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Old 03-24-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Recessed Cans / Pot Lights


I had a contractor finish my basement but now it might turn into a DIY - what a nightmare.

Basically he installed some recessed cans but when installing the trim there were tons of gaps/holes as the original hole were not cut right. He's patched those up but now the lights don't even sit flush to the ceiling - is that normal? At times I can't even get the trim back into place.

What are my options to fix this? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-24-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Are the cans not fastened?
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how to check - they seem really loose. Can I still fasten them?
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Was the ceiling open or already covered? If it was already finished and the photo is an idication, that appears to be a new work can as opposed to a remodel can which should have been used in an existing ceiling.
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This was a brand new ceiling - it's part of a basement renovation. I think they used the correct lights but just didn't install them properly.

They aren't suppose to look like this right?
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Most cans have an adjusting screw inside to allow you to slide the body up and down.
You may be able to adjust the can flush, but not sure how you can fix the gap.
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if you look closely at the first picture you can just make out what seems to be the "slide type tabs" consistant with a retrofit can. if the holes where cut right which they aren't then you would just slide those down to "pinch" the fixture between the drywall. Either way though if the cans are lose and they are a new installation fixture or retrofit i hope you didn't pay the contractor because he pulled one over on you. Those lights look like the type you buy at home depot for 50 bucks for 6....in other words they're really cheap.

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Basically he installed some recessed cans but when installing the trim there were tons of gaps/holes as the original hole were not cut right. He's patched those up but now the lights don't even sit flush to the ceiling - is that normal?
Mistakes happen, but no, that is not normal or a quality install. It pisses me off, I can imagine how you feel.
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At times I can't even get the trim back into place.

What are my options to fix this? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Your first option would be to get the contractor to fix it, and don't pay him a dime before he fixes it. And if you paid him in total, don't pay him anything else after he fixes it.
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