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Do I have studs on my plaster and lath wall around/above fireplace?

my home was built in 1892. The fireplace was a coal burner that has since been replaced by a propane fireplace insert. I want to mount a TV above the fireplace but am uncertain as to what is behind ...
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How can I install an electrical panel when the stud cavity is too narrow?

I am installing a sub panel in my garage and ran into a problem. I have the usual 14" of space in the stud cavity but the problem is that the subpanel I bought is 14 1/4" wide. I'm wondering what ...
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How do I know if I will drill into a hole in a wall that was already made?

I drilled 2 large holes for mounting a flat screen in the bedroom. One hole is in a wood stud and the other is a metal stud. I will be renting out our apartment and will be taking the TV down and ...
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Is it ok to screw those red utility hooks into wall studs, or should I use a crossbar between two studs?

So, I'm hanging my tools in my garage, the wall is unfinished so I have direct access to studs. I'm using red utility hooks very much like the one pictured below to hang shovels, rakes, a few electric ...
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Mounting a TV wall mount to stud where A/C is detected

I want to mount my TV on the wall and just purchase a wall mount for it. I've done this kind of install before, but when I was using my stud finder, it is indicating that one of the studs has AC ...
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Is it okay for one curtain hanging bracket to be screwed into drywall with no anchors?

I'm trying to hang curtains from near the ceiling. I have 5 brackets. 4 of them have successfully been screwed into wood, at least with the top screw (the bottom screw was as a wall anchor into ...
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replace stud that has vent pipe through it

I had some water damage in my bathroom and a few of the studs are rotted. I am assuming they need to be replaced. The problem is these studs have a plumbing vent pipe drilled through the middle of ...
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Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs

I recently pulled off old wood paneling in my basement, and would like to insulate it using rigid foam (silverboard or durofoam). Behind the panelling, there is tar paper, and 1x2" studs approximately ...
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How can I hang my cupboard on a stud wall?

I have a storage cupboard in which I'd like to put some shelves. No problem with brick walls as normally I'd just have wooden battens on 3 sides, srewed directly into the wall with rawlplugs, then ...
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Is it safe to shave off 1/8" from a load-bearing stud?

I am trying to install a small metal media cabinet in a load-bearing wall in my basement, but unfortunately the cabinet is about 1/8" too wide to fit between the studs. Is it safe to shave off a ...
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What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...
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How can I build a mantel around my fireplace?

I am new to posting on this site but have been reading it for a while! My wife asked me to redo our fireplace mantel. When I got the drywall off I noticed that the studs are not exactly uniform. I ...
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What's the point of a thin (1/4" width) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs?

What's the point of a thin (1/4" width, ~2-3" wide) piece of wood set diagonally between two studs? I just took out a piece of drywall for some other work I'm doing, and between two studs, there's ...
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Can I drill another set of holes in my studs to mount a TV?

I currently have a 47 inch TV which is mounted onto studs in my wall which is good. But now I plan to get 70 inch TV which means my existing wall mount frame must move a little upwards to fit above ...
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How can I mount a shelf above a closet door?

I would like to mount a wall shelf above a closet door in a small bedroom. I was thinking about using the Ikea Ekby shelf, which is 59" long (exactly the length of the sliding doors of the closet). I ...
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How should I build a low profile stud wall in a basement?

I'm considering several options for building out a wall in a basement. Unfortunately, due to the way that the stairs leading to the basement are positioned in my house and the spacing I have to build ...
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Plumbing cuts through five studs. Is ok?

My kitchen remodel is in progress. After ripping out existing cabinets we found that the plumbing for the sink drain cuts through a total of 7 studs, more than 50% through each (see photos). ...
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Can I attach a television mount using custom drilled holes?

I have a 94" wall with 14" studs. There is a stud right in the center at 47". I have been looking for a full motion mount wide enough, so that I can use the studs on both sides of the center. Meaning ...
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How do I go about framing a half wall into a full wall?

My house has an second floor open loft area with a half wall that overlooks the foyer down below. I would like to enclose the half wall, add a closet and door to create a fourth bedroom. How do I go ...
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How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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How can I hang a heavy mirrored bathroom cabinet?

I purchased a bathroom cabinet today that is 1200 mm wide, by 750 mm tall, and 150 mm deep. When I brought it home, I discovered it weighed nearly 40 kg (88 pound) empty. I was told that I could use ...
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Making a fake wall to mount a tv, easy as it seems? will the fake studs be able to carry the same weight?

The fake wall is strictly aesthetics but there are 5 studs on the actual wall, then we will be attaching 5 more "studs" kinda like this. But it will be from the floor to around 3/4th of the actual ...
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Can I build a staggered steel stud wall?

I want to build a house with steel. I'm interested in building like say 8' wide exterior walls, with staggered studs or double 3' studs to prevent thermal bridging; is this feasible? Are the studs ...
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Stud finding for window curtains — what does it mean that the whole side of the window frame is magnetic?

I had originally hung up window curtains by putting plastic anchors into the plaster and screwing into those. After a year, that fell out. Searching online, it seems if I find the studs / wood ...
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How can I attach a curtain rail to a lath and plaster wall?

