03:41PM | 12/21/04
Member Since: 12/20/04
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i need an idea on how to find studs in a wall when the wall is two layers one plaster and the other is drywall? i tried a stud finder but it only hits about once every 5 feet. can anyone help?


12:21PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
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You can try the old fashioned magnetic stud finders that find the nails and moves the magnet. If that doesn't do the job there is another way. Not the best method though and

since you have a plaster wall this method might not work, but if you can see what I am about to tell you this could be a guideline.

First turn the lights out in the room, then get a light like a halogen work light or something similar. Shine the light at a steep angle along the wall and try to find an uneven line running from the ceiling to floor. This should be a seam where two pieces of rock join together. the rock should have been joined at a stud. Take the magnetic stud finder and try to find a nail or screw. Measure from this line every 16 or 24 inches depending on the distance your studs are at. You can then probe the wall with a small thin nail in an unnoticable area like close to the ceiling or floor.

Hopefully the rock was installed at the studs and not just screwed to the plaster backer boards.

Patch the probing holes with some spackle.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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