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Old 03-03-2009, 11:47 AM   #16
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The house was built in about 1978


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Old 03-03-2009, 11:52 AM   #17
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The house was built in about 1978 and is a duplex. The wall in question is the fire wall. I think I may have found a product that will do the trick though, it is called retrostud. I will use 2 of the kits that are shown in this video instead of one though as the mw sticks out from the wall more the a flat screen tv.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:14 PM   #18
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I would start with cutting some drywall behind where the mw is going to mount and see what is back there. You can use the mounting bracket supplied with the mw to get an idea of what you can cut and still be covered. Make sure to save whatever you cut out so you can reapply it later. Go ahead and mud it back it and sand it. Don't worry about what it will look like, you will never see it again.

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Old 03-03-2009, 12:38 PM   #19
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My house (built in 1948) has plaster walls and these electronic stud finders do not work at all!

If your walls are other than drywall, try other methods!

Looking to see how the cabinets above are fastened is a good idea!

Knocking on the wall, listening to the sound is another good indicator.

Drilling a series of 3/16" holes jn a horizontal line across the whole span would be another option. After anchorage is found, fill the holes with drywall compound!
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:46 PM   #20
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Amber I think we have BINGO!!!!!! Firewall? usually that means a block wall with furring attached, most often HORIZONTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! If you were to poke thru that wall most likely you will hit solid block about 1 1/4" back from the rock face.
You MAY have another issue not addressed yet!!!! Since this is a FIREWALL you may have to get permits, and a specific installation schedule from the building dept. They may allow you to glue and screw a backer of 3/4" to the block but I would NOT do anything until you speak to them. You are messin with fire codes now and they get very cranky with them.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:30 PM   #21
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I have done one installation similar to this problem. The over-the-range microwave came with a bracket that could be used to mount it to the cabinet above the microwave. This didn't look good to me. There was no original external vent for the previous range vent hood. With the homeowner's permission I used 1/4" threaded rod all the way through the cabinet, through the ceiling into the attic above the ceiling joist. I attached the 1/4" rod through pieces of 2x4 laying across the joist, and to the bracket for the microwave as if it were attached to the bottom of the cabinet. The weight of the microwave was suspended from above the ceiling joist on four rods. You can't see them unless you open the cabinet above the microwave, and I slipped a piece of plastic tubing over the rods so it would look better. She has found room in this cabinet to put "stuff". This may work for you. Thanks, David


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