Finding studs in a plaster wall

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Old 05-10-09, 12:05 PM
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Finding studs in a plaster wall

Hey guys I'm trying to hang a 40' flatscreen on a wall in my living room. i have a cheap stud finder that is pretty much useless on my thick walls. Is there a low cost stud finder good enough to penetrate plaster and lath to find my studs? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated..
 
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I have the same problem. Look for an electrical outlet - sometimes you can see which side the stud is on. If not drill very fine pilot holes. (Not too deep)

The rest of the studs will be/should be on 16 inch centers. Patch the holes.
 
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There are versions of electronic stud finders designed for thicker walls.My recollection is that they sell for around 20 bucks.
 
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Thanks for the helpful suggestions!!!!
 
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Since there are a million little nails in the lathe that hold it to the studs, an ordinary magnet works well to locate the nails. Wherever the lathe is nailed you have a stud.
 
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Since there are a million little nails in the lathe that hold it to the studs, an ordinary magnet works well to locate the nails. Wherever the lathe is nailed you have a stud.
Many thanks XSleeper, worked like a charm
 
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Glad it worked... thx for the feedback.
 
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