What's this stud type called and how should I drill for hanging a heavy item?


I just moved into a new house and doing my research, learning and planning before hanging a mount for a 40lb TV.

I have a Mantel Mount, which is basically a lowering mount to be hung over the fireplace.

I found out today that the studs are positioned in a way I haven't seen before. Its double studs and the narrower side is towards the wall, where I have to drill. Below is a photo, I tried my best to zoom into the area and highlight the studs, but I'll be happy to answer any question and describe them better if there's a need. (questions after the photo)

How do I properly drill into this for hanging such a heavy thing? Should I aim for the center, right were both studs stick with each other? Or is there a known trick for such type of stud...

0 0

It is possible to fabricate some sort of support no matter what, it's more about what is the most expedient method of support that is not completely ugly. As mentioned by maple_shaft, there would typically be an intermediate stud between the corner and the window. It is conceivable that 24" spacing is being used and the only structure is at the window and at the corner. The window would typically have a least 3" width of rough framing at the side, mostly behind the trim, but allowing for frame thickness and rough-in allowance, there should be a bit of framing behind the wall finish you can nail into right along the edge of the trim. Even if completely behind the trim, you could, for instance, use a 1x6 support and dado it into the trim so that it has positive attachment to the underlying framing.

So now you have two points of support, one either side of the clothes pole. A 1x6 will be adequate to span between these points and look compatible with the trim. I agree you should...

0 0

In theory, yes, those should work, as long as you have a hollow space behind the drywall. You should not load up the wine rack completely, though. The weight rating on those is 143 lb in 1/2" drywall; since you've got 3/8" drywall, that rating decreases to 97 lb.

The weight of the unit is 24 lb, and it says each shelf can hold 35 lb. All together, that's 94 lb (and does that include the glassware on the bottom?). You'll have 2 of the anchors, yes, but I wouldn't want to load 90+ lbs on toggle bolts - I just wouldn't trust the drywall that much. Any un-level installation or uneven loading would skew those numbers, so I'd stick to keeping it half full or less (hey, drink more wine!).

As an alternative, could you mount a piece of 1/2" plywood to the wall, hitting studs, and then mount the wine rack to the plywood? If your wall doesn't have studs, what does it...

0 0

I recently moved into a high rise apartment and need to hang some cabinets. The cabinets themselves weight about 20lbs and I'm thinking the stuff stored inside them will be around 40lbs.

I know I need to mount these into the studs which I've been told should be metal since it is a high rise, but I'm not sure how to double check this?

I went to Home Depot and bought a pack of 2" metal stud screws, which is what I was recommended by the person working there. I just want to double check that this is ok and will actually support the amount of weight (~60lbs). I know that I need to drill a pilot hole before putting the screw through but is there anything else I should be aware of when hanging these shelves? In terms of metal studs, as I have never mounted anything using metal studs.

This is the cabinet I am trying to mount, I have a single like this one and also a double which is two of these attached to each other and are all mounted using a suspension...

0 0

I live in a condo where the walls are framed using metal studs. My question is, how do you use them when trying to hang something heavy onto a wall? A lot of things come with directions to screw into a stud for support but with the assumption that you have wood framing.

Should you drill/screw/attach into a metal stud or do you need a different tactic? If you can work directly with a metal stud, is there a best place to drill into? How do you know if you are hitting the thicker part or the hollow side? The metal stud finder works great in finding them but I'm worried that putting a nail into one might be more hazardous than if it were wood.

My question is regarding items too heavy for just plain wall anchor screws.

0 0
Hang your picture on a stud.

For heavier pictures, it is best to hang your picture on a stud. Drywall has a stud, or wooden support brace, about every 16 inches (40.6 cm). Find a wall stud using a stud finder, or by gently tapping the wall until you hear a solid, rather than a hollow, sound. Plaster walls are more difficult to find studs, so consider another method if you have trouble.

If your picture is wider than 16 inches (40.6 cm), or the distance between two studs in your wall, Use a level and two screws to screw a narrow piece of wood into the wall. Make sure the screws are in at least two studs, for extra strength. You can then fasten picture hangers into the wood at desired intervals using nails or screws, depending on what the fastener requires. Hang the picture across both picture hangers. [6] If your picture is narrower, use a mounting picture hanger to hang it from one point on the wall stud. Choose a hanger that uses several nails for added strength. Hammer the...
0 0

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips and techniques for safely hangings framed objects on walls.

