How to Find a Wall Stud. THE ULTIMATE STUD FINDER!

How to Find a Wall Stud. THE ULTIMATE STUD FINDER!


00:04 Speaker 1: Nah. Nah. Nah. Aha! Found
it. What? [music] 00:34 S1: Now listen up, all you DIYers. Today,
I want you to pay attention because I have the number one tip when it comes to finding
a timber stud. It’s an absolute fool-proof method and, remember, it’s our little secret.
So don’t tell your mates. Anyway, let’s duck inside and I’ll show you what I mean. 00:55 S1: Now, there’s a number of methods
that you can use to find a stud. You can use your knocking-on-the-wall trick. You can fork
out $50 plus, to get a half-decent stud-finder. Or you can even remove a power point, because
power points are attached to studs and they’ll tell you where a stud is. Or, you could do
this, go to your fridge and remove one of your fridge magnets. That, I believe, in my
opinion, is the best stud-finder you can get. And it’s our wedding photo, the wife, me and
some crazy photo bomber, classic. This method is so good, I think it deserves its own drum
roll. 01:46 S1: Yeah. Alrighty. We have a magnet.
We have drywall, or plasterboard that is attached to timber studs using metal fasteners. Aha!
Let me see. Magnets, metal fasteners, magnetic attraction. Bingo! We have lift-off. Now all
you have to do is get yourself a bit of painter’s tape. I would like to use painter’s tape ’cause
it’s a little bit stiffer than normal tapes. You don’t have to, but that’s just what I
like to use. A length of string, about a metre long, like that, and a washer and I’ll show
you what to do with these. 02:29 S1: The first thing you need to do is
attach your washer to your string. Once you’ve done that, grab some Blu Tack and just attach
this string to the magnet, just like that. Make sure it’s in the center of the magnet,
like that, there we go. And then, put your magnet on top of your tape, like that, and
wrap it around, just like that. And what this does is… This’ll be my handle, for holding
the magnet. And let’s go to that wall and find those studs. So there we have it. There’s
your home-made stud finder. 03:22 S1: Now, all we need to do is rub this
across the surface of the drywall or plasterboard and it will pick up any metal fasteners and
that’s where our studs are. Let’s give it a go. So, run it across the wall, like this,
and there we are. It’s found a stud. How easy is that. Absolutely fool-proof. So, once the
magnet has found a fastener, it’s found the stud, you let the string hang down, which
is weighted by these washers. And that gives you the centreline for the length of that
stud. So you can nail any where along that line and you will hit a solid stud. How good
is that? And that’s not all. 04:10 S1: Seriously, I should be selling steak
knives. And the last thing that you can do with this amazing invention, is if you know
your stud centres, which are roughly 450 for external walls here in Australia, and around
600 millimetres for internal walls and if you get it in the States, I think it’s 16
inches on center. Now, on center means from the center of the stud to the center of the
next stud. So if you know your centres, you can mark those on your string and just turn
your string around like that. And bang, that’s where your next stud is. Great tip, knackers! 04:53 S1: Oh yeah, like I promised, the best
magnets to use for a home-made stud finder, you need a reasonably strong magnet. So, what
I use are magnets called ‘rare earth magnets’. This one here is about 25 millimetres in diameter
and about 5 mil thick, and they’ll cost you around about 10 bucks or something like that.
Or, you could even vandalise an old hard drive you’ve got floating around the house and they
have rare earth magnets in there. There you go, freebie, even better. So, there you have
it. How to find a timber stud using a home-made stud-finder. How cool is that? 05:31 S1: Now, if you thought this video was
useful, or if you just like to keep up-to-date with all the latest videos, please subscribe
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till then, cheers. [music]

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