I want to install a wall cabinet on my bathroom wall, but there doesn't seem to be anything behind the drywall to hold it up solid. What do I do?
Typically, when hanging heavy items on a wall, screws should be driven into wall studs located in the wall's framing. Studs are usually found every 16 inches, but they can still be tricky to locate through drywall, cement board, panelling or plaster.
The easiest way to find exactly where a stud is located is to use a tool known as a stud sensor. By simply placing it on the wall and slowly dragging it across the surface, it can pinpoint the exact location of studs, joists and beams.
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Another way, which involves a little more work, is to hammer a nail into the wall to make a small hole. Assuming it does not hit a stud, pass a long wire cut from a clothes hanger through the hole in each direction until it stops. Mark the wire where it comes out of the wall and remove it. This approximate measurement will let you know were the stud is located relative to the nail hole. Confirm by nailing another hole in that area.
Assuming it hits a stud, measure and mark the wall every 16 inches. Although this method may leave your walls with several holes, they can be quickly repaired and painted over.
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If a wall stud cannot be located or is spaced further than 16 inches apart, the next best option would be to use wall anchors which make hanging heavy items on hollow walls possible. Make sure to select the right anchors for your project by checking their maximum weight capacity and carefully follow the installation directions.
You can find more information on how to install a recessed medecine cabinet here.
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