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Old 05-04-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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How to hang a drapery rod


I was told my condo has metal studs. What type of screws were used for the drywall?
I am going to put up a 12' long drapery rod with three supports. If a support is on the metal stud, what type of screw should I use? Or should I make sure that the support does not center on a metal stud? I that case I can use a toggle type screw/bolt thru the drywall.

My walls are metal studs covered with drywall. I am installing a 12 ft. long drapery rod with three supports. What is the best method to secure the rod brackets to the metal studs? and best method to secure the brackets to the drywall when metal stud is not present?

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What is the best method to secure the rod brackets to the metal studs? and best method to secure the brackets to the drywall when metal stud is not present?
Stud - with a thickness of 0.6 mm I'd think a pilot hole along with a #10 sheet metal screw would work.
Nobody seems to know how thick sheet metal can be and still have a steel sheet metal screw go into it without snapping in half.
A hollow wall anchor should also work, with a clearance hole drilled in the stud.

No stud - hollow wall anchor. If there is only shearing force and no pull-out force on the fasteners, those screw-in plastic anchors may also work.


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Got info on this but I can't get photobucket to work.
You need self-drilling screws and even #8 will work, in stud metal gauges from #10 to #20. For 20 gauge & #8, shear strength is 129# and pullout strength is 56#.
The pullover strength is 154#

"PULL-OVER (PULL-THROUGH): The amount of force required to pull the material over the head of the fastener. Example - 1/2” plywood is attached to thin metal. The metal is secured on a bottom fixture and the plywood is pulled upward until the wood pulls over the head (pull over) or the fastener pulls out of the base material (pull-through)."

How much do your curtains weigh?

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