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Can I safely drill into ceiling tiles?

I'm looking to mount the two front speakers and center speaker of a 5.1 surround sound home theater system onto my ceiling. My only concern is that I have ceiling tiles in this room, which means that the tiles can move. Can I mount speakers onto ceiling tiles? If I can't, are there any other solutions that will allow me to somehow have the speakers hang from the ceiling? All three speakers weigh 2.2 pounds each, and I guess combined with a mount it would be a little more.

Answer:

you can mount them to the metal frame, check to see if there is enough wire to hold the extra weight also. tile is to weak dont even try.
Apr 14, 2017
Drop Ceiling Tile Speakers
Apr 14, 2017
I have drilled ceramic tile many times using a carbide bit. To keep the bit in the right place while starting the hole, you simply take a pointed punch and hammer and tap a little chip in the tile surface. That will keep the point of the bit from wandering until you get started drilling By the way, the tiles were in place on a shower wall when I drilled them
Apr 14, 2017
An 8-foot peice of 2 x 4 called a STUD costs about 2-3 BUCKS..possibly even $$1.50...USD... === I would build stands from those.. === Ceiling Tiles are also called acoustic tiles..are a frame wired upwards--holding the panels secure and really can't accomdate anything else... === I would make STANDS from wood..as long as you don't mind them looking home-made... You then only need heavy duty HOOKS to wire the STANDS to a secure wall(mounting)..so they don't fall on top of you... === You may want to try a Ceiling(mount)--that's created from three sections...like a Door Frame in the middle of a room...you could even go--Diaginal...3-pieces of timber that have pillar structure holding the upper section--and useing both hooks and a cement anchor made from extra large Vegetable Cans..or plastic buckets... === You just need to tie your structure securely...so it will not topple over... I use very large hooks...and Twist Ties... === Satellite SPKRS are really the way to go..if your thinking of 12-inch woofers...I would not..I've stored mine away.. and have satellites...I have a 5.1 system.[end]
Apr 14, 2017
Another option is to cut a piece of plywood or OSB the size of the tile and rest it on top of the the ceiling tile. Drill through the tile and the ply/OSB and attach.
Apr 14, 2017

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