I spent this weekend putting up shelving and doing home-renovationy things for Arlene’s family, and I’ve got some questions for the world. Number one, are wood-frames “out” now, as far as building materials go?
Their place is a recently-built condo, and as far as I can tell all the walls in their place are drywall over a light metal frame, or drywall over concrete. There doesn’t seem to be any of the wood frame, studs-every-sixteen-inches construction that I’m used to working with.
It’s slightly worrying for me to install shelving into drywall without being able to bolt it into a wall stud. Saddening, it’s pretty much completely impossible to fasten stuff to any surface that isn’t an inside wall – side walls are a half-inch sheet of drywall over hard concrete, no purchase there – and on inside walls things are just hooked into the drywall with those little plastic shims. It’ll stay, no worries, but it’d still be nice to know that the whole thing was screwed into a board, rather than just hanging off the drywall.