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Qs about hanging heavy bookcase on plaster and lath wall

by Abter
posted 12-03-2018 08:12 PM

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 09:33 PM

There is a strong possibility that you have a block or brick wall separating apartments. In fact, I hope that is the case. There would be some kind of firring strips between the block and the lath.

There are many different types of fasteners that will work here. It depends on weight and installation. Here is a french cleat method. You still have to deal with the space behind the cabinet but it is a start. I would use heavy concrete screws to hang the cleat. This is obvious but I’ll mention it anyway. You need a spacer at the bottom of the shelf unit so it hangs straight. The beauty of this system is that you hang the cleats and then just lift the cabinet up onto it after it is already secure. I always shoot some screws through the back of the cabinet into the cleat attached to the wall just for safety.

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#2 posted 12-04-2018 02:33 AM

I’m probably being way overly cautious but were it me, I would look into the wall with an inspection camera before doing any drilling. I would want to get a good idea of what it is that I am depending on for the purpose of supporting your bookcase. If it is a ways back in the wall from the plaster, you will loose some of the strength of the fasteners, would you not? Does the bookcase have to be wall mounted? A floor standing bookcase attached with clips at the top to keep it from tipping would be a good option.

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