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Old 11-22-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question about attaching closet system to studs


I live in an attached townhome and am installing shelving/hanging systems in a walk-in closet. On one wall, which is about 65" from end to end, I seem to have trouble locating the studs. They don't seem to be 16" on center according to code. Furthermore, when I did find something solid (very close to a corner), it appeared that it was metal and I couldn't drill all the way through. This particular wall abuts the next unit. I have noticed that in certain spots on the outside walls elsewhere in the unit (where our unit is connected to the next) the builder has used metal studs. However, I have seen this same wall opened up a floor below (where our kitchen is being renovated) and all of those were wood studs 16" on center. Perhaps the wood was put there to screw in the kitchen cabinets, but metal studs were used upstairs.

If the wall contains metal studs and they are not 16" on center, is there still anything I can do to hang the closet system? I obviously can't hang the whole thing on drywall with anchors. It will surely come down.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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You could place sheets of 1/2" plywood on the wall, then attach the shelving system. Problem with steel framing, is if you do not have a good Stud finder, it will not always find them. Also that upstairs could have been framed 24" o/c. Start from the inside corner, not outside, and check for studs, by using a magnet out of a old hard drive.

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A better stud finder will find metal studs.
A cheap magnetic one will also work.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Johnson-S...h#.Uo_0exMo7IU
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since it is the wall between apartments it could be double layered and or something like this for sound
http://www.clarkdietrich.com/product...-rated-systems
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since it is the wall between apartments it could be double layered and or something like this for sound
http://www.clarkdietrich.com/product...-rated-systems
Thanks. I never thought of this, although we have very thick concrete walls between our units. Nevertheless, there could be a soundproof wall next to our side of the concrete since we hear absolutely nothing from our neighbors on either side.
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