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Old 12-13-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Recessed lighting in a ranch - how to?


I'm moving into a ranch house that has more than what was needed in the attic for insulation. I wanted to add some recessed lighting and I know I need to look at IC fixtures.. My question is - How do I successfully add these fixtures? Can I actually get up in the attic and move around? From what I can gather (I haven't looked yet, I close in a month) there is just a ton of blown insulation up there. I don't think my weight would be supported, even though I'm 160lbs.

I'm a first time home buyer and would appreciate any help. Thank you!

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I'm moving into a ranch house that has more than what was needed in the attic for insulation. I wanted to add some recessed lighting and I know I need to look at IC fixtures.. My question is - How do I successfully add these fixtures? Can I actually get up in the attic and move around? From what I can gather (I haven't looked yet, I close in a month) there is just a ton of blown insulation up there. I don't think my weight would be supported, even though I'm 160lbs.

I'm a first time home buyer and would appreciate any help. Thank you!
The joists in the attic should support your weight. Just don't go stepping through the sheetrock. If there is an accessible attic, then you can do pretty much what you want, within limits.

The actual specifics will be determined after you get a good look at the real thing, and post back here.

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Old 12-13-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Listen light weight, I'm a heavy guy, although I won't say how heavy; and I have been in every climb and place in my attic. And I have a ranch style, with vaulted ceilings, 2x4 joists that are spaced about 24" in most places, with trusses. So to answer your question, be a man and get up there. In all seriousness, you should be fine, but I am super safety conscious and it took me a while to get the courage to walk the first five feet. Stay on the joist; watch out for pipes and wires that will be hidden by the installation. I always turn off my main breaker every time I go up there. Also, that blown in installation is nasty stuff, I have it as well. Make sure you wear at the very minimum a dust mask. That installation will hide everything, so again, watch your step. I always use one foot to clear the installation of the next joist to get a visual before I take a step. Finally, when you do the cans, make sure you clear the areas where your cans will go of all installation, so when you cut the holes it won’t fall out of the ceiling, that stuff goes everywhere. Lastly, I would recommend that you mark the areas where you want to put the cans, stick some kind of heavy duty wire through the center of those holes through the sheet rock, and then go in the attic and survey the area to ensure that you will not be too close to any joist, pipes, wires, or anything else that would get in the way. The cans are super easy to install. I would recommend getting ones that are made to work with CF's. [/FONT]
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[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Listen light weight, I'm a heavy guy, although I won't say how heavy; and I have been in every climb and place in my attic. And I have a ranch style, with vaulted ceilings, 2x4 joists that are spaced about 24" in most places, with trusses. So to answer your question, be a man and get up there. In all seriousness, you should be fine, but I am super safety conscious and it took me a while to get the courage to walk the first five feet. Stay on the joist; watch out for pipes and wires that will be hidden by the installation. I always turn off my main breaker every time I go up there. Also, that blown in installation is nasty stuff, I have it as well. Make sure you wear at the very minimum a dust mask. That installation will hide everything, so again, watch your step. I always use one foot to clear the installation of the next joist to get a visual before I take a step. Finally, when you do the cans, make sure you clear the areas where your cans will go of all installation, so when you cut the holes it won’t fall out of the ceiling, that stuff goes everywhere. Lastly, I would recommend that you mark the areas where you want to put the cans, stick some kind of heavy duty wire through the center of those holes through the sheet rock, and then go in the attic and survey the area to ensure that you will not be too close to any joist, pipes, wires, or anything else that would get in the way. The cans are super easy to install. I would recommend getting ones that are made to work with CF's. [/font]

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Doesn't matter what type house, my ranch, the attic has a walk-way down the middle, I lugged scraps of wood up, place them in the area I want to work in, walk slow, actually, crawl slow and don't forget to duck, I've added recessed lights, working from above not a big deal. I have batts of insulation.
My son's split-level, blown-in celulose, little tricky finding the joists to get on, once you find one, guess on the 24 oc and go slow.
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