How thick are the ceiling trim boards?

love_the_yardApril 27, 2014

Please see photos below. The back porch faces due west and I want to hang some blinds to create some shade in the afternoon. The screens are framed in aluminum all of the way around (painted white). I want to hang the blinds from the wood trim just to the inside of the aluminum frame (painted gray).

My question is this: how thick is the board from which I want to hang the blinds? It is the board marked "wood (gray)" in the last photo below. Is there a trick to determining that? Should I use toggle bolts? I don't want buy super heavy-duty stainless steal eye bolts/eye screws just to find out they are doing nothing but pushing up air when I screw them in and the board is nothing but 1/2" thick.

What do you experienced folks suggest? I am such a novice!(Hanging my head.) I don't really have a clue what I'm doing. I did try "Mr. Google" but apparently I am not using good search terms.

Thanks so much!

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Below is a link to the shades I am building so you can get the whole picture.


Here is a link that might be useful: DIY tropical style room divider

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:01PM
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You should be ok but the only way to be sure is to drill a hole and see what's there.

Question: do you plan to always have the blinds down? By the time you buy all the parts for the DIY you may find that the HD blinds could save you $$ and the hassle.
I've linked to one type .........and HD also carries it in 6' widths. I believe HD is able to cut the blinds to the width you least they used to.

Here is a link that might be useful: Roll up blinds

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 12:24PM
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Thank you for all of the help! I went ahead and built the dividers. Will be hanging them today. I will post pictures when I get them up!


    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 10:31AM
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Thanks again for all of the help! I have posted pictures of the finished shades at the link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Creating Shade on my Screened-in Porch

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 11:20AM
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