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More stories about Ceilings

  • Q&A: Installing a Metal Fireplace

    Q: When installing a zero-clearance metal fireplace, are there any requirements for fire stops or draft stops? Does the inside of the chase need to be drywalled?

  • Q&A: Bleaching Old Cedar Paneling

    Q: I want to lighten the color of 15-year-old cedar paneling that has darkened with age. The wall paneling consists of 3/8x6-inch tongue-and-groove clear cedar installed over 1/2-inch drywall. I took a sample of the interior cedar and experimented with a bleaching method I often use outdoors. I...

  • Installing Suspended Ceilings

    Here’s how to lay out and assemble professional-looking dropped ceilings.

  • Q&A: Electrical Panel Location in Kitchen

    Q: In a new house I am building, I would like to locate the electrical service panel under a counter. This would put the top of the panel at a height of about 34 inches. Is there a reason this shouldn’t be done?

  • Q&A: Insulating an Exposed Plank Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: What is the best way to insulate a cathedral ceiling with exposed 2x6 T&G boards above the rafters? I’m in a 6,000-degree-day climate.

  • By Design: Building a Barrel Vault Ceiling

    Designing & building a barrel vault ceiling

  • Q&A: Repainting Greasy Walls

    Q: I occasionally need to repaint kitchen walls that have a thin buildup of grease on them. Are there any products available that will cut through this film so I can apply latex or polyurethane?

  • Radiant Walls and Ceilings for the Bath

    In small bathrooms, there may not be enough floor area for adequate radiant heating. An experienced hvac sub describes the products and techniques that can turn the walls and ceilings — and even some fixtures — into radiant heat sources.

  • Framing Recessed Ceilings

    This vaulted ceiling detail is inexpensive to build, but it looks like a million bucks.

  • By Design: Vaulted Ceilings Think Before You Leap

    Designing vaulted ceilings