5 Ways To Locate A Wall Stud

Wall studs are important when you are decorating your walls because they provide a strong support system underneath the wall that securely mounts your frames or shelves. Heavy objects, like a wall-mounted television sets, are especially important to keep secure because extensive wall and appliance damage can be costly. Locating wall studs is the first step that you need to perform to install a heavy object on the wall. The following explains several ways to find studs.

Electronic Stud Finder

The easiest and the most accurate way to find a wall stud is by using an electronic stud finder. This handy device detects the change in density of the wall and can be used on all types of walls. It has a sensor that detects a stud in wall that is being scanned. After identifying a stud, it notifies the person who is operating the stud finder, with the help of a light display or a tone.

Magnetic Stud Finder

Magnetic stud finders are useful in locating the screws or nails that attach the studs to the walls. A magnetic stud finder consists of a magnetized bar which points to the metal objects that fasten the studs to the wall or even the actual studs if they are made up of metal.

Visual Identification

Electrical outlets and light switches are usually attached to wall studs. It is a good idea to identify studs that secure electrical outlets to the wall. It serves as a starting point to locate other studs on that wall that are in close proximity to the stud that the outlet is nailed to. This is possible because wall studs are installed with 16 inches or 24 inches spacing between them.

Illuminate the entire section of a wall by holding a flash light at a flat angle along the wall and study for any signs of depressions caused at the locations where the screws attach the dry walls to the studs.

Using a Hammer

Gently tap on the wall with a hammer that is covered with a towel and interpret the sound. The sound that you will hear over the studs in the wall will be high and solid, and in other places will be hollow and echoed. The high, solid sound is the place where the studs can be found.

Bad Stud Methods

Inserting nails, every few inches on the wall, or drilling a hole with a power drill, is not a good way to establish the location of studs. The nail cannot be pushed in the wall, or the drill will meet resistance, when it encounters a stud but you can ruin your nails and drills.  This is not a good method to find studs.

If you are looking for a cost effective and an efficient way to find wall studs, which is also time saving, then it is a good idea to invest in a stud finder.