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Locating ceiling joists

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taramac Fri 29-Apr-05 18:45:06

How do you do it? I have a pot rack to hang and have to drill into beam or joist and have no idea how to make sure I am drilling in the right place. Have tried tapping but no joy - any ideas?

almostanangel Fri 29-Apr-05 18:47:37

something to do with upstairs and floor boards,,but then im blonde!

SoupDragon Fri 29-Apr-05 19:42:48

Stud & joist detector. Bees when you run it across a beam/joist.

Check which way the floorboards run in the room above. The joists will be 90 degrees to this and a certain distance apart depending how old your house is (something like 16 inches? for 1930's)

SoupDragon Fri 29-Apr-05 19:43:06

Beeps even. Not bees.

sunchowder Fri 29-Apr-05 19:44:40

Yes the stud detectors are great. The only time they don't work is when the paint is wet, needs two weeks to dry in first. Before this, we used a large nail as a stud finder and lots of spackle!

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