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Old 07-20-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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HELP with a very simple hanging job.

Hi all, as you can tell from my name, I don't do stuff around the house very much, but I'm hoping someone will be kind enough to help me out with this!

I want to hang a pegboard in a basement room. 2'x4', needs to support hanging maybe 20 lbs of junk on it. I don't know what kind of hangers to use. I don't even know how basement walls are constructed, but I assume there is not a normal stud wall in front of the poured foundation.

This is a house built in the 70's, with the fake brick-looking poured foundation, and part of the basement has been finished, drywalled. I'm hoping there's some sort of wood frame behind the drywall that I can screw into. Anyone have ideas on how I might do this? What might be behind the drywall, and even how it might be spaced?

I'd prefer to avoid using molly screws in the drywall, if possible.

Oh, I should mention that my basic plan is to screw two 1"x2" strips, 4' long, to the wall, then mount the pegboard to them.


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Old 07-20-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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See if you could get your hands on a stud finder, make the wall where the peg board is gong to be hung. drive a small finish nail in to the wall where the stud is to see what material the stud is and how thick. then install you furring strips I would also run some down the middle for more support. then hang your peg board.
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Thanks, Bob, would you expect these to be normal 2x4 studs, spaced 16", or is that something that varies? I did use a stud finder, but not really sure if it's working. I made a hole where it says there was a stud (with a nail), but it just seemed like it went thru drywall, with nothing behind?
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Good advice from Bob as always.

You could have full 2x4 studs, or something else ranging from thin strips of lath to 2x2's or 2x4's flat. A stud finder is a wonderful gadget to have around, and they are not expensive at all. Otherwise, use a small nail to probe through the wall behind the future location of the pegboard to find the studs. Tapping the wall with a hammer will often help you find studs...Just tap lightly in a horizontal line...When it starts to sound solid you're there.

Your idea of 1x strips will work fine. I'd just use deck screws to secure the strips to the studs.
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