I'm trying to find where the studs are on a wall in my bathroom so I can
hand a shelf and at least have some screws go into a couple of studs,
but my stud finder is weird. I can go over the same spot multiple times
and sometimes the stud finder light goes on as if there's a stud there,
and then I'll go over the same spot again to confirm and it doesn't
Is there a way to confirm a stud is there before actually drilling a
hole since the stud finder is being weird? I don't know if I'm holding
it right or not, or does it matter?
You could try the knocking on the wall with your knuckle and hear the
difference in sound to locate the stud -- but that has never worked
for me. In a situation where I'm not sure, such as yours, because of
maybe electrical wires, plumbing or whatever, I have to resort to
drilling a series of 1/16" holes to accurately locate the stud, but
that means a little more work to fix the wall. :-(
I also do the "series of little holes" if I am putting in something like
a lag screw which needs to support some weight; one swipe of some
spackle fixes the holes until I get around to painting the spackle.
Otherwise, if it's not something carrying a load, I'll just get it close
enough with the stud finder.
On Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:39:04 -0500, Gordon Shumway
in drywall the old magnet on a string, ot a "comps" stud finder
works good to find the screws or nails holding the drywall to the
studs. The studs run vertically up and down from the screw/nail. When
you find one, check for another above or below wihin 2 feet to confirm
- then measure 16 inches across in either direction to find the next
row of screws/nails.
That is one "better stud finder"
I have a cheap little stud finder that's a metal detector. It lights up
and beeps when it gets near metal. It works great when it works, but
it's temperamental to adjust.
In the 1980s, I got an Archer stud finder that apparently works on
inaudible sound. Like you, I found it frustrating.
Today I got it from the shelf and put in a new battery. It was erratic.
I could scan 5 feet without finding a stud. There's a molded arrow on
the top. The tip of the arrow is at the end, so I was holding the end
against the wall.
Noticing felt on the bottom, I decided to hold the flat bottom against
the wall. Bingo! About 75 years ago, drywall was put over the original
wall. This would be a challenge for a stud finder, but it clearly
identified them all.
On the back, the instructions say to hold it flat against the wall. I've
always ignored instructions. I assume they're written for smart people
and would only confuse me.
LOL! I kind of enjoy doing little projects around the house. Years ago
I followed my husband around as his assistant on working on houses. I
did mud work on sheet rock, patched damaged walls, sanded them, painted
(I did more trim work with oil base paint, though), and did wallpaper,
too. Now, I go pffffffft! Not going to do that stuff if I can get away
with it! I just can't balance on ladders like I used to, and don't have
the strength in my arms and hands to sand like I used to, either.
In alt.home.repair, on Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:23:59 -0500, Muggles
Do you have tile on the wall? Does it go to the ceiling? Get a little
step ladder and look for the studs above the tile. In fact, even if
you don't have tile on the wall, go up higher or lower to look for the
Yes. If it's an electronic stud finder, not just a little magnet on a
pivot inside a plastic box, you need the back of it against the wall and
the writing on the front right-side up so it can be read.
The wall only had tile about 12 inches above the tub. This bathroom
only has a tub and no shower, which, I like.
It was weird trying to find the studs, tho. Where the stud finder said
a stud was, it was just wall board. I ended up having to use all wall
board inserts that came with the shelf.
Measure 4' from any corner and you should have a stud. From there measure
16" in either direction to find a stud. The original builders needed a stu
d every four feet to land the edge of their wallboard. I also look where e
lectrical outlets and switches are installed. They are usually attached to
the side of a stud. I also look for signs of nail pops. I hold a flashlig
ht close to the wall and can usually see shadows of nail indentations or po
There is a bath tub on 2 walls of this bathroom, and the stud finder was
showing to have studs in weird places around where the tub is at. I
ended up trying the test nail idea that Oren posted where the shelf
needed to be hung and there were 5 anchors I needed to space evenly
across the wall and none of them had a stud behind where the anchors
needed to go.
Once I found out how to hold my stud finder, it alerted on some spots
where there probably was no stud. No problem. If it has found a stud,
it should alert above and below that spot and 16" on either side. To be
methodical, one could put a bit of masking tape on each alert spot, then
look at the pattern.
I suppose I should have tried harder, but I was getting frustrated and
went with the nail in the wall looking for a stud thing that Oren
mentioned. It turned out there wasn't a stud. I have to hand 2 more
shelves, so maybe I'll actually get lucky and find one this time.
>>>> I'm trying to find where the studs are on a wall in my bathroom so I
My father taught me how to find studs back in the 1960's when I worked with
him during my summers off. No electronic stud finders back then. A magne
t worked too if you found a nail head. I bought an electronic stud finder
many years ago. I have no idea where it is. When I go in someone's house
to work, I first look at the wall switches and outlets to get an idea where
studs are. I know that studs are usually 16" apart so it is easy to measu
re. If you have ever installed drywall or paneling, you know that you need
a stud on the edge otherwise you can't nail the end down.
Anyway stud finders are so 90's. You now need to have a scanner to find a
stud in the wall: http://tinyurl.com/Amazon-Wall-Scanner
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