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Old 12-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Finding that elusive stud


The pic is a exterior wall with stucco, the measurement starts on a outside corner. Note the nail holes along the tape measure. I have a zircon i65 stud finder that gave erratic results, tried with cardboard but results were the same. House built in 1951. So where in the heck are them studs!!



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Old 12-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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Don't think the attachment worked.

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Old 12-05-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Any electrical outlets on that wall (either side)? If so there should be a stud just to the left side of the box. Find that and then just pull layout off of it. Or, bend and stick a piece of tie wire or something what seems to be a big hole in the wall at about the 10 3/8" mark and poke around until you find it.
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Yeah there is a outlet on the interior wall - measurement was 51" so I added 6" to outside measurement but no studs found. I will try the wire method tonight
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BTW are you able to view the pics? I can't see them after posting them.
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I can see them.
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Don't forget the fact that your stucco is about 1" thick...

Instead of drilling holes in the stucco...I would go inside....assuming your house was built like mine and has plaster walls...

1" for plaster.
3.5" for stud
1" for stucco

So...from the inside...a stud finder should find the stud...confirm with a small drill bit.

Once you have that...measure to the corner....add 5.5" to it....go outside...and measure from the corner...that should put you right on top of it.

One last thing....while your studs are 'supposed' to be 16" OC, not always the case....but usually is...most of the time...hopefully....but not always.....
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Stud finder never gave me reliable results - even the inside. The inside walls are composed of a inner layer of a felt like material about 5/8" and covered with 1/4" plaster - I am guessing that felt is the stud finders nemesis. So I had to use the nail method which worked.
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