Stud Work

Working for Jim at Get Smart Builders here in Granville Falls has been a real education.  Sure, I run the Auto-CAD not a nail gun, but I’ve seen plenty.  And then I have my own 1920’s bungalow for self-education.  So I’ll pass along a few common sense hints every month or so to help you out. 

Can’t find studs in your house?  Neither could I until I gave CPR to a dead man and met Cop Sexy.  Oh, wait, he’s reading as I type this.  Just pretend you didn’t see this last part.  But it’s true.

Okay, so finding studs to make sure you’re hanging heavy stuff safely is easier in a new home than an older one because of standardized building codes.  Studs in new U.S. houses are found every sixteen inches.  In older homes, you may find studs anywhere from sixteen to twenty-four inches apart.

Make it easy on yourself by going to a hardware store and plunking down twenty bucks or so for a good battery operated stud finder.  Those little buggers point a laser light to either the edge or the middle of the stud, so when you drill your nail or drive in your screw, you’ll know you’re gripping wood, not flimsy plaster or dry wall.

Phew, no wonder guys like tools.  Sounds a lot like sex.  Is it warm in here or just me?

Um, where was I? Oh, yes. If you don’t have money or don’t want to invest in the tool, start with a door or window and measure out the inches according to your home age. Studs are used to frame in openings, so you should be able to hit wood using this method. You can also use electrical outlets, which are usually found next to a stud. 

And girls, don’t you wish it were that easy to find a real stud?  You know the ones I mean, the manly . . . oops.  Dirk is still reading over my shoulder.  Never mind.

Remember, don’t start drinking alcohol until you’re finished with the job. 

See you next month!