Are there studs in a wall with a sliding door


I'm trying to install earthquake straps to attach a bureau to a wall but i can't find studs in the wall. The wall contains sliding door - maybe there aren't any? Any advice? The stud finder seems to find them but i don't think it is possible. I drilled some holes but didn't find any studs.

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  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 06, 2017
    Hello Tenerife, There will be studs all around the frame of the sliding door. From there, studs are always 16 inches apart. You could purchase a stud finder. It will be able to locate exactly where the studs are. They're not very expensive and a big help when locating studs.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 07, 2017
    Get a stud finder and a tape measure, start in a corner, and the studs should be every 16" on center. The light changes on the stud finder when you reach the stud.

  • Kim Kim on Dec 07, 2017
    By sliding door, do you mean it slides into the wall (pocket door)?
    If so, there are no studs in the pocket where your door slides into. You can use toggle bolts but it will be important that you figure out the clearance between the wall and sliding door so that you don’t exceed that space with your toggle bolt. I like the toggles that install the butterfly with wire tie type plastic installation. That way the butterfly is secure inside your wall and you can use a short toggle bolt to secure it.

  • Michael Oglesby Michael Oglesby on Dec 07, 2017
    Usually, there are horizontal 1X4's in the wall with the 4 side inside running against the inside of the wall on either side of the wall cavity. The ends of the 1X4's are attached to a 1X2 so nails can go through into the 1X4's. The door moves inside the pocket that is between the 1X4's.moves inside the pocket that is between the 1X4's. Wow, that was hard to understand so look at:

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 07, 2017
    You can miss a stud by a nail’s width, if you a drilling holes at random. Most stud finders use a magnet to find the nails in a stud. If the nails were hammered in haphazardly or down one side instead of down the centers of a stud, you could miss the studs easily. Best wishes 😇