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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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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pretty old

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

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 10:19PM
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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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