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Old 01-22-2021, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Finding studs in popcorn textured walls

I just bought a new house and in the main living area it has a vaulted ceiling. Well on either sides of the room on the higher vaulted walls they are popcorn textured that has been painted over. Not a fan, but will address that later on.

My question is this, how do I locate studs in the wall in order to hang my mounts? Will a stud finder work? I have been reading that it won't be accurate, I have also seen where people use magnets to locate them. You guys that have dealt with this before, what is the best way to locate them without putting 30 holes in my walls.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:34 PM   #2
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Find a good strong magnet and figure out where it sticks to the wall, there's a nail there, which means there's a stud there too.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:36 PM   #3
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It ain't rocket surgery. :-) Knock, stud finder, small brad. Stud finder used to beep at me when I was younger. Now only works on walls. :-)
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:37 PM   #4
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I guess it would depend on the thickness of the popcorn, but my little stud finder was spot on, on ours.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:41 PM   #5
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I use a tiny Brad nail that is 2 inches long you can cover the hole w any kind of filler and won't notice it

They should be like 16 on center w 1.5 stud
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:42 PM   #6
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My stud finder found a water line and I drilled through it.

Look out for electrical and water lines.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:44 PM   #7
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My stud finder found a water line and I drilled through it.

Look out for electrical and water lines.
That sucks!
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:50 PM   #8
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:52 PM   #9
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Hand held thermal scanner.
Some places rent them now.
You can also lay paper over the popcorn and slide the stud finder over that.
A little trickier, but it works.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:54 PM   #10
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My stud finder found a water line and I drilled through it.

Look out for electrical and water lines.
I had a guy drill through a LP copper tubing in a wall, with a 3\8 bit.
Said there was something hard he could tell, but just kept going .
Luckily it was new construction, and no gas.
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:11 PM   #11
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I have done this and it works for me. Find a switch or an outlet in the wall thats closest to where you want to attach something. Take the cover off and see what side of the stud the box is attached to. Use that as a reference point. Mark the floor with a piece of blue tape. Now there are studs in either direction at 16 OC. Once you find one its not hard finding the others as they should be spaced at 16. You can lay a tape measure down on a stud mark and see the where the studs are. You can then use a level to go up the wall or simply measure the distance from a wall and use that. Its harder to explain than do actually do.
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:17 PM   #12
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Just check at 16” 18” and 22” and one of those is probably your best bet for spacing.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:02 PM   #13
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Use the stud finder. I alway drill a small hole to confirm or to find the edges. With a tiny drill bit, you barely will see it if its not on a stud.


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Old 01-22-2021, 03:28 PM   #14
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Franklin 710 stud finder. Just used one for the same issue. It’ll outline the stud for you, so you can go along with it held slightly off the wall until it hits, then set down in one place.
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:10 PM   #15
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Buy the quality magnet stud finder. They work great and are cheap! Beware they will stick to a bunch of other tools and are hard to get off!
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Old 01-28-2021, 12:53 AM   #16
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Just check at 16 18 and 22 and one of those is probably your best bet for spacing.
Find one then the closest left or right on that wall. Use a stud finder or a strong magnet on a 18"string to find a nail. Slide back and forth finding a nail head. Spacing should be the same across that wall. Normally 16" to as much as 24".

Removing a light or outlet plate to find the first one is a great start.
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Old 01-28-2021, 08:22 AM   #17
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Just check at 16 18 and 22 and one of those is probably your best bet for spacing.
Go into the attic and check the spacing of joists
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Old 01-28-2021, 12:42 PM   #18
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Stud finder (with good battery) should work for you. Like already mentioned, pop the cover off the closest light switch or electrical outlet and see which side the stud is on and measure your 16" from it. Verify with the stud finder.
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Old 01-28-2021, 12:46 PM   #19
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Just check at 16” 18” and 22” and one of those is probably your best bet for spacing.
Studs should be 16"on-center, joists could be 16", 19.2", or 24" OC.

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Go into the attic and check the spacing of joists
Joist spacing doesn't necessarily = stud spacing.
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Old 01-29-2021, 04:20 PM   #20
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Old house wont necessarily have them on 16 centers either.
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Old 01-29-2021, 06:00 PM   #21
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measure and tap a brad nail into it, will know quick and it wont leave a mark.
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Old 02-02-2021, 08:28 PM   #22
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Use the stud finder. I alway drill a small hole to confirm or to find the edges. With a tiny drill bit, you barely will see it if its not on a stud.


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Drill a small bit or hammer small finish nail just above baseboard trim to confirm edges of stud. Then a dab of caulk covers any hole if needed.
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Old 02-02-2021, 08:34 PM   #23
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Old 02-02-2021, 10:12 PM   #24
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Studs should be 16"on-center, joists could be 16", 19.2", or 24" OC.



Joist spacing doesn't necessarily = stud spacing.
My bad, He said "popcorn" so I was thinking ceiling.
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