Artex ceilings

23 Jun 2006
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United Kingdom
I have artex'd ceilings in my house and would like to have them skimmed so they're nice and flat and then install halogen downlighters to replace the single ceiling rose in the centre of the room as its a really harsh light and I think downlighters spreas across the ceiling will provide a much softer light.

Anyway, should I make the holes for the downlighters BEFORE I get a plasterer to skim the ceiling, or should I wait until after?

Also, should I do anything at all to the ceiling considering its artex and most of this stuff contains asbestos? I dont want to start drilling holes for the lights if it will distrub the asbestos and cause problems for us.

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I've found that its better to skim and then drill the holes for the downlighters, it just looks neater. If you cut holes first then skim you never seem to get a nice neat aperture for the lights, bits of plaster dried to the edges of the holes etc. If you can get access to the ceiling from lifting boards above then you won't need to take down the existing ceiling. If this is too much of a hoo haa you can fish the cables and wires by making a few strategically placed holes in the ceiling to get past the joists, or just pull the lot down and start from scratch.
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Regarding skiming over the artex unibond 24 hours before and again before skimming it ,cut holes later better finish.r u going to lift the floorboards to rewire the downliters? could be alot of fishing around going on otherwise... :rolleyes:

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