Stand down, gentlemen!
Looking for a stud…in the wall, you know, behind the sheetrock.
Sometimes you need to be sure you locate a stud in the wall on the first try. Like me this week in one of the spare bedrooms I was working on. I wanted to mount some swing arm lamps on a wall that had wallpaper, and I for sure didn’t want to mess up that paper, but for sure needed them mounted in studs so when being adjusted they stayed mounted on the wall, so I pulled out my clever and handy ‘stud finder’…
Yep, this is just about the time for that guy to jump in front of it and say here’s your ‘stud’ sweetie… ahem… now back to the wall…
It’s super easy and reliable to use. First, holding it vertically on the wall, you activate the sensor by holding in both sides of it. Slide it side to side a bit to get only the bottom two green lights to stay on. That means that it is in an area without a stud.
Then moving it slowly horizontally on the wall, as you approach a stud, the first bottom light will light up.
As you slowly continue moving the sensor, the lights will move up until the top red light is on, meaning that’s the center of the stud. Then as you continue to move across, the light will go back down until you’re not on the stud at all and only the two bottom green lights are on. (During all this there is also a beeping sound, blaring a steady beep when you’re on the stud.)
I will go from both sides carefully, as well as over several more studs, just to be sure. (Knowing that in most homes studs are about 16” apart, it’s pretty easy to confirm the sensor.)
Then you can drill or hammer away a little more confident that there’s a stud behind it all.
For some reason I just remembered the old saying: “Behind every good man, is a good woman.”
I appreciate you stopping by.