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Old 07-27-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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another recessed lighting question


hey all.
i'm putting in 6 of these lights, and the ones i bought have the brackets bending around under the bottoms of the rafters. the instructions actually say to nail them in, but I've just run screws threw the vertical (3.5") side of the rafters instead. These little parts of the bracket that bend around the bottom of the rafters, though, are not flush with the bottom of the rafter of course, and the instructions say to hammer them in. Despite my best efforts, they didn't budge as far as embedding into the wood. So they're still sticking out. Will this cause problems with the drywall ceiling later? Should I chisel out the points where the brackets meet the bottom of the rafters?

also my instructions seem to imply there is a tab on the body of the light container that should be pressed in to secure the light in the position along the bracket where I want it, but I've seen no such tab. Any thoughts?

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I don't have a clue what is going on

Take a picture if you can.
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The arms go on the bottom of the joists???

What brand are these? I assume some off brand. Please don't tell me Emerald.
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The brand is Utilitech. got them at Lowe's. the very brief instructions don't seem to match what I actually have. It's like they changed the design and didn't update the instructions.

anyway I found a very similar one online. A pic of that one is found here:
http://www99.epinions.com/prices/PRO...id_DT19_PG1053

I hope that link comes through.

Notice how the light is on a pair of rails (what I'm calling brackets).
These rails span between two rafters. You can see how on each end of each one, there is a 90-degree bracket. According to instructions, you would lift this whole assembly up until the bottom ledge of these brackets are against the bottom of the rafters. A nail then goes in through the bottom of the rafter and then you pound it in flush (assuming I read that correctly).
Then you run a screw through the part of that same bracket that runs perpendicular to the nailed in part. In fact, the screws that were in place when I bought the lights would not budge and I ended up pulling them out and using deck screws.
Maybe it's the directions, maybe it's the lights. maybe it's me.
I managed to get one put up by first installing the brackets on one side, then sliding the light on, then installing the other tow. But the part that goes on the underside of the rafter is not flush at all.
Before I install any more of these, I guess I should make sure I have it right.
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If it's not flush with the bottom of the joist, then it will push the sheetrock away and cause issues.

Either move it up, or just snip that piece of steel right off.
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