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I have a 1920s house with oak framing - all of it. This could be what you have as well. The oak is hard as a rock, which makes nailing is almost impossible. I have to drill a pilot hole. I also had to buy a heavy duty drill. And yes, there are nail heads EVERYWHERE.


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Finding studs behind lath-and-plaster walls can be difficult because the plaster is so dense. See Am I have trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster? for some suggestions. However, since you know exactly where the strip of wood has to go, you should be able to drill some small pilot holes behind its eventual location, then fish some wire ...



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