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Old 05-11-2010, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to the whole handyman world. I was installing a closest organizer in the basement closest. I used a stud finder to locate the studs. I found one and as i was drilling the screw would stop half way and not go any further. I attempted to drill in the bottom portion of the bracket and it screwed in fine (ie into the stud) but the top portion wasnt going anywhere. I pulled out the screw and noticed the tip covered in white sand like substance. So my question is could i have been drilling into concrete? My only worry is that i was drilling into a water or gas pipe. When i pulled out the screw i didn't see any water leaking or smell gas of any kind. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Does the closet have drywall on it? Perhaps your screw hit a metal plate protecting electrical wire from your screw!
I'd attempt to relocate the organizer to a slightly higher or lower height, regardless of what you're hitting.
Do not attempt to drill.

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Thanks for your reply. I did relocate one of the brackets but left the first one there. i pluged the hole with a plastic wall anchor and left the initial bracket. If i did hit a water or gas pipe would i have known right away?
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And yes the closet has drywall. Thanks again.
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Your water, gas and electric would all have a steel plate protecting them.
Hitting any of them you'd know right away I imagine.... hissing for gas, a shower for water, and a shock, or power disappears somewhere in the house for electric.

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Ok thanks. Makes me feel alittle better. Thanks again.
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It MAY also be that your 2x4s are flat on the basement wall, and yes, you DID hit the concrete.
Did you go in as far as a 2x4 is thick?

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I think so. It's an old house with no insulation. Just drywall, studs and the wall.

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