How to install screw in hooks for hanging pot rack?

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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 10-19-2016 09:54 AM 1817 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2016 09:54 AM

So the wife ordered us a pot rack that hangs from the ceiling to go in our newly remodeled kitchen. It came with these big screw in hooks, (see pic) that screw in to the beams in the ceiling. I have never had much luck using these big screw in hooks, and I want to be very careful to get them screwed in without making a mess of the Sheetrock.

Can any one tell me the best way to get these things screwed in? Should I predrill the holes with a slightly smaller drill bit?

(I can’t seem to figure out the process for uploading pics. Will try that later.)

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 11:16 AM

I would just drill a hole the size of the root of the screw and then just screw it in place. Finding the solid wood, behind the sheet rock, to screw to, would be the hard part. Other wise you could use a, twist in, hollow wall anchor.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 11:29 AM

Hitting the centers of the 2xs in the ceiling is critical; pls don’t trust the weight of a pot rack to wall anchors (all due respect, Jim). And yes, drilling an undersizes hole is the way to get ‘er done. Practice on a 2×4 scrap piece first; snug is definitely what you want.

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 12:25 PM

Thanks for the replies fellows. Can anyone recommend a cheap stud finder?

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#4 posted 10-19-2016 12:42 PM

Have you tried just tapping on the ceiling and listening? That works fairly reliably for me. You can guess that the next joist is 16 inches away and then 32 but that’s always just an assumption.

If the pot rack isn’t 32 inches or 48 or so long will your wife be happy with the chains hanging at an angle? If not you may have to come up with some type of heavy anchor, but those are made for walls and sheer loads and as stated above will pull out. You might have to open the ceiling and put a piece of two by bracing in. Without seeing your rack it’s hard to say. Maybe you’ll be lucky and the joists run in the direction your rack will hang.

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 01:07 PM

The cheapest stud finder is going to be a magnet. Keep moving the magnet until it hits a screw that holds up the drywall.
As far as electric models, I’m not a fan of the older models. Then ones that light up when you hit the edge of a stud and turns off when you leave the stud. I’ve had too many false positives on those.

I bought one of these a couple years ago and swear by it. It shows the entire width of the stud all at once. Its a bit pricey for a stud finder but, in my opinion, well worth the cost.

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#6 posted 10-23-2016 01:00 PM

If you want it hung in an exact spot and you want it there for a long time you may have to go into the attic to put in some blocking. I know it’s no fun going up there, but sometimes to do things right you just have to do the hard work.

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#7 posted 10-23-2016 01:11 PM

Gotta use the Festool system though. If you do a lot of them it makes sense to purchase it.

Good luck now

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#8 posted 10-23-2016 01:35 PM

I’ve been very happy with the studpop stud finders. Even worked through ceramic tile to find the studs to add a grab bar to a shower.

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#9 posted 10-23-2016 02:06 PM

Gotta use the Festool system though. If you do a lot of them it makes sense to purchase it.

Good luck now

- waho6o9

Will this not work in any drill or does it just fit the Festool drills? Do you guys know if anyone else manufactures a drill bit for turning these hook anchors into a wall/ceiling?

Can’t go in through the attic because my house doesn’t have an attic. It was built in the 1950’s and has an almost flat roof with a very small pitch. I really don’t want to cut out the drywall. The ceiling has 1×4’s running very close together, and the pot rack is 36” so I think that I can anchor it in the appropriate spots, my concern is just getting these screw in anchors mounted properly without making a mess of the drywall. The pot rack is a bright copper color so I really have no choice on what to use for the anchors.

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#10 posted 10-23-2016 02:13 PM

It should work in any drill

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#11 posted 10-23-2016 07:44 PM

Another hook driver:


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