Mounting Track Lighting to Plaster Ceiling

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Old 10-14-04, 10:01 AM
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Mounting Track Lighting to Plaster Ceiling

(Realize this may not be the proper forum, but I could not identify a better one - please advise if there is.)

Am very good at working with drywall ceilings but am new to plaster. Am mounting a (very lightweight) track light track to old plaster ceiling. What's the best anchor for this? Metal Butterfly seems like overkill, what with the relatively huge holes that have to be drilled. What about one of those smaller plastic ones that expand? Thanks for any tips.

David
 
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Old 10-14-04, 10:11 AM
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How about a 2" sheetrock screw? There should be wood above the plaster. If that doesn't work then I would use a 3/16" toggle bolt(which is what I think you call a butterfly).
 
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Old 10-14-04, 10:14 AM
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wood above the plaster

Thanks, mgb.

Not sure if I could find the wood above the plaster (tips for doing that?). I will try the small toggles.

David


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How about a 2" sheetrock screw? There should be wood above the plaster. If that doesn't work then I would use a 3/16" toggle bolt(which is what I think you call a butterfly).
 
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Old 10-14-04, 10:17 AM
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The plaster is applied over wood, called lathe. You can't avoid the lathe. What you have to be careful of is not hitting the place where two pieces of lathe meet.
 
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Old 10-14-04, 10:20 AM
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If I'm not mistaken there are wooden laths(sp) that the plaster is applied to and they are nailed very close together. If when you install the screw and it happens to miss one then you could use the toggle bolt in its place.
 
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Old 10-14-04, 11:04 AM
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Tell us what kind of plaster walls you have. It can be wooden lath strips like already suggested, or it can be 3/8" plasterboard that's mudded over with plaster. Both types are fairly common depending on the age of the home.

On my plaster/plasterboard walls & ceilings, I've had good success with EZ-anchors such as these, where I cannot mount directly to a stud or joist.

http://www.smithfast.com/ezanc.htm
 
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Old 10-14-04, 11:52 AM
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Construction is 1911, and I'm assuming -- how would I know for sure? -- that it is the original ceiling. Would that be wooden lath?

Thanks.

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Tell us what kind of plaster walls you have. It can be wooden lath strips like already suggested, or it can be 3/8" plasterboard that's mudded over with plaster. Both types are fairly common depending on the age of the home.

On my plaster/plasterboard walls & ceilings, I've had good success with EZ-anchors such as these, where I cannot mount directly to a stud or joist.

http://www.smithfast.com/ezanc.htm
 
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