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When should I put a post adjacent to a building wall instead of connecting directly to the wall?

Generally, the type and condition of existing building walls determines if you can anchor the panels to the wall. The building wall must have sufficient strength to hold the anchors. A good rule of thumb is if in doubt, put a post at the wall. This will slightly increase the cost, but may save lots of aggravation and issues in the future.

• Drywall (sheet rock, gypsum board) walls usually require a post at the wall unless you can find a wall stud to anchor the panel.

• Cement block walls provide a solid, sturdy mounting surface.

• Wood walls, or wood strips mounted on walls make a fairly good mounting surface.

• Metal walls are usually too thin for mounting.

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