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Elkypro 12-23-2011 12:29 PM

Ceiling light fixture does not cover hole
Hello. New register here. I searched around the website and on the internet a bit and could not find a decent solution. Most of the time the response is either re-patch the hole or a medallion. I replaced the fixture with an identical one but I think the manufacturer changed the dimensions over the last ten years.

The house is a one story duplex. The ceiling is popcorn textured. I was thinking of great stuff or similar but I worried about any potential fire hazard or code. What do you guys think? Any ideas? It does not have to be perfect. I would just like to seal it from drafts. The hole is 2 inches at its length and 5/8" at the widest part.


Wildie 12-23-2011 12:35 PM

Once I had the same problem with a tiled ceiling. In this case I made a 'donut' from a piece of aluminum siding. to cover it up.
In your case, it will likely be easier to fill the hole with some plaster patching compound.

Just Bill 12-25-2011 08:05 AM

They make decorative rings for covering holes or for enhancing a light fixture. Available at home stores, usually in the lighting section.

Ironlight 12-25-2011 09:36 AM

I would just push some non-shrinking spackle up in there. First application to fill the hole almost up to level, let it dry, then second application to level with the surrounding area and dab it with a paper towel to tease out some texture to match the surrounding area.

That's right on the border size-wise of what you can reasonably fill with spackle and not expect it to crack, but it's not an area under stress and that is the first thing I would try.

gregzoll 12-25-2011 12:45 PM

Ironlight, before they put that spackle up there, it may be easier to take a piece of cardboard and place to help give some backing to the spackle, or use a little DAP foam fill around, shave some off to allow the spackle to be flush when sanded down.

joecaption 12-25-2011 01:43 PM

Or just go buy a light with a bigger base.

Elkypro 12-25-2011 03:20 PM

Thanks for the replies.
I would not buy another light because this one is brand new and works perfectly fine. I am more concerned with the drafts into the attic. Yeah I can even stick a sock there to plug it but I was just wondering if there was anything I hadn't thought about. But spackling it may be my best bet. Thanks again

gregzoll 12-25-2011 03:30 PM

I would spray foam around all of the boxes up in the attic, while you are doing this one, along with getting the insulation back over them. If there is enough insulation up there, even with that gap, you should not be feeling that much air flow. Just saying.

Elkypro 12-25-2011 04:33 PM

Greg, What are bboces? the insulation is blown in blown in cellulose so it tends to fall through.

gregzoll 12-25-2011 05:11 PM

It should be boxes. I have a rooted nook that I was using, and it does not always behave, when typing.

TarheelTerp 12-25-2011 05:21 PM

OP: your problem is drywall related not the light fixture.
Fix the opening (as best you can) to match the popcorn.


PoleCat 12-27-2011 08:29 AM

There are pop corn patch products available but it is hard to get a clean match. The spray can stuff can make a big mess in a split second so I wouldn't recomend it.

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