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If you plan on hanging heavy picture frames, shelving, mirrors, or even ceiling fans, you will want to find the perfect spot that will effectively support the weight of whatever you are hanging. By using an electronic stud finder, you can easily find the optimal location to hang your heavy item, ensuring that it will stay in place for years to come. However, if you have never used a stud finder before, you may find yourself spending an unnecessary amount of time trying to figure out how to properly operate it. That’s why we’ve created this handy post to show users exactly how to use their stud finder, so that they can safely and quickly hang their desired item of choice.

At Smarssen, we only carry the most innovative products with the goal of improving the lives of our customers. Not only do we carry products for your home, we also offer outdoor items, health and fitness products, and so much more. If you would like to learn how to properly use a stud finder for your next DIY project, read more on the topic below.

Why You Need a Stud Finder for Hanging Heavy Items

Heavy objects that are hung on a wall require a sturdy base which they can be mounted on. If the item you are hanging is not mounted on one of your home’s 2x4s, over time, your wall may begin to deteriorate and crumble, leaving you with a less than ideal end result. The wood studs lining your house are designed to keep your drywall safely in place, meaning that they are designed to hold a great deal of weight. Drywall, on the other hand, is not designed to hold heavy objects. For this reason, using a stud finder to find weight-bearing studs around your house will help you immensely when you are wanting to hang heavy shelving or picture frames