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A complete rough patch. After 24 hours it can have another coat of joint compound applied. After that dries and is sanded, the ceiling can be painted.

In this particular ceiling, water pipes and gas pipes were located where the recessed lights were originally planned to be installed. By probing with a thin screwdriver and a short fish tape it was possible to locate the obstacles through a small hole.

A pig tail light socket was connected temporarily to the existing light feed for temporary lighting.
The square hole in the center of the ceiling was cut with the compass saw held at a 45 degree angle. This makes it much easier to patch the hole with the same piece and some joint compound. All of the edges are buttered with joint compound and are smoothed in place without taping.