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    Trims or alternate install methods for can lights.

    Hey All,
    I have a remodel going on and installed normal IC 6"cans. The building inspector, for reasons unbeknownst to me (something to do with the place being a duplex), is requiring 1.25" hat channel to run perpendicular to the TJIs, then two layers of 5/8" rock, thus dropping the ceiling 2.5". Obviously, the cans are secured, as usual, to the TJIs.

    So, the question is how do I lower the lights to accept the trims? or can I leave them alone and just snap the trim to the can per usual?

    If anyone has experience with this, I sure could use your insight.

    Thank you...

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    Drill new holes at the correct depth for the three screws that hold the can to the plate, perhaps 1/8" shy from flush so the can doesn't hold the trim away from the ceiling.
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
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    I am not sure which brand you installed.
    A lot of the traditional recessed can have "knock out slots" where the can is secured to the housing that will allow them to be lowered to the new finished ceiling surface.
    Others have a friction clip that might allow you to lower it.
    If you haven't already, take a closer look at the cans you installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knuckle Dragger View Post
    I am not sure which brand you installed.
    A lot of the traditional recessed can have "knock out slots" where the can is secured to the housing that will allow them to be lowered to the new finished ceiling surface.
    Others have a friction clip that might allow you to lower it.
    If you haven't already, take a closer look at the cans you installed.
    first. I like your user name. Pretty great. Thank you for the advice. I will search a little deeper into what has been used. I do appreciate you all taking the time to help. This place is great.

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    If this ceiling is between units the reason for 2 layers of 5/8 drywall is for fire rating. You have bigger problems than just adjusting the cans down to be flush. Either the cans need to be eliminated or fire rated boxes are going to need to be build for each one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curt swartz View Post
    If this ceiling is between units the reason for 2 layers of 5/8 drywall is for fire rating. You have bigger problems than just adjusting the cans down to be flush. Either the cans need to be eliminated or fire rated boxes are going to need to be build for each one.
    was my thoughts as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curt swartz View Post
    If this ceiling is between units the reason for 2 layers of 5/8 drywall is for fire rating. You have bigger problems than just adjusting the cans down to be flush. Either the cans need to be eliminated or fire rated boxes are going to need to be build for each one.
    Yeh, I think OP is going to need to install Tenmat over the fixtures to maintain the fire rating.

    https://www.tenmatusa.com/fire-rated...d-light-cover/


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