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Seven77 04-24-2012 08:42 AM

mounting to metal studs
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Wasn't really sure where to post this.... I've hit a snag while installing horizontal blinds. I have a situation where there seems to be some sort of metal stud header or metal duct running through the ceiling where I need to mount the brackets for the blinds. Where the wall and ceiling meet there seems to be a 2" SOMETHING running along the horizontal. **see very very VERY crude drawing attached. I'm really not 100% sure what it actually is, all I know is that once my drill gets through the drywall, I hit some sort of metal obstruction. I would open up the wall BUT I have a rental apartment....

So my question is 1. Do I take my chances and just screw through the thing assuming its a stud? Any ideas of anything it could be besides a stud?? There is no plumbing or HVAC vents along that wall. 2. If it is indeed a stud, how can I anchor the brackets? I obviously can't just drill a screw through and be done with it... don't want the thing to come crashing down! 3. I thought of wall mounting the brackets but have no idea how to mount to the adjacent walls if one is indeed a masonry wall and the other a column enclosure. I'm nervous to just go start drilling holes.....

Thanks alot for your help. Really need these darn blinds to go up stat! And not too handy either.... my crude drawing comes from a design background but my knowledge of actual construction is minimal. :huh:


mstew 04-24-2012 09:10 AM

There could be a metal stud plate installed to protect wire or plumbing pipe going thru.

coupe 04-24-2012 09:11 PM

could simply be a joist hanger?

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