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I have a NYC apartment built in the 60s.  The receptacles are horizontal.  Would they still be mounted and oriented on the stud the same as a vertical receptacle?  Will they likely have a stud on one side also?

Also, I recently screwed in two screws to mount a wall lamp.  The first one went in smooth.  The second, while drilling, met some slight resistance in the drywall and I am 99% sure there was no stud there.  What could it be? The drill bit went in maybe 2-2.5 inches into the wall.  I just want to be sure I didn't nick a wire.

Wished I had thought about these before my work, dumbie me.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Hello jim,
Robert again i forgot to add that what you drilled into and met resistance was probably a "lathe" basically its a wood grid that they plaster over to create walls before the days of sheet rock so if your walls are "Plaster" and not sheet rock im 99% sure thats what you hit
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I am here to answer ALL your questions regarding anything to do with home wiring such as Switches, Receptacles,Lighting, Main Distribution Panels, HVAC, Thermostats, etc; if it has a wire and in your home I CAN ANSWER IT. Whether its as simple as "why do my lights flicker?" Or as complex as I would like to rewire my house im here to help, in addition i can offer advice on remodeling a kitchen or lighting up you back yard as well as offering troubleshooting on appliances.

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I have over 17 years in the electrical industry including Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Im also a certified HVAC technician as well as a certified fiber obtic technician.I am currently employed by the New York City Transit Authority as the Senior Electrical Maintainer and serve as the Relief Foreman for the electrical maintenance division for the past 12 years.I also hold many certifications, licenses and certificates in my field

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5 years of technical school after high school in electrical installation and design sponsored by Local 3 (IBEW) As well as over 17 years of hands on in the field training and education, and till this day im still learning, Not a day goes by that i don't learn something and if i feel i didn't i will open up a book to insure I DO!

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