Mobile home hollow walls

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I live in a Mobil/manufacturer home. There is NOTHING behind the walls. I want to hang shelves and have tried all I can think of but all I end up with is huge holes with screws and moleys etc falling down behind the walls. Finding studs is not where I want the shelves to hang. Help!!😫

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  • Judy Judy on Sep 16, 2017
    In this case, you will have to use a bookcase, or book rack. There are few studs in the wall, that you can hang shelves on. Be very careful. If you use your knuckle on your hand, you can tap it on the wall, and when you hear a different noise, that is the stud. This is the main way to find the stud., tho remember, they are very few of them. Have a lovely day, J.
    • Carole Atson Carole Atson on Sep 16, 2017
      thank you for your ans. I don't need the shelves where the studs are and their is no room for a bookcase.
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 16, 2017
    Go to Homedepot or Lowe's and ask what you need. They are called wing mollies. Good Luck!
  • Missy Missy on Sep 16, 2017
    You could use shelves that attach to metal strips with slots-like the ones used in stores or closets. The strips would have to be attached to the studs to bear any weight. You may want to use a freestanding cabinet.
  • Kristi Kristi on Sep 16, 2017
    There are studs somewhere. Look for where paneling comes together and where it is nailed. Stud-finder? If you once find some, you can choose to use a wood board nailed across and secured into the studs, then hang your shelf onto that. Also works for stair rails and other applications.
  • Carole Atson Carole Atson on Sep 16, 2017
    thank you. I have tried mollies. No luck 😬
  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Sep 16, 2017
    Judy is right. Studs are also easier to find with a magnet. Studs in MH's are 24" instead of 16" like a stick house. This might help.

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 16, 2017
    Doubt your shelves will hold much weight as the wall board is thin in mobiles, it's not drywall, and any weight will cause it to fail. Best option might be a french clete.... http://www.homedepot.com/p/OOK-Hangman-13-Piece-French-Cleat-Picture-Hanger-Kit-with-Wall-Dogs-55312/202341625 make sure the wall dogs are no more than 1.5" thick into the studs.

    make sure that the screws you use to attach the shelving brackets go into the wood framing. You can get a stud finder at Home Depot or any building/hardware store that will show you where the framing is. Mobiles are typically framed with 2 x 2 studs that are vertical and spaced every 16" or 24". The stud finder will show you where the edges of the studs are. your screws should be 1 1/2" long if the wall has drywall and 1 1/4" long if it's wood panel. Screws longer than that might go right through to the exterior.
  • Estasban Estasban on Sep 16, 2017
    Depending on the extent of shelves you want two possibilities occur, one: construct a frame work to support the shelves and lean it against the wall (think of a step ladder) Two: locate the ceiling joist (above the ceilings drywall ) attach a frame work the ceiling and add the shelves as wanted.
    These are probably not the answer you seek but maybe it will get the creative juices flowing 😃
  • Sim33976023 Sim33976023 on Sep 02, 2018

    Look for mollies screws at the hardware store. These have a expanding piece that will open to stabilize the screw inside the wall . It will hold the shelf and not put big holes in the wall. They come in many sizes

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