How to Find Wall Studs
Whether you need to hang a heavy picture, put a new shelf in place, or mount your new TV to the wall, the first step is to find wall studs to support the weight. It might be tempting to skip this step, but as many DIYers have discovered, drywall anchors leave big holes behind and drywall, plaster, and other finish materials simply are not strong enough to hold heavy objects. Here’s your complete guide to finding wall studs – and preventing disasters along the way!
How to Find Wall Studs?
How Walls are Made
What is a stud? This question seems like a basic one for those with construction experience, but it’s something that’s not normally covered in school – meaning you might need a quick explanation. Studs are part of a building’s frame, and if you’ve ever seen a home, garage, or business before it was completely finished, then it’s likely that you have seen studs in action.
Usually made of 2x4s and sometimes made with larger dimensional lumber or metal, studs provide support and serve as attachment points for other building materials. Windows and doors have stud frames, and electrical components such as light switches and outlets are typically attached to the sides of studs.
The painted drywall, trim, and other finish materials seen inside a building are attached to the studs with nails or screws. Without studs, these materials would be likely to bow or even break – and your home wouldn’t be able to withstand force or bear loads associated with wind, gravity, and more.
The Best Way to Find Wall Studs
Most of the time, studs are positioned 16 or 24 inches “on center” from one another, meaning that there’s a span of either 16 or 24 inches from the center of one stud to the center of the next one. In the days before stud finders, people were forced to measure in order to make an educated guess about the location of studs. Sometimes they would tap the walls and listen for changes in pitch, indicating the approximate location of a stud. There were a few problems with these methods though.
- Trying to find studs without a stud finder can lead to incorrect guesses. Drilling and hammering nails into the wrong location leads to damaged walls, which then need to be repaired.
- Other objects are embedded in walls, so there’s a risk of puncturing a water line, ruining an important cable, or even hitting a live electric wire when you’re not certain where everything is located.
Stud finders work by detecting density changes or finding metal screws and/or nails inside walls. These gadgets are better than nothing, but they can provide inaccurate readings caused by objects hung on the wall, even if they’re on the other side of the wall you’re working on. Furthermore, most stud finders don’t tell users what objects they are detecting.
Standard stud finders can’t see through walls, but the latest wall scanners are virtually foolproof. The Walabot DIY wall scanner is a 3D imaging sensor that uses radio frequency technology to show you exactly where studs are located. It has the ability to penetrate different objects and determine what they are made of. This innovative wall scanner is compatible with drywall and concrete walls, and it can penetrate to a distance of four inches / 10 centimeters
Find wall studs with Walabot DIY Stud Finder
To get started with your project, simply pass the Walabot over your work area and locate the number of studs needed to hang your object(s) safely or complete another task. Mark the location of the studs with a pencil, and then proceed with your project. You’ll be able to work without worry: Once you’ve found the wall studs and determined where to place your fasteners, you can hang up those shelves or that TV with complete confidence.
There are other uses for the Walabot DIY. Thanks to its ability to eliminate guesswork, it can be used to help locate the best position to install lights and fans without damaging ceilings and walls, and it is ideal for installing network cables, too. Having the ability to locate embedded objects speeds up many home improvement tasks while helping prevent costly, unnecessary repairs caused by inaccuracy.
Walabot is budget-friendly and easy to use. Thanks to its ability to provide real-time imaging, it is ideal for contractors, electricians, plumbers, remodelers, and everyday people who want to make DIY projects easier by finding wall studs and other objects accurately. Ready to see through walls? Try Walabot today!