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Bob Vila Radio: Pros and Cons of Cathedral Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings, also called cathedral ceilings, have some great attributes, but others you may not be so fond of. O...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Popcorn Ceilings
So-called "popcorn ceilings" became popular back in the 1950s and 60s, because they hid imperfections in ceiling surf...
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How To: Remove a Popcorn Ceiling
For a significant chunk of the 20th century, from the 1950s through the '80s, the ceilings in many new homes—particul...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Drop Ceiling
I'm interested in installing a drop ceiling in my basement rec room. Do you have any helpful hints for a do-it-yourse...
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Look! 11 Painted Ceilings That Wow
Ceilings are an often overlooked element of interior design. Sometimes referred to as the "fifth wall," the ceiling offers a wide-open expanse, a tempting blank c...
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How To: Install a Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling
Here's a way to install a tongue-and-groove ceiling without damaging the wood. Set a board in place. Then with a scra...
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Radiant Surfaces: Heat Where You Least Expect It
Think “radiant heating” and you’re likely to think of floors. But did you know that radiant heat panels can also be i...
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DIY Tales: Repairing a Textured Ceiling
Some days the projects go smoothly. They follow the chicken scratch I call a plan and just sorta work out. Poof. Kittens...
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DIY Tales: Prepping Antique Ceiling Tin
In addition to working on our master bedroom, and our big lumber sale, we carved out some time recently to prep our anti...
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The Walls and Ceilings
The completed rough frame of the structure allows you to get a physical and a visual sense of the new or renovated sp...
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From Finland with Love: Notes on Installing a Wood Ceiling
Nearly 30 years ago, I traveled to Finland and toured a series of modular, site-built homes in the city of Jyvaskyla....
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Painting the Fifth Wall (AKA the Ceiling!)
The other day, I did something I've never done before. I painted a ceiling -- all 5 feet 2 inches of me. I've always pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Medallions
Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tin Ceilings
Tin ceilings were very popular in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. These mass-produced ceilings, stamped with decorativ...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Paint a Ceiling
A ceiling can be a real pain in the neck to paint, but there are some simple ways to make this job a bit easier. List...
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10 Great Looks in Tin Ceiling Tiles
Adding tin tiles to your ceilings can wake up a whole room with a fresh but classic look.
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It's All in the Details—Tin Ceilings
A classic building material from the late 19th and early 20th century is experiencing a comeback. Fans of Victorian a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Spots
Water spots on ceilings and walls aren’t just unsightly--they can be a symptom of a much bigger problem that needs at...
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How To: Paint a Ceiling
Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particular...
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What Do You Say to a Naked Ceiling? Remodel.
It started with a casual stare. Then I gave my kitchen ceiling a withering glance and declared it dreadful! The kitch...
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space
Bob recaps the project and the installation of a new ceiling and walls begins.
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Acoustical Ceiling for Sound Attenuation
Bob learns about a new residential acoustical ceiling product—QuietZone's Solserene—which attaches directly to hard surfaces and absorbs reverberations.
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Elm Court's Dining Room
Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspirat...
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Installing a Drop Ceiling to Hide Duct Work
Bob walks through the Manhattan Brownstone floor-through apartment with project manager Chris Vila, looking at the ductwork that has been run in the ceiling for t...
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Reviewing Attic Conversion Plans
Bob meets structural engineer Steve Siegel on the attic floor of the Medford, MA home to discuss the owner's desire for an office with cathedral ceilings.
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Reviewing the Home's Framing
Bob reviews the frame of the home and the interior layout.
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Laying Plywood for the Front Porch Ceiling
General contractor Kevin Kalman and carpenter Bob Ryley lay plywood to the soffit of the front porch ceiling.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Attic Insulation
Australian-born architect and homeowner, Gavin Langley, shows Bob how attics are insulated in his home country.
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Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
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Installing Tin Ceiling Sheaths
Contractor Bob Ryles demonstrates how to install tin ceiling sheaths, a Victorian touch for the Martha's Vineyard project house.
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Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
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Insulating the Home
Insulation contractors Jim and John Case show Bob how to insulate the cathedral ceiling. To ensure airflow and prevent condensation buildup, channels are install ...
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Pine Porch Ceiling
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fash...
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Hanging Ceiling Drywall
Bob interviews Larry Lelflar (from Bonita Drywall) as he and his team hang drywall on the ceiling, then apply the first coat of tape and compound.
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Finishing the Drywall Ceiling
Bob tours the interior of the in-progress Naples project, discussing the installation of ceiling boards with the drywall contractor.
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