NYC apartment walls

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  1. Dec 22, 2011 #1

    whooops

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    I just moved into a building in NYC that was built in the late 60s and I wanted to mount my 42" plasma. I drilled a few test holes after I used a stud finder and discovered the walls were about 2.5" thick. The drill bit went right through, I now have a peep hole to my bedroom. The other hole went in 1.25" and stopped. The dust looks like drywall/clay dust. The walls seem thick though, I can't hear people talking in the other room.

    Any ideas what kind of walls I'm dealing with?
    Should I abandon all hope of mounting my TV or anything for that matter? I was hoping to mount some shelves also.
     
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    Take a picture sounds like a heavy plaster wall.... Is it textured? Stud finders don't work on plaster or not correctly anyway
    Good news is you have studs just where?
     
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    It's mostly smooth. There are several patch jobs and about a half inch of paint from multiple repaints. The stud finder I have is one of the cheaper ones.
    Aren't studs 2x4s?
    These walls are 2.5" thick, fairly dense. No hollow sounds when I tap on them to find the studs.
     
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    Perhaps they turned the studs sideways in none bearing walls to give more room in the appartment.
     
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    Do you have Baseboard trim and or radiator? If trim pop it out look for nail heads if u see any that's we're your studs are. They could of doubled up on the Sheetrock at some point what size screws are you using?
     
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    The screws are about 2" long wood screws, typical to a TV mounting kit. The building super is out of town so I think I'm going to have to talk to him about this.

    Thanks for the tips.
     

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