Joists too narrow for cans?


Old 09-23-15, 10:44 AM
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Joists too narrow for cans? (Pictures)

I'm finishing my basement and went to start putting up recessed lighting cans and realized the joists are too narrow too accommodate the slides on the cans. The joists are about 11 1/4" wide. Do I just have to nail up blocking for every can I put up or is there a better way?

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Old 09-23-15, 10:54 AM
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Can you define narrow?

I'm thinking of the spacing between them based on the number you provided as opposed to the actual width of the lumber.
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Sorry, I should have just included pictures to begin with. Either way I turn the housing it does not fit between the joists.
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Old 09-23-15, 11:57 AM
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What about old work recessed lights? Run just your cables now then install the lights after the Sheetrock is up. Actually easier to cut the Sheetrock since you aren't trying to line up with installed lights when you cut.
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I agree with Ray on the retro cans. Although you CAN cut the cross slide members and re-nest them to fit. It is a royal pita as you will have to capture two loose ends of the slides and put them in the slide keepers. Retro is SO much easier. Plus you don't have to cut around the lights when you install the sheetrock.
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Yeah, I think those are my remaining options. I may opt to cut down the rails with an angle grinder or something. I just like the idea of having the cans in place prior to the sheetrock. Thanks for your thoughts everyone.
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I use my HD dykes (wirecutters) to score the bars and then snap them off. It you look at the bars you should see cut-off lines on them for shortening them. You'll need to make four cuts.
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Cutting the bars is quick and easy.
Old 09-24-15, 06:52 PM
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Yes, cut the legs. Push the parts with the nails tight to the can and cut off the other side with tin snips.

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