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Old 11-03-2007, 08:39 PM   #1
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Big problem with screwing a bracket to drywall

I recently purchased some bookcases for the living room of my apartment. The shelves are pretty tall and have a bracket that holds the shelves flush against the wall. I got some drywall anchors, but for some reason they weren't working. Some exploratory drilling later, I've come to the conclusion that there's some kind of solid concrete or something barrier immediately behind the drywall which is preventing the drywall anchors from going deep enough. I tried screwing directly into the whatever, but that didn't work either. As far as I can tell, this concrete or whatever is behind all of the wall that I want to put the shelves on. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can anchor these bookcases?


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Old 11-03-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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Most likely a Firewall between units. You could use a Concrete bit to allow you to drill a hole deep enough to insert an expanding anchor that is used for concrete walls.


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Old 11-05-2007, 09:54 PM   #3
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Tapcon screws

Tapcon makes concrete screws. A box of screws comes with the proper drill bit for them. Make sure there are no pipes or wires where you're drilling!
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:44 AM   #4
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You'll need a hammer drill for the tapcon drill bit.

BTW do you have the ok from the landlord?
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:35 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jogr View Post
You'll need a hammer drill for the tapcon drill bit.
It's not essential. Especially for the couple screws he's installing. A regular drill will be a bit slower, but perfectly adequate for drilling the holes.
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