12:22 PM 05/07/2012
As I slowly replace the existing fixtures in my house, I'm finding that most of my fixtures hang from the old gas lines, and so what would be flush mounted to the ceiling on a modern box actually hangs about 2" below the ceiling. The last owners dealt with this by just screwing a piece of flashing around the gap, which (as you can imagine) looks...terrible. I know there must be something out there that's actually made for this purpose - anyone know what it's called?
If the gas lines are not active, this is the time to attach the junction boxes and fixtures correctly. If they are still active, you have a potentially bigger issue!
If you want to leave them alone, they either a medallion or a cap or both. You can buy deeper caps at most of the bigger lighting stores.
Another way to get the cap is to find cheap fixtures at IKEA that have deep caps, and buy those to salvage the cap and hanging mechanism. For a more modern look, this can be a very cheap/quick solution.
12:37 PM 05/07/2012 | 0 Votes
If I understand your question correctly, you need to choose light fixtures with a canopy intended to hide the gas nipples. This is easy -- any gas or early electric fixture (or reproduction) will have it. Check such resources as eBay, Rejuvenation, Seattle Salvage, Moon River Chattel, and Schoolhouse Electric.
4:55 PM 05/07/2012 | 0 Votes
Don't just go cutting your gas lines willy nilly. They're connected to stove lines.
4:56 PM 05/07/2012 | 0 Votes
Thanks guys. I wasn't intending on cutting any lines - it's specifically ceiling fans that have the issue. The canopies on those are not very long, and so I was hoping there was an extender or something that existed to cover the gap...
5:18 PM 05/07/2012 | 0 Votes
If I remember correctly, they are called collars. You can get them in brass, and probably other metal colors, Google up repreduction house lighting and hardware sources if you can't find what you want locally. I did, forget where, maybe the electricians I hired had them. and yes, you can stack them...the remnant of my gas pipe took two to cover, and looked fine once installed.
9:03 PM 05/07/2012 | 0 Votes
Thanks all, really helpful!
10:45 AM 05/08/2012 | 0 Votes
Unscrew the nipple (the verticle piece of gas pipe) and get a new one 2" shorter. No need for a collar.
11:08 PM 05/09/2012 | 0 Votes