two 4x8 doors?
posted by largecorp
on Dec 14, 2013 -
I'm painting a wall dark blue and re-doing the ceiling in white. The place where wall and ceiling meet is very
uneven, and I'd like a nice clean line between the two. This seems to be a pretty common problem, and the standard solution seems to be creating a neat line somewhere other than the actual wall-ceiling joint. But some say paint the wall color up a bit onto the ceiling and some say paint the ceiling color down a bit onto the wall. Given the colors I'm dealing with, which will look better?
posted by neroli
on Dec 2, 2013 -
What should Australian property owners and potential buyers be wary of in regards to USA's credit rating going down? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I just noticed what appeared to be a large water leak on the drywall of the ceiling. Upon further inspection, we discovered that somehow a large bottle of industrial strength bleach had leaked in the attic (please don't point out what a bad idea it is to store large bottles of industrial strength bleach in the attic... we had no idea it was up there and have never seen the bottle before tonight). [more inside]
posted by raspberrE
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Looking for plain shades for light bulbs in the ceiling. Having a heck of a time finding the right search terms to find something to buy something online. Pictures and details inside. [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Jul 15, 2013 -
I recently moved into a loft in a really nice building. One issue I'm up against is that I am not permitted to drill any holes in the walls or concrete ceiling.
I have been using the 3M Command strips and hooks and they work well for small things.
However, even the hooks rated for 3 lbs failed to hold my very light-weight surround speakers.
I also have a display case for my shot glass collection that weighs 21 lbs before even adding the glasses to it. I am thinking that may just have to live as a resting, rather than hanging, display.
But I would also like to hang a lightweight pendant style lamp over the area I've set up as my living room. The ceiling does have some concrete protrusions that extend down from it. Would some hardware like a C clamp be solid enough to hang something like that from? Other suggestions? And recommendations for hanging artwork besides the Command products?
posted by mprove
on May 9, 2013 -
My popcorn ceilings contains asbestos and I'm wondering how should we deal with it? [more inside]
posted by ljs30
on Apr 24, 2013 -
All of a sudden, he keeps looking up at the ceiling as if he sees/hears something. He just started doing this a couple weeks ago, and has done it several times an hour since. Can metafilter supply me with a more plausible answer than what googling has lead me to? So far my top leads are yahoo answers posts about ghosts, so I'm sure y'all can do better. Has he just lost his little cat mind? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake
on Mar 4, 2013 -
My 10' by 10' bedroom has HUGE 14ft ceilings. Most of my floor space is taken up by my queen-sized bed. What interesting things can I do with the extra head space? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics
on Oct 4, 2012 -
We have a whole bunch of larvae on our ceiling only. What are they? Where do they come from? What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Brainy
on Sep 19, 2012 -
I live in a 1993-construction modified cape-style house, in New England. Three floors, ~1900 square feet. The rim joists in the (unfinished, unheated) basement have been air-sealed with Great Stuff expanding foam. Do I really want or need fiberglass batting in the basement ceiling joist bays? [more inside]
posted by ellF
on Aug 13, 2012 -
There is a raccoon nesting in the attic crawlspace above my apartment. It is loud. What is the usual process for removing it, and how can I convince my landlord to be responsible for that process? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Apr 15, 2012 -
We need to finish the ceiling in our basement bedroom as cheaply as possible, and with as much soundproofing as possible, and have no idea how to do it. [more inside]
posted by VioletU
on Dec 24, 2011 -
How was this ceiling constructed? And what are these "lines" running in it for? [more inside]
posted by ish__
on May 15, 2011 -
I hear the pitter-patter of little feet. No, there's no BabyCres on the way. Rather, we have mice, or some sort of animal, in our ceiling. Halp. [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Jan 27, 2011 -
I'm hunting for a ceiling light for my kitchen... I really like the way light tables look, and want to find one (2' x 3' or so, with a wooden frame, available in, or shippable to, Toronto) that I can invert and hang from my ceiling. Google has failed me. Help?
Note: doesn't actually have to be a light table. Could be a fixture that looks like a light table. That would be preferable, actually.
posted by lizifer
on Oct 13, 2010 -
Advice on a ceiling leak/damage issue? We own a condo on the 2nd floor of a building.
