Cannot drill into stud

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  1. Jul 23, 2012 #1

    jpgr

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    Hello,

    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.
     
  2. Jul 23, 2012 #2

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    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.
     
  3. Jul 23, 2012 #3

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    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.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2013 #4

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    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.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2013 #5

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    More likely the drill was in reverse.
     
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    Ouch....

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