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Old 04-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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What kind of ceiling is in my apartment?


I wanted to hang a pull-up bar from the ceiling in my apartment. I've pretty much given up on the endeavor since the construction in this place seems a bit odd, and I don't need to risk doing any serious damage.

But, in the process, I did drill a hole into my ceiling and it left me a bit confused about how exactly the ceiling is constructed, and I'm just curious if anyone can enlighten me.

So, my stud finder indicates studs every 16". Drilling into one of these the drill feels a decent amount of resistance for about 2", and then it just stops. It refuses to go beyond that point. Nor will a self-tapping screw go into it (was curious, since I know several of the walls in the apartment have metal studs).

The building is a reburbish, and I'm not sure when it was originally built. This is in Chicago. The exterior is primarily brick (at least on the outer surface).

My only thought is some type of concrete, although I don't know how likely that is.

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How old is the building? Can you post a picture of the exterior, along with interior? What part of Chicago are you located in?

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Drill a hole right next to the joist and peer in. You have to patch the original hole anyway. This one will be right next to it.

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The building was apparently built in 1920. It's located in Rogers Park, not too far from Loyola (if you know the area)

The exterior basically looks like this (this is actually my building, photobucket refused to upload my images right now). It's basically some type of light colored brick.




Here's the interior. There's a soffit running around the perimeter for the HVAC, but obviously that's not where I'm drilling

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Drilling in a spot adjacent to where the stud finder says there's a stud gives the same result.

So why is my stud finder saying there's a stud there?
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When people walk upstairs or downstairs, or play music or tv, can you hear it? It is possible that it is metal lathe and plaster/morter mix that you are hitting, and they just placed gypsum over the original ceiling. So what the stud finder is stating as a joist, could actually be wood lathe. Even then with old buildings, it could be anywhere from 16 o/c to 24 o/c, but the timbers being larger to allow for longer spans between joists. Only way to know is to talk to the maintenance guy to find out, or if you can find a way to look at the construction of the floor (ie basement boiler room), there is no way to know but make guesses.

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