by April Reinhardt
(last updated February 13, 2017)
I have a general idea about how houses are built, I don't know much about how walls are laid out within a house. With that said, even I know that if I want to hang something heavy on a wall, I need to locate the stud so that I can bang a nail or screw a screw into it to hold the heavy item onto the wall. I've had the misfortune to learn the hard way that you cannot merely hang heavy items into the drywall, since drywall is superficial and will not hold weight. The framing studs of a wall will hold much more weight than drywall, so make sure that you locate them. How? Here are some tips for locating the studs within completed walls:
You can also find ridges and indentations in a wall by laying a lit flashlight against the wall, allowing the light to spread across. As you slowly inch the flashlight across the wall, the light will illuminate most imperfections. A more reliable way to find wall studs is to use an electronic stud finder. Very affordable, as well as accurate, you can find electronic stud finders in hardware or home improvement stores. Follow the directions on the package to use them, but the general premise is to lay the device on the wall, turn it on, and slowly move it along the wall until you hear a beep.
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