Finding A Stud Without Using A Stud Finder

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DIY projects are nice and we all love to do things by ourselves, the problem is sometimes we don’t have the skill, and even more times than that, we don’t have the tools. Buying a lot of tools defeats the whole purpose of DIY, if you are doing things yourself to save money and you end up buying a whole lot of tools every month to save in labor, maybe you aren’t doing things right. Studs are the perfect example of this. Yes, we all know we can use a stud finder, but they are expensive and you aren’t going to look for studs every day in your life so, it may be a good idea to find another way to find these guys.

Before you go stud hunting, you should learn something about walls, their natural habitat. There are many walls, and almost every one of them is different, but they all share some similarities. Let’s see, most homes are built with 2×6 or 2×4 studs, and they are usually on the edges of doors and windows. Another good place to find them is near the outlets and light switches, by either side of them. Studs are a nice place to nail things so, if you have crown molding or baseboards, they are likely to be nailed to one of these. Now that you know where these studs use to hang out, let’s look for cheap tools to locate them.

Studs are metallic and then, they are attracted to magnets! Get a good magnet and use dental floss to attach it to the string and then run it across the wall. When the magnet sticks to the wall, you have found your stud! This may work even with a refrigerator magnet but, the most powerful the magnet the better.

Another way to do this is to look at the trim. All the baseboards in your home are nailed to a stud so, let’s go and check the baseboards and you will locate the place they are nailed to. These dimples, which are the holes, are just filled with caulk and then painted so, they are not so difficult to locate. Since the correct way to apply studs is every 16’, all you have to do is to measure and then you have found them all.

We already mentioned this, but every outlet or switch must be mounted on a stud, at least in one of the sides so, if we locate this stud, we can locate them all by measuring 16’ increments from the place the stud is located. You may use the magnet here too, but if you don’t have a magnet or you are too lazy to look for one, you can just tap the wall until you find the stud. One of the sides must have a stud so, even if you are not an expert, you will feel the difference when you tap the side with the stud.

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