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I live in an an older apartment complex, and the walls are painted every time a tenant moves out. Could this make it hard to find a stud?

If you are using one of the cheap magnetic stud finders, multiple layers of paint can definitely affect its accuracy. @Cheery has a great post on how to find studs that has worked for me many times.
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I live in an an older apartment complex, and the walls are painted every time a tenant moves out. Could this make it hard to find a stud?

It's possible, but unlikely. A stud finder works by measuring differences in the density of materials. But you can always use the traditional stud finder: take a coat hanger and make a 90-deg bend at ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

Yes, it's o.k. to drill through it, with a smallish hole. You might even be lucky and happen to drill straight through an existing hole - there are plenty of them! But consider moving the bracket a ...
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Studs not flush with bottom or top plates. How big of a deal is this?

Drywall does not make contact with every piece of framing behind it firmly. Crews that do drywall have their screw guns with the right torque for the screw to go in and fasten to the wood, not pull ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

From the picture, that's a strap -- fancy people would call it a stud plate tie ;) -- and it's no problem to drill through it.
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New room indoor staggered wall: I did not check if wall studs were on the same plane. How bad will drywalling be?

If this really every other stud offset by the same amount, thank them -- that's a bit more effort to build, but gives better insulation against both noise and heat flow. You wallboard by driving ...
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New room indoor staggered wall: I did not check if wall studs were on the same plane. How bad will drywalling be?

Purchase 12 foot sheets of drywall. Hang them horizontally and you will only have one horizontal seam. The studs being 16 inches apart on each plane will be fine. This actually looks like a very easy ...
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