I'd like to put up a sail shade, or two, out over my patio.
It will need metal anchors, attached to the house.
Is there a good way to find the near-center of the outer joist?
I wonder if I can find the center by simply measuring:
I know the distance to the ceiling inside, and so I should
be able to find that spot, or very close, on the outside.
Then add the thickness[?] of the ceiling wallboard.
And add 3" to that [1/2 the 6" joist],
and I might be close.
Unless I'm missing something important...?
I wonder if a stud finder would be accurate enough.
On Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:20:06 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Stucco too! Does that have a wire mesh backing. I don't know.
I'd look for studs inside the house and then look for studs outside the
house and see if they match.
Another way I could tell the electronic stud finder was working is that
the light or buzzer went on at one point and off 1 1/2 inches later, the
width of a stud.
The other way people look for studs is to drill a small, tiny if
possible, hole through the sheetrock, or the lath and plaster, and see
if it brings out sawdust at a certain depth. Or if it just gets
easier to drill. Once you get sawdust in one place, you can mark the
depth by wrapping some vinyl electrical tape around the drill bit, maybe
exactly 1/2 up from the boundary of what you can't see because the bit
is in the wall. Normally I'd wrap the tape at the depth I want to make
the hole, but here the goal is not to make a hole of a certain depth,
but to see what his beyond that depth. I think I'd want to push the bit
in a little farther to make sure sawdust doesn't show up an eighth or a
quarter inch later.
OTOH, if you make the gap too big, an inch, well that would probably be
okay too. It's not like the exrtra half inch will leave a hole on the
You can get long but quite thin drill bits somewhere.
OTOH, I have no experience with stucco but I think you'll have to patch
every hole you don't use so water doesn't get in and under the stucco.
I don't know how hard that is to patch or to make the patches match the
wall. Maybe you can just repaint that whole section after patching.
And finally, you should learn more about framing and know where studs
are normally put. There is usually a box built around doors, I think,
inclduign sliding glass doors, but I never really paid attention. And
then there is the end of a wall. If it's a corner, does it matter
which wall extends to the corner and which wall only extends to the
other wall that was erected first. Maybe not. Go look at some
housees under construction, or look at drawings in books, or exhibits if
any at the hardware store. Unless your house is so old things are done
differently now. How old would that be? Older than 1945? 1900?
That's why I said they were precise. It was right on the money, less
than 1/10, 1/20 of an inch possible difference from the right width,
whether I went left to right or right to let. It's really amazing,
when there's only one layer for sheetrock at least, how well they work.
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