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Garage Shelves, Second nail cant get secure


Old 09-29-19, 03:12 PM
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Garage Shelves, Second nail cant get secure

I'm trying to put a couple simple shelves in out garage. We have brackets for the piece of wood that will be the shelf. Each bracket ( L bracket ) has to holes at the top for screws and one at the bottom. We used the stuf finder to find the wood behind the sheet rock. Problem is the first hole catches fine into the wood, but when I try to do the second hole, there is never anything behind the sheet rock.

I don't feel secure only using one hole at the top of the bracket and the one at the bottom. I'm really not sure what to do. Thank you for any help.
Old 09-29-19, 03:49 PM
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Depending on how wide the bracket is..... you may only catch one screw.
The 2x4 is only 1-1/2" facing the sheetrock.

You may have to put the screws in on an angle inwards for both to go into the same stud.
I'm sure it's just a mistype but you should be using screws....... not nails.
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Old 09-30-19, 12:59 AM
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The stud is there and hopefully it's vertical.

You need to find the very center of the stud for the top mounting, then make sure your bracket is vertical so that it falls onto the center of the stud at the bottom.

Also you mention nails, should be using screws!
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Are the 2 holes used for mounting the bracket to the stud on the same center line as the center line of the bracket? As someone already pointed out, the stud is only 1.5 inches thick on the side you are attempting to mount the bracket.
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Beyond what others have said, one option is to put a furring strip parallel to the studs and a little longer than the bracket. You can put as several 2 1/2" screws to secure the furring strip to the stud and then easily attach the bracket. BTW, it would be best to put a furring strip behind each bracket for balance.
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What Tony suggested is fairly common. Often a cleat will be nailed across the wall for the back edge of the shelf to rest on and then another short piece of wood [same thickness] is attached to the stud vertically to be used as a short 'leg' to mount the bracket to.

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