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John Ryland, from Maumee, Ohio, has a tough a problem as any tailor trying to patch clothes. "I took down a small wall in our kitchen and either side of where the wall was the ceiling has what's known as a crow's foot pattern in the drywall and of course where the wall was the […]

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Roof rafters, unless the roof is flat, by their very nature are vaulted. Vaulted means installed at a slope. If your house is built with standard trusses, you can't modify the trusses easily and make a vaulted ceiling. If your house is common framed with traditional rafters and you have a flat ceiling, you can […]

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Stan Pierce, who lives in Palm Coast, FL, emailed me on May 24, 2014, asking: "Tim,  I have a faux wooden beam running the length of my great room.  It's about 12' off the floor.  It was nailed to sheet rock (?) above the ceiling and is now creeping down.   I have to prop […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates how to use solid-wood planks to make a wood ceiling. It is important to prestain and urethane the wood before wood ceilings are installed.

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Framing a cathedral ceiling is not hard. A vaulted ceiling design can be created by transforming a traditional flat ceiling. Before you begin vaulted ceiling construction, be sure to consult with a structural engineer.

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Acoustical ceiling tiles have come a long way in the past 35 years. Not only are there more styles, colors, and choices, the actual materials are much better at controlling sound. Many homeowners are turned off by acoustic tiles because they think of the ones they see in the discount department store ceilings. These tiles are not the top of the line! You must see the new tiles to believe them.

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Planning is key when installing acoustical ceiling tile in your home. Using a graph paper mock-up, create a layout with the widest borders possible and begin installing in the center of the room. If using a suspended grid system to hold up the tile, first install the wall angle according to the manufacturer's restrictions. Finish off your carefully installed tiles with the correct size of hanger wire, either 18 gauge for residences and 12 for commercial ceilings. Stapled or glued ceiling tiles begin in the corner of the room, rather than the center, and can be easily cut to fit.

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Truss uplift is a problem brought on by the modern advancements in residential construction technology. Even though trusses have been in use for well over 40 years, truss uplift only recently poked its ugly head up through attic insulation, creating ceiling cracks down below. Why did this happen just recently? I have a few ideas.

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