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Jan 05, 2014, 05:09 PM
Installing wall shelves-Crumbling wall

My husband and I just moved into a new apartment and are trying to install our floating wall shelves. () When we drill into the wall, the hole just gets really big and the edges crumble. It takes a good bit of pressure to drill in.

The walls must be made of a plaster, as it is solid all the way through. Our last place was thick plaster, too, though, and we were able to drill smooth, clean holes that held the shelves no problem.

Is there any way we can install things onto our wall? We've already marred a few spots pretty good. Any advice is appreciated!
Jan 05, 2014, 05:24 PM
You might consider a "french cleat". But generally you have to hit the wall studs for any shelf to withstand the cantelever that you are after.