Recessed lights in plaster/wood lath ceiling


Old 10-05-09, 08:23 AM
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Recessed lights in plaster/wood lath ceiling


I'm wiring up a new bathroom on the 3rd floor of our house. We want to install some recessed lights, but our house is all plaster with wood lath. Is it a fire hazard to have recessed light housings right next to the wood lath, or is this commonly done?

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Old 10-05-09, 08:54 AM
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It's no problem, although I would probably use IC cans. The hardest part is really getting a smooth circle cut through the plaster.
Old 10-05-09, 02:52 PM
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To further Ben's comments, I would invest in the proper sized hole bit and drill through the lath and plaster for a very smooth cut. Trying it with a jig saw or other method usually shatters the plaster and you have to repair it. Depending on the size of can, you can probably spend about $25 for the bit, maybe a little more, but it's like taking a Goody's. No headache.
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