Use A Hard Drive Magnet To Find Studs In Walls

Use A Hard Drive Magnet To Find Studs In Walls

If you need to locate studs in a wall, you can buy a special gadget for the job. But if you have an old hard drive, you can get the job done for nothing.

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Reader Justin wrote in explaining how that worked for him:

Just a quick tip for those who have experienced issues finding the studs in their standard walls like I have: Rather than using an electronic stud finder which was off by approximately 10cm (I spent $15 on for a basic one, then later $95 on a more advanced one which gave the same results), I realised there are nails holding the plaster onto the wall studs. I ripped one of those powerful magnets out of an old hard drive and ran it across the wall. To my amazement I was able to find the nail right away which was in the centre of the stud.

We’ve mentioned a similar technique quite a while back, but it definitely seemed worth revisiting. If you’ve got another neat trick for stud-finding, tell us in the comments. Thanks Justin!


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