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Like iLikeDirt mentions these are the corner beads. You can screw directly into these - will just take a little longer to pierce the metal.
Luckily your mount has slots for the bolts so you have a bit of room to work. Get another (stronger, higher quality) lag bolt and put it in right beside the broken one. Leave a tiny bit of room between them if you can, but make sure it still solidly hits the stud. Predrill the hole. To find the right size, hold the bolt up behind your drill bit. The ...
Could be lath and plaster, depending on the age of the house? The wood laths (or is the plural still lath?) are run across the studs, and studs can be irregularly spaced if it's an old house. If this is just a drywall wall, then you might want to just cut a hole in it so that you can see what's going on structurally. You may then need to mount plywood to ...
Could be metal. Either metal studs, or you happen to be hitting metal plates used to protect wiring behind. I doubt you have THAT much wiring, so it very well could be that your wall is built with metal studs.
The outside corners of your walls have metal "drywall corner bead". (There's also paper and plastic.) Sometimes, though rare, there's metal bead in the inside corners. The corner bead itself is relatively thin, but if you're trying to get through it, either with a drill bit or a screw, you'll need to push reasonably forcefully. If you don't, the bead can ...
Unless it's a new construction home, it's unlikely to have metal studs. I think you're finding protection plates, covering wires or pipes, running through wood studs. That would be why you aren't finding all the studs to hold the magnet along their entire vertical lengths. Where you are finding it to hold throughout, is probably metal corner bead.
No. Wood needs wood screws. These have a sharp point for piercing wood and a deeper thread than machine screws (often called bolts). The shallower thread on bolts is fine for metal, but not for wood. For ease in setting a deep screw, you should also pre-drill the holes with a bit slightly thinner than the shaft of the screw. And for shelf brackets, I ...
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