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Drilling to hang curtain rod - seem to have hit metal

Drilling to hang curtain rod - seem to have hit metal

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Old 12-08-14, 07:48 AM
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Drilling to hang curtain rod - seem to have hit metal

Hello all - new home owner, noob and first time poster.

I was attempting to drill into the wall to put up a curtain rod and seem to have hit metal. The first couple spots on the left of the window were ok but when I tried to drill through corresponding spots on the right is when I seem to hit metal. I tried to go out and up with no luck. The placement of the metal seems haphazard (at least to me).

I've attached some photos below. In the last 2 photos I've marked with an X the holes where I seemed to hit metal and a check mark for the holes where I could drill through. Any ideas how I should proceed?

Oh and I'm using a dremel to drill. Photo also attached. Help!

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Old 12-08-14, 08:33 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

It would help to know where you are located. Assuming this is a wood frame house, areas with seismic or hurricane concerns could have metal strapping to help hold the framing together. Any issues on the right side?
 
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Old 12-08-14, 08:52 AM
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Thanks for the response! I'm located in metro Detroit, Michigan.

I had it happen on both the left and the right. The last image I have attached is on the right while the second to last image is on the left.

Does that provide some more clarity?
 
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Old 12-08-14, 10:20 AM
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That makes it less likely that there are steel brackets holding the framing together. Not sure what/why you have steel there Do you know the history of the house? talked to the neighbors to see if they run into similar issues?
 
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Could it be screws of some sort that are in the studs? I'm new to this and was wondering how the dry wall is connected to the studs?

Actually our neighbor is the one who did a remod of the house. They are out for the next week or two but I will chat with him when he returns.
 
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While it could be a nail or screw head, the odds are once you moved over a little you would miss it.
 
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Old 12-08-14, 11:05 AM
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It could be a screw head. The area where you are drilling would not normally have metal plates.
You need to patch holes anyway, so try drilling a little away from your intended spot and you should find wood.

You already know this........ But do not force a drill through the metal
 
 

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