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How much weight can a 2x4 bear horizontally?

I am building an indoor climbing wall that will have 4 or 5 different sections no longer than 44". I am planning on using 2x4 to make frames for each of the sections that will be 96" by up to 44". The ...
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Drywall repair with cut wall studs

We've just had a french drain installed around our basement. In a couple of places, it was necessary to open a hole in a (non-load-bearing) wall, leaving both a hole in the drywall and a cut stud: I ...
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Hanging a heavy edgeless mirror so that it tilts down

I have a mirror similar to this: I'd like to hang it like this: ...where the angle can be easily adjusted whenever I'd like. I'd like to figure out how to simply, cheaply, and securely (living in ...
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What's this metal thing in my wall where the studs should be, and how do I put a shelf on it?

I'm attempting to mount a shelving system (specifically, a Rubbermaid single-track adjustable shelf) to a wall and am running into something quite strange. Here's what I know: Studfinder appears to ...
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Can you mount a plastic junction box to metal studs?

Inspired by this answer Forget about plastic boxes, they are a wild misfit. They are generally kitted up to nail to wood joists. Can't nail to a steel joist. For a standard "new work" box, I ...
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Closet studs turned, wall is uneven

I am currently working on a kitchen remodel. When I opened up the wall, I discovered that most of the studs were uneven. The previous cabinets had been affixed to a 1x that ran the whole length of the ...
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How do we add structurally sound faux stud for a single stud TV mount?

We are preparing to install a single stud TV mount, (Kanto PS300). However the ideal place to put it (visually for the room), lies between two studs. We want to open up the wall and frame in a faux ...
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What are the steps to raising an interior wall header?

First of all, thanks to Dale Cox. I copied and modified his diagrams on https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/. 1st diagram shows partial section of wall between my kitchen and dining room. There is ...
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Can I add strips of lumber to studs in a framed wall to meet plumbing hole size limitations?

If you want to fit a 2” PVC pipe with 2.375” OD in a non load bearing wall stud, it needs to be less than or equal to 60% of the width of the stud. i.e a stud which would need to be just over 3.95” in ...
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How can I mount a television with wiring in the wall behind?

My husband and I are mounting a tv. The stud finder shows some type of electrical wires by the stud we need to drill into. How can we safely drill into this stud without nicking any wires? Or should ...
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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No Load Bearing Walls & Home was Drywalled Prior to Walls Constructed

I've taken on a large project on a 700 sqft home. I'm gutting it down to the studs because of mold issues and I continue to find unusual things. It is basically a three room house. Each room has ...
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Mounting articulating Arm for TV (43”) to wall with metal studs

I’d like to mount an articulating arm for my 43” TV in my basement, however have metal studs unfortunately. The mount is made for a single stud install. Luckily I have access to the back side of the ...
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Cutting stud in load bearing wall to create vent opening for cooktop hood

We are installing a wall mounted cooktop hood over a gas cooktop as part of our renos. We have centered the cooktop along the kitchen wall but unfortunately that places the center line right in ...
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Will there always be studs in the corner of two walls?

My stud finder seems to have trouble when I'm in the corner of two sheets of plaster/drywall. Can I just assume there will be studs behind each wall in the corner? And what about where the wall meets ...
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Repair basement stud walls after french drain

I had a french drain / water management system in my basement to deal with leaky walls, and as part of the installation the contractor had to cut in around my foundation. To give themselves room to ...
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Using Different Screw in Drywall Anchors

I have custom mounting hardware for a floating shelf I'm looking to install. This hardware came with its own special screws, which are meant to be screwed into wooden studs and support the mounting ...
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Multiple holes in exterior wall studs for electrical wiring

Our home in Toronto was built in the early 70s with aluminum wiring. Since we are doing a bunch of renovations we took the decision.to replace the existing aluminum wiring with copper wiring. The ...
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Clean way of Extending Stud for Mounting on Drywall

I am trying to mount hooks onto my walls to hang a crossbar for a photography backdrop roll. The backdrops are 86 inches. However below there is a shelf that slighty jets into the area where the ...
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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?

I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall. My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a ...
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Hanging things on metal studs

My house has metal studs (South Florida) and I cannot figure out how to easily get screws into the studs for hanging things such as curtains. I have tried the pilot hole approach with a titanium drill ...
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Re-using lag bolt holes?

Can holes in wood studs that previously held lag bolts be re-used with lag bolts of the same diameter or will this not hold safely? More detail: I have a piece of fitness equipment mounted to wood ...
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Attach wall “peg” with dowel screw

I'm building a cat climbing wall, and plan to have a series of large "pegs" as steps. My plan is to use 1-foot lengths of landscape timber (basically a 4" diameter log) and attach directly to the wall ...
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Will removing shelving screws from studs damage the studs?

We live in a newly built home. My husband hung some Ikea shoe bins on the wall and mounted them in to the studs. I am going to paint the hallway and would like to remove the bins and hooks, patch the ...
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How to find stud when magnets indicate there's one present, but can't find it with a drill

I've got a wall that I'm trying to mount a relatively heavy painting on (~25lbs), and am trying to use magnets to locate the stud. Here's where they stick: I've tried to drill into where I expect the ...
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Load bearing wall above door?

