My kitchen is an extension. I want to put ceiling hooks up there so I can hang pans from the ceiling.

I need to know where the rafters are so I'm not just putting hooks into the plaster. There is no access to the loft space.

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    Is the ceiling heavily textured? Stud finders work on ceilings if not, and a magnet could work even if there is texture.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 13:52
  • If you have modern drywall a simple knuckle knock will reveal them. The sound goes from hollow and booming to tighter and more solid. Use a very small drill bit to verify.
    – isherwood
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 14:20
  • The ceiling is textured (looks like woodchip) and I can't rap it without hurting my hand because of all the sharp bits. I will try the stud finder
    – Ne Mo
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 14:31
  • If the ceiling is too rough to knock on, it's probably too rough for a stud finder to work, so be aware of that.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 14:46
  • ok. I'll just keep drilling until sawdust comes out ;)
    – Ne Mo
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 14:47

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I like the rubber insulated handle of my screw driver as a knocking tool. The rubber handle of a hammer works well, won't mar the ceiling. A small finish nail leaves very little hole behind. (Happy Hunting) I carry an electronic stud finder as well. The newer stud finders are pretty amazing, fab results. You don't need an expensive finder for impressive results. I would avoid the low, low end models.

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