I am looking for information about leaky roofs and ceilings. Our roof has water leaks in the rain. The ceiling is made of acoustic tiling and the tiles are starting to pull apart and crack. The ceiling is stained with water damage and leaks when it rains in three locations in the house. How long will it be before the ceiling collapses or the tiles start to fall? If you've ever been in this situation, what was the timeline and what different events occurred as the ceiling went from "OK" to "On the Floor"?
I've worked in a couple of old wooden buildings in downtown Toronto. The interiors look like this, more or less. Little hard black bits occasionally fall from the ceiling, about the size of sand grains. They are hard. Sometimes they land in my lunch. Any idea what they might be? I'm guessing some kind of preservative, maybe creosote?
I own a small one-bedroom condo in a medium-sized building with no insulation. I can hear all of my neighbors (upstairs and next door) all the time. I don't want to tear down all of the drywall in my unit, and I've heard that open cell spray foam insulation can be used in finished drywall to help reduce noise. Does it? [more inside]
We live in a high-rise condo in Miami with concrete ceilings/floors. We'd like to swag a pendant light to hang directly above a dining table. This would involve drilling a single hole in the concrete ceiling to install a hook for swagging the light, which weighs approximately 7 lbs. Help me decide whether or not this is a good idea and if I can do it without a hammer drill and with minimal fuss. Let's assume the landlord is ok with this. [more inside]
I want to hang a projector screen from my ceiling, and I can't locate the studs. I have a magnetic stud finder, but it doesn't seem to be picking anything up. [more inside]
I'd like to hang my bike upside down from two hooks in the ceiling. This is in a condo in Miami with 1/2" drywall over metal stud framing. I was able to examine the studs by removing a vent cover and they seem awfully flimsy to me, so I'm wondering what would be the simplest and safest method for doing this. The bike weighs about 22.5 lbs. [more inside]
I know you guys are not my doctor etc, I'm just wondering whether the hive mind thinks this is worthy of a doctor's appointment or not. [more inside]
Dear husband asked for advice about our ice dams last week. Our entreaties were ignored by the Ice Lord and we have a full on leaky ice dam that has really messed up our first floor bathroom ceiling and probably more. What now? Three specific questions inside. [more inside]
Florists, gardeners, green-thumbs, I have a floral ceiling medallion that I want to paint in pastel colors. Link to imgur album. I know these might not be real flowers but what do they remind you of? [more inside]
The metal ceiling grate/register immediately over the bed is precariously loose. The thought of this thing crashing down onto my head at night is... keeping me up at night. I need an adhesive - stat! [more inside]
Our family room has a really ugly, broken fluorescent light fixture installed flush in the ceiling. Help me figure out how to cover it up. [more inside]
I'm interested in projecting a device's output (HDMI, Thunderbolt, whatever) onto the ceiling for truly lazy reading or movie watching while in bed. Is this possible? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
What should Australian property owners and potential buyers be wary of in regards to USA's credit rating going down? [more inside]
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]
What are these spikes on the ceiling in the parking garage? [more inside]
I have lights above my bed that look like this, and when turned on they are far too bright for me. How can I make the lighting dimmer and more relaxed? [more inside]
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]
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?
My popcorn ceilings contains asbestos and I'm wondering how should we deal with it? [more inside]
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]
Have you ever hung curtains from the ceiling? How did you do it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How was this ceiling constructed? And what are these "lines" running in it for? [more inside]
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]
It's raining in Philadelphia and in the living room. What should we do? [more inside]
Can you identify the ceiling lamp here, particularly who makes and sells/distributes it?
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.
What's the best and easiest way to sand and repaint a ceiling? [more inside]
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]
Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
Why are department store ceilings so high? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Has anyone here had any success in reattaching the headliner (ceiling fabric) to their car? [more inside]
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...
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]
Can the HOA make me ultimately responsible for their drama ? [more inside]
What do I do about the rats living in my roof? Without leaving decomposing rat corpses above my ceiling? [more inside]
My bathroom ceiling fell down today, only to reveal a huge water leak and an even nastier mould farm. Help! [more inside]
What's the easiest way to wash a ceiling? [more inside]
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