Thursday, October 17, 2013

Our Eccentric Projects - Low Tech Stud Finder

Brilliant hubby is shining so brightly with this low tech solution for locating wood studs.  We were trying to hang a new shelf last week and couldn't find our stud finder.  He took a stack of magnets and moved them slowly across the wall until they stuck to the wall. The magnets were attracted to the screws that are holding up our drywall, which are located on the studs.

Ouch, my eyes are hurting from his brilliant rays, I better go put on sunglasses!


  1. Great tip. Thanks for sharing. Here is a link to a video that demonstrates this low tech alternative to expensive electronic stud finders -

    1. Thanks Mike! We started hanging our shelf on a stud by an electrical outlet and measured over in 16 in. intervals. Like most walls in the US, we built our 2 x 4 wood stud walls 16 in. on center, but you can not always rely on the assumption that the studs are spaced evenly. Also, there are some homes built with wall studs at 12 in. or 24 in. on center.