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01-20-07, 05:26 PM   #1  
Drywall Drama

Hello, I just moved into a new place and have things (curtain rod, shelf brackets, etc) that I want to anchor into the wall or ceiling. I am using a drill to make a hole for the anchor, but in a couple of spots when the drill gets through the very thin drywall, I hit something hard. I am assuming it is metal, and thus do not want to push through it as I have no idea what is back there, and since I am renting I do not want to cause big damage. Does anyone have any idea what this could be behind the wall, and if it would be ok to go through it?
I appreciate the help.

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01-20-07, 05:34 PM   #2  
Welcome to the forums! If you are placing the curtain brackets adjacent to the window framing, you are probably hitting a stud. That's good. Not sure how the apartment was built, whether wood or metal studs, but you could ask someone just to make sure. If you are hitting a metal stud, you won't need the anchor, just drive your screw into the metal or wood.

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01-20-07, 09:47 PM   #3  
If the construction is wood studs and you are hitting metal STOP. There are plates put in front of things that you don't want to put holes in to protect them from exactly that.

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01-21-07, 06:10 AM   #4  
to expand on tightcoats post just a bit.

there are steel plates designed to be placed in front of electrical wiring that passes through a stud. It is designed to do just what it has done (so far) in your situation, which is to prevent damage to the electrical wiring and possibly injury to the installer.

If there are wood studs in your building, then you are probably hitting these steel protectors and definately do not want to go throught them.

Find out if the structure is wood or steel stud framed.

just a side note as well; is your landlord aware of what you are doing. In most rentals, putting a hole in a wall is not a good idea without the LL's permission.

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