New answers tagged

4

Sometimes a concrete wall will not have full-depth studs on it. Instead it will have thin (sometimes only 3/4") firing strips attached to the concrete and the wallboard or paneling gets attached to those strips. If you are using long screws, chances are good that you are just hitting the concrete. One way to test this would be to drill a small hole where ...


3

Generally, hitting a hard thing means STOP There's a convention that says you can safely use 1-1/2" nails or screws without having to worry about nicking an electrical wire, water or sewer line. Where one of those comes within 1-5/8" of the finished wall surface, there is supposed to be a metal plate guarding it. Precisely to warn hole-drillers like ...


1

Assuming your shelf won't come apart under the weight of itself and books, you have several options. 1) Your shelf looks wider than standard 24" distance between studs, so you can mark location of the studs behind your shelf at the height where an UPPER horizontal shelf part crosses the stud. Do this near to the left end of the leftmost horizontal & the ...


Top 50 recent answers are included