A few weeks ago, we noticed a stain on the bathroom ceiling, getting bigger. We called the property manager, and he sent the groundskeeper up to have a look. The guy looked at the ceiling and was like "yep, it looks like there's a leak." Then he reached up and pushed on the ceiling with his fist, and it left an indentation in the ceiling because the ceiling had become soft. That was about 2 weeks ago. Since then we heard nothing. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny
on May 11, 2010 -
Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
posted by jal0021
on Mar 19, 2010 -
Pimp my ceiling! The prior owner had 4 parrots and I want to ditch the fowl acoustical tile in my living room. Is there any source for pressed tin (or a reasonable fake) or wainscot that won't leave me squalking? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree
on Sep 2, 2009 -
The previous owner of my house lowered the ceilings to save energy. I hate them. If I take the new ceilings down, will my energy bills go up that much? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp
on Aug 9, 2009 -
Can anybody suggest an inexpensive video camera that can be mounted to the ceiling of a Jazz Club, in order to give the patrons in another room, a view of the stage via Television monitor. [more inside]
posted by JamesMCS
on Aug 3, 2009 -
Has anyone here had any success in reattaching the headliner (ceiling fabric) to their car? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Jun 26, 2009 -
I'm finishing my house and want to install 3/4" bead board ceiling and in all the places that I look for install help and instruction(this old house, hgtv.com, oldhouseweb.com, etc) people are quoting $1-1.50/sq. foot. Does anyone know where in MN I can find quality 3/4" bead board ceiling for that price, everything i'm finding is $3-4 from specialty mills, and the stuff priced around $1/sq at the big box stores(Home Depot, Lowes and Menards) is for the thinner wall stuff, and is usually VERY poor quality with lots of knots.
I just watched this video at HGTV
and they put up some pretty nice looking stuff and quoted $1.50/sq I don't believe it one bit...
posted by Mesach
on Apr 9, 2009 -
My apartment has a ceiling sprinkler system and one of the heads that has descended slightly from the ceiling. Should i worry that the sprinkler head will go off? [more inside]
posted by slhpatterson
on Jan 29, 2009 -
What do I do about the rats living in my roof? Without leaving decomposing rat corpses above my ceiling? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper
on Jan 13, 2009 -
My bathroom ceiling fell down today, only to reveal a huge water leak and an even nastier mould farm. Help! [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb
on Sep 11, 2008 -
In our home we have two interesting light fixtures
consisting of draped crystal pendants. They stand out a bit from the bare and somewhat boring ceiling. We'd like to add a ceiling medallion
to create a little more visual balance but I can't find one with a large enough hole. Has anyone had any luck finding a medallion with a hole diameter of 12" or so?
posted by lyam
on May 3, 2008 -
Anyone have any magic for removing the "popcorn" from my bathroom ceiling?
posted by Zebtron
on Jan 2, 2008 -
The movers put a big gouge in my living room ceiling. This is sad and annoying, but leads to a burning question: what the hell kind of ceiling do I have? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk
on Aug 24, 2007 -
How to fix acoustic ceiling panels and their light fixtures. Our low basement ceiling (maybe 6' high) is a frequent casualty of college parties and the drunken men that attend them. Panels are knocked out and two fixtures have fallen. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger
on May 15, 2007 -
Whereabouts can I find an affordable artisanal chandelier round about Calgary?
posted by converge
on May 4, 2007 -
So there I was, running cable through the celing, and all of a sudden this stuff starts pouring out. Think of what happens when you invert an hourglass; but instead of sand rushing out, it was this junk that looked like wooden perlite. [more inside]
posted by portabella
on Mar 4, 2007 -
What constitutes normal water damage/leakage in an old house? Is there a way to convince my otherwise very responsive landlord that my flooded bedroom is not, in fact, normal? [more inside]
posted by timory
on Nov 24, 2006 -
DIY.filter: I have a converted attic with acoustical tiles attached to the ceiling. Does anyone have any thoughts on mudding over them or covering them up with something to update the look? [more inside]
posted by retro88
on Oct 9, 2006 -
I need some advice about house structure/frame problems. I don't know if it is foundation or what. But we are having issues with seams in our ceiling and walls. I have no Bob Villa in me at all. [more inside]
posted by dios
on Dec 13, 2005 -