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  1. Drywall & Plaster
    Good morning. First time poster. I have a 1918 vintage home. I am hoping to install recessed lighting in the main living/dining area (approximately 30 X 15). The ceiling is plaster over lath but was laminated with drywall at some point. There is one existing light in the ceiling so there is...
  2. Electrical
    I don't know if this should go in another section, sorry. I was wondering if there were any changes I need to consider before changing a standard outlet to a recessed outlet. I don't wan to change voltage. It's just that the outlet is in a spot where if I plug stuff in, I obviously won't be...
  3. Electrical
    Hi, I'm planning on installing non-IC recessed lights in the basement. I have an open ceiling where i can see the joists. These recessed lights would be new construction. I would like to know the code on this and how I can pass. Can anyone help me please? Thanks. Jason
  4. Electrical
    Been looking for replacement trim only for a old damp rated recessed light that is used in several places: the shower, over a roman tub and outdoor under soffit over doors. They were installed in 1987. The problem is that the wires that hold the trim up are 6.5 inches apart. I can only find 6...
  5. Electrical
    I'm trying to layout recessed lights in our family room. I'm probably using the 1/2 thick ones and know I may have to adjust for joists, ducts, etc. I'm leaving towards a 4 inch with a 110 degree angle, company recommends 4 feet spacing, some people say 5-6 feet is fine. "Torchstar 10W 4"...
  6. Remodeling
    Hi everybody, I'm thinking about installing a recessed toilet. Something like Toto Aquia: I'm just not sure regarding rerouting the waist pipe. How complex would it be? I'd appreciate some hints on this. Thanks, Ruben
  7. Electrical
    I am replacing drywall/tile/fixtures and want to add a recessed light over the shower in a small bathroom with a 7 foot ceiling. And I have a few dunno's... Is there a minimum height for having recessed light in a shower? (There is plumbing above that limits my height.) With it being under 8...
  8. Electrical
    My canned light fixture can be slid downward when I think it should be absolutely stationary. I'm not talking about the trim ring - I've removed that. It is the can itself that can be slid down about an inch. I would like to install a conversion kit so that I can hang a five-pound pendant...
  9. Remodeling
    Hello DIYers, Could you look at my workflow and critique/advise? *Installing remodel recessed LED lights with new dimmer switch* #1 Ordered Remodel cans and Led lights. They match (GU 24) and the cans are IC rated--there will be insulation touching the cans. #2 Fish 12/2 from attic down...
  10. Electrical
    So I want to install 6 can lights in my living room and the problem is the electric. Right now, I have a flourescent light plugged into my outlet which is controlled by a switch next to my porch light switch. So my porch light and outlet switch are wired together. What I want to do is disconnect...
  11. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi, I just installed a drywall ceiling in my kitchen with 7 6" can lights. I didn't cut the holes quite right and had to repair most of them. Problem is that you can still see my "repairs" sticking out around the trim rings (standard $10 ones from Lowes) Rather than go through more patching...
  12. Electrical
    I was planning on putting at least 4 recessed lighting fixtures in my room which is in the second floor that is attic accessible. I have a switch going to an outlet that works but I want to run the electric to the 4 lights with a dimmer AND have it work on that outlet still . Is it possible?
  13. Electrical
    I'm trying to plan my kitchen layout for lighting and am getting overwhelmed. The kitchen is an eat in style and 13' x 14' with 7' ceilings. The kitchen is gutted, and we are putting in recessed lighting. We are putting 5" cans along the counter line (25" on center spaced 4' apart.) 2 pendant...
  14. Electrical
    Hello, My name is Nate, I am from Nashville and I own a condo that was built in 2006. I have browsed and searched the forums and I think I know what I need to know but before I head home from work to try again I thought I would post my situation and see if I can get some additional insight...
  15. How To Guides
    HOW TO MAKE RECESSED SHELVING. You begin by choosing where you want the shelves. Give yourself some wiggle room because unless you want to cut into the framing, your going to have to fit your shelves in between the studs. I cut my holes in the wall flush with the studs on each side. The shelves...
  16. Carpentry
    Hey folks. First project post so bear with me if I omit any necessary details. I'm trying to finish a room in the house. First on the docket sit the two windows. We hired in a handyman to replace the existing OEM trailer windows with some good ones. He did quite a hack job on the drywall and...
  17. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi all I am renovating our half-storey attic, and I plan to install shelving and drawers in the space behind the knee-walls. For cost and time reasons I would like to use some pre-built melamine kitchen cabinets for the shelving and drawer units. However I want to maintain a sleek look, so...
  18. Building & Construction
    I am in the process of removing a load bearing wall and have engineered drawings for my project. The house is fairly recent 1990 construction, basement, first (ground) and second floor. The mod is on the first floor and I was wondering what is the best way to cut the 2x10 joists all the way to...
  19. Electrical
    Hello all, I recently installed 6 recessed light fixtures in my dining room and am ready to wire them up now. I know my fair share about electricity and wiring, but on airplanes not houses! So here is my situation: I want to install a 15 amp breaker for this set of lights actuated with a...
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