Take the 2-minute tour ×
Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have speakers in my ceiling and I need to get the covers off to check the settings. I've tried pulling them with my fingernails and a plastic knife but no luck so far. Any ideas?

enter image description here

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

I have seen the magnetic type, they are out there. Most of the ones I seen are held in by pressure fit.

To remove the ones you have you will need an item small enough to fit inside the holes with a tight bend in it to serve as a hook to start to pull at the corners. A dental tool has hard enough steel in it to pull with out straightening out. You need to ease a corner out just a little then pull out a little farther down the edge till you get to the other corner. Work all the way around like this a little at a time. Say about 1/8" out. If you pull it out too much at one time you will deform the grill and it will be really difficult to reinstall. By the time you go around the second time it will come free.

share|improve this answer

I'd try a 3" putty knife: carefully.

share|improve this answer

These look like Polk Audio speakers to me - I have the same ones.

From page 12 of the user manual, they suggest a paperclip. I realize yours are square, there are few different models.

If the speaker is already in the wall, carefully hook the grille with a bent paper clip and pull it gently away from the frame

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

I don't know the speaker brand, but I'm 99.9% sure it's going to be magnetically held. Now that you know that you'll go peel it right off. Be careful you don't bend it, they can be very thin.

How do know the speaker has adjustments?

Continued:

Hum! I was involved in a commercial auditorium theater system installation and the ceiling and cabinet mounted speakers all had flat ribbon magnets on the entire front perimeter of the enclosures. And the very thin, light weight grills snapped to it as tight as could be. I see for the Polks that @Steven have, only the perforated inner grill is friction held for its entire perimeter to the permanently installed outer frame providing a similar firm and continuous attachment. But I would think you'd recall that from when you had the one off. I would also think that some sort of a clip or spring loaded mechanism would be the least desirable method possibly allowing the grill to vibrate and make sounds of its own, but maybe that's it. Try pushing on the grill on each edge and see if there's any movement. I guess the other possibility is that the painter just finished painting the ceiling and put the grills right back up on the wet paint.

share|improve this answer
    
I'm not sure I've ever seen a speaker with a magnetic grille, although I don't have much experience with ceiling-mounted speakers. What makes you so confidant? –  Henry Jackson Apr 30 at 23:47
    
One of the speakers in the ceiling had the grill already coming off so it was easy to take off with fingers. The others are stuck fast. So I know what's under it and that it's not magnetic. I should have mentioned that in the question but didn't think it relevant. Thanks for the suggestion! –  Guy May 1 at 4:22

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.