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Answers, in order. This is plaster and wood lath. Toggle bolts are typical, but the comment from @EdBeal about using the studs is spot on. Plaster is quite variable in its holding power... chances are fair that it wouldn't fail, but you can't be sure until you try. Forget the pilot hole unless you're having real problems driving the screw. The stud is ...


Find a socket. Should be a stud on either side. Locate that stud then measure 16".

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