Wait a minute, what do you mean by "bat at it"? Shake it around? Yeah
OK, I'll get right on that. Not hardly the same as a small plastic
baby gate. And if the friggin lock jam is ALSO loose, someone isn't
doing something right.
I have old drywall off framing 2" from a firewall. Drywall was too
flimsy for inserts and the weight of the speakers (15 lbs); toggle
bolts didn't have room to pop.
Solution was to put a couple of 3/8" x 6" x 16" pieces of wood against
wall, screw them into the studs, paint to match, and hang the
speakermounts of them.
Which is pretty much what most of us in this thread suggested to OP for
his baby/dog gate, albeit with pretty hardwood versus painted plywood.
Painted plywood squares can be seen all over the endlessly remodeled 100
YO office building where I work, where various crap has been mounted
over the years. The old horsehair plaster over brick had a lot of the
same problems as the more modern drywall over steel stud partitions.
(Funky old building- look around enough, and you can find almost any
construction technique from the last hundred years used somewhere in there.)
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