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Old 06-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hello All,

It's my first time here, so hopefully I'm putting this question in the right place!

In short, I'm having trouble drilling into studs. My girlfriend just moved into a new apartment in a high rise building and I was mounting her TV on her wall. I used a stud finder to locate a stud and an 18v cordless drill to drill into it. I was using a drill bit slightly smaller than the mounting screws to pre-drill a hole, but once I got through the drywall, the drill bit wouldn't go any further. I drilled in 2 spots about 12 inches apart and I had the same problem. Has anyone here faced the same problem and is there an easy way to fix it?

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Probably metal studs

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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You could also be hitting plumbing drain/ vent or supply line. Is there a bathroom or kitchen or the other side of this wall?
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when you said high rise apartment I was instantly thinking of metal studs as well. I would try to find a stud on another wall and "test" it too. If you can't make it into that one either its probably metal studs.
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When I heard Hi rise apartment, I'm thinking concrete.
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The thought occurred to me that it might be metal studs - I'm going to check with the building management to see if this is true. If they are metal studs, any suggestions on how I might attach a TV mount to the wall?

As for the wall itself - no, it's not adjacent to the bathroom or the kitchen. It's a bedroom wall that is adjacent to the living room, so it seems unlikely that there are drain pipes passing through there.
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I'm going to check with the building management to see if this is true.
If they are metal studs, any suggestions on how I might attach a TV mount to the wall?
Yes; drop back ten and call the management or LANDLORD
Ask them the what and how

Odds are they'll do something for you rather than have to repair later
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Sounds like concrete. You can tap into the holes you made with a nail and see if you hear metal.

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