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Have you ever needed to hang something on a wall but drywall was just not strong enough to hold it?
Using the 2×4 wood board inside the wall (also known as a stud) is the best way to hold things on the wall. But how do you find it to attached things to it? You don’t want to have to keep hammering a nail in the wall until you strike a stud. So the best was to find one?
A stud finder…
So how does it work? It finds the density changes in the wall as you slide it across the surface. Generally, studs are 16 inches apart in walls and that should give you a good idea of how often the stud finder should be detecting them.
How to use a stud finder is as simple as 1-2-3.
#1 Place it on the wall where you are trying to find a stud. Turn on the stud finder. Mine has an easy to see on/off location.
#2 Notice where on the line that the light is lit. In this case, it is ready for use. Not all stud finders have a gradient of light changes. Some just have a ready state where no density change has been identified and the other light when it detects a change.
#3 With the stud finder on the wall, pull it across where you are needing to find a stud. Remember that studs are generally 16″ apart (or approximately one and a half times the length of a sheet of paper). If the stud finder doesn’t light up all the way in a 2 foot length across the wall then either it has turned off or you need to try again.
See how the light is all the way to the top? That’s showing exactly where the stud is located. I generally go kind of slow pulling this across the wall so I can mark the wall as soon as this lights up and mark it again as soon as it goes down.
See how it changes as it detects the density change. You can kind of see the mark I made when it first detected the stud…
Using is a stud finder really is that easy. I’ve used these for years as we have moved from place to place and it’s been time to hang up heavy artwork and shelves and for other projects. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.
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