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Old 07-26-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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How do I anchor anything to lath and plaster...( hand rail... Tv mont..)

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Handrails and T.V.s need to be mounted right to a stud,just like drywall---

Lighter items can be anchored using Molly bolts---Mike---

P.S.--Moved this to general--

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Molly/toggle bolts perhaps? Not that I'd trust them to hold too much weight. Use a stud finder and mount to those.

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Handrails and T.V.s need to be mounted right to a stud,just like drywall---

Lighter items can be anchored using Molly bolts---Mike---

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Im havering a hard time finding the 2x4. ..with a stud finder...
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Some stud finders are better than others---

Try this---the base molding is nailed to the studs--attach a rare earth magnet to a string--swing it along the base board until it sticks--there is your stud---My phone case has one of those magnets--
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...orrrr..... just open an old hard drive, yank the rare earth magnet from that and just move it around the walls until it finds the nails/screws used to attach the lath to the studs. Then measure between them. They SHOULD be 16" OC. Or just use the magnets and be sure of what's underneath.

Good call Mike.... I keep forgetting about those magnets, even though it's how I found my own studs!

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Lath is nailed to the studs---Listen to Danger---go low tech---use a magnet---
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Great idea thanks ...wow it's a pain ..thanks guys
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I was painting the kitchen wall I was hanging shelves on so before I painted I used this ancient technique called "drill a 1/8" hole every inch and stick a coathanger through it"

This technique should only be used when the wall in question is being painted though HA!
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Some stud finders are better than others---

Try this---the base molding is nailed to the studs--attach a rare earth magnet to a string--swing it along the base board until it sticks--there is your stud---My phone case has one of those magnets--

correction SHOULD be
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...orrrr..... just open an old hard drive, yank the rare earth magnet from that and just move it around the walls until it finds the nails/screws used to attach the lath to the studs. Then measure between them. They SHOULD be 16" OC. Or just use the magnets and be sure of what's underneath.

Good call Mike.... I keep forgetting about those magnets, even though it's how I found my own studs!

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now thats more like it, my house is not
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I'm not too politically correct---but my answers USUALLY are.
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999 out of every 1,000 seems pretty good to me Mike.

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Just trying to let the DIY's now, things are not sometimes what the seem

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