Mounting a TV in unknown wall material

wootenjsJune 6, 2010

We just moved into a pretty old house and I want to mount my TV in the wall, I'm just not sure what the house is built from and how to find the studs. I drove a short nail in a lot of different places. About 3/4 inches in, I kept hitting something that seemed really solid, like I would be able to mount my TV on. However, I kept hitting it everywhere I ran into, so I'm assuming its not the studs. It's a 32inch TV, and I'd love to know how to find the studs and what's going on behind the walls, I'm assuming its plaster. THANKS!

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brickeyee

Is the wall interior or exterior?

Is the house masonry or frame?

Old masonry houses may have no studs in exterior wall.
The plaster is directly on special brick.

Try removing a receptacle plate in the wall and looking between the box and plaster to see how the wall is built.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 12:44PM
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worthy

pretty old

Like Sophia Loren old? Or Sarah Bernhardt? Maybe Cher?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 10:19PM
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brickeyee

Pretty old could mean 1800s instead of 1700s.

There are still a few around Northern Virginia.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 8:58PM
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