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Old 10-10-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Running recessed lighting in ceiling

My wife and I are picking up our first 1976 Airstream 31' Sovereign this Friday in Edmonton, AB. We are beside ourselves with excitement. One of my first projects will be to put in some recessed lighting in like the 2000 models have. I am wondering how difficult it is to run wires with a fish tape inside the ceiling.
I am experienced in electrical wiring i'm just wondering about the "ribs" of the walls and ceiling stoping me from getting across and or down the wall.

I found a post where user somefun added 10 lights in theirs. Looks great!
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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You can take the center strip of the ceiling down, install wiring, cut holes, etc... Then put it back
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What does it take to do that ? Is it as simple removing the rubber transition piece and popping it down ? Is there other fasteners holding it up? And last but not least how long do you think that would take vs pulling the ceiling down a couple inches like somefun did to run wires from light to light.
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On mine there were two aluminum trim rails front to back that held in the center strip. There is a tiny rubber cord wedged in the rail where the strip enters the slot- a lot like how screen is held in a screen door. There are also some pop rivets bet not many.
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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Found some photos
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What does it take to do that ? Is it as simple removing the rubber transition piece and popping it down ? Is there other fasteners holding it up? And last but not least how long do you think that would take vs pulling the ceiling down a couple inches like somefun did to run wires from light to light.
If you can do it without dropping it, that would be easier. If you can't get where you want to go then you can drop it.
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Thanks for all the pics and info Darkspeed. Very helpful.
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did you notice the swage in the ribs the length of the center strip.. if you fish.. fish there.
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Hey Darkspeed, you were very helpful to Davew and I found your advice intregueing. I also have a 33' 1973 Sovereign with the sky-lites, which I am in need of advice on replacement. I have purchased the three sky-lites (new) and have them in my possession, however I don't know if I have the tools or skill to replace them. Any suggestions?
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Well I have never done a skylight but I just did two fan-tastic fans yesterday.

Things i did:
Move Airstream beside building - so i could walk off the roof of the building onto the roof of the airstream - used the roof as my staging area for tools / parts

Wrap 2"x12" x 36" board with scrap carpet - you will use this to span the ribs on the roof so your weight is spread out over a greater area - good place to sit

If you have rivets to remove a thick sharp paint scraper and a hammer is the way to go.

I used a brass wire wheel on a drill to clean the old crud off the aluminum.

Trempro 635 - grey - is what I used to seal the fans - i used more than i needed but I know I have a good seal

Should not be that bad of a job - just dont fall off

Hope that helps

THis was from when i pulled my old AC....
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How long until anyone notices the A/C unit hidden on the roof?

Never know when the Ministry of Frogs, Ferns and Freon might come round
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Good idea for recessed lighting. I've never thought about it before. I may try this trick myself!
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How long until anyone notices the A/C unit hidden on the roof?

Never know when the Ministry of Frogs, Ferns and Freon might come round
It was sacrificed to the scrap gods
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Good idea for recessed lighting. I've never thought about it before. I may try this trick myself!
Before everyone goes off in their holster over recessed lights... I will show you what I am doing..

Dual white strip led and low profile aluminum race with opaque white lense

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...-24v_specs.htm

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...Fprofiling.htm
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