I have a narrow hallway with a doorway right in the middle. I'm trying to get rid of as much of the doorway as possible. I got rid of the trim and this 1/2 inch door frame.... but what's going on in ...
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How to repair large drywall section?

I had to remove a relatively large section of the drywall, approximately 24x24 inches. There are two metal studs at the sides. Should I try to cut out so both the existing and the new drywall will ...
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Framing Advice - How to re-frame opening of non-load bearing wall

Just looking for some general framing advice and if my plans moving forward make sense. I have cut an opening into an existing wall, non-load bearing. Originally there was a doorway, which I have ...
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How can I install a TV mount to metal studs?

I'm trying to mount a tv in the new apartment. I thought I found and marked the studs and drill holes, but when trying to drill though met resistance. I'm able to look into the wall a little because ...
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Found metal while drilling into a stud

I hired someone from Amazon Home Services to install a TV wall mount. As the person was drilling holes into studs, he found metal when drilling one of the holes. He wasn't really sure what he was ...
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Unsure how to hang awning on garage, nor what bolts to use

I bought a light awning set to put on the side of my garage, and it came with the following anchor bolts: My garage has a wooden panel attached to wooden studs inside the wall and I am trying to ...
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Problems Using Stud Finder on a Textured Wall - Due to Finder or Texture?

My wife is having me hang some heavy curtains on a textured wall. Of course, the first thing I did was to get out my stud finder - specifically, my Zircon HD55. I felt I was getting strange results ...
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Can screwing too far (about 1.5 inches) into a stud can weaken it?

I put up some IKEA cabinets (using their suspension rail). I used a 5mm (#10) x 50mm (2 inch). Minus the drywall and rail it probably went in about 35-40mm (1.5 inch) into the stud. After all was ...
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Am I hitting metal studs?

Novice here. I'm trying to install a swing arm lamp in the corner of two walls, one of which is an exterior wall. The magnetic stud finder I have indicated that there's a stud on the interior side of ...
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Is it normal for wood to sometimes squeal when screwing into it?

I recently put up some kitchen wall cabinets. When screwing in the cabinets one of the studs was more difficult to screw into. I pre-drilled pilot holes for the studs and everything went OK besides ...
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Installing a Heavy Sliding Barn Door into Metal Studs

I'm looking to install a single, sliding barn door in the 2nd bedroom of my condo. The door is solid MDF and weighs 200 lbs, including the metal rail and sliding wheels. And being in a condo, I'm ...
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

The siding on my house is Hardieplank cement fiber board. I have a 20lb manual pull down projector screen that I would like to hang onto the side of my house to create an outdoor theater. The studs ...
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Mounting TV on a weird wall that has some material between the drywall and stud

So I have a strange wall construction in part of my house. I'm mounting an articulating mount, up to 55", in a stud. I took out a cable outlet and box to see the construction because I wasn't ...
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What to use as void filler behind between shower's studs & cement underlayment board?

I am in the middle of remodeling my bathtub/shower surround. For my tile underlayment I chose hardibacker, and the appropriate hardi screws. A youtube video series that I am using as my tutorial is ...
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Adding floor joists to an attic

I am trying to add floor joists to an attic and intend for getting decent amount of support for plywood flooring and storage. The existing truss is 13' across and 24'' span between 2x4 ceiling joists....
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How do I secure a TV wall mount?

I have a built in area that is 21.5" deep (see attached picture). I'd like to mount a TV, but I've tried finding studs in the back wall and I think there might be one around the center, does not ...
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Affix Wood Shelving Unit to Studs

I have a freestanding wooden shelving unit I want to secure to the studs on the wall as they're leaning forward. However, I'd only be able to secure 1 side since the studs measure ~23" apart whereas ...
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Should an interior non-load bearing wall stack up to a joist or stud?

I am trying to add a partition in my garage and the ceiling joist does not line up with the wall studs. So my question is which one do I go by?
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How can I reuse lumber from the basement walls of my 1938 home?

I'm capable and ambitious but inexperienced. If the solution to my question is obvious, I probably didn't find the answer because I didn't know the right terminology to Google the question! In my ...
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How to frame a rough opening on an existing header?

I am trying to convert my garage, and the garage door wall has a header on it. I am trying to frame a wall with a rough opening for a window and was wondering how I would fit the king studs, do I ...
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Why are some of my trusses nailed to interior wall top plate?

I am hoping someone can answer why I have multiple trusses nailed into the top plate of a small interior wall in my home. In the first image, I have highlighted in red where the trusses actually touch,...
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Using two screws on a four screw ceiling mount

I want to hang an aerial yoga hammock from my ceiling. But the hardwares that came with the package are ceiling mounts with four screw openings. My supporting beams are not that wide, and I’d prefer ...
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Is my Milwaukee drill defective?

I have a Milwaukee M12 Fuel hammer drill I purchased in July. Last week I was drilling holes through studs with a brand new 5/8” auger bit and the drill was constantly stopping due to overload ...
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hanging 140 lb on wall with metal studs

I am finishing my basement and have metal studs on the perimeter (just in case of any moisture penetration. Planning on hanging an 85", 140 lb flat panel on the wall. The drywall is not up yet, so ...
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Multiple anchors and weight dispersion

I have a large entertainment center that needs to be mounted to 5/8" drywall with metal studs. The entertainment center weighs about 180lbs by itself. In addition, I'll have a tv flush mounted, ...

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