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How to Find A Stud Without A Stud Finder

One main project that many people don’t think about is trying to find a stud to hang that big beautiful clock.

Doing home projects can be a bit tricky when you don’t have all the necessary tools. One main project that many people don’t think about is trying to find a stud to hang that big beautiful clock. Not all homeowners own a stud finder, and probably don’t need one very often enough to go out and buy one.

Each house is unique in its own way. However, there are some similarities with the walls in homes. Most of the walls have 2×4 or 2×6 studs. Most outlets and light switches have a stud located on the right or left side of it.

Here are some tips in finding a stud the good old fashioned way:


This method may seem different, but it works. Drag the magnet along the wall. Once it sticks to the wall, you have found your stud. The stronger the magnet, the better!

Measure from the Corner

Studs are generally 16” on center. You can measure a corner of the room and 16” out. This may give you the exact spot a stud  will be. However, not all rooms are built in numbers divisible by 16”. Try knocking on the wall to find where the shorter stud-spacing may have been added.

Look at the Trim

The baseboards in the home are attached to the studs. Check your baseboards to see if you can see where they might have been nailed. The nail may be painted over and filled with caulk. If you do find one, measure 16” to find the next stud.

Use the Switch

I mentioned earlier that either the left or right side of an outlet and light switch will be on a stud. Knock on the wall on both the right and left side to see which side has the support.

I hope these tricks helped! You can always call Betts Remodeling if all else fails!!

Glen Betts
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