How to Install Hooks in Concrete Ceilings

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How you install a hook into the ceiling depends upon the material you're installing it into. In many cases, it can be as simple as screwing the hook in, as is the case with hooks installed into a wooden ceiling rafter. Hooks installed into a plaster or drywall ceiling, on the other hand, will require the addition of special anchors during installation. If you're installing a hook into a concrete, you'll need to use a few special tools and materials to ensure that your hooks are securely fastened.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Impact drill
  • Carbide-tipped drill bit
  • Masonry anchors
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

Place a ladder under the ceiling where you want to place the hook. Stand on the ladder and mark the planned hook location with a pencil.

Put on safety glasses. Drill a hole the size of your masonry anchor into the concrete with an impact drill and a carbide-tipped drill bit.

Place the masonry anchor into the hole. Tap on the anchor with a hammer until it's flush with the surface of the ceiling.

Insert the threaded end of the hook into the anchor. Turn the hook until it catches in the anchor, and keep turning it until threads are fully into the anchor. Use pliers to turn the hook when it becomes too hard to turn by hand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Impact drills can be rented at equipment rental shops.

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References

  • Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated; Editors of The Family Handyman
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