Not hitting wood studs


Old 06-07-19, 05:09 PM
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Not hitting wood studs

I'm trying to hang some items in my garage. I'm finding metal (I'm assuming it's a nail) with my stud finder, but when I drill through the drywall I'm just hitting insulation. I've never had this happens before. There are pictures below with red circles showing where I'm drilling. Any idea what's going on here? If you look at the wall I'm drilling into you'll notice it's further in (recessed). I wonder if this has anything to do with it.
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Old 06-07-19, 05:52 PM
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Is this an interior or exterior wall? What is on the other side of the wall? In standard construction the wall studs are 16 inches on center starting from one end of the wall. This wall has at least 2 bump outs so not sure about framing.
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It’s in my garage. The dining room is on the other side of this wall. I’m finding nails at 16” centers with the stud finder as expected, but I’m 0/3 on hitting an actual stud.
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In the alcove...... slide your stud finder from one end to the other. There should be several studs in there. Try starting from slightly different places as the stud finder needs to be calibrated on sheetrock that has nothing behind it.
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Meh, it's garage. If all else fails, cut a hole and look.
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When all else fails, pound with your fist and listen for the stud. Low tech.

Could be steel studs too.

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