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by: solly0 April 9, 2013 2:19 PM PDT

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by solly0 - 4/9/13 2:19 PM

I want to mount my 50" plasma on my wall but have a strange wall set up and am not sure what to do.Hopefully this description of the layers in my wall makes sense.
Basically there are a few "layers in the wall". I know this as the back of the wall is visible via the furnace room. Here is how it looks: The wood studs are 16" apart. There is some very thin wood paneling nailed into the studs (this paneling probably used to be the wall). Then there is some strapping (I think 1"x2") secured to the wood paneling. Then there is drywall secured to the 1"x2" strapping.
The strapping is more spread out than the studs so there is (I think) one vertical piece of strapping every 3 feet or so. Since the strapping is spread out, in most areas there is a 2" gap (air) between the drywall and the thin wood paneling.
I don't want to mount my TV only into the drywall and am unsure of what to do here. The strapping is not as thick as the 2"x4" studs so I don't know if it is strong enough to hold the TV and since the strapping is so spread out, I think I would only be able to drill into one vertical piece of strapping (because the mount is not that wide).
If I use very long screws, can I go through the drywall, through the wood paneling and then into the studs?

I am stumped and any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks very much,
solly0

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