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  • Massive Ceiling Worries :s

    Posted by Sarahallman on March 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Really hoping someone can give me some advice on this one!

    Bought my x-pole about 6 months ago, and now I’m very worried that my ceiling may well come down when I remove it :s

    I used a stud finder to find ceiling supports in my ceiling, but wherever I put it, the thing beeped! So I kinda assumed that the ceiling would be strong enough to support my pole, cos I was so desperate to put it up once I’d bought it.

    But now I’m getting slightly worried that I’ve caused damage to the ceiling, as my house it pretty old. Plus, when I moved it slightly a couple of months ago, bits of plaster fell off the ceiling, which made me worry even more! So now I’m way to scared to even think of moving it even a tiny bit, which I really need to do as somehow the grip around the side of the top has worked it’s way between the ceiling and the pole, causing it to slip a little bit :s


    Audball replied 14 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Mary Ellyn

    March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Well your entire ceiling will not fall as the joists won’t fall but you may have damaged the drywall/plaster up there. The fact is if the rubber edging has shifted you NEED to take your pole down and fix that before it gets worse or the pole falls with you on it.

    Stud finder: It sounds like you may have been hearing the intital beep…when you first place it against the wall it may beep just from touching the wall. You need to depress the start button, place it against the wall, and hold it down as you slide it….it will shut off then go BACK on as you reach the first side of the stud, then been again 2 inches later on the other side of the stud.

  • Gsylass

    March 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t offer any advice on taking it down, but when you come to put it back up I suggest you put a piece of plywood between the dome and the ceiling.

    I have an old house too, and my hubby is super-cautious, so we have a piece of plywood about an inch thick and 1.5 x 3 times the size of the dome going across the joists. It protects the artex pattern and spreads the weight across at least two joists. It hasn’t moved or damaged the ceiling yet. I leave it up almost all the time, I only take it down when the in-laws come over, which reduces the stress on the ceiling which would be caused by repeatedly putting it up and taking it down.

    Good luck…

  • Journey

    March 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I’m no expert, but when you take it down, I’d do it VERY slowly. Even do a few slow turns on the adjuster screw then leave it to come back and do a few turns later (depending on how fragile you think your ceiling is). That way it lets the ceiling settle back into bearing its own weight instead of a sudden change. And that way, worse-case scenario, if the ceiling does start falling apart or anything, you can stop and leave the pole where it is until you can get something else under there.

  • Sarahallman

    March 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks guys I’ll give it a try and see what happens!! Fingers crossed haha I’m so dead if the ceiling comes down!! I think if all goes well, I’ll put it back up with the plywood, sounds like a good idea

  • Audball

    March 17, 2010 at 12:33 am

    So sorry this happened to you. I was in the same situation when buying my pole. The stud finder beeped continually. I tried to persuade my bf this meant it was okay, but he wasn’t to be fooled! It turns out stud finders don’t work on plaster ceilings. SO we had to pop out the light and look in to find the joist. I’m sure it’s just cosmetic repair at this stage. Best of luck with taking the pole down.

    And when you put it back up, it may be worth having someone (maybe the plasterer) to take out a light fitting and locate a joist with a torch!

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