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Old 02-28-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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Finding studs in a lath and plaster wall

Is there any stud finder or something similar, that would locate studs in a lath and plaster wall?



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Old 02-28-2008, 04:16 PM   #2
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First option:
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This is where you need to go backwards in technology.

New stud finders will not work on plaster and lathing walls, as you already know. So, what you need is an old fashioned magnetic stud finder.
The kind that has a magnet that sits on a pivot and stands up when it finds a nail.
The reason being that the lathing is attached to the studs with nails.

Good Luck (with option 2)


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Old 02-28-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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I like option #1
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:24 PM   #4
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I think I'm going to have this Problem

Yeah plaster and Lathe. That sounds like me for sure This was going to be a "Future" Question for sure.....
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I like option #1
Ya, that AWBC always has the right answers.
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Off course that would be the 15#r right?

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You can use the outlets and switches as guidelines. They are face nailed to the stud. Once you find one or two the others will generally be 16" on center. You can also use your knuckle and knock on the wall. The pitch between a stud is lower then when you get to the stud.
A decent tool is the "wizard". It detects metal in boards before you put it through a planer or jointer. It's sort of like those wands they have when you go through security.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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i use a 4" long super strong rare earth magnet to find the nails in the studs. purchased from ebay cheap.

also the switches and recepticals as guidelines will give you a clue as previously posted.

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Some old houses with lathe and plaster walls have studs on 24" centers, so drill very small pilot holes when you find the right sound to be for sure...16" or 24" centers.
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