Re: Finding Studs in Old Plaster Walls with a Twist
When the house was built, the trim carpenter had to hit the studs to nail in the baseboards, so that's where you look for stud locations. If the painters did a perfect job with the putty so that you can't see the nails (kudos to the painters) then get a magnet or better yet, a magnetic 'wiggle' type of stud-finder made for finding metal studs in commercial walls. Find one and 16" centers should work- if they don't then it's not hard to find them all this way one at a time. If you need the exact center, use a small finish nail (or drill for plaster) and probe into the wall where the top of the baseboard meets the wall downward. A dab of caulk (almost always white) will hide those holes well till the next time you paint.
Just another of my 'idiot-proof' methods for those of us like me who tend to forget that things don't always work as they are supposed to
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