50's era radiant ceiling heat


Old 02-08-02, 10:16 AM
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50's era radiant ceiling heat

I'd like to install a 2 foot square fluorescent fixture in my kitchen ceiling which has the ceiling heat (radiant) commonly istalled in the 50's and 60's. I need to install it with 4 drywall screws, 1 in each corner. What is the risk of damage to the system? Is the heat radiated from imbedded coils or cables and , if so, how wide apart are they and would one have to be penetrated to disable the heat?
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Old 02-08-02, 10:46 AM
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Hello Jack,

I would be very carefully about drilling any holes without being exactly sure where the piping is.

1) You might try using a metal detector to locate the piping, assuming the piping is metal. I think in the 1950's and 1960's metal was commonly used in these systems, but recently radiant heat systems use plastic tubing.

2) You might try using a stud finder (since they work by bouncing ultrasonic sound and measuring the differences in density) to locate the pipes. It should work in theory, but never tried it myself.

Good Luck


Last edited by TheZman; 02-08-02 at 11:29 AM.

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