ceiling

  1. C

    Plastering disaster help please!

    I really hope someone may be able to help. My bathroom ceiling was a bit of a mess so I got some advice from a handyman friend about what I could do. He suggested sanding it down and getting off all the bits of flaking paint and bits of artex that were still on it. Then using pva followed by...
  2. W

    How to build a ceiling tray for indirect/mood lighting

    Hi, Has anyone got any advice in building a frame for ceiling lighting for something like in the photo attached. I initially built a small tray out of mdf as a sample to see what the finish would be like. Once it was primed and painted, I didn't think the finish looked that great updrywall...
  3. R

    Ceiling repair advice

    I've got a rather large hole in the ceiling from some water damage. My first plan was to cut the plasterboard back to the nearest joist and then put up a new board to fill the gaps. What is the best way to cut the current plasterboard along the middle of the joist? Is it just a case of a...
  4. A

    Possible chrysotile asbestos expsoure. Is this artex?

    Hi. I'm new to this forum and looking for some guidance on a subject that has made me worried sick.... A few years back my wife and I bought a mid 1930's house that needed a fair amount of work. We had a back of house extension done for a new kitchen/diner, however to save money my father in...
  5. KevinR

    Advice on lowering a ceiling

    I'm planning to lower my kitchen ceiling as one end is at a different level to the other by about an inch and to allow me to install spotlights. The room is 18 feet by 10 feet and I was planning to build the frame from 3x2" softwood spaced in a 400mm grid approx 7" below the existing ceiling...
  6. J

    Asbestos in artex...

    Forgive me if this turns out to be a stupid or pointless post.. About 18 months ago we had the bathroom decorated. My Dad and brother did it. We had some foul artex that my dad and brother removed with a sander (yes, I know..) It was SO messy. I remember it was absolutely EVERYWHERE like a...
  7. T

    Should I use polystyrene or plaster coving?

    Me and my fiancé have just bought a house and we're thinking about some DIY improvements. A friend of ours suggested putting up coving in the lounge but I started looking into it and I'm just so confused. I've watched a million videos on how to actually put it up and that. But how do I know...
  8. K

    Ethernet cables through ceiling & joists or cavity wall

    Hello, I wasn't sure how to categorise this question so feel free to move it into more suitable sub-forum. I'm looking for some advice. I'd like to route some (7-8) CAT6 Ethernet cables from downstairs living room (router) to the upstairs bedrooms. Most of the cables will be used for...
  9. D

    Insulating flat roof (moved from Projects)

    Hi DIYnot, Wonder if I could call on your expertise. I have 1973 house with flatroof with asphalt on tonge-in-groove construction. Under this is an 11" high cavity with no ventilation between rafters. There is 20mm polystyrene insulation resting on plasterboard with the obligatory artex finish...
  10. Z

    Can anybody tell me if this is Artex on my ceiling?

    Hi everyone. First post here. I will be stripping the paper off the ceilings on a flat I have just bought. Though to me it looks like some sort of artex? I know this stuff could contain amounts of asbestos which is my main concern. So first off is one of the bedrooms. It's thick wallpaper though...
  11. P

    how to repair and repaint cracked artex ceiling after a small leak

    I have looked around the forum but I can't find a similar case to mine. I caused a gate valve to leak in the airing cupboard. A small amount of water leaked before I could get the valve repaired. The water flowed to an old crack in the ceiling where it dripped through the artex causing a...
  12. M

    How to change bathroom downlights

    hi Two of my three bathroom ceiling bulbs went off, I thought I'd better get them fix before the last one die too. I had a look at them they got no clicks or anything like that, all they got is a sealed ring and a glass (photo attached) Can someone shed some light for me please , how to open...
  13. R

    Utility Ceiling maybe rotten?

    Hi We recently purchased a detached property and it has a flat roofed utility that backs onto the garage. Its not a massive area but my father in law painted the ceiling in that room and poked a hole through it about the size of a tennis ball very easily. It would seem that area is rotten...
  14. S

    When was asbestos in artex stopped?

    Hi all, Another year, another set of projects planned. I have a house that was built in 1989 and first sold in 1990. It has artex in every bloody room on the ceilings. My plan (over time) is to have completely smooth ceilings in every room. Upon reading about the removal of artex, I came...
  15. J

    Bowing ceilings in house I'm thinking of buying

    Looking for some advice on how big a potential problem is on a house I'm thinking of buying. It's a 1930s traditional 3 bed semi which has a converted loft containing an almost full width dormer on the rear of the roof and is split into two rooms. I think the conversion was done in the late...
  16. C

    Sagging ceiling (and floor above) likely problem/solutions?

    Hello, I'm looking at buying an old Victorian house, irca 1890. Its in a row and is attached to houses either side. It has a few issues, but the most worrying one is sagging of the living room ceiling, and corresponding sagging of the floor above. I'd like to know what the most likely reason...
  17. StephenStephen

    quick question - 47 by 72 ceiling joists at 300 centres 2.15m span - that ok?

    I've got a ceiling span of 2.15m Trying to keep ceiling joist depth to a minimum So am thinking 47 by 72 at 300 centres Do you think I'll have a happy, or saggy, ceiling on these figures? btw: I'm assuming I won't get away with smaller than 72 depth? loading is less than .25kn/m2 (floor above...
  18. S

    Best way to fix ceiling plaster problem

    I'm doing up an old house and the plaster ceiling is damaged near the water pipes (image attached and here: http://imgur.com/1ewa68Y). Ideally I'd like to avoid ripping the whole thing down and starting again, so what (if there is one) is the best way of fixing this? Thanks
  19. M

    Can anyone identify this ceiling paper pattern?

    Hello everyone, I am new to here but I am hoping someone can help me out. Long story but basically my wife & I are selling our flat - just about to exchange and we have had a leak from upstairs and amongst other things our ceiling paper in the hallway must be at least partially replaced...
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