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jpgr 07-22-2012 07:43 PM

Cannot drill into stud

I live in an apartment that was built in the 2000s. I was told drywall, I assumed wooden studs. I bought magnetic stud finders, found the nails and then could even see them painted over when I looked closely. I went to the hardware store and bought black oxide drill bits. The store employee said they'd work for just drywall/wood studs. When I hit stud, I cannot drill any farther.

I'm hanging an Elfa shelving unit so it will need to support some weight. I guess I'll just have to call the apartment office tomorrow and ask if it's metal studs (if they even know). It's a wall that is shared with another apartment building.

Any ideas? Thank you for your time.

kok328 07-22-2012 08:37 PM

You may have hit a cover plate that protects electrial wires from being drilled into. You will have to move the hole a few inches up or down to avoid the metal plate. If it's a metal wall stud, you should be able to drill through it, they are just made of thin sheet metal.

jpgr 07-22-2012 09:59 PM

Thank you for your reply. The only reason I'm skeptical that it's a wire plate is because the same thing happened in my kitchen area when hanging up my knife rack. Unless I'm two for two.

erinvan 04-02-2013 08:16 AM

Have you considered finding some heavy duty wall anchors. Depending on how heavy the material is, this may be able to hold the weight. I would consult someone at the hardware store first.

nealtw 04-02-2013 08:22 AM

More likely the drill was in reverse.

GBR 04-04-2013 06:01 PM


So if you hit another wire protection plate as before, it's time to get that lotto ticket... Gary

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