RealTraps - RFZ Panel Ceiling Mounting

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The RFZ Ceiling Kit includes two custom metal brackets, plus four Molly bolts and four wood screws so you can attach to any type of ceiling. Click the image to see it full size.




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This photo shows how the metal brackets slip between the back of an RFZ panel and the mounting bars. This photo is for illustration only! When you actually install it you'll first attach the brackets to the ceiling, then slide the RFZ panel into place. Click the image to see it full size.

The RFZ Ceiling Kit lets you hang an RFZ Panel securely from the ceiling without the air space you'd normally have when hanging it with wires. You can also buy the metal pieces to make these yourself if you prefer. Details are below.

First measure and mark where the four Molly bolts or wood screws will go on the ceiling. The bracket holes are 16 inches apart, and the brackets are placed 16 inches apart from each other. The rear view of an RFZ panel below shows these dimensions.

This next drawing below shows a side view of an RFZ panel hanging after the brackets have been attached to the ceiling. Note that the shorter part of the bracket goes against the ceiling. Once both metal brackets are attached to the ceiling, push the trap up against the ceiling, then slide it so the metal tucks behind the RFZ panel's mounting bars, between the bar and the white backing.



If you're handy with tools you can make the mounting brackets needed for RFZ Panel ceiling mounting yourself. You'll need two pieces of 5/8 inch drywall J Bead, each 18 inches long, plus four Molly bolts or wood screws, depending on the type of ceiling you're attaching to. You'll also need a drill with 1/8 and 5/16 inch diameter bits. The J Bead can be purchased at most hardware stores, including Home Depot, and the dimensions are shown at left so you can be sure to get the correct type. The drawing below shows the hole details for one end, and the drawing at the top of this page shows the entire piece in context with the two sets of holes 16 inches apart.



If you are not familiar with using Molly bolts, this section will help. Start by hammering each Molly bolt into the ceiling. This merely gets it into place, but does not secure the bolt to the wall or ceiling. After hammering in the Molly bolt, tighten the screw until you feel the resistance increase slightly. Do not over-tighten!

Note the two small barbs on the Molly bolt's shoulder that dig into the sheet rock to keep the bolt from turning. As you tighten the screw, push firmly on the screwdriver against the Molly bolt so the barbs stay in place and prevent the Molly bolt from spinning.

Next remove the screw completely, attach the metal brackets as shown above, then insert the screw again and tighten it until it's secure.The image at left shows what happens behind the wall as the Molly bolt's screw is tightened, to help you visualize how it holds and why this type of fastener is so effective.

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