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What is the best method to trace a 2" x 4" studs in the ceiling

What is the best method to trace a 2" x 4" studs in the ceiling

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Old 10-18-15, 09:58 PM
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What is the best method to trace a 2" x 4" studs in the ceiling

I want to trace the 2 x 4 stud in the ceiling with a chalk line so that it shows a line tracing the stud from one end to the other end on the ceiling. Would using a chalk line work or is there a better method ? I need to expose the studs the entire length from one side where the wall meets the ceiling to the other end again where the wall meets the ceiling.

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Old 10-18-15, 10:40 PM
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Post make little since.
A 2 X 4 in the ceiling is a joist not a stud, studs are vertical.
What is it your really trying to do?
 
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Old 10-19-15, 01:12 AM
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Spend $10 at any hardware store and buy yourself a stud finder. it's a small battery operated tool which will identify where the stud or rafter is behind the drywall or plaster. Mark the ceiling at various intervals from one side to the other, then use a straight edge or chalk-line to connect the dots all the way across.
 
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Old 10-24-15, 07:30 PM
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Oh OK thanks for the response. Sorry for the confusion. As for the reason behind locating the overhead joist is so that we can install overhead lighting fixtures. Hope that helps.

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Old 10-24-15, 07:44 PM
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I chalk line isn't exactly easy to clean up or paint over. How about using painters tape.

Then a stud finder as Andy suggested would be the normal approach.

If you don't want to buy a stud finder, then the "tap tap" approach might work, but it is often difficult to be sure.

Bud
 
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