Help mounting pet gate to wall....


Old 06-03-17, 01:29 PM
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Help mounting pet gate to wall....

Please be easy on a newbie....

I installed this wall gate and it was working great to begin with but toddlers hanging on it made the bottom mounting point anchors come out of the wall.

I initially utilized drywall anchors but I quickly found that there was something behind the dry wall on the third picture I'm guessing the metal stud or frame for the corner of the wall??

It feels like metal and it pushes back on the drywall anchor making it so the anchors can't expand...

Any suggestions on how to mount it would be greatly appreciated. Pictures for reference below...
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Old 06-03-17, 02:22 PM
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Welcome to the forums! It is possible you have metal studs and the sheetrock anchors just won't work. I would try the largest screw that the hinge hole will take 2 1/2" long and predrill a hole so there is a starting point in the metal stud. Once you begin to drive the screw, you will feel it tighten up. Don't over tighten it. Let us know if it works or not.
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Ok that's kinda what I figured. I started to try a pilot hole but I felt like I was pushing back the metal stud. I will start with a smaller hole and use a long screw. The issue is the hole in the hinge is super small. What type of screw should I use? Sheet metal screw?
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Is there any way to find out what might be behind there? The reason I ask is sometimes a metal sleeve/conduit or anti nail guard is placed in a wall to protect electrical wire or plumbing pipes. You'd really hate to drill into either of those.

You might be able to shine a bright flashlight in there and if you have a phone with a camera, put the lens right on that larger hole and snap a pic to see what could be behind there.
Old 06-07-17, 10:32 AM
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Fasten a 1x6 ripped to the width of the wall with deck screws 1" from the edge of the wall. Fasten the gate to the one-by.
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Ray's advise is spot on. The only reliable way to fasten that gate.

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