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Old 09-26-2019, 05:51 PM   #1
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Finding Buried Boxes


The hangers covered some boxes in the ceiling, whats best way to find them ? The truss is sealed off, it is a parallel cord truss 2 feet tall, no access.
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What is the best way to find buried boxes the drywall hangers covered up ? In the ceiling and it is a parallel cord truss 2 feet tall with no access.

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As long as the boxes were set proud of the framing as they should be, they'll cause a bulge in the plane of the drywall. Rocking a straightedge back & forth over that bulge can be remarkably accurate.

I've sometimes used a toner to get me in the neighborhood first.
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As long as the boxes were set proud of the framing as they should be, they'll cause a bulge in the plane of the drywall. Rocking a straightedge back & forth over that bulge can be remarkably accurate.

I've sometimes used a toner to get me in the neighborhood first.
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You call the rockers back and tell them to cut the boxes in.
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Good luck with that.
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But that's what should be done.
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Sure. They'll be back to do that in... six weeks or so.
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You got sucky rockers.
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If you haven’t paid them yet , tell them the check is in one of the boxes
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Check the plans to make sure they didn’t miss anything else

If the boxes are flush to framing, first figure out which truss they are nailed to, grab a hammer, and start knocking holes like Chip Gaines!!!


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Take a hammer and start breaking out the drywall until you find them.

Call the rockers back to fix it on their dime.




Next time, be proactive. Paint marks on the floor and take photos before the doperockers show up.
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What about any electrical wire tracing tools ?
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That would be a toner, which I already mentioned. Not as accurate as the straightedge method.
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May be able to tone it, but you have to figure out what wires to hook to, could be easy with ceiling lights and fans.
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What about any electrical wire tracing tools ?
If you've used NM cable, it will only show the path they take.
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If they are metal boxes you might find them with a stud finder with a “metal” setting
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If they are metal boxes you might find them with a stud finder with a “metal” setting
Or a magnet.
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I have found them with a very strong rare earth magnet, so strong that I have to use vise grips to get it off the inside of my van. But you still need an idea where they are, the magnet will zero in on exactly where

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