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What can paneling support?

i recently bought a house that has circa 1970's faux wood paneling on some walls. i want to hang some speakers (10 lbs each) and a very heavy mirror on some of the paneled walls.

i know i can catch studs in some areas but what if some of the screws don't line up with the studs?

the paneling is attached with finish nails and it's not like sheetrock where you can simply use expandable anchors. the paneling is not that thick and since it only uses finish nails, you could easily pull off the paneling with too much weight.

Any suggestions would be apreciated. Thanks.

Re: What can paneling support?

short answer - almost no weight at all. :)

Long answer - if you cannot catch a stud where you want to hang the item, you might be best served to move the item to a stud. If you must hang it between them and your item is large enough, you can attach a strip (like 1x4) to the two studs adjacent to where you want to hang the item and attach your items to the strip where you want.

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