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Old 01-10-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Securing shelves opposite the breaker box


I'm in the middle of baby proofing and have run into a snag. There is a book case on either side of our TV. One of the book cases is against a section of wall that has the breaker box "inside it". The box is accessible from the room on the other side of the wall so it's just plain sheet rock on the side with the book case.

The anchors I got require drilling into a stud. I'm worried that the wires coming out of the box may go through studs. Before I gave it any thought I drilled a small hole and must've just missed the stud because it hit the back of the box. That made the light come on that I was drilling right into the wall near the box. (A light hand on sheet rock prevented me from going into the box)

How should I anchor that book case?

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Old 01-10-2017, 11:44 AM   #2
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How much space do you have around the breaker box to look inside there to see where the wires are routed?

That would be my first solution.
Get a SEE SNAKE, and slip inside the wall, and view all that there is to see there.

And besides wiring through a stud is supposed to have a stud shield over them to prevent someone from screwing/ nailing into the wiring.


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First, a stud finder may help you locate the studding verse test drilling... and then use screws that will only go into the stud 3/4 to be on the safe side.

I assume you are putting in an anti-tipping anchor.... get some different anchoring device... you can get a molly that just expands behind the rock, or even the screws that don't even penetrate through the rock (metal or plastic) that you then but a screw into... I don't know the name.

If you are worried as to their streangth, the package will have some rateing figures on it... and if you are uncomfortable with that, put in several.

Also, it might be obvious which direction your feeders go... for instance, if you are on a slab... with attic above... it is highly likely all the runs go up... in which case, use a stud below the panel box.

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I hadn't had trouble finding the studs previously. I usually measure and tap around and have pretty good luck with that but it's probably past time I buy one.

I'm using what amounts to a strap with brackets on both ends designed to anchor tall furniture.

I did consider using the screw in sheet rock anchors, they have a lot of surface area with the wall material. I've used them in several places for different things but not for anchoring book cases. I may give them a try anyway, I like the idea of not worrying as much about depth.

I have an attic and a crawl space but there aren't any wires in the crawl space. Do you guys know if the stud finders that find wires actually work? Is it just going to go haywire with the box right there?
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IF the light came on when you drilled, it sounds like you hit a cable.
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IF the light came on when you drilled, it sounds like you hit a cable.
Joed.... If that is a circuit feed from the panel, how would that occur.... I'm going blank and just curious.

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it hit the back of the box. That made the light come on that I was drilling right into the wall near the box.
Wait , what ??? Can you rephrase this ? It sounds like you said that you drilled into something & a light in the room came on.....
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Oh, I can see how that might be confusing... the light above my head... I realized what I was doing, no actual light came on :D

I didn't drill into any cables, I bumped the back of the box.
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Aha, I see said the blind man.
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Aha, I see said the blind man.
as he picked up his hammer and saw....
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Most panels are wide enough to fit between to studs.
Chances are the cables come out of the top and bottom.

Find the stud next to the panel and use it.
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take the dead front off the panel and see if any cables run through the sides of the panel. Highly unlikely, as mentioned before, most of the time cables are ran through the top and bottom of a panel.

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