No studs in wall


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Old 01-17-20, 08:49 PM
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No studs in wall

Iím about to go crazy. Installing a hanging bike rack. Iíve used every trick to find studs to no avail. Stud finder consistently (>10 tries) tells me studs are in same places, and distance between hits is 16 inches. But drill finds no studs. No electrical boxes on wall. Baseboards are glued not nailed. Using 3/16 bit and drilling to 2.5 inchesóno studs, even drilling every 1 inch. Measured both 16 and 24 inches from both cornersóno studs. Wall appears to be about 5 inches thick, and other exposed studs in same space are 2x4, so using drill bit length, I should still be hitting a stud even if stud not flush against wall. Knocking produces no discernible sound difference anywhere. And now I have about 12 holes an inch apart along my wall. Short of cutting out a piece of the wall to find it, what the heck is going on? Can it be there are no studs in wall? If not, why canít I find them? This project is about to be the death of my DIY ego. FWIW, this is an exterior wall of a full bath in a partially finished basement.
 
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Old 01-17-20, 08:56 PM
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Undo a wire coat hanger and shove it sideways down the wall through one of your many holes.
 
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Try some heavy duty toggle bolts. The first one is guaranteed to hit a stud.
 
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Old 01-18-20, 03:09 AM
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Try some heavy duty toggle bolts. The first one is guaranteed to hit a stud.

Isnt that the truth!

Stud finder consistently (>10 tries) tells me studs are in same places, and distance between hits is 16 inches. But drill finds no studs.
Well, if it's saying it's there then try using a very small nail right above the base board to find the edge, you can then cover up the holes with a little caulk!
 
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Old 01-18-20, 04:22 AM
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If you're willing spend a few bucks, consider getting the WALL Scanner WALABOT. You'll find yourself using more often tan you might think.
 
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Old 01-18-20, 05:24 AM
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Short of cutting out a piece of the wall to find it
If you were to do the above there would be no question about what is behind your wall.
There would be less aggavation doing so than looking for some other creative solution to your problem.
I do this very often in my workplace where old construction techniques make finding a solid anchor point a problem.
I use a 2 1/2" holesaw on a drill that would give you good visibility or even to be able to stick your hand or phone in there for a pic.
A piece of lath wider than the hole and 4 drywall screws lets you use the piece you cut as a patch.
 
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Old 01-18-20, 06:24 AM
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I got one of these for Christmas. Drill a small hole & stick this in there & look around. Its got a LED light built into it.

https://www.harborfreight.com/digita...era-61839.html
 
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Old 01-19-20, 06:18 AM
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Wire hanger for the win! I drilled literally on the edge of both sides of the stud. And itís not a uniform distance from either corner. But I found it!
 
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Old 01-19-20, 06:40 AM
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And itís not a uniform distance from either corner
When your dealing with rough construction there are guidelines but a lot of variations so you have to get creative at times!
 
 

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