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I'm hanging some baseboard trim up on a wall to be used as a picture rail. I'm using 1 5/8" self tapping trim head screws to attach through 9/16" trim, 1/2" drywall, into steel studs. I'm not sure of the stud gauge right now. Will I know if I try to drill into a nailing plate protecting a cable or pipe that's too close to the stud edge?
 

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I'm hanging some baseboard trip up on a wall to be used as a picture rail. I'm using 1 5/8" self tapping trim head screws to attach through 9/16" trim, 1/2" drywall, into steel studs. I'm not sure of the stud gauge right now. Will I know if I try to drill into a nailing plate protecting a cable or pipe that's too close to the stud edge?
why not use construction adhesive and some brads angled top and bottoms into the Sheetrock to hold till the glue dries, then there's no chance of hitting pipes. Where in nc are you? Also go post in the intro section to introduce yourself.
 

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why not use construction adhesive and some brads angled top and bottoms into the Sheetrock to hold till the glue dries, then there's no chance of hitting pipes. Where in nc are you? Also go post in the intro section to introduce yourself.
I did it that way once and went back to install the screws when I found out the value of their artwork. I did not want to take a chance on a $50k painting smashing on the floor because I used glue. The chances were small but I was not taking any.

In my case the trim screws would not go through the nail plates where there was no crown installed. Where there was crown, there were no plates below the crown.
 

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I, like rrk, do not want to take the chance of anything heavy ripping the rail and drywall paper off with it.
 

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Pointers into 24 to 26 ga MS won't go thru a nail plate. You should be able to tell the difference between 18 to 20 ga MS and a nail plate, which is about twice as thick as 16g a sheet metal.
 
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