Walls alone are not strong enough to hold heavy objects, such as television, shelves or even a heavy picture frame.

Hence, the studs support the walls, helping them in maintaining the weight of certain objectsThe studs are considered to be an essential part of a building; however, sometimes it can be difficult to find themIf the studs are not located correctly, you will end up having holes and screw marks all over your wallsTherefore, we’ve brought you some different methods that will help you locate the studs in this post.

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Note: These methods are effective for plaster walls only.

Method 1: Stud finder

There are different types of stud finder that have different efficiency levels. The two most common types of stud finders are the ones that come with three separate target magnets and the other has built-in magnets. However, we believe the one with built-in magnet gives better and more accurate results. The steps given can be used for both kinds of magnetic stud finder.

Things you’ll need:

  • Magnetic stud finder
  • Pencil

Here are the simple steps that will help you locate studs in a plaster wall

  • Put your stud finder on to the wall where you want to hang your specific object.
  • Now, start moving the device horizontally on the surface of the wall.
  • As soon as the device finds a metal stud, it will cling on to it.
  • Take your pencil and mark the location of the stud.
  • Now, place your device on the mark and start moving it vertically.
  • As soon as the device detects a metal stud it will again stick to the wall.
  • With the help of a pencil mark the location of the second stud.

Method 2: Magnet

The second method is a bit time consuming as it is completely manual; hence, no electric devices are included. Even though no devices are included this method, it still gives you the same results as all the other methods.

Things you’ll need:

  • Strong magnet
  • Dental floss or string
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape

Steps to follow:

  • Buy a strong magnet. They usually give more accurate results than other common magnets.
  • Take a medium-sized string of dental floss and tie the magnet to it.
  • Now start dangling the magnet against the wall.
  • Start moving it horizontally but, make sure you move it very slowly. You might end up missing a stud if you’re going too fast.
  • As a result, the magnet will stick onto the wall every now and then as soon as it senses a stud.
  • Take your pencil and mark the location of your stud.
  • After finding the first stud, follow the steps again, in order to find the second stud.
  • With the help of your pencil mark the location of the second stud.
  • Now grab your tape measure and measure the distance between both studs.
  • The distance between the two studs should either be 16 or 24 inches.
  • Place your measuring tape on the mark of the second stud and make a new mark, depending on the distance that you’ve measured earlier between the first two studs.
  • Once all the desired locations of the studs have been found, take the magnet again.
  • Start dangling the magnet near the marks that you’ve made on the wall.
  • The magnet will stick on the wall where the marks are. On the other hand, if it does not stick on the wall, then it means there has been a mistake in measuring the distance.

Note: Make sure you take all the measurements accurately.

Method 3: Electrical switchboard

Things you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Strong magnet

Steps to follow:

  • Find an electrical switch board in your house.
  • Turn off the power supply and remove the cover from the switch to look inside.
  • Make sure that you don’t touch any wires; we don’t want you to electrocute yourself.
  • As soon as you spot a stud, take your measuring tape and measure off 16 inches and 24 inches in order to find the next one.
  • Take your magnet and slide it very slowly over the marks.
  • It will stick slightly onto one of the marks that you’ve made. Check the measurement of that mark and note it down.
  • Likewise, make another mark on the wall, as the third stud and so on.

Note: Before following this method make sure that you have turned off the power supply.

In short, above were some of the best methods that you can use to find studs in a plaster wall. However, the results of each method might slightly differ from one another. Make sure that you take all the necessary safety precautions while following the third method.

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