Tips on How to Find a Wall Stud
By Mark J. Donovan
||Finding wall studs is a common problem for many homeowners. Whether hanging pictures on a wall or trying to install crown moulding or baseboard trim, it is important for nails or screws to be fastened to wall studs. Pounding a nail into just drywall is insufficient for holding up a picture or holding trim snugly to a wall. In time, the nail will slowly dip south until your wall picture is lying on the floor, and trim will peel away from the wall.
How to Find Wall Studs
There are a number of techniques for finding wall studs. First, wall studs are normally placed on 16 inch centers, except near the wall edges. Thus, if you can locate a wall stud near the center of a wall, all you need is a tape measure to find the adjacent ones.
Second, electrical outlets and switches are normally attached to wall studs. Third, baseboard trim and crown moulding are nailed to wall studs. Consequently, by taking a close look at your existing baseboard trim and crown moulding you can usually find wall studs.
If none of these hints for finding wall studs are available to you, then you need to employ one of the following techniques.
An alternative and cheaper wall stud finder is the old magnetic type. These types of stud finders are inexpensive, however they take a little more effort to locate a wall stud. Magnetic stud finders utilize a magnet to effectively find the drywall nails or screws. Consequently you have to search up and down, and side to side to find the nails or screws.
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