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Old 10.07.2011, 11:15
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Hanging shelving in my apartment

I am trying to hang shelving in my apartment. Back in the States we have studs every 16 inches. It does not appear to have studs. I am suspecting it's plaster, but I don't know. I am going to use mollies, but i can't figure out how thick this stuff is. Any help out there?
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Re: Hanging shelving in my apartment

By mollies I think you mean wall plugs (or Dübel here) best bet is to tap along the wall to see is it sounds hollow in spots (and hence studwork). It would be unusual to find a stud wall here. The safe way is to take a piece of skirting board off and drill a few test holes behind the skirting to work out the best method of attachment. Be careful there are no regulations or standards here as to where you can put eletrical cables or waterpipes so they could be anywhere and everywhere so you could hit one.
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Re: Hanging shelving in my apartment

John, it is very unlikely you'll ever find American-Style light frame walls here, with 2x4 studs covered by drywalling etc.. Walls that are not very obviously made of wood usually are brick walls. No mollies needed, just ordinary plastic rawl plugs. The only thing you must take care of is not to hit a water pipe or electric cable inside the wall while drilling, as RTN said.

On the other hand, since Swiss walls usually are substantially harder than American light frame walls, you may need a hammer drill and stone drill bits, whereas you can use a paring knive to pierce a drywall (hence the mollies).
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