Help me find a stud.
March 13, 2013 12:27 PM Subscribe
I'm having trouble finding wall studs in my apartment.
posted by ursus_comiter to home & garden (10 answers total)
My current abode is an apartment in a pre-war NYC building (1927 to be exact). Recently, I wanted to hang some shelves, but was stymied by my inability to find the wall studs. An electronic stud finder was useless, so I commenced to tapping the walls and probing with a 1/16" drill bit to no avail. I tried looking for both 16" and 24" gapped studs and started both from a corner of my kitchen and from an electrical outlet. The drill bit goes through the wall board or plaster and finds nothing behind it at every point I check.
Before I start trying to use longer and more invasive techniques, I was wondering if anyone with some familiarity with the ins and outs of older buildings might have any other helpful suggestions.