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Old 04-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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I live in a really old rental house, and I need to find the joists to attach a baby hammock to the ceiling. Unfortunately a stud finder doesn't locate them, and I have no idea how to find them. Any advice?
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Does the ceiling have any type of moldings? If so, maybe you can see where they nailed them
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Does the ceiling have any type of moldings? If so, maybe you can see where they nailed them
No, unfortunately it doesn't. Someone did a really hack-y remodel job on the whole house in the past couple decades.
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Baby. Old structure. Rental. Unknown construction. I'd go with an A-Frame that sets on the floor. Just 2 cents worth.
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If there is a ceiling light fixture you could take it down and see from the opening where the joists are.

What I have done in the past when dealing with plaster and lath ceilings is drill a small hole in an inconspicuous spot and fish a coat hanger into the hole to determine the location and spacing of the joists. The pencil sized hole can be easily filled.
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I live in a really old rental house, and I need to find the joists to attach a baby hammock to the ceiling. Unfortunately a stud finder doesn't locate them, and I have no idea how to find them. Any advice?
If the ceilings are now sheetrocked, you can hold a flashlight parallel to the ceiling and pick out the filled nail holes if the remodel is as lousy as you say.
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IF the ceiling is sheetrocked, and maybe even if not, a good, strong ceramic type (read: hard drive) magnet should find any metal fasteners up there.

BUT.... I have to agree with DexterII as to the wisdom of continuing in this fashion.

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What's above the ceiling? If it's the attic, go up there and look around.
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Either a rare earth magnet or a $39 metal detector will locate fasteners. However if it has drywall over an existing ceiling you may only find furring strips and I wouldn't want to hang from those.
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