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Metal behind plasterboard so cannot hang curtain

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by _Mickey_, 23 Mar 2021.

  1. _Mickey_

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    Hello

    Hope someone can help. I live in a new build. Im trying to hang a custom sized blind in a window recess, but upon drilling holes, there seems to be metal running the full length of the window just after the plasterboard. It's about 20mm in, so I can't use any anchor style fixings. Theres barely 5mm between the plaster board and the metal.
    The blind weighs about 6kg.
    How could I go about trying to hang this?
    There used to be a curtain rod hanging in front of the window, but the kids pulled that one out, so that's why I'm going the recess route with blinds this time.

    Any advice is much appreciated.
     

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  3. foxhole

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    Would normally fit brackets to frame .
     
  4. _Mickey_

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    ..sorry, don't understand. Could you explain

    Thanks
     
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    Steel drill bit and self tapping screws. It's a steel lintel.
     
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    Oh..I see. Thought the metal was maybe protecting some electric cables or something, but you're probably right. Also thought lintels were always wood or concrete.
    Alright, this is officially beyond my DIY level. I think I'll call in professionals. Just to hang a blind :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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    You could try Grippits. They might just fit.
     
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    Can you modify the mountings so that you can attach to the sides of the recess?
     
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    I can actually order side mountings from the blind company, but I'm concerned about the width of the blind. It's about 560mm wide.
     
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    Hmmm... Just looked that up. Going to give it a try
     
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    I had a similar issue and made up a ""goal post" out of wood and painted it. I attached the blind to that and the wood I used was the same size as the UPVC frame. Mine is recessed right up to the frame though, not sure how it would look if it was a few inches out like yours will be?
    Oh I used coving adhesive to stop the goal post from moving once it was fitted into the recess and I also made sure it was a tight fit.
     
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    Yeah, I thought about doing something like that, but because the blind was made to custom measurement, its so tight a fit in the recess. There's barely few millimetres gap on the sides. In hindsight I should have given it a bit more room.
     
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    I've stuck a strip of wood to the wall with no more nails and hung a curtain on that. Painted same colour as wall. If sticking to the top of the reveal you could also pop in a couple of small brackets just for peace of mind, although good glue can hold 5kg

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    Can your brackets not be used for rear mounting and then put the blinds in front of the goal post?
     
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    Don't your brackets fit to the sides as well?
     
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    Hi all,
    Just wanted to update. Finally Got the curtain hanging. Used Gripit’s.
    Thanks for all the ideas.
     
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