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A friend has asked me to make a shelf to fit above her vanity in the bathroom of a mobile home. Shelf is no problem. How do I mount it? I don't know how the construction is , behind that wall. Any info would be very helpful.

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A friend has asked me to make a shelf to fit above her vanity in the bathroom of a mobile home. Shelf is no problem. How do I mount it? I don't know how the construction is , behind that wall. Any info would be very helpful.

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According to the 2000 census, 20% of the population of the state of Montana lives in a mobile. I'm that one in 5 sooooo....

My house has interior wall stud that are 1.5 x 2.5, spaced about 20".

So, be carefull of how ya hang it, and how much you put on the shelf. wieght shouldnt be a probelm, given where its going, but if you can, try to hit two studs. Otherwise it'll be paneling or drywall (depending).

The new places may have standard size studs and regualr spacing, so it may pay to scope it first.
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If the shelf thing is an absolute, there's nothing stopping you from a bit of probing. If the studs are wood then they used nails or screws to fix the shtrk. An inexpensive nail finder, (swinging magnet for a couple bucks) from your local HdWr or Lumber Yd will locate the studs for you.

If wall depth is important punch a hole large enough to shove a Kabab rod or sacrifice a coat hanger. It's possible trailers use 3/8 shtrk, (don't know code for them) the hole will be small enough to spackle.

The important thing to bear in mind if you procede is to locate all outlets on both sides of the wall to ensure that you don't hack into one. Depending on the age of the trailer especially if the studs are 2X3s there might not be a shield covering cable running through the studs and a screw or nail could stab the line.

If you have a friend in the construction trade maybe they'll lend you their multi scan stud finder, (electrical, metal, wood and density scans)

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Hi Neal

I would suggest you buy a GOOD stud finder,,,check the wall out b/4 you built the shelf, they build them funny,, pipes,hose lines,power lines,etc. over the behind the vanity.. they jam all they can in the inside walls...


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Like Bj said,
good stud finder, most now identify electrical, metal etc. in the area.
Molly bolts are an option but I hate them, especially if you need to remove them.
Can alway make the shelf on a nice piece of wood, plywood etc, to give you lots of options to secure it.

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i agree with everyone about the studfinder and try to identify what you think might be in the wall. if there is a vanity, there is at least a vent and electrical for outlets. try to mount to the studs. if they dont line up in a pleasing manner, still use them, but install a french cleat. then you can mount the shelf without having to worry about where the studs line up. just my 2 cents. im sure you will get better answers.

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If the vanity is recessed into the wall, there is a possibility that studs run up both sides of it. You can tap with a hammer and listen to the sound. A solid sound indicates a stud.

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just an afterthought, if the vanity is enclosed with doors, you could cut an inspection door under it and then make an access door.

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Neal, now that you've had a few good, rational replies, you could also consider supporting the back edge of the shelf with a 2x4 glued to the wall paneling, and support the front corners with iron pipe (galvanized is better in bathrooms) running to the floor. You might need elbows to get around the sink, though.

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