Finding beams in garage ceiling?

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  1. paulfoel

    paulfoel Guest

    Want to hang a bike rack....

    Whats best way to find out where the beams are underneath the artexed
    ceiling. Apart from the obvious of guessing by seeing how hollow it
    sounds when i hit it with a broom handle and then drilling a hole.

    Are the beams likely to run across the garage or up/down?

    BTW- theres a bedroom above the garage if that makes any difference....
     
    paulfoel, Mar 24, 2011
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    Roger Mills Guest

    On 24/03/2011 20:35, paulfoel wrote:
    > Want to hang a bike rack....
    >
    > Whats best way to find out where the beams are underneath the artexed
    > ceiling. Apart from the obvious of guessing by seeing how hollow it
    > sounds when i hit it with a broom handle and then drilling a hole.
    >
    > Are the beams likely to run across the garage or up/down?
    >
    > BTW- theres a bedroom above the garage if that makes any difference....



    Which way do the bedroom floorboards run? The joists will be at right
    angles to these - and you can tell where they are from the rows of
    nails. With a bit of careful measuring you can then work out where the
    joists are relative to the garage ceiling.
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    Roger Mills, Mar 24, 2011
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    Tabby Guest

    On Mar 24, 8:35 pm, paulfoel <> wrote:
    > Want to hang a bike rack....
    >
    > Whats best way to find out where the beams are underneath the artexed
    > ceiling. Apart from the obvious of guessing by seeing how hollow it
    > sounds when i hit it with a broom handle and then drilling a hole.
    >
    > Are the beams likely to run across the garage or up/down?
    >
    > BTW- theres a bedroom above the garage if that makes any difference....


    Just tap it with your knuckles, run back and forth over it and you'll
    work it out. Spacing is usually 16", sometimes 2'.


    NT
     
    Tabby, Mar 25, 2011
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  4. paulfoel

    OG Guest

    On 24/03/2011 20:35, paulfoel wrote:
    > Want to hang a bike rack....
    >
    > Whats best way to find out where the beams are underneath the artexed
    > ceiling. Apart from the obvious of guessing by seeing how hollow it
    > sounds when i hit it with a broom handle and then drilling a hole.
    >
    > Are the beams likely to run across the garage or up/down?
    >
    > BTW- theres a bedroom above the garage if that makes any difference....


    Have they skimmed the garage ceiling ? Very posh!

    On mine you can see the lines of nails/pins holding the plasterboard to
    the beams.

    And, for what it's worth, they run across the width of the garage.
     
    OG, Mar 25, 2011
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    Lobster Guest

    On 24/03/2011 20:35, paulfoel wrote:
    > Want to hang a bike rack....
    >
    > Whats best way to find out where the beams are underneath the artexed
    > ceiling. Apart from the obvious of guessing by seeing how hollow it
    > sounds when i hit it with a broom handle and then drilling a hole.
    >
    > Are the beams likely to run across the garage or up/down?


    More likely to be across the width, but can't guarantee it.

    If knocking doesn't work, and presumably you haven't got a stud detector
    or you wouldn't be asking the question, the esiest was would be just to
    drill test holes with your smallest drill to locate the beam - after all
    it's a *garage* ceiling, not your living room; and it's got Artex on
    which will conceal the holes (which could be completely hidden by
    bunging a bit of filler in).

    David
     
    Lobster, Mar 25, 2011
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