| by Kenneth Chase | 59 comments

How to Find a Wall Stud. THE ULTIMATE STUD FINDER!

00:04 Speaker 1: Nah. Nah. Nah. Aha! Found
it. What? [music] 00:34 S1: Now listen up, all you DIYers. Today,
I want you to pay attention because I have the number one tip when it comes to finding
a timber stud. It’s an absolute fool-proof method and, remember, it’s our little secret.
So don’t tell your mates. Anyway, let’s duck inside and I’ll show you what I mean. 00:55 S1: Now, there’s a number of methods
that you can use to find a stud. You can use your knocking-on-the-wall trick. You can fork
out $50 plus, to get a half-decent stud-finder. Or you can even remove a power point, because
power points are attached to studs and they’ll tell you where a stud is. Or, you could do
this, go to your fridge and remove one of your fridge magnets. That, I believe, in my
opinion, is the best stud-finder you can get. And it’s our wedding photo, the wife, me and
some crazy photo bomber, classic. This method is so good, I think it deserves its own drum
roll. 01:46 S1: Yeah. Alrighty. We have a magnet.
We have drywall, or plasterboard that is attached to timber studs using metal fasteners. Aha!
Let me see. Magnets, metal fasteners, magnetic attraction. Bingo! We have lift-off. Now all
you have to do is get yourself a bit of painter’s tape. I would like to use painter’s tape ’cause
it’s a little bit stiffer than normal tapes. You don’t have to, but that’s just what I
like to use. A length of string, about a metre long, like that, and a washer and I’ll show
you what to do with these. 02:29 S1: The first thing you need to do is
attach your washer to your string. Once you’ve done that, grab some Blu Tack and just attach
this string to the magnet, just like that. Make sure it’s in the center of the magnet,
like that, there we go. And then, put your magnet on top of your tape, like that, and
wrap it around, just like that. And what this does is… This’ll be my handle, for holding
the magnet. And let’s go to that wall and find those studs. So there we have it. There’s
your home-made stud finder. 03:22 S1: Now, all we need to do is rub this
across the surface of the drywall or plasterboard and it will pick up any metal fasteners and
that’s where our studs are. Let’s give it a go. So, run it across the wall, like this,
and there we are. It’s found a stud. How easy is that. Absolutely fool-proof. So, once the
magnet has found a fastener, it’s found the stud, you let the string hang down, which
is weighted by these washers. And that gives you the centreline for the length of that
stud. So you can nail any where along that line and you will hit a solid stud. How good
is that? And that’s not all. 04:10 S1: Seriously, I should be selling steak
knives. And the last thing that you can do with this amazing invention, is if you know
your stud centres, which are roughly 450 for external walls here in Australia, and around
600 millimetres for internal walls and if you get it in the States, I think it’s 16
inches on center. Now, on center means from the center of the stud to the center of the
next stud. So if you know your centres, you can mark those on your string and just turn
your string around like that. And bang, that’s where your next stud is. Great tip, knackers! 04:53 S1: Oh yeah, like I promised, the best
magnets to use for a home-made stud finder, you need a reasonably strong magnet. So, what
I use are magnets called ‘rare earth magnets’. This one here is about 25 millimetres in diameter
and about 5 mil thick, and they’ll cost you around about 10 bucks or something like that.
Or, you could even vandalise an old hard drive you’ve got floating around the house and they
have rare earth magnets in there. There you go, freebie, even better. So, there you have
it. How to find a timber stud using a home-made stud-finder. How cool is that? 05:31 S1: Now, if you thought this video was
useful, or if you just like to keep up-to-date with all the latest videos, please subscribe
to my channel. The button is down there. Thumbs up, the buttons down there. Share and comment,
it’ll be all greatly appreciated. And stay tuned for video six, coming up shortly. So,
till then, cheers. [music]


Daniel Mrw

Oct 10, 2017, 5:43 am Reply

Why didn't I think of this years ago????? Thanks for sharing the vid.

Michael Connolly

Oct 10, 2017, 4:37 pm Reply

Thank you, you beautiful Kiwi. I have a Stanley STHT77403 and while I'm hesitant to say it's useless, it certainly isn't helping me find any studs in my room. Rare earth magnets it is!

Bom Dia

Oct 10, 2017, 9:36 am Reply

Lol i like this guy!! Cool man

John L

Oct 10, 2017, 11:56 pm Reply

It works! My stud finder's deep-scan mode doesn't work as well as the magnet. Thanks for the tips!

Frank Abbott

Oct 10, 2017, 10:26 am Reply

f*****g awesome advice – real common sense!!!!

Knackered Dad

Oct 10, 2017, 4:10 pm Reply



Nov 11, 2017, 7:25 pm Reply

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!  I will be making up some extra nice looking stud finders using this concept for all the guys in my family this Christmas!  I can hardly wait to get started…  I'll send you a pic of my final product!  Love your videos!


Nov 11, 2017, 1:28 am Reply

Where is this knacka from?

Carver Parkes

Dec 12, 2017, 9:11 pm Reply

I love you man!!! Absolutely brilliant. You deserve the noble stud prize… on second thought… you may not want to be on the receiving end of that prize 🙂

Nathanial Ross

Jan 1, 2018, 9:45 pm Reply

Of course my shit apartment doesn't use studs. They use thick dryall with metal supports. The fuck…

Tony Bowers

Jan 1, 2018, 1:41 pm Reply

Never heard or thought of using a magnet. Great idea!

Anton Bouchette

Jan 1, 2018, 7:24 am Reply

My wife went out and found a stud and that's why I'm living alone now.

