While installing recessed light, see these metal straps.


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Old 12-26-16, 10:05 PM
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While installing recessed light, see these metal straps.

I am very new at doing work at house, learning mostly to teach my son when is older, so that he gets to have some skills that my dad did not have time to teach me.

I am trying to install recessed lights in our family room and everything was going as planned, until in one of the holes I saw(view1.jpeg). I have also attached two more pictures, view2.jpg and view2.jpg which show closer shots of the metal plates. They are thin and I can push/pull them and they are flexible, so don't feel like they are carrying any kind of load.

I am not sure what these are for, but since I cannot install the fixture here without removing them, am hoping someone here can help me, if I can just cut these off and install the fixture, or if I need to figure out how to patch it up.

This is in the ceiling of the first floor, we have a room above this
The room width is roughly 14 feet, so joist length is probably the same....
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Old 12-26-16, 10:40 PM
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The house is built in 1996 if it helps. From some search it looks like these are joist bridge
 
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Old 12-26-16, 11:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Usually the bridging is done in wood. That's the first time I've seen metal strapping used.
Probably just as effective as wood.

I would cut the metal strapping, bend it and attach it to the the side of the joist with one screw. Cutting the strapping in one bay will not cause any harm.
 
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Old 12-27-16, 05:06 AM
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This is also the first time i've seen metal stiffeners. Cutting one or two won't do any harm unless it might cause a squeaky floor.
 
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Some I have seen just had a saw tooth to spike into the upper corner and then one nail at the bottom. If that is the case here once you cut them the top section will just fall out, but that is what you need. Others had nails top and bottom.

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Old 12-27-16, 10:24 AM
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Thanks you all for replying. I cut them off and off to installing lights.
Once again thanks for taking time to reply
 
 

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