Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it
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    Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    I had been meaning to treat the ceiling with something, to help with first reflection points, so finally ordered some 2'x4' panels (GIK).




    Was planning on using a hook and loop / eye configuration for hanging, but I had a feeling it was going to end up being a measurement headache, especially with working overhead. Then I realized I could use an alternative with some things I already had on hand.

    I screwed mending plates to the back frame of the panels, and made a cardboard template to correspond with the placement.




    Had already figured the midpoint between the speakers and the listening chair. The ceilings are 10', so I used a big old tripod, making up the extra distance with a stick, to raise the template up to those points. Used the crank for the tripod center column to to press the template gently in place against the ceiling.








    Bolted matching mending plates to the ceiling, using anchors. Used the partial paper cup around the drill bit trick to help contain the drywall dust. Happened to have a bunch of 1/2" cube plastic-covered neodymium magnets, so placed one of those on each ceiling plate.








    One up -




    And both -




    The magnets are actually each strong enough to hold a panel, though there would be no way to practically do that. So four is overkill, but at least I don't have to think about them falling. The magnet system also gave me a little wiggle room with placement. A larger gap between panel and ceiling is usually recommended but I didn't want to interfere with the lighting. Some day when I'm feeling more ambitious I might paint the mending plates white to hide them better. Still have two more panels to experiment with, also.

    First impressions are positive, with improved clarity and instrument placement. Anyone else every try a hanging system like this?
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    Re: Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    Very cool
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    Re: Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    Brilliant!!
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    Re: Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    Awesome high ceiling there. Huge envy from me
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    Re: Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    Nicely done !
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    Re: Hanging ceiling panels - how I did it

    Thanks everyone!
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