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I'm hanging 9" kitchen cabinet (wall) and hit air duct, no stud. I kept getting these odd readings on my stud finder, so I decided to drill a test hole and hit a air duct. After further inspection it seems that a stud is not in line with my 9 inch cabinet.

The air duct is about 12" wide and the 9" cabinet kind of falls a little off center to the ductwork, I do have a cabinet to it's left to attach it to but not sure if anchoring it only on the left will support weight after filling the cabinet.

Is this a problem, me hitting the air duct, I plan to patch the hole and any ideas on hanging the wall cabinet.

Can I use a sheetrock anchor and go into the duct???
 

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The air duct is about 12" wide and the 9" cabinet kind of falls a little off center to the ductwork, I do have a cabinet to it's left...

If the duct is off center to the cabinet, use that space to install the fastener. I would prefer a toggle to the hollow wall fastener. If the duct is just a foil wrapped fiberglass duct, try to patch the hole with aluminized duct tape (foil type). If it's a shielded type of duct, like in sheet metal, it should not be used for holding screws or for anything structural.

Just a thought. Some construction installs what are called grounds, which are wood bracing between studs to screw cabinets to. Sometimes they may not show up with a stud finder, or maybe you haven't found them or a stud. Try locating a ground near the top where the cabinet gets screwed to the wall. Don't use a stud finder, instead, use an 8d or a 10d finish nail and see if you hit something solid. Make sure you put a small mark on the wall where the cabinet ends so you don't make holes in the wall past the cabinet.






 
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