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Old 03-01-2004, 07:49 PM   #1
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Dry wall ceiling weight load...

Can someone give me a second opinion to reassure my fiance. I have 2 anchor hooks in my ceiling each rated at 40lbs to hold my light hood which probably weighs like 20lbs if that. The drywall ceiling will support this much weight right? Thanks for any info.
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well are you going to to just the drywall or in to the drywall and in to a floor beam? if you are going in to the florr beam too then ya you should be fine. if in to just drywall then i would not try it. lights in the water not a good thing.
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make sure you're going into a joice beam above the drywall or else you'll have problems.
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personally id look for a stud as suggested and make sure i hit wood and not just drywall cuz it would really suk if da thing droped and u end up frying ure fish.
if ya really wanna hang it on just drywall id sugesst using some spring drywall anchors. they look kinda like this )----> cuz scews n nails tend to loosen in drywall over time
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:11 PM   #5
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I agree with everything that has been said above. I would NOT simply screw those hooks into the drywall and hope for the best. You need a support beam to attach them to.
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What I've used is an anchor designed specifically for use in ceilings. Attached is a pic...is this sturdy enough, or should I get out the stud finder and look for some other means of suspension. Thanks for the advice. Hmm.. won't take the pic
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Here is what I've used...is this okay? Oh well, I give up. What I've used is a ceiling hanger that is what is commonly used for plants etc. It has a piece that sits above the ceiling at a right angle that acts as the anchor and a hook below..it holds up to 40 lbs. If anyone knows what I'm describing, let me know if this sounds okay or I guess I'll go looking for a ceiling joist.
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i would just go for the ceiling joist i think they are about every 12" or so in the long run it would be a lot better then that anchor. I would not want to take the risk of loseing the lights and every thing in my tank just becasue of 2 anchors. but that might just be me.
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The anchor can hold 40lbs, but the drywall might not be able to. Definately anchor to a solid piece of wood. It would be insane to risk something like this.
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Joists are spread on 16" centers.

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