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If you’ve ever tried hanging a picture on a wall, you may already be familiar with the term wall stud. If so, then you might also know how difficult it can be to properly locate a wall stud when you need one.
A wall stud is typically a slender board used as a vertical framing member in the construction of a wall. Wall studs are typically made from wood and come in two sizes, “two-by-fours” or “two-by-sixes.” However, in some newer constructions, wall studs can also be made from steel. Wall studs are typically spaced evenly at 16 inches apart (sometimes 12 or 24 inches). Wall studs serve several purposes, including providing structural support, holding windows and doors in place, and as backing support for fixtures such as lights, TV mounts, and electrical outlets.
There are a few different ways to find a stud in the wall. This can be particularly important if you need to hang something from a wall that requires a firm backing: