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Old 02-26-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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MetalStuds in the ceiling?

I have metal stud construction. I want to hang a pot rack over an island. Is it likely that they used the metal studs for the ceiling drywall as well?


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Old 02-27-2012, 03:22 AM   #2
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Yes, probably metal framing channels. You could open up the ceiling and install blocking. However:

They do make anchors suitable for this as well-google SNAPTOGGLE anchors with pot racks. I used a similar anchor for a pot rack in my own home, worked great.

There may be a chance with that kind of construction that your ceiling is actually textured concrete-have to use a concrete anchor in that case.


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See if you can remove one of your light fixture boxes, easiest way to tell as it will probably be mounted to a stud. Just turn the power off first.

I lived in an apartment/condo for awhile. The building was concrete construction with steel stud framing. The ceiling and bulk heads were steel stud framed. If you purchase the proper metal screws with the right thread pitch it's possible to install the rack into the studs as well.

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:40 PM   #4
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Yeah, depending on the span, it could be a heavy gauge metal that will require screws for that particular purpose. As suggested, take a light fixture down and see if you can tell which side of the joist it's fastened to. The try a nail and see if you hit metal or wood. A ceiling fixture should be big enough that you can try both sides without hole showing when you put it back up for that matter....
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