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How to Find Wood Studs Behind Drywall

If you’ve ever tried to mount a TV, shelf, or any heavy object on drywall, you know the importance of finding the wood studs behind it. Wood studs provide the necessary support to hold the weight, ensuring your items stay securely mounted. However, locating these studs can be a bit tricky if you don’t know where to look. In this guide, we’ll show you a simple and effective way to find wood studs behind drywall using the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder. Let’s dive in!

Why Finding Wood Studs is Important:

Mounting anything heavy on drywall without the support of wood studs can lead to disastrous results. Drywall alone cannot support significant weight, and improper mounting can cause items to fall, potentially damaging your walls and belongings. By finding and using wood studs, you ensure a safe and secure mount.

Tools You Need:

  • CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder
  • A pencil or marker

Step-by-Step Guide:

Understand the Structure of Drywall:

Drywall is typically attached to vertical wood studs spaced 16 or 24 inches apart. These studs provide the framework for your walls.

Use the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder:

This handy tool uses a powerful magnet to locate the screws or nails that attach the drywall to the wood studs. Here’s how to use it:

Hold the stud finder flat against the wall and move it slowly in a horizontal direction.

When the magnet detects a screw or nail, it will stick to the wall, indicating the location of a stud.

Mark this spot with a pencil or marker.

Verify the Stud Location:

To ensure you’ve found a stud, move the stud finder up and down vertically along the marked spot. If it continues to stick to the wall in a straight line, you’ve successfully located a wood stud.

Measure and Repeat:

Measure 16 or 24 inches from the first mark to locate additional studs. Repeat the process to ensure accurate stud placement.

Tips and Tricks:

Double-check with Multiple Methods:

While the magnetic stud finder is effective, it’s always good to verify the stud location using a different method, such as tapping the wall to listen for a solid sound or using an electronic stud finder.

Look for Clues:

Electrical outlets and light switches are usually mounted on the side of studs. Use these as reference points.

Be Patient:

Finding studs can take some time, especially if you’re new to it. Take your time to ensure accuracy.


Finding wood studs behind drywall is crucial for secure mounting. With the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder and the tips provided in this guide, you can easily locate studs and confidently mount your TV, shelves, or other heavy items. Happy DIY-ing!

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