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How do I reinforce a partition wall so I can connect to it.

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Zoe Potter10/04/2019 12:31:11
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I am installing a ballet barre (like a handrail) to a partition wall. Behind the wall is a cupboard so it doesn't need to look neat on that side.

The barre will be leaned on, so I need to make it as strong as possible. I'm going to reinforce the back of the wall with plates. The idea is that the brackets at the front of the wall, connect into the plates at the back of the wall.

I am hoping that someone has experience of working with partition walls and can advise how I should attach it.

Mike Jordan10/04/2019 19:39:38
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If this is a normal studded wall it will have vertical studs (approximately 75 X 50mm) faced on both sides with 12 mm plaster board. The horizontal distance between the studs will vary according to the age of the construction, they are spaced to match the width of the plaster board sheets. Typically 400 to 600 mm apart .

The handrail brackets could be screwed directly into each stud, finding the stud locations can be done by listening to the sound while tapping with a hammer, using a stud detector, or drilling small holes in the plaster board until you find the first stud.

Ifyou are unlucky the wall may be made with partition boarding which usually consists of two sheets of plaster board with cardboard egg box type centre. iIts unlikely that this will support a handrail without reinforcement.

Zoe Potter18/04/2019 10:43:03
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I've found the studs and I'd like to drill all the way through them. I'm thinking of securing the brackets with plates and nuts. I had a barre in a previous studio that worked loose because students kept pulling on it. I don't want this to happen again so I was even thinking of using aerotight nuts or nylon locking nuts or castle nuts. What do you think?

Mike Jordan18/04/2019 16:44:10
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I see no reason why bolts with nylock nuts and washers should work loose. The only addition to your plan that comes to mind is the inclusion of a horizontal rail on the back face of the stud wall to further spread the load.

Ron Davis18/04/2019 20:05:59
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When you get the nuts and bolts, ask for self locking nuts, or put a secon nut on as alocking nut.


Harry Crowther 115/05/2019 16:49:56
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I'd use aerotight nuts if you haven't already installed your barre. They are like Nylocs with more vibration resistance. Here is a link for more information: **LINK**


Zoe Potter16/05/2019 14:46:11
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Ah thanks Harry. I was wondering what the difference was between those too.

I saw an interesting junker test video that compared various washers and nuts. The nylon insert nut performed the best, followed by the double nut, but Aerotight nuts weren't in the video.

I'm hoping to get parts ordered this week, so I can install it during the bank holiday.

Harry Crowther 116/05/2019 14:59:51
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You can't go wrong with either type. It's probably worth pointing out that Nylocs are a bit harder to remove, if you need to move your barre in future.


Zoe Potter16/05/2019 15:21:20
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Ah good point, Aerotight nuts it is!

I didn't realise that Accu sold so many different fasteners. I bought a ProKit from them at the weekend at the Makers Central show. If I'd of known they sold locking nuts, I could have asked them at the show! haha

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