1. To hang mirror on a plaster wall, use a toggle bolt outfitted with a picture-hanging hook.
2. Drill hole through plaster large enough to accept the toggle bolt.
3. Thread machine screw through toggle bolt nut, then pinch flat the wings on the toggle and push it through the hole in the wall.
4. Tighten the screw with a screwdriver until toggle bolt contacts the back of the wall.
5. For drywall, start by weighing the mirror to ensure you don't exceed the capacity of the hanging hardware.
6. Mark a short line on the wall to represent the top edge of the mirror.
7. Take a 12-inch-long piece of 1x2 and mark a centerline at 6 inches.
8. Pull the 1x2 tightly under the hanging wire on the back of the mirror.
9. Measure down from the top of the mirror to the top of the 1x2.
10. Take the...

0 0

Locating the studs is very simple if you use an electric stud finder or wall radar tool. Unfortunately,
many people do not have one of those in their home tool box. There is a very simple home DIY method
to locate the studs without resorting to random drillings and trying to knock and decide on where it is
hollow (does not work well at all- it all sounds the same on most well-constructed walls).

Walls in conventional construction have a 2”x4” stud every “16 inches on center”. What this means is
16 inches from the center of one stud support is the center to the next stud. By measuring from the
internal corner of a wall you can locate the center of each stud down the wall with good reliability.

To check for certain simply look for wall plugs or switches. The will always be located on a stud. It is
not recommended you drill into these studs for hanging items however because they will also have an
electrical wire running up and down that...

0 0

Using a new 1/8" masonry bit in my $50 corded DeWalt worked like butter. Unfortunately I do not own an extension cord so I was only able to drill one hole with it. I have a cordless Ridgid compact 18v li ion drill that I was hesitant to use since the owner's manual does not mention using that drill for masonry.

Well it definitely took longer and there was a decent amount of vibration in the drill but it sure got the job done. I also allowed the bit a decent amount of time between drilling to cool down which I highly recommend. Safety goggles are a definite necessity as well.

Bottom line: don't be nervous drilling into concrete as long as you have a decent masonry bit (multiple of the same size if you don't want the downtime between holes). A hammer drill is not a necessity.


For concrete walls you will need a masonry drill bit and a power drill, and those expanding...

0 0

If you have been following my posts for the past few weeks then you know I have started a few time consuming projects in my house, all of which are still ongoing. Staircase, drapes, headboard, fireplace. I began these projects because I was 100% sure about doing them.

I also have smaller projects that I need to do, but most of these I intentionally kept myself from doing. Like the simple process of hanging items on the walls. I wanted to wait a while to allow myself time to see how we use each room so I could better determine what each space needs in the way of wall art or maybe nothing at all. I want this house to be carefree, easy, and breezy so there is not a lot of upkeep leaving time to enjoy the outdoors and the lake community around me.

One of the items that I intentionally haven’t hung is my favorite clock. It is a very heavy oversized wall clock.

It has been sitting here since we moved in. Along with a few other items I have not found a home...

0 0

to Joanne, thanks for the URL and info
to the OP, [music group]
wires purchaseable at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes
run through the eye loop holes TWICE, if possible. and twist together for at least six inches with more than 4 twists per inch. Gently, else sharp edges can cut into the wire, weakening it.
How long? that gets a bit tricky, too long and you can see the problem, too short and after you hang the mirror the tension pulling can rip out the eyelets, seriously.
My rule of thumb is never less than 30 degrees and try to be more like 45 degrees, which is equal up for distance across. like the diagonal line on a square box, equal up for equal sideways.
Next I have always successfully used the studs, although they NEVER line up where they should be, but using two 'hook' type structures on the wall and close enough to where the eyelets on the mirror are, should be ok. AFTER hanging, level the mirror by...

0 0
Anita Ellison: Excellent demo, I enjoyed watching!

channel channel: Is that the patriarchy

Daisy Quintero: I want to hang a hammock, but all I have is steel studs...???

Sonya Claire: You can't fit the wings through the hole and you can't get behind the wall, so exactly how does that work? This video was like an infomercial with the annoying guy narrating it. The demonstrations were too fast.

Neo Anderson: We should put a nail on a stud, or drywall anchor on non-stud area. However, It is possible we put a anchor on a stud, if we don't test the wall at first place. What will happen then?

james mataira-kaiwai: first off most walls around nz are made of gib and these don't work mate

Carol ELSBERRY: What I want to know, is how much weight will a plant hanger hook hold when there is no ceiling rafter to screw into just plain old dry wall. I have heavy plants to hang up but no ceiling rafters to screw into. Every one tells about walls but nothing about...

