How do I find the ceiling studs in a popcorn ceiling? I'm trying to hang a pots and pans holder from the ceiling, I have a stud finder but it's not showing the correct spots.
I suggest you buy a better stud finder they have some out now that can detect wood electrical wires pipes Etc the old school way is to use along finishing nail. However this leaves a little hole in the ceiling so if you can use the finishing nail to find the first stud where it will be covered by your pot hanging assembly you could do it that way. Keep in mind if it's a roof above the ceiling it's more than likely 24-inch on Center if it's a second floor above it should be 16 on Center if it's an older house if it's a newer house they will be 19 on Center.
As Jeff mentioned, a "stud finder" is the best way as it won't damage any of the finished ceiling. (Available t any reno supply store.)
Also, if you measure out from a wall, you'll have an approximate idea of the location.
If you are looking to hang a pot and pan rack from the ceiling in your kitchen, there are usually 4 anchor points that need to be fastened. If the ceiling area has an attic, I would suggest that you can hang the rack where you want it and reinforce the area where the anchors are from the attic side.
If you do not have an attic area accessible, then a better quality stud finder would provide that location (s).
I do have a good stud finder, but maybe I'm not using it right. It beeps, so I try screwing a big hook, but every time it turns out to be just the drywall. Here's a pic of the ceiling, the holes, and a covered beam or a sauffet. Thanks for the replies, but I still need help.
Doreen, you could do what I did - hire a Trusted Pros contractor to do it for you! It shouldn't be that expensive. I suggest you post a project for this and check out who replies. That's what I did and I now have an excellent contractor for life!
Thanks Karen. I must have made at least a dozen holes in the ceiling, but I finally found two studs and was finally able to hang up my pots/pans holder. I then patched up all the holes and you can't see where the holes were.
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