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« on: June 17, 2011 07:38:49 PM »

So I'm in desperate need of storage space, so I decided to go grab myself a shelf that needs to be installed in the wall. Now, I've installed stuff before, but with this, well, maybe I'm just being a n00bcake.

One of the brackets supporting the shelf went on fine. However, the other is doing strange things and laughing at me. I'll begin to screwing in, and then the screw will stop moving in and just start digging out small bits of plaster in the threads. I was wondering if maybe I hit a stud or if it just hates me (which I wouldnt be surprised). But then, aren't you suppsed to nail into studs anyway? Not that it should matter since my house was built only about 20 years ago.

I'm still new at this; any help is much appreciated~~ Lips sealed
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011 10:55:34 PM »

It does sound like you may have hit a stud.  If you can screw into a stud, it will give more support, but if you are screwing into just drywall, you may want to use wall anchors to give more support, especially if you may be adding things of weight onto the shelf.  Can you shift over a couple of inches?

http://homerepair.about.com/od/interiorhomerepair/ss/wall_fastening.htm

http://www.helpwithdiy.com/decorating/hanging-book-shelf.html
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