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[Sep. 6th, 2005|10:39 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
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Studfinding sucks. I just made four holes in my wall, none of which meet with the stud on the other end of the drywall. Either I'm going to have to get the apartment maintenance people to help me mount the shelves, or I'm going to have to return them and buy stands. Crap.
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[User Picture]From: crashsite68
2005-09-07 03:06 am (UTC)
You need a studfinder. Not that Pritti isn't good at that, I'm talkin about one of those $10 cheapies from Home Depot. They are pretty damn accurate and you don't need a real expensive one.
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[User Picture]From: c0nsumer
2005-09-07 04:33 am (UTC)
Suggestion:

Studs are always 16" apart. Start measuring from one end of the wall in 16" increments and tap to see if a stud is there. Then run a finish nail or T-pin in to see if there is anything behind the drywall. The hole from those two will be so small it'll easily be patched over if you figured wrong.

I personally never use a stud finder and have never run into times where I needed one.
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[User Picture]From: crashsite68
2005-09-07 10:45 am (UTC)
You're also talking about commercial construction done in who knows when with god knows what type of studs. At one point studs were actually 2 x 4 and not 1 5/8 x 3 5/8. Plus if they started the studs at the other end, theres no guarantee that first one will be 16 inches out.

For $10, its quite a time saver to pick up a studfinder. Especially if you're no Bob Villa.
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[User Picture]From: c0nsumer
2005-09-07 11:51 am (UTC)
You're also talking about commercial construction done in who knows when with god knows what type of studs.

...and this is commercial construction (read: apartment) so it will be done to code.

At one point studs were actually 2 x 4 and not 1 5/8 x 3 5/8.

Doesn't matter, studs are set 16" on center (I left out the 'on center' bit to avoid confusion) so the width of the actual lumber doesn't matter.

Plus if they started the studs at the other end, theres no guarantee that first one will be 16 inches out.

Whoops, yeah. I left out the part about how there isn't one in an increment of 16" from the starting wall to re-start at the other end. Or one can always find one and go every 16" off of there.

And yeah, I think that a stud finder can be handy, but I also don't think they are needed and can be thrown off by other things in the wall.

Incidentally, did you know that Bob Vila is Puerto Rican? I was just talking about this with someone at work yesterday...
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[User Picture]From: c0nsumer
2005-09-07 11:52 am (UTC)
Whoops, damn. I forgot to close a cite tag somewhere. Sorry about that.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-07 05:06 pm (UTC)
I do have a studfinder, it's just that it sucks ass. I'm just going to end up returning the shelves and buying speaker stands. I _need_ shelves for the collectibles, so I'm going to call the maintenance guys to have them mark the studs in the geek room.
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