My first time posting here.
For the first time in my life I'm a homewoner, and have little
experience in diy or working
with tools. At 40 now, I'm trying to catch up in a lot things others
years ago but did not have the right circumstances to do that. I want
to learn and doing projects and repair myself I find rewarding and fun.
But I'm overwhelmed at times.
My question. I would like to drill holes into the side
of my house. The holes will be small. It's for a small surveillance
The siding is the traditional wood siding, no baten board, aluminum or
My question is: Are there studs behind the wood to look for? I'm
guessing there are, I guess
that's the "framing" of the house. Can I just drill on any area of
wood? How deep should I drill?
if there's no studs, how will the screws hold?
Yes, there are studs, but for something as light as a camera, I don't think
it's worth bothering to locate them. I'd use #10 sheet metal screws right
the siding into the wood sheet behind it. Sheet metal screws have a hex head
for a socket, which makes them much easier to install than wood screws. BUT:
Definitely get stainless steel screws, or you'll eventually have rust stains
on the house. And, put a little silicone sealer in the holes before
installing the screws.
Shop for all of this at a real hardware store, and tell them what you're
trying to do. Home Depot will probably try and sell you a torch or a toilet
Sure, you can drill any where you want. But, I would suggest that you
learn and understand what and how a house is constructed. And I don't
mean by studing blue prints or items of this nature. What I did to
understand the basics of how a house was/is built was to go to a house
under construction and just look. If you can find a development that
is under various levels of construction this would help the most. Buy
books on the subject and read. I have lot's of books on the subject
and will consult them on ocassion.
Lacking a stud finder, you can generally see the fasteners that hold
the siding to the studs. That should find the studs, but there are
other considerations such as; wires and pipes. Frankly you never know
when you drill, but you can up your odds by surveying the site and
noting infrastructure in the area. I've been drilling with little care
to the above for 30+ years, and have yet to hit a pipe, and only grazed
a few wires. Just go slow as you break through and feel with the drill,
may the force be with you.
Thanks Eric -- I'll definitely study the infrastructure of that side of
the house before going
forward...I've already noted a coax cable running lengthwise underneath
one of the siding boards, so I'll watch out for that. Also thanks for
the tip about the fasteners. That seems to me
the greatest clue of all to locate the studs. I'll keep studying that
side of the house for a bit more.
Eric in North TX wrote:
You should rethink what you are trying to do.
You do NOT want to be drilling holes into your house at all if you can avoid
Why the need for a hole? Why not mount the camera on a fencepost, or hang it
from the roofline, etc... ?
I've blind drilled holes in the side of my house for 40 years.
About 1% of the time I hit something I shouldn't. Once it was a
copper water pipe and once it was an electrical wire.
My daughter brought home a stud finder and it is more accurate than
tapping on the wall and listening for the stud.
Drill away and just make sure you have the right color paint to hide
Thank you to everyone who responded. I greatly appreciate your help.
I think I may consider installing in the eaves, I was planning to
the camera in the northeast corner of the house (looking at the house
from the front)
and have it pointing forward towards the front. Although the camera is
weather-resistant, maybe the eaves will give additional protection from
I don't have any problems drilling holes in the side of my house
though. The holes
would be pretty small.
rank beginner wrote:
I've used two neodymium magnets stacked together along
their opposite poles with good success. They're
smaller than the stud detectors sold, cheaper, and more sensitive.
And no annoying beep. You can get them at the Shack. Just use a
with both pole sides against the surface.
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