Flexing in the boards where my studs should be

by Alex Hart   Last Updated April 16, 2018 11:21 AM - source

I am putting up a TV Wall Mount on a wall in my basement. I used a stud-finder to find the appropriate places to drill, and lined everything else up with a level. The stud-finder showed me the 2 places, the appropriate 16" apart.

The problem is, when I drilled into these places, while I definitely felt like there was something beyond the drywall to drill through, there was some "bend" or "flex" to whatever it was. It was definitely harder to drill through than the drywall itself, but I am pretty sure it was not a full-on stud. This is a semi-interior wall, given there's a closet behind half of it, and behind the other half of it is the ground.

My questions are as follows:

What do you think I hit? It's kind of odd, but it seems like whatever I drilled into is actually thinner than a stud. I'm hoping I didn't do something really stupid like drill into a water pipe... but there was no water or anything that came out of it, so I do not think that this is the case.

The TV I'm mounting is a 65" flat screen, weighing approximately 61 pounds. Am I insane for thinking I can still put the TV on the wall like this? I was able to lift myself off the ground and hold myself for a few seconds, and the mount didn't shift at all (and I weigh a hell of a lot more than a TV).

The alternative I guess is to set it on the TV stand, but it's large enough that I'm not 100% sure that it'll fit (need to measure) and I'd like to still be able to secure it to the wall to a degree to help prevent it from falling over (say, on top of a roaming child).

I feel like what I've done now is good enough for a 60 pound TV (4 lag bolts, all secured in these "bendy" studs) but I wanted to get some more opinions and see if someone knew for sure what was going on before I did something stupid.


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