I need to attach a curtain pole (for a heavy curtain) above a window. To be consistent with another window in the same room, I'll need to affix a 4-inch wide strip of wood to the wall, and attach the ...
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Drill getting stuck about two inches into stud

I'm trying to mount my flat screen. I found a stud using a stud finder and can definitely feel that I'm drilling into the stud but about 1.5-2 inches in, the bit gets stuck. I proceeded with ...
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Mounting Full Motion Mount on a Single Stud

I've seen this question regarding a sheet metal stud, but my plan and situation are a bit different. I am curious if ananyone thinks this sounds secure: I have a full motion flat screen wall mount ...
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How can I secure a wall-mount server rack?

I would like to install a 2-Post 12U wall-mounted server rack in my utility closet. The rack will hold up to 200lbs. However, my equipment will be just under 180lbs. Most of the weight will be at the ...
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What drill bit do I need to screw a hex cap screw into a wall stud? The magnetic DeWalt nut driver bits aren't an exact match

I am trying to hang a TV mount into the wall studs above a fireplace. The hex cap screws that came with the mount don't fit snugly into the 7/16" nut driver bit and are too big for the 3/8" bit. ...
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Can I use OSB or plywood instead of 1x6 boards to hang metal panels?

I'm going to be putting up two louvered panels that will hold plastic hanging bins (think akro-bin type). I won't be able to mount the panels on studs, so I'm trying to decide if I should mount ...
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Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?

I am trying to mount a TV onto an "exterior" wall. I used the quotes because I guess technically it may not be exterior (I live in a townhouse with dividing walls between the houses). Anyway, I've ...
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How can I remove a stud from a load bearing wall?

I want to remove a stud from a load bearing wall in order to recess my fridge another 3-4 inches. In doing so I will be removing the bottom plate, one stud from bottom plate up to height of the fridge ...
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Use impact driver or impact wrench for lag screws?

Assume 100 ft lb on the socket for impact driver and 300 ft lb on the socket for impact wrench, what's appropriate for driving 3" lag screws? Would an impact wrench break the screw? If the torque is ...
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How to make paint stick to a stud screw?

Around my house, I have a places on my walls where the paint has fallen off of stud screws. They are not popped screws. Rather, they are still depressed into the wall, so I don't know how why this ...
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Attach partition wall to lath and plaster wall

I am looking to add a small closet (2×4 ft) in the corner of a room with lath and plaster walls. I would like to frame in two sides and attach it to the existing wall. Do I have to limit myself to the ...
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How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the ...
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How do I hang a pot rack in a plaster ceiling?

I am trying to hang a pot rack, and my house is all plaster walls. I have an electronic stud finder but the places it is telling me that studs exist don't seem to be correct - test nails have gone ...
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I need to Mount a 55" Sony TV on a Wood paneling wall w/no studs

My wife and I rent a duplex in an old neighborhood of Honolulu, HI. We have talked about mounting our 55" XBR-55X810C Sony 4K TV since we bought it, and yesterday we bought a mount on a whim. It's a ...
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Why does a wall in my finished basement only have a steel plate and no studs?

I am trying to mount a TV that's about 20lbs into some studs in the wall. I used a stud finder and drilled some holes where the studs should be but never hit any wood, instead I hit a metal plate ...
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Finding studs in a horse hair plaster wall?

So, I've tried all the standard methods. Checked the outlet, which is screw directly into the lath(yeah, is that even up to code?!). Magnet doesn't work, I've got a rare earth magnet, and the plaster ...
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Is it acceptable to cut studs to install an electrical panel?

Our electrician cut out 2 by 4's to install an electrical panel between them. He put a screw through the box into the cut end of the 2 by 4 in only three places. I don't believe it's a load bearing ...
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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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What is it? Red and waxy debris from drilling studs

I was drilling two studs in order to install a wall-mounted shelf, and one of the studs smelled funny when I started drilling. It smelled kind of sweet and the dust that came out is sort of red, ...
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Question on finding studs

I'm trying to find studs along my wall and have been successful except for the wall corners which have me confused. I am using a magnet to find the studs which is working well. However, along the wall ...
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Are there markings on studs or drywall that indicate when it was made?

I am trying to figure out when a wall was installed. I am certain it was not original to the house since the wood color does not match many of the other studs and there are left overs of an older wall ...
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What's the strongest anchor for something heavy in double drywall?

I have a party-wall in my apartment-née-condo that seems to have two sheets of drywall installed against eachother. All attempts to find some sort of stud or resilient channel / furring strip have ...
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What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?

We have begun a bathroom remodel project. All the studs were exposed by removing plaster, wood lath and old plastic tile. We began attempting to install the ceiling drywall first. We were able to ...
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Attach projector screen to a ceiling… but the width does not match the studs. Ideas?

The roll-out screen has holes at the ends of the metal casing, but these don't match the distance between the studs. The screen is ~80" wide. Also, I am looking for a portable solution where I can ...
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How can I hang a wall mount on misaligned studs?

So my wall mount teleco rack arrived. However my studs are 15" apart, not 16" so I can't put lag screws into more than one stud. I don't want to drill into the metal so close to the opening already....
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Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?

While installing a wall mount for a 48" TV, I realized I made a mistake. I drilled a ⅜ pilot hole in the wall stud and then installed the anchors provided with the mount that the lag bolts would be ...