0 0

So, the question of the day is, how to you hang something heavy when there is no stud in the wall? Have you ever had to hang something heavy on the walls of your home, only to find that the perfect spot that you wanted to hang your new mirror, print or painting wasn’t going to be able to be hung where you wanted it to? This post contains affiliate links.

There wasn’t a stud in the wall…and no matter where you hammered your nail this kept happening:

Yes, this is where my Honey Bee tried to hang a beautiful antique mirror. There may have been a few curse word followed by, “forget it”. Don’t tell him that I told you this but…I’m the “handyman” of our house. I’m not insulting his manhood in any way – he just doesn’t have the patience for these types of projects. I on the other hand love them. When I was a little girl, I was my dad’s helper and I paid rapt attention.

So, today I’m going to share with you how to hang something heavy when there is no stud in...

0 0
0 0

I remember my dad hitting the wall with a hammer wrapped in a towel looking for a place to hang a picture. All the ones I've hung myself have been small ones that really only need a penny nail or such to keep them up however I just got a large poster back from the framing place and am worried about hanging it. Do I need to searchfor a special spot?

It depends on the weight of the picture, but for anything heavier than a large book, yes, especially if the picture is framed with glass.

Studs are the wooden supports behind the wall; nail into those and you've nailed into the frame of the house. If you just nail into the wall itself, you only have a centimetre or so of wallboard to hold the nail, and it may pivot and let the load fall under a heavy weight.

And try to use 2 nails to split the load and make it easier to keep the picture level horizontally.

If you do search for a stud, note that they are typically spaced at 16 inch intervals.


0 0

You know, I was just looking over some of my emails, and the question that I seem to get a lot from folks is how do I hang heavy objects on the walls of my house without worrying that they’re going to fall down?

Well, there are five different pieces of hardware that are used very often for this. I’d like to show them all to you, then go over the advantages to each.

Now, pretty much everything that I’m going to be talking about right now is designed to go into this type of wall material. This is wall board, and if your house was built or remodeled since about 1950, this is what the walls are made of.

So, here are the five things that I want to show you , starting with these picture hangers that use very small nails, then moving on to the plastic anchors with screws, and from there to the screw anchors, also using screws, and then these hollow wall fasteners also known as Molly bolts. And finally, over here are the big guys, the ones that can...

0 0

Walk down the hardware aisle of any home center, and you’ll find an overpowering array of wall anchors and picture hangers. While it’s easy enough to drive a nail or screw through drywall and into a stud, many homeowners have problems figuring out how to secure items to the wall between studs or in hard surfaces like brick or concrete.

Here’s what you need to know about using wall anchors and picture hangers in your home.

Wall Materials

The type of anchor you use is often determined by the wall material. Drywall or wood paneling require little to drill or nail into while delicate surfaces like plaster take more finesse and hard materials, like masonry and concrete, require more muscle.


Drywall alone has little holding power. When attaching lightweight objects (20 pounds or less), standard picture hangers or wire hangers work fine and do little damage to the wall. For medium weight items (20-40 pounds) consider a spreading type...

0 0

Usually heavy bags are punching bags used by boxers for their boxing practice. The bags are filled with a very heavy material and if the bags are not hung at the right place and in the right way, it might hurt the person around. There are various places where you can hang the bag according to your convenience and the space. You can hang it from the ceiling, punching bag stand, against a wall, in the garage or in the basement. Though there are many options to hang the punching bag, there are some factors to be taken into consideration while hanging them in any of these places.

Factors to be Considered

The first important thing that we should decide before hanging the bag is its height. How high should a heavy bag be? All these bags have a sweet spot. This sweet spot is the boxer's target while practicing and it should be at the right place, i.e., around the eye level. Many bags have a label at this sweet spot which makes it easily identifiable. This spot is...

0 0

I still remember when we lived in our first house – the first project we tackled was improving our closet. I remember Hubby patiently showing me how to find a stud, drill a pilot hole and hang something properly from the wall. It has proved to be as valuable as the typing lessons I took in high school. A girl has got to know how to hang stuff on a wall!

Recently, I shared with you how I went about planning my gallery wall. Today, I am sharing how to hang all different types of items to create a unique gallery wall, or any wall for that matter.

As you can see from the gallery walls I have created, I like to incorporate more than just framed art or canvases.

That requires some creativity in terms of how to hang things.

Family Room, Dining Room, Guest Bedroom

So, here are my tips, tricks ideas – 10 of them – and how to hang everything fabulous on your walls.


Step 1:...

0 0