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Trouble hanging shelf on plaster walls


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10-10-01, 01:52 AM   #1  
I am having trouble hanging some medium weight wooden shelves on my plaster & lath walls.

I am not sure whether or not to use toggle bolts or screws with the plastic inserts or what.

The plaster is old and crumbles away around the drilled hole, and I am not having any luck finding walls studs that are exactly 16" apart.

Can anyone tell me the type of fastener and the size to use?

 
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10-10-01, 02:45 AM   #2  
Try to screw shelving supports into studs, if you can.
In lieu of that, use a masonry bit in a variable speed drill for drilling the holes. Use a sharp pointed tool (ice pick or awl) to make a small starter mark to keep the drill from skipping.
I would use molly bolts to hang the shelves. Molly bolts come in various sizes and have spring-loaded "wings" that fit through the hole and open to catch the backside of the wall.
They can hold a pretty good load.
Good Luck!
Mike

 
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10-10-01, 02:48 AM   #3  
By "molly bolt" I guess you mean a toggle bolt? I guess the toggle one I used was not long enough--the "wing" would not go through far enough to expand.

Thanks for the help though--All I get when I go to Home Depot is some 14 yr old kid to wait on me.

 
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10-10-01, 03:36 AM   #4  
Yep. Same-Same.
Just get them with a longer screw to clear the thicker plaster and lathe.
Good Luck!
Mike

 
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