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Old 06-27-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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nail bounces when hammered in wall. How do I hang shelf


I think there are metal studs. not sure. Stud finder say wood but when I hammer nail it bounces. How can I hang a shelf when the nail won't penetrate the stud?

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Two possibilities---I suggest using a screw---that will penetrate the metal.

You will want to check and see if the 'stud' you found is a stud--not an air duct--electrical conduit or water pipe.



You should not have to much trouble finding real studs if you try this.

Use some painters tape or post-it notes to mark your locations---studs are typically 16" apart.

Start at one side of the wall and start marking the stud locations with your stud finder--you will find that the real studs are 16" apart--the pipes,ducts and other false readings will not be.

Most pullout rulers have red marks every 16"--I hope this helps.

Worst case--poke a small hole in the wall and stick an L shaped length of wire through the hole and feel around inside the wall.----Mike---

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-=chuckle=- or just poke a really BIG hole in the wall and take a look!
It might be bouncing off a plumbing pipe....?

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metal plate to protect wires
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yea..lol run a screw into a pipe
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It has been my experience when nailing a board to a wall and all you get is a bounce, it’s because “You’re Hitting Nothing”.

If you hit steel (a steel stud, plate, another nail) you get no bounce, you get a brick wall.

If you hit a pipe, a hissss is what you get.

If you hit a wire, the toaster stops working.

So back to OP. Are you sure you found a stud?
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You are hitting a PVC vent pipe !
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You are hitting a PVC vent pipe !
I think we have the winner folks! "Bounce" being the big clue.

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