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Figured some there would be some handy men on tBB that could help me out. I'm planning to hang some wire shelves in my laundry room but I've got an issue with potential wires. I used my stud finder that has a built in "power detector" to try and locate where the wires are. I know they are near by because there's a power outlet off to the side. However, the stud finder basically says the entire wall is live, and I know that's just not true (probably the result of buying a finder on the cheaper side). Assuming I tape my drill bit so it only digs in about 1/2", what REALLY are my chances of doing something that gets me killed?
What do you plan on putting on the shelves? They make strong adhesive to hang shelves and such.
Not 100% sure what is going on them (more storage in general is needed), but I could allocate only light things if need be.
are you drilling into studs? if so no worries at all...
Just might be easier to go adhesive hooks, etc. I found some at Home Depot that hold 40 pounds, I think.
Drill into the studs. It will also allow you to put more weight on your shelves.
The middle hanging arms will be into studs, but unfortunately the front hanging U-hooks are just going into drywall.
I'd prefer to, but I'm at the mercy of the shelves; depths. The center mounting arm will be into studs, but the from of the shelves that hang into those U-hooks doesn't line up with a stud.
I always use a track system when putting in shelves, but if I am understanding what you are using the screws do not go in far enough to hit any electrical.
Yeah, I'm doing ones like the top shelf in this picture:
Have you looked into track systems (like Closetmaid at Home Depot)? They cost a little more but are so much better. They allow you to screw the tracks into studs, which allows for a much stronger shelf system, and they are adjustable.
I looked into them, but these two shelves are actually going over the water heater in my apartment, so there wasn't a lot of room to install the tracks. This was the simplest solution I thought
are the others fairly centered in between the studs? shouldnt be wires just chillin in the open, they should be stapled to the side of the studs for the most part, unless there is a random outlet or switch.
They have standards (the vertical tracks) that are as small as 12" in length (the next smallest size is 30" if I remember correctly). If you are in an apartment I would really consider the track system. It creates smaller holes (I am assuming that you will have to patch the holes when you leave). If you know how to draw a level line and you install the standards (vertical tracks) in studs, you do not even need the horizontal track that they sell as part of the system.
The supports that your are considering install with nails (at least all the ones I have dealt with have). How it works is that you drill holes deep enough for the plastic prongs on the back to fit in your sheet rock and then you nail it in. The nails split that plastic prong and this is actually what anchors in you sheet rock. When you go to remove these pieces, they sometimes take chunks of your sheet rock with them.
This post was edited by mtreber1 18 months ago
This. More than likely the only wires running horizontally would be from plug to plug.
Thanks guy. Taped the drill and didn't get electrocuted. Success.
It only hurts for a second unless you hit a dryer outlet. Then you're dead before it can hurt at all.
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Electrician for 12 years here, no worries if you're just going into the stud. 99.99999% of the time the wires are stapled to the side of the stud. Even if you happen to hit the wire it won't even shock you. It will just trip the breaker.
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