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I give up.... [Jan. 13th, 2009|02:32 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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Stud/Metal detectors are useless! I have two, one does stud and metal the other does live AC/metal and wood. One seems to be telling me the entire ceiling is live, the other beeps completely at random. I've adjusted both and by a process of trial and error I've determined approximately where 3 joists are. I say approximately because unless the joists are 10" wide I have rather a large margin for error. 'OK' I thought 'I'll try a couple of test holes and then I should be able to find the centre of the joists'. I thought wrong it seems because the drill is as flat as a frog on the M25. I'm getting to the point where it may be quicker to pull the whole ceiling down and start again... I could put more insulation in that way, however I'm really not prepared to put up with the mess.

I'll look on the Interweb and see if there is such a thing as a SUPER PINPOINT ACCURATE metal detector. Although for all I know my upstairs neighbour has hidden all her silver under the floor which would account for the some of the patterns of metal I'm finding up there. Hmmm....Maybe I will pull the ceiling down ;-)

From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-13 12:01 pm (UTC)


It's begining to sound like "Right said Fred" by Bernard Cribbins.Nora
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2009-01-13 02:11 pm (UTC)

Re: ceiling

Every DIY job is like "Right said Fred".
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2009-01-13 05:15 pm (UTC)
A one eighth drill bit across the ceiling, it will pull out dust on most bits and wood on the joists. Once you get resistance and the smell of warm pine, proceed much closer to this point, a series of holes to the right until it offers no resistance - the edge of the joist, then back the other way to determine that edge. It will probably be about 2 inches across. Then continue across until you get resistance again, probably 9 inches and that willbe the space between each joist. Pilot holes to confirm this right across the ceiling.
The "tap it and listen" approach will help as well.
All of these methods will leave scars on the original ceiling should you decide that you wish to move and therefore replastering will be required. With this in mind, perhaps a small section of eiling could be removed to locate the size of the gap and the width of the joists then screw and tape it back up. It will be hidden until you want to replaster anyway.
All I have to decide now is if you are more like Laurence Lewellyn-Bowen, Barry Bucknall or Valarie Singleton!!!!
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