Can't find studs in my exterior wall

Old 07-07-13, 07:18 AM
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Can't find studs in my exterior wall


I live in an old apartment building with concrete exterior walls. I've been battling with the mounting of a curtain rod as it seems there is nothing that will support it properly.

One side went in perfectly but it seems that the other side of the wall is plaster over concrete. I've tried using various anchors (both ribbed and winged ones) but they fall out immediately with the weight of the rod. I went on to search for a stud as an alternative and, after checking both sides of the socket, everything was hollow.

Any suggestions/explanations as to what I'm dealing with here?

Thank you for your time,
Old 07-07-13, 09:17 AM
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Well if it is truely concrete under the paster than a hammer drill and Tapcon screws would be your best bet but doesn't the window have wood trim? If so that may be the best place for curtain brackets. Maybe brackets the rod ca extend beyond.
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Older concrete buildings often had a channel cast into the window openings and this channel was filled with wood (2X4 or similar) and the window then fitted in the opening. As such there is no wood in the wall surrounding the window. If this is the construction used in your building then you have no recourse but to do as Ray suggests and drill through the plaster into the concrete and use long Tapcon screws or concrete anchors.

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