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How To Find a Stud Without a Stud Finder

It's important when you're hanging something on your wall to find the stud to help keep it secure. Here's how to do it without using a stud finder.


  • Step 1: Choose which stud will be best to nail your picture to. It's important to always find multiple studs to prevent a mistake.
  • FACT: The stud-frame building method, also referred to as the balloon frame, was made popular in the greater Chicago area in 1833.
  • Step 2: Measure the distance between the two locations. Studs are situated a uniform distance from each other throughout a wall, so knowing the distance between them will make it easier for you to find more studs.
  • Step 3: Mark the spot on the wall where you believe there is a stud with a pencil. Continue to knock on the wall until you find another one, and then mark again.
  • Step 4: Tap the wall with the hammer, moving horizontally across the wall, listening to how the tap sounds. A hollow, resonating sound means there is no stud, and a dead, flat sound indicates a stud.
  • TIP: Experiment with this all over the wall until you're certain you're hearing a different, dead kind of sound in one particular spot.
  • Step 5: Wrap the cloth around the head of the hammer and secure with the rubber band. This will prevent you from marring the wall with the hammer.

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