Bob Vila Radio: Locating Studs

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Oct 19, 2012 12:52 PM

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Whether you’re removing a wall or just hanging bookshelves, you’ve got to know where the studs are before you start.

Finding Wall Stud



Listen to BOB VILA ON LOCATING STUDS, or read the text below:

There are three ways to find wall studs:

1. Sound it out: You should hear a solid “thunk” when you hit a stud.

2. Look for nails along the baseboard. They’re usually driven at stud intervals.

3. Use a magnetic “stud finder”. Run the device over the wall to zero-in on the nails or screws that fix the wallboard to the frame.

Before you hang that priceless oil painting on your wall, be sure it’s going to stay there by using the right hardware.

For smaller pictures, you can use specially designed picture hooks in various sizes nailed into the wall at an angle. For really heavy pieces, you need a molly bolt: they expand inside the wall for security.

You can avoid nailing into your wall altogether by hanging pictures from molding hooks with longer wires.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on indoor how-tos, consider:

5 Picture Hanging Tricks
How To: Install Floating Shelves
How To: Install Drywall Anchors