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Old 08-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Wanting to build heavy shelves on plaster walls (apartment)

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In my apartment (old building, plaster walls, aluminum wiring) I'm hoping to build a fairly heavy shelf in my bedroom. Using triangle bracers, I'd like to make roughly a 40" wide shelf by maybe 24" deep to hold my DJ equipment. I was thinking of 2 shelves, the top to hold speakers, monitor, reciever, CD player, the bottom to hold turntables, mixer. I figure I have about 150lbs of sensitive equipment I obviously dont want to drop.

I'm not sure whats behind these walls. I figure studs, but its possible I dont have studs? Like plaster/lathe directly on masonry? The walls sure dont sound "hollow" when I knock on them.

What kind of fasteners do you think I should be looking at?

My rough plan right now is to run 3 vertical 2x4s going up the studs fastened in the middle. Then make triangle braces attached to the shelves/vertical braces. So weight would be supported in the middle and on the sides. I'm sort of flexible on width right now, I want it to be wide enough to hold my gear but I dont mind going wider if it means attaching to 3 studs to securely hold weight.

Also how can I be careful not to accidently drill into any wiring? I assume wiring is run vertically for the most part but I just want to be careful.


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Old 08-15-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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Personally I don't think that you should trying to hang shelves of that nature on an apartment wall, most places frown on that activity.

I think you should go out to place like Harbour Freight or similar and buy a couple of free standing heavy duty shelving units.



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