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Okay folks, here's the challenge. Bought this little place in the sunny southwest, where nobody actually measures this distance between studs in a wall!! Yikes!! Am having a tough time finding a"toggle bolt" type device that will go in easily and actully HOLD something light. Have tried a couple that looked very promising. But they weren't. I am waiting now for a bunch of dry wall patches to dry so thought I'd check with all the learned greybeards here. Ooooops. Not you Canuck Gal!!
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I'm about ready to weld an angle iron frame along the wall and just hang the stuff from bolts but You Know Who does not seem to like that reason.
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Go to the local box store and get a studfinder. My son bought one and it works like a charm! What are you wanting to hang (besides the framing carpenter)? Weight?

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Have you seen these?
http://www.ezt-fast.com/
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I've seen stick ons for the wall that'll hold pounds and peel off when you don't want them.

I'm guessing object position is important and there aren't any studs where you want to hang whatever it is.

I also remember that infomercial wacko Billy Mays hawking a recurved SST pin that pierces the wall with something like an 1/8" footprint and held up to 20 pounds

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That suggestion from PKNI looks intriguing. I am trying to mount some of those "magic" shelves that appear to just sit on the wall all by themselves.Actually of course there are keyholes in the back edge and they sit on screw heads etc. But the %^T$$^& grade of cheapass "sheetrock" they use to build these dumps that snowbirds live in will hardly hold anything. And of course the studs are wild and free, located helter skelter up and down the wall......may a 16" here and then mabe an 18 there and the next one might be a 21"...who knows! Ha!!
I always wondered how they built these places so fast. Now I know!
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I prefer hollow wall anchors. I hung I laundry sorting station that holds 6 large laundy bags (an entire weeks worth of laundry for 5 people) using 3 1/4" hollow wall anchors.
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Thanks for the suggestions folks. I am pretty much forced to use some metal key-slots on the back of these (very high quality) shelves so I have to end up with about 1/4 sticking out from wall to slide into the locking slots. Frankly, while they look nice, they are a real PITA to put into a chunk of Chinese drywall, which seems to be made up mostly of powdered chalk. Talk about low quality crap this stuff takes the big gong!!
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