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How To Install Recessed Ceiling Box Lighting
Six recessed can lights, two 3/4-inch birch plywood sheets, each 4'x8', paint (you can use Ace Sensations Ceiling White), skim coat, two ladders, tape measure, utility knife, reciprocal saw, blue chalk, chalk line, stud finder, pencil, sander, level, circular saw, table saw, wood glue, hammer and nails.
You must first select a location where you want to put the recessed boxes right on the ceiling. You can then use a chalk or marker to mark a line on the ceiling. The measurement you can use is about 118 inches, coming 36-1/2" from the wall that is lying parallel from the line you draw.
You should then make sure that you make an inspection hole by using a hammer. This inspection hole is used to monitor the electrical wires in the ceiling. When doing this, you will then measure the section on the ceiling, and then use the hammer to cut out a section within the measured part. After that, use the reciprocal saw to cut out the opening, and use the rafters as a guide. You should have another person in the attic to watch you as you cut; you want to avoid the possibility of cutting the electric cables and pipes by mistake. The rafters that you cut and remove can be saved for future use in other places in the house.
Place a frame at the ends of the two rafters. The centre plate is the one that will hold the load. The drywall should then be removed in order for you to complete the rough opening. This process should then also be done on the second beam.
A hammer can then be used, in some cases, to get rid of the cross beams, if this seems necessary to you. A double header can be placed right at the ends of the drywall so as to take care of the load that was supported by the beams that have been removed. An experienced electrician should then be brought in to install the cables for the new areas of the box.
Take the birch plywood and make measurements on it so as to fit for the boxes; the sizes of the plywood can then be cut with the use of a table saw. Make measurements and mark the sports where the lights will be installed in the new boxes. Use a cutting device to cut out the holes for the lights, a maximum of three holes in each box will do. Place the can lights right above the boxes. The boxes will be fitted inside the rafters of the ceiling.
You will then use nails and glue in the assembling of the ceiling boxes. Place the new boxes within the opening of the rough wall. The inside edges on the boxes should then be smoothed with sandpaper, making a circular pattern so as to get rid of any nicks in the wood. The finishing touches can then be brought out by painting both the ceiling and the boxes.
Well, that's it! When the paint has dried completely, you can then fit the lights inside the recessed light boxes, and switch them on - you're done.