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Fixing battens between ceiling joists from below

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by VardoVardo, 1 Sep 2020.

  1. VardoVardo

    VardoVardo

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    Hi.
    I can't see that this fits anywhere else, and I'm getting right fed up of my house, so I hope some of you might have advice!

    Ceiling in one of my untouched bedrooms is lath and plaster. The room also has a couple of lath and plaster stud walls, which, after finally getting through layers of varnished woodchip over wallpaper, over lining paper over, apparently, self adhesive vinyl:unsure:, turn out to be beggared. I'll be taking these down and getting them reboarded, but I really want to avoid pulling my ceiling down too - it's basically sound, but, as it looks a bit crap from having had polystyrene tiles and coving on it, I'll probably overboard - my ceilings are quite high, so it won't matter if I lose a few inches (never thought I'd say that :D). Also, before I realised how messed up the rest of the house was, I had my loft insulated and boarded, so I don't want to disturb that, if I can avoid it.

    Currently, the light fitting in the bedroom is not fixed to the joist, just the laths; as I'm going to be overboarding anyway, can I just cut an access hole in the current ceiling, fix a more solid batten between the two joists on the bottom, and screw light fitting into that?
    It would save a lot of messing around in the loft, make the light fitting more secure and wouldn't affect the finished ceiling, as I'd just make a hole in the plasterboard.

    That makes sense to me, but I've never done it before; does that sound about right to you? Is there a better way or have I missed something important?
    Thanks
    Vardo
     
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  3. jj4091

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    Yes either that or just use toggle bolts or similar
     
  4. bennymultifinish

    bennymultifinish

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    yes just use plasterboard fixings for your light. or if its a heavy fitting remove enough ceilng and fix a 6x6” ply to the back of your new pb with a hole for the cables
     
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