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What is behind a Drywall?

by Shassi Kumaran 05 Jul 2024
What is behind a Drywall?

Have you ever wondered what's lurking behind your drywall? Whether you're planning to mount a TV or undertake a home renovation project, knowing the structure behind your walls is crucial. In our latest video, we delve into the mysteries of drywall construction and reveal how to locate metal studs effortlessly using the CH Hanson metal stud finder. Here, we provide a detailed guide to help you understand and find those hidden metal studs.

Understanding Drywall and Metal Studs

Drywall is a popular building material used for constructing interior walls and ceilings. It's composed of gypsum plaster sandwiched between two layers of paper, creating a smooth surface that's easy to paint or finish. Behind this drywall, you'll find the structural elements of your home—studs.

Traditionally, studs were made of wood, but in modern construction, metal studs are increasingly common. Metal studs offer several advantages, including resistance to warping, rot, and termites. They provide a sturdy framework for attaching drywall and other fixtures, such as TV mounts.

Why Finding Studs is Important

Locating studs behind your drywall is essential for several reasons:

  1. Structural Integrity: Studs provide the necessary support for heavy objects. Mounting a TV or shelving directly onto drywall can lead to damage and potential safety hazards.

  2. Accurate Installation: Knowing the precise location of studs ensures your installations are secure and aligned properly.

  3. Avoiding Damage: Drilling into studs prevents unnecessary damage to electrical wiring and plumbing that might run through the walls.

Introducing the CH Hanson Metal Stud Finder

The CH Hanson metal stud finder is a game-changer for DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike. This handy tool uses rare earth magnets to locate metal studs without the need for batteries. Its simplicity and reliability make it an essential addition to your toolkit.

How to Use the CH Hanson Metal Stud Finder

  1. Identify the Drywall: Start by confirming the area where you want to locate the studs. Clean the surface to ensure the stud finder can move smoothly.

  2. Calibrate the Stud Finder: The CH Hanson metal stud finder requires no calibration, making it incredibly user-friendly. Simply hold it against the wall and move it horizontally.

  3. Locate the Studs: Move the stud finder across the wall in a horizontal line. When it detects a metal stud, the magnets will stick to the wall. Mark this spot with a pencil.

  4. Find Adjacent Studs: Metal studs are usually spaced 16 inches apart. Once you've located one stud, measure 16 inches from that point to find the next one. Repeat the process to confirm the location.

  5. Double-Check: For accuracy, double-check by moving the stud finder vertically and horizontally around the marked area.

Benefits of the CH Hanson Metal Stud Finder

  • No Batteries Required: The CH Hanson metal stud finder operates without batteries, ensuring it's always ready to use.
  • Compact and Durable: Its compact design fits comfortably in your hand and can withstand regular use.
  • Accurate Detection: The powerful magnets provide reliable detection of metal studs, ensuring precise installation.


Knowing what's behind your drywall is crucial for any home improvement project. With the CH Hanson metal stud finder, locating metal studs becomes a straightforward task. This tool's ease of use and accuracy make it a valuable asset for ensuring your TV mounts, shelves, and other fixtures are securely and safely installed.

Watch our latest video for a step-by-step demonstration and see the CH Hanson metal stud finder in action. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to make your home projects successful and stress-free. Happy DIYing!

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