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Michael
How to drill through old plaster and lath walls to hand curtain rod (for heavy curtains)
Michael

Hello,

I am trying to figure out what I need to hang a curtain rod over my window (about 74 inches long).  I am planning on having heavy curtains hung on the rod.  I am concerned about drilling into the plaster as I dont want it to break (I have seen that using tape over the area can help prevent this).  I have a few questions as to what I should use to attach the brackets to the wall.  I am unable to use the studs as they are not in the locations I need for the brackets.  Below are my questions, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Do I need a hammer drill to drill into the plaster?  Or will a standard 18v drill do?

What type of bit should I use? (Masonry bit?)  Do I need to switch bits to get through the wood lath?

What type of anchor should I use, toggle \ strap toggle?

 

Again any info would be appreciated.

Jack
Re: How to drill through old plaster and lath walls to hand...
Jack

Standard 18v drill will do.

A standard wood bit will work to drill throughthe plaster and the wood lath.

Personally I like the pastic wall anchors, they require a much smaller hole than a topple you just need to make sure they are long enough to go through yje plaster and lath. With a 1/8" taggle bolt you need a 3/8" hole.

With a 74" rod I would recomend a center support braacket.

Jack

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: How to drill through old plaster and lath walls to hand...
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Michael,

I have hung a lot of picture rail and curtain rods on plaster and lathe walls. I use a 3/32" bit. I use a very course wood screw. Something like a #8 about 2 inches long. I have found that placing a fender washer against the wall, and behind the item being secured, makes a much stronger connection. If you happen to hit right between two pieces of lathe, then you need to either move up or down about a 1/2" or use a very small toggle. I would never use a plastic anchor in plaster. Plaster cannot hold the expanding pressure. It will only crumble. With what I use, I can hang an eighty pound mirror and large pictures without worry.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Jack
Re: How to drill through old plaster and lath walls to hand...
Jack

You can use the plastic anchors as long as you get the right size. The non expanding neck needs to be as long as the plaster is thick.

Jack

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