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Old 11-25-2010, 11:43 PM   #1
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Removing the old Brady Bunch Kitchen light


I would appreciate your advice.
I'm currently doing a kitchen remodel and I have this HUGE, 4 x 8 fluorescent recessed light fixture.
They basically cut the ceiling joists and made a 4x8 box frame (with 4x6's) up there. Well, I want to hand some sheetrock and install some 4" recessed lights.
I was thinking of removing the frame that they made and sister in some 4 x 6's right next to the old cut ones.

Is my thinking correct? I am new to the construction stuff but I have changed plumbing, sheetrock, wiring and a bunch of other things.

Also if I sister the boards together, would you recommend using screws or nails and if so which sizes.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:10 AM   #2
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If they boxed this in correctly, you only need to fill in the middle to get a nailing surface.
Is the inset box, double 2x6's?
Are all the connections using joist hangers with all the nail holes filled?
Is the inset box the same sized framing as the ceiling joists that were cut?
How wide is the room that has 2x6 ceiling framing?
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If you want really tight connections, construction adhesive with lag/timber bolts will hold it together.

I'm not sure what the industry overlap standard is. Mabye two-three feet or a 1/3 of the board?

Best to check level first.
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Ron,
I really appreciate the reply.
The inset box is single 2x6's.
It is the same size as the ceiling joists that were cut. They just used nails to secure the box to the cut joists.
The room is 13 x 11-1/2.........but the joist span the 11-1/2 distance.
I was told that the stronger/best way is to sister new joists the length of the old one.

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StillWerkin,
Thanks for the reply, Lag bolts sound good.
I just might have a problem drilling the holes, since I don't have much room.
Since the rafters are 16" on center, after I install the new joists, I will have about 13" of space in between.
I was thinking of using nails and my handy dandy Power Hammer. It's fits any where. lol

Thanks again
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