A DIY Tip Everyone Needs To Know – How To Find A Stud

Have you ever wanted to hang something heavy on your wall and knew you were in the vicinity of a stud, but could not find the darn thing – even though you know they are all supposed to be 16 inches apart.


Says the stud God, laughing at your plans.

Well, guess no more my friends! I learned of a great solution that costs much, much, much less than those expensive stud finders thanks to one of my favorite sites – Houzz – and I had to share.

(Did you know Christine’s patio was featured on Houzz? If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out!)

Anyway, I was in the predicament of trying to find a stud this weekend, when I attempted to hang this sign I made for my kid’s toy closet using plywood leftover from the All Star Scoreboard I made for my son. 















I measured out sixteen inches and drilled my hole, but felt that empty feeling you get when your drill bit reaches air once through the drywall. I don’t own a stud finder and instead of rolling the dice and drilling more holes with hopes of hitting the jackpot, I Googled “DIY stud finder”, and voila I found this great tip from Houzz – use a magnet!

You wrap a magnet in some tape and then drag it along the wall until it sticks. Once it does you know you have found a stud. Genius!


Happy DIYing! Anyone have any other great tips? Please share them in the comments below!

Linking to Design, Dining + Diapers, Savvy Southern Style, and Serenity Now



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2 Responses to “A DIY Tip Everyone Needs To Know – How To Find A Stud”

  1. Cool, this is going to save me from lots of spackle work!



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