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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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Hanging DIY Shelves - Screw Selection

My wife wanted to have thse DIY shelves hung. http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2014/01/diy-restoration-hardware-inspired-shelving/#.VbqLZ_lVhBc In our haste to match everything, we purchased the ...
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How heavy is too heavy? mounting heavy window planter boxes

I want to mount some heavy planter boxes on an outside wall under windows. The boxes are 52” wide and will go below nylon window frames that are a little more than 48” wide. I have a frame house ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I hang cabinets and shelves on metal studs?

I recently moved into a high rise apartment and need to hang some cabinets. The cabinets themselves weight about 20lbs and I'm thinking the stuff stored inside them will be around 40lbs. I know I ...
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What's behind my drywall?

I live in an apartment in NYC, built in 1973. I'm trying to mount something to the wall which requires two screws placed 5 inches apart vertically. I used a stud finder to find a vertical stud in ...
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How to mount a pull-up bar to drywall on resilient channels?

I'm trying to mount a pull up bar on a drywall. The wall is shared with another unit though,so there are resilient channels behind the wall, and so the studs are offset from the dry wall sheet. What's ...
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What is the concept behind drywall studs?

I'm a DIY noob who has recently moved to a new apartment, after building my iKea furniture I want to begin with something more challenging, I want to install wall shelves with brackets. I've followed ...
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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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How can I mount a TV when I can't find studs inside my wall?

WARNING: I'm not the greatest handyman. I bought a TV mount the other day, expecting to hang my heavy 40" TV above the fireplace. However, the instructions specifically say to first screw the mount ...
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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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Doubling the size of a closet with two rods

The closet currently contains one 48" rod, two flanges and two 1" wooden piece to support a shelf. I'm thinking of moving this one higher and installing a second rod lower to double the space in ...
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Am I have trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

I picked a TV mount from Ikea. The TV itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. ...
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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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Can I mount a 60" TV and mount weighing a combined 95 pounds to a drywall or plaster? [duplicate]

I cannot find studs on my firewall but, when I drilled a hole on the wall, it seems to me that either the plaster or drywall was thick enough (like 1/2"). Can I Mount a 60" TV and Mount Weighing a ...
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How can I locate floor joists?

I want to use some stop squeak screws that pull the subfloor tight to the joists, then break off beneath the surface of the floor. I am having a difficult time locating the joists: my stud finder ...
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How can I attach to drywall with aluminum studs?

First, how can I find the studs? My normal and good stud finders are mostly baffled. Second, what should I use to anchor into them? I'm thinking some sort of self-expanding toggle bolt?
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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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patching hole to be reused

I'm trying to mount a tv into my chimney walls. My TV is 65" and weighs in about 65"lbs or so. I drilled in 6 holes. 3 at the top 3 at the bottom with about 12" apart. I was going to use the strap ...
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How to frame steel studs parallel to concrete ceiling “joists”

One of the drywall I need to hang runs parallel to the joists (concrete joists and slab above it), and I'm at lost on how to affix the upper tracks which would be between two joists. I've seen this ...
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Is it OK to install a TV mount when it can't be attached to a stud at all mount points?

I have a TV wall panel that can only reach two studs. I was wondering if it's fine to screw the left side and the center on studs, and have the right side anchored in the drywall. My TV is 30lbs with ...
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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 ...
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How to fill an old window alcove?

In one of the bedrooms in my house (1930s), there is a sunken alcove where an old window used to be, the internal sill is still there. Whoever bricked up the window used bricks much thinner than the ...
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Electrical across studs in basement?

I have a small workshop that I need to add an outlet for. There's a light switch 2 studs away that I'll use for power. I have no plans to drywall this area of the workshop. Is it ok (against any ...
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Ceiling fan install - orientation of mounting bracket to slope of ceiling

I'm replacing a light fixture with a fan/light using a down rod mount on an angled ceiling. The frame studs run parallel with the slope of the ceiling. Manufacturer notes to install mounting bracket ...
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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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How should I build stud walls to make shelves in a room that has a sloping ceiling and floor?

We have a home that is 104 years old. There is a room that was added in the 1940's and built over a sloped roof from the rooms below. It is fully enclosed and we would like to add some shelving in the ...
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Trouble finding studs in garage

I have a new house, and the garage shares a wall with an interior wall... trying to hang a pull up bar on it, so I need to find the studs. I took pictures of the house as it was being built, but all ...
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how critical are distances between studs?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (east-central Minnesota, US). So far, I've put up a couple of wood stud walls... non-load bearing, simple partition walls. One one of these walls, the ...
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Can metal studs support a 64" plasma TV on a swiveling mount?

Alright, I need a sanity check here. I've been tasked with mounting a 64" plasma TV with an articulating mount onto a metal stud wall in the corporate boardroom. It's the quadruple-threat with no room ...
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how to attach threaded rod to wall stud on hinge

How can I attach threaded rod to a wall stud so that it is on a hinge. The hinge axle will be horizontal so the rod can rotate up and down but not side to side. The one piece solution I have found ...
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What should I look for when choosing a stud finder?

Stud finders are notoriously unreliable at finding studs; some will indicate a "rapidly shifting network of hundreds and hundreds of studs". Is there a way to determine before purchase that a ...
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polystyrene insulation over dryloc basement walls

I am a DIY beginner. If I am installing polystyrene over drylocked basement walls, do I need a vapor barrier? Do I put the studs on top of the polystyrene? So, from exterior to interior it would ...
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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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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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Sappy, oily smell on drill bit from wall studs

Just moved into a new apartment and drilled some pilot holes to mount my TV. The apartment is 25 years old located in south florida. When I removed the drill bit from the wall it smelled like pine ...
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Is it safe to remove 2 “extra” jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?

We went to install our new main entrance 60" door (replacing double-door with single door and 2 sidelights). After we received the new door and shaved out more of the sheet rock, we saw that there ...
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How far apart are studs?

I'm using a stud finder to find studs behind dry wall and so far I've found 2 and they are 16" apart. Does that mean that there will be a stud every 16" or might the distance change between studs? Is ...
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Can the knock test tell you whether a stud is wood or metal?

I'm thinking about wall mounting a television, so I've used a stud finder to locate several studs in my wall. Out of curiosity, I knocked on the wall in several places to see if I could hear 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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How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?

I am going to attach a piece of plywood across 3 studs and then attach the mount to the plywood, as described in the answer to Studs not in right place for mounting TV. Can I use 2x4s to extend them?. ...
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What features do I need in a stud finder for use on plaster walls?

I have an old house built in the early 1930s. The conventional stud finders are useless on plaster. The more sophisticated ones are more expensive in the $50 range. What features would a stud finder ...
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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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Hanging a new wall with Genie Clips and need to install a few studs. Will this affect the installation?

Here's what the bare frame looks like: If you don't already know how a wall is hung with Genie Clips, here's the video. Skip to 2:45 to see how they're spacing the clips. ...
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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 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 ...