Home improvement projects can be satisfying, creative and mostly frustrating. Almost every wall project begins with finding the studs. If you live in a newer or remodeled home, this is a call to arms. Technically, studs upright planks that support the wall are placed sixteen inches apart. Finding wall studs behind drywall is hard enough. If you are looking for studs behind the tile, you may be in for a long day. You can checkout stud finder reviews online to choose the best.
Instructions for finding a stud
- Measure in sixteen inches from a corner. Sweep the stud finder slowly along the tiled wall until it indicates a stud. It’s best to try the simplest methods first.
- Go to the room that backs up against the tiled wall, if there is one. Measure 16 inches in from the nearest shared wall, and run the stud finder over the wall in slow sweeps. If you find a stud, measure from there to the parallel wall. Go back to the tiled room and measure out that exact measurement from the shared wall.
- Bend your heavy-gauge wire and stick it through the hole you drilled in the grout. Poke around along the back of the wall to either side of the hole to see if you can find a stud. If you do, pinch the wire between your thumb and forefinger, right at the hole. Draw the wire out and lay it with the wall, with your pinching fingers held at the hole. The stud should be at the other end of the wire. Mark that spot with a marker to remember.
- Drill a hole into the stud. Measure 16 inches to either side of that stud, and you should find another one. Then do the same steps to the new stud you found, drill and use the marker to remember that one.
- Fill in any pilot holes in the grout by squirting silicone caulk into them. Let the caulk dry for 2 to 3 hours and then use a craft stick to apply a little matching grout over the caulk.