Hanging shelves- screw won't go in


Old 09-05-12, 01:12 PM
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Hanging shelves- screw won't go in

I live in a new high rise condo (probably interior metal studs) and I'm trying to hang two 12lb shelves on a wall separating our unit from the next. I tried screwing though what I assumed was a metal stud but it wouldn't go through so I went back to hardware store and got anchors to hang it in the drywall. I used a nail to try to find where the stud ended but the I'm running into the same problem on the whole wall and when I tap this wall it makes a higher noise than the other walls. Is this concrete or something behind the drywall (there is still some hollow wall before I hit anything)? Is there anything I can do to hang my shelves there? Also I don't have a drill and can't afford to buy one right now.
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Old 09-05-12, 01:20 PM
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It's possible there is a concrete wall between the units but generally the wall is furred out to allow room for insulation and electrical. Have you talked to your neighbors to see if they have hung anything on their side?
Old 09-05-12, 02:26 PM
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My guess would be concrete - I recall my old man wearing himself and a drill bit out trying to drill into the blue steel beam he saw in the hole hanging a ceiling light in our army apartment in Germany many decades ago - the masonry bit solved the problem in short order when he switched.
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