I have largely finished my first piece of furniture. It is a wall
cabinet intended for use in my bathroom. Now the hard part: finding the
studs to hang it - who wudda thunk it??
The house was built in 1979, and was substantially renovated by the
previous owners; they apparently bought it in considerable distress.
The interior walls appear (to my inexperienced eye) to be mix of plaster
The wall of interest (between two adjacent bathrooms) feels like plaster.
I have almost sorta found studs. Would it make sense for there to be
two pairs of studs? A stud finder sees two objects about 5 inches
apart, and another pair about 16 inches away. These are between the
sink and toilet/shower. There is a baseboard, and there are nails 5
inches apart, but I note they are not plumb with what my stud finder
suggests is the center of whatever is in the wall [*]. The adjacent
bathroom has a small linen closet that offsets its sink, so I wonder
whether the pairs are somehow associated with the funny overlap.
One thought is to make a test hole where one of the studs appears to be.
As a bonus, any repairs can be purely functional, unless I abort the
cabinet installation. I would feel better if the baseboard nails were
not offset. Thumping well away from the suspected stud pairs gives a
slightly less solid sound than near them, but it does not fill me with
confidence. Any advice or recommended reading?
[*] I met the electrician who did some of the work; I would sleep better
had I not met him. He projects a mix of disinterest and inability that
one typically associates with politics. I can only imagine what the
other contractors were like, so some silliness here and there would not
- posted 16 years ago