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Floating cabinet on porcelain tile wall issue

9/20/15       
Harold

Website: http://morantzcabinet so.com

We are installing a 6" wide floating vanity tomorrow in a condo with metal studs. The designer just told me that she forgot to tell the contractor to put plywood in wall between the studs in the area that we required. The porcelain tile was laid with a thick mud over the waterproof rock. There may be 1/12" or more to the metal stud, some of it probably hollow as I know they do not apply a solid layer of mud, only enough to level the tiles. Are we working blind or is there a way to find the metal studs? We do have a pretty good stud finder that senses ferrous and nonferrous metal and I know where the hot and cold water pipes are. Short of taking a diamond cutting blade in the grinder and making a long exploratory notch behind the vanity area, is there a sure way to find the studs?
In 35 years of business this is a first for me and I dont want this vanity falling of the wall. Need a fast answer by morning. Thx.

9/20/15       #2: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
Leo G

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9/21/15       #3: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
james mcgrew Member

Is it possible to have the tile guy take a template of the (I presume) 6" tall x wide x deep vanity box and cut away the tile then either cut away the remaining sheetrock install blocking or at least a cleat where the tile was.

With the potential liability of this thing not staying on the wall or coming loose have you disclaimed all future liability.

9/21/15       #4: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
TonyF

Harold:

What is on the other side of the wall? If it is an exterior wall, you may have to resort to toggles or some other fastener.

If it is an interior wall, without wallpaper or some other expensive wall treatment that may be a PIA to repair, you may be able to access the interior bathroom studs from that side, by cutting away the drywall at the level of your vanity.

Then you could install blocking and reinforcement as needed, and if it is only a matter of some drywall and paint work, it may be worth the effort and expense in order to abate your fears of an improperly installed floating vanity.

Good Luck!
TonyF

9/21/15       #5: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
Harold

Website: http://morantz cabinets.com

Fix was easy. Bought a 4" diamond blade for my grinder and quickly cut a long slit out of the tile behind area of vanity. Found studs and screwed the vanity in place. Thanks everyone.harold.

9/25/15       #6: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
Larry

Screws into partition, light, metal studs seem risky. If they were structural ones, OK. I know it happens way too often that the blocking is missing.

9/29/15       #7: Floating cabinet on porcelain tile ...
JeffD

I'm late to the party but totally with Larry on this one. Screws in metal studs strip out way too easily and really don't have much to bite into. I know b/c I have to install to crappy metal studs all the time in the city and Toggler bolts are my bestest friends ever. I buy them from Hafele by the box and keep machine screws up to 3-1/2" long stocked.

For floating vanities I have the contractor put the wood in though….and I talk to the contractor personally! This is one I just did a few months ago and I made sure nothing was going to get this thing to budge!


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