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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 ...


I ended up using real wood, ~0.6in thick pine panels.


Hope you haven't done any significant damage to whatever you are hitting, and choose a different stud - or else open up the wall and look. At "1.5 to 2 inches" there's no requirement to put protective steel plates over things in the wall like wires and plumbing, so you have probably found something like that with your drill bit and very long screws.


You can find the studs, I know you can! Here is a link to many helpful tips: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-find-a-wall-stud/ but the short version is, measure from the corner of the room (there will be a stud within 1" of each corner of the room and look for the stud on a 16" spacing (unless your home/condo/apt is really old). Drill a few pilot ...


Yes, assuming that you use toggles or snap toggles, and assuming your drywall is in good condition. But since standard drywall is on 16" centers, you probably haven't hunted for a stud hard enough yet. http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/inffastener/infanchor/infanchor.html http://www.todayshomeowner.com/testing-wall-anchors-and-picture-hangers/ You can ...


For Linoleum floor, get a pair of very high strength magnets. Take one, slide it around on the floor until it appears to catch on something. Then, following where you think the joist may run (as posted above, shortest run between exterior walls), slide the other magnet until it catches something again. If you are successful, you will have a line between ...


I did this once when I lived in an apartment and could not modify anything. Since I had metal working and welding experience, I created a steel frame using 1 inch angle steel. Basically, it was a 'table' that stood inside the closet and it's dimensions where precisely the inside dimensions of the closet; ie; the legs were flush against the walls of the ...

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