Finding a Wall Stud


Finding A Wall Stud: Whether you’re hanging a large picture or a TV, you’ll need to be able to locate a stud in the wall. In this “About The House” video, we’re going to cover a few different methods to help you do this. To cover all of these methods, we have gathered the following tools: a battery operated stud finder and a flashlight.

The surest way to find a stud in a wall, is with a stud finder. Most stud finders have lights as well as sounds that cue when it is over a stud. First, hold it flat against the wall and press and hold the calibration button, wait until lights are green and there is no beeping. Slowly slide it along the wall, when it starts to beep, that should be the beginning of the stud and when the beep stops, you’ve crossed over the stud. Do this a couple of times to confirm it’s consistent. Mark the center of the beeps and lights to mark the location of the stud. Generally, a stud should be installed every 16 or 24 inches.

If you don’t have a stud finder, take your flashlight and hold it close to the wall. See if
you can find where the light changes. You may notice a difference in wall texture as
well. These are the drywall seams, and drywall should be screwed into a stud. To
confirm this, go down to your baseboards. There should be nail holes or spots that look
like they may have been filled with wood filler in the same line.

Another observation can be made by knocking on the wall. The sound will have a hollow
tone where there is not a stud. As you knock over a stud, the sound will become more
dense.

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