Closet weight on plaster wall


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Closet weight on plaster wall

I have a 1952 home with plaster walls and very bad reach-in closets. I am planning to install a closet organizer system which will mount to the closet's back wall, and I am concerned about the plaster carrying the weight of the organizer and clothes. (Since there will be plenty of double hanging, there will be more clothes in there than in the past.) Can I attach drywall to the front of the plaster (and move the baseboard forward)? Or what else will work to reinforce the system?
 

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12-02-21, 02:40 AM
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IF you use a masonry bit to drill the holes as Norm 201 suggests,you will usually feel the stud when the bit hits it. Masonry bits donít drill into wood well and will last longer in the plaster than a wood bit will.
 
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The organizer supports should be mounted at the wall stud locations screwed through the plaster into the studs. If studs are not at the proper locations then 1X strapping should be mounted to the studs and the closet supports to the 1Xs.
 
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Plaster is not a structural item so you got to find the studs which can be difficult at times!
 
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Finding the studs is very problematic in these walls--my stud finder is completely ineffective. I come very close by knocking, but that is not an ideal building technique.
 
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Starting from the edge of closet, measure 16". That should get you close to the first stud. You might subtract 1/2" to 1" from that to allow for the plaster thickness. From there you can use a very small drill (3/32) to drill test holes until you find the stud. It may take several tries. Drill slowly until you see wood being drawn up the drill flutes. Once you get the first one located the others should be 16" away. The small holes can be filled in with spackle.
You might want to invest in a Walabot. That is a unit that attaches to your cell phone and using ultrasound it can locate stud, pipes and wires.
 
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The baseboards should be nailed to the studs, you can probably find those nails with a magnet stud finder or use a flashlight at an angle to find the holes.
 
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IF you use a masonry bit to drill the holes as Norm 201 suggests,you will usually feel the stud when the bit hits it. Masonry bits donít drill into wood well and will last longer in the plaster than a wood bit will.
 
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Another hint. This won't apply to the OP's situation or any lathe and plaster wall.
But will work very well on a wallboard wall to locate studs.
Take a flashlight and shine it parallel to the wall or on edge. You will see where the nails and patch were applied.


 
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Thanks, everyone, for sharing your expertise and tips! I will use your good ideas to get the job done.
 
 

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