I know the title may be deceiving to those ladies in search for a man, but this type stud can be even more elusive than the perfect man. I’m referring to a 2×4, 2×6 or other width dimensional structural support material. Whether you’re looking for conventional wood studs or metal studs, I’ll show you a few tips and techniques for finding a wall stud.
Look Looking for a wall stud can be an easy find if you’re searching for it on a relatively flat wall made from drywall or other plaster sheet goods. Unless the finishers where superb at there job (which many are) you can easily spot a nail or screw hole in the drywall.
Previously acquired studs from pictures or other items hanging off the wall makes for a good reference point when finding wall studs. Once you have located a stud, you can measure in sixteen inch increments to find the rest of them.
Not all studs are 16″ on center. Bearing walls can be 12-24 on center and bearing walls that carry a snow load are 19 1/8″ on center. Studs near plumbing are not on any particular layout at all.
Listen Studs can usually be generally located in walls by using a sonic stud finder. This high dollar electronic sensor shoots subsonic vibrations into the wall cavity. When the sonar reflects the vibration, the stud is located.
You can do the same thing with a small block of wood. Tap the wood with a hammer lightly and listen. When the pitch changes from a hollow thump to a dull whack, you know you’ve found a stud.
Touch If you think you’ve found a stud behind drywall, but you’re not sure, you can always penetrate the drywall with a small finish nail. The tiny hole can easily be filled with caulk or paint, making it quickly disappear.
Drive a 6d bright common finish nail into the suspected stud’s location. If it slips through with out hitting anything, rotate the nail left or right in the wall cavity. If you hit something, that’s the stud, if not, you may need to try again. A thin tie wire or coat hanger can be inserted into the wall cavity to help probe for studs.