The Elusive Stud

So it turns out that aside from making a really cool guy fall in love with you is like finding a needle on a haystack, it is also a pain in the arse to locate the ever elusive stud in your wall. I mean, come on! You only want to stick that big, pretty telly, right?

Decorating your home can be so much fun and there is nothing now that a girl can’t do. So what if one day you find a massive price slash on that state of the art television that you have been eyeing for a long time? You. Buy. It. Without second thoughts.

The easy part is up, now let’s get into bragging your new baby. Obviously, you can’t just drill a hole on your wall and hang your purchase. You have to have a good foundation because sometimes, walls alone are not enough to support its weight. That is where the hard part comes along; finding the studs. How do you find a stud without a stud finder? Now, there are manual ways on doing so. But remember, you have to make sure that what you have located is a stud and not pipes or conduit. An important thing to remember: Most electrical boxes for switches or outlets are attached to a stud on one side. You can start from there. If you believe you have located several studs, make sure that the distance between them is 16 or 24 inches, else, you may have detected something other than a stud.

Let’s talk about your wall.

Some houses have drywall, some has plaster walls. What is the difference? Drywall are panels made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings. (Source: Wikipedia) Plaster walls are thicker. So how do we locate a stud in a drywall or plaster wall? One of the most popular way is to use a magnet. What most people like to do is to find a thin string (floss or thread) and tying the strongest magnet they could find, hanging it horizontally a few centimeters away from the wall. The magnet sticks to the part where the stud is. This method works better in drywall since they are thinner than plaster walls.

While some use magnets, other people go overboard and use metal detectors. The key is resourcefulness, right? Just keep in mind that due to the sensitivity of the metal detectors, you may be able to detect wiring or plumbing, therefore it might not be accurate. Others use the “knocking” technique where they literally knock on the wall and locate the area where there is a duller thud rather than hollow sounds.

If you are the type who believes that time is gold, these manual techniques on how to find a stud without a stud finder is not for you. Many people find the process long-winded and can eat up a lot of their time and honestly, who wouldn’t want a speedy process? It is a fast paced world out there and you will not let this simple task delay other important activities. Sometimes, you have to give in to technology and let it work for you. Anyway, you still have some money to space on stud finders, right?



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