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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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Finding hard-to-find studs

So, I'm trying to find the studs in an exterior wall. The following techniques have all failed: Running a stud-finder over the wall just produces "lost calibration" beeping after a few inches of ...
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How can I straighten twisted studs?

I have a bunch of 2x4s that are twisted and warped. Is there a way to salvage them?
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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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Mounting TV on metal studs?

The wall contains metal studs 24 inch apart. On a previous TV, I installed an articulating TV mount (80lbs total with mount) on two metal studs with 4 snap toggles (that's 2 snap toggles per metal ...
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How to mount short handrail with no studs?

Ok, I have my basement stairs I'm finally trying to mount a handrail on (it wasn't done by previous owners, and I'm finally getting to my "to-do" list :) ) So I measured, and went out and grabbed a ...
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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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Did I miss the stud when I drilled into the wall?

Short version: My drill bit didn't have any wood shavings on it. Did I miss the stud? Long version: Operating just outside of my DIY comfort zone, I have erected a picture rail on the wall about ...
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Setup for attaching drywall to metal studs

What type of screwdriver setup is best to use for attaching drywall to nonstructural steel studs? Yesterday, I tried using my dedicated drywall screwdriver with fine-threaded drywall screws (which ...
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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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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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Can I use 2x4s to extend studs so I can mount my TV?

I need to mount my 55" TV to the left of the studs. Can I do this simply by running a couple 2x4s off the studs, and then connecting the mount to the 2x4s? While I imagine this can be done for lighter ...
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What's this stud type called and how should I drill for hanging a heavy item?

I just moved into a new house and doing my research, learning and planning before hanging a mount for a 40lb TV. I have a Mantel Mount, which is basically a lowering mount to be hung over the ...
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24" OC Interior Wall Framing for UDC

I am framing my basement tomorrow and I'm thinking of using 24" OC for my interior non-load bearing walls. I plan on using 2 sheets of 5/8" sheet rock with a noise dampening compound. Is 24 OC legal ...
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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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Notched exterior stud next to chimney

I had an electrician over yesterday and they ran BX and a flex conduit for a TV I want to hang over my fireplace. I was examining the notch they made in a stud immediately next to the chimney masonry ...
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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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18 inch lag screw protruding from stud supporting 20lbs

I need advice on how to keep a 48" diameter "cat exercise wheel" axle made from 3/4" pvc pipe free floating on an [18" lag screw] ...
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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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My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?

The question is pretty much all in the title: My house has metal "2x4's" in the walls. Can I hang cabinets or a TV directly on these metal studs? If not directly, is there something special I must do? ...
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Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling

Background Condo/Apt building (28? floors) Built 1993 Seattle, WA Wall facing neighbor's wall Need to drill into stud to mount Murphy bed. I drilled into same area that were used for the old Murphy ...
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Giant magnetic something behind drywall/fireplace

I'm trying to mount a flatscreen TV above our fireplace that was converted by a previous owner (from wood?) to direct vent. During the process of finding the studs, I noticed that magnets stick the ...
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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 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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Adding partitioning stud wall anchoring to sides instead of top and bottom

Hi I want to add a partitioning stud wall in my basement. Ceiling and floor are concrete and sides are brick walls. I want to know Must I build a full height wall touching the ceiling and anchor the ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I reuse studs?

I know That it is probably impossible but I used a drill bit that is too big and the screws come out when I put a triangle bracket on it plus a small amount of weight. I am wall mounting a desk and ...
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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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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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How can I center a TV on a wall with a centered stud?

I have a 60" Panasonic Plasma TV that weighs 81 lbs. I want to hang it on the wall using a full-motion wall mount made to handle 175 lbs. The wall is drywall with wood studs. I plan on using the 4 ...
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How to prevent half wall (drywall, steel studs) from wobbling

I want to make a half wall beside a staircase (on the edge of the upper floor). One end will be attached to a concrete column, but the other will be (so far) unsuported. Something like the picture ...
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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 do I level a 2x4 on a concrete basement floor with an irregular surface?

The original 2x4 that rested on the floor was removed in one piece with approx. 7" of the vertical studs attached to it. The sides of the studs rest against a concrete block wall. The removal was ...
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What should I do if one of the screws for a TV mount breaks?

My wife & I spent a fair amount of time setting up a VideoSecu heavy articulating wall mount in a position & height that we liked. Problem is, the top-left lag screw (5/16" thick, 3" long) ...
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Finding a stud in a highrise appartment

I would like to install my xpole in my apartment but I am unable to find the stud in the ceiling. According to my stud finder the entire ceiling is metal. Can anyone help? I am in a 24 story ...
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TV Fixings - 40" LED fitted to drywall using one metal stud and snaptoggles is it safe?

My son has just fitted my new 40" LED TV to drywall. He did attach a board to the drywall but when he purchased the board he had assumed the metal studs were 18" apart not 24" so only bought a 20" ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you frame a wall more than 8-10 feet tall?

I am capable of framing a "simple" 8' wide 8' tall 4" thick wall out of 2x4 lumber, then attaching plywood or drywall or OSB or any other sheet material to the frame. Making the wall wider is a ...
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Can I use machine screws in wood to hang shelves?

My wife wanted to have these DIY shelves hung. In our haste to match everything, we purchased these screws to secure them to the wall, along with the requisite toggle bolts. I went to install ...
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Am I having 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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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 TV - can't find studs

I seem to have a strange structure to my wall. From tapping and using a picture nail, it seems like the structure behind the wall is like this, where the red squares are stiffer and the rest is ...
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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 ...