The stud referred to here provides vertical support for the wall paneling in a room. When hanging a heavy picture on the wall, you need to locate one of these studs for extra security so the nail or screw used for the project won’t tear the paneling because of the heavy load suspended from it.
One of the easiest methods for locating a stud involves rapping on the wall with your knuckles or (very lightly) with the handle end of a hammer. This works because the vacant interstices between the studs in a wall will emit a hollow sound when tapped, but tapping the wall at the point of a stud will generate a definite solid sound.
To verify a stud’s location, remember that during construction of the house, carpenters will have placed the studs an equal distance apart: twelve, sixteen or twenty-four inches from center to center of the studs. Successive horizontal measurements and tappings will pinpoint each stud’s location along the wall.
For extra support and to avoid future expensive repair work, drive the nail or screw directly through the paneling and into the chosen stud. The fastener should penetrate the paneling easily, then encounter some resistance as it enters the stud.
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