Aiden Smith

Jan 1, 2018, 3:45 am Reply

Awesome! Couldn't find a nine-volt battery for my stud finder and found this!

Star Rojas

Feb 2, 2018, 6:50 pm Reply


Erekt 84

Mar 3, 2018, 6:26 pm Reply

Funny guy!

Adrina Cande

Mar 3, 2018, 4:51 am Reply

??? ….


Apr 4, 2018, 9:10 pm Reply

Fucking hilarious, dude. I forgot about the gotdamn magnets! Im so done with garbage stud finders

Kris Backhouse

Apr 4, 2018, 7:57 pm Reply

What if it’s aluminium nails?

Bene Butterbean

Apr 4, 2018, 5:41 am Reply

I heard that in Australia the studs run counterclockwise. Any truth to this?

Aman Singh

Jun 6, 2018, 9:39 am Reply

U r so genius

Bob Abooey

Jun 6, 2018, 10:07 pm Reply

how do I find the studs on a concrete and wire mesh wall?


Jun 6, 2018, 9:13 pm Reply


summer day

Jun 6, 2018, 1:55 am Reply

thankyou. I havent done any home projects without asking for help… or hiring someone and its nice to see that I can do things for myself.

Carlo Dimidio

Jun 6, 2018, 8:18 pm Reply

I'm not sure why, but I feel all giddy now.

Upendra Gandhi

Aug 8, 2018, 4:31 pm Reply

Thank you. This video has been very useful to me.

The Lion

Aug 8, 2018, 7:26 am Reply

Great tip Knackazzz!

Frank James

Aug 8, 2018, 10:01 pm Reply


Sir Miles

Aug 8, 2018, 2:50 am Reply

Great work Mate

jill prejean

Sep 9, 2018, 8:16 am Reply

brilliant free, my favorite price


Oct 10, 2018, 2:23 pm Reply

Thank you Jürgen Klopp.

Jamie O’Loughlin

Oct 10, 2018, 11:31 pm Reply

Spent 20 mins searching but nothing…

Pat Joyce

Nov 11, 2018, 6:31 pm Reply

nobody tells you how to find the center of the stud !!!!!!!!!

Barney Miller

Nov 11, 2018, 3:09 am Reply


Barney Miller

Nov 11, 2018, 3:13 am Reply

Lol in the beginning of the video putting holes in the wall

raul dragos tudorancea

Nov 11, 2018, 7:15 am Reply

Ohhh shite, I should watched the whole video not just the first 20 sec.

Ndow Roccus

Nov 11, 2018, 8:38 pm Reply

I like this method better then knocking or looking for nail insets. Brilliant delivery too

wafic Doughan

Dec 12, 2018, 9:15 am Reply

Great idea , I love it.

Stephanie Contartesi

Dec 12, 2018, 11:38 pm Reply

Oh my god, I love him

Stephanie Contartesi

Dec 12, 2018, 5:49 pm Reply

Can I please ask you somethin? I do have a stud finder but every time I found a stud it wasn't a stud, and I tried your magnet thing but it didn't work and when I drill into the wall where the stud should be what comes out is something white like plaster but it's not drywall where it's Hollow what is that and how am I going to hang the thing I have to hang

Holly Jaye

Jan 1, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

ha! ha! too EZ….like velcro.


Jan 1, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

You sir are priceless


Jan 1, 2019, 2:59 pm Reply

Now I need a strong enough magnet cause I don't think I have one on my fridge. Lololol


Feb 2, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

Jee-zus, dude, get with it. This vid could be 1 minute. But thanks.


Feb 2, 2019, 4:46 pm Reply

Wow, when my handyman couldn't find the studs he actually suggested we should open the walls to locate them!!! LOL… Of course I didn't let him make holes all over my wall… And I am putting up my shelves on my own now…

M Fuller

Feb 2, 2019, 4:53 am Reply

Such a cool and cheap solution.

Carrie A. Moreno

Feb 2, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

bless your soul

John Magnusson

Feb 2, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

freaking awesome, thanks mate!


Feb 2, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

absolutely brilliant. just brilliant. Now I don't have to go buy a stud finder just to hang up a few peg boards!


Mar 3, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply

Why is this in my recommended

David Woolford

Mar 3, 2019, 12:26 pm Reply

Bloody legend

Joey Del Mars Jr.

Apr 4, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

wow mind blown!

Death By Veganism

Apr 4, 2019, 9:34 am Reply

Wow this is awesome! Going to try it 🙂 thank you!

James f

Apr 4, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

Wat if i dont want hammer my new wall to find it?

Katt Coleman

May 5, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

You gained another subscriber bc of your fun personality

Melfunction 81

Jul 7, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

How have I not seen this method before. Awesome

James Duff

Jul 7, 2019, 10:33 am Reply

Uncle Knackers.. why don't you make a bogan necklace with that string and magnet so it's always handy. The boys on the building site would reckon its awesome. Keep up the good work!

Greg Saynor

Jul 7, 2019, 12:57 pm Reply

love it thank you

Anel Salas

Aug 8, 2019, 5:27 am Reply

This worked! I went to Home Depot and purchased a magnet. Tried your method at home and found the studs 16 inches apart. Thanks for the tips.

Lord Kiyo

Aug 8, 2019, 11:53 pm Reply

Found your video, and when you were talking about magnets, I was thinking that Dry wall is probably too thick for the magnet to detect anything. Or at least the ones I have. But I tried it anyway. And I did find something the magnet likes behind the wall. So thanks for the helpful tip.

mark doherty

Aug 8, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

Might be a ailly question, but wen i take the magnet ouy if the hdd do i need boyh parts of the magnet or only one part

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