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Old 02-05-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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Repair Fixture Hole in Ceiling


I want to replace my 5" light fixture and put in a smaller 3" recess light -- is there a way to repair the hole in a ceiling that the 5" fixture will leave? I know how to do this with dry wall, but my ceiling is made of a much thicker "sheet roock type" material... what is it and how to I repair a hole?

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Can you post any pics of your thick ceiling material?

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It's repaired with Drywall tape and compound. Basically, you have to slowly fill in the hole. After several coats and sanding, you draw out the hole size desired, then score the line with a utility knife.
Last, cut out the shape with your utility knife or router.
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ok thanks - do you have idea what material ceilings are made of tho? It is much thicker than dry wall (like double the thickness) - but I can tell the material is the same.
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Sounds like plaster and plaster board. Usually about 3/4" thick. I just patched some of this last week. Atlantic is correct. Same technique as drywall.
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