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start by an outlet/switch

Posted by BobF on February 19th, 1999 01:33 PM
In reply to Finding studs in your plaster wall by Isidro on February 16th, 1999 03:46 AM [Go to top of thread]

Outlets and switchs are usually anchored to studs. Find the one closest to the stud you are looking for, without a door in between. Take the cover plate off - be careful unless you turn the power off. The stud will be on one side. The boxes are thin. You may see the stud by the plaster/drywall.

Your stud should be some multiple of 16 inches(maybe 24) from here.

A 2x4 stud is really 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. If you are poking every 2 inches you could easily skip right over a stud.

Doorways and windows have two studs on either side of the opening. The first stud from here may be less than 16 inches.

Hope this helps.

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