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Part # 01A 13916
10 Pack Suspension Track Tube Screw Inserts
We are proud to now offer our customers complete hospital curtain track kits in 16 of the most common sizes and layouts. This takes all the guess work out of determining what you need for most common installations. Click here to see our Curtain Track Kits.
- For attaching a curtain track to the ceiling when suspending the track down from the ceiling.
- These are heavy duty 1/4"-20 threaded nut tube inserts.
- These are made to fit our suspension tubing but may have other applications. Our suspension tubing is 1" outer diameter and 7/8" inner diameter. So if you have a 7/8" diameter hole in your tubing these "should" work.
- These are very strong and impossible to remove once installed in the end of the suspension tube so make sure your tube is the right length before installing.
- The best way to install these is to lay the insert on the floor with the star tension washer up and place the tube over the end and use the weight of your body to push the tube down onto the insert. You may need to tap the insert with a rubber hammer to fully seat the insert after pushing it in.
The ceiling flanges, suspension tubes and screw inserts are used in conjunction to install a suspended track installation. A suspended track might be desirable if you have very tall ceilings or if you have obstructions such as lighting or HVAC ducts that prevent you from installing the track flush up against the ceiling where you want to run track.
The way it works is you install a ceiling flange on the ceiling, you then cut a piece of suspension tube the length you wish the track to "hang down" from the ceiling. You then install a screw insert into one end of the piece of suspension tube. The you install the suspension tube into the ceiling flange so the screw insert is facing down. You drill a hole in the in the track at appropriate location and then attach the track to the suspension tube by running a 1/4"-20 pan head screw up into the screw insert in the end of the suspension tube. You need to have a suspension tube support every 30" of track.
- Flush Mount - If you have a sheetrock or plaster ceiling the curtain can be attached directly to the ceiling by drilling a hole through the track in the desired location and running a screw into a sheetrock anchor. You could alternatively find the ceiling joist and place a longer wood screw through the sheetrock an into the wood ceiling joist.
- Grid Ceilings - It can be attached to a grid type ceiling also known as acoustical tiles or hanging ceilings. This can be done two ways. You can drill a hole through the track an install a sheet metal screw directly into the grid. If you do not want to drill holes in the ceiling grid support you can purchase the "ceiling clips" from us that clamp onto the grid and them the track is attached to the ceiling clips with a screw that is provided with the ceiling clips. If you thing that you might want to relocate the track in the future use the ceiling clips so that you do not leave ugly holes in your ceiling grid when you move the track. The clips are also much faster to install.
- Suspended Track - This is generally used on high ceilings or when you have ceiling obstructions such as lighting or environmental ducting that prevents you from attaching directly to the ceiling. Truss style and/or vaulted ceilings. If the ceiling trusses are flat you can attach the track directly to the truss with whatever fastener best suits the application. If the trusses are uneven or if the ceiling has a vault or pitch to it you will need to suspend the curtain track. To do this you will need to purchase the ceiling flanges, suspension tubes and screw inserts that we sell on this site. These are basically a mounting flange that you mount to the ceiling and then a tube that drops down for the curtain track to attach to. You cut the suspension tubes off at the height that the track needs to hang, place a screw insert into the end of the tube and then run a screw through the track into the end of the suspension tube/screw insert.
- Custom Installations - The only limit is your imagination. It can be attached to any surface or even be inset or embedded into another surface. We have had customers install this track before hanging sheet rock on the ceiling and then plaster up over the edge of the track so that it appears to be "built it" to the ceiling. This is a lot of work but creates a very striking effect.
Be sure to read our Curtain Track Installation Tutorial and Help Page to ensure you have all the pieces and parts that you need for your installation.
If you have any question don't hesitate to call our knowledgeable customer service professionals for answers or advice at 1-800-804-9549 M-F 8am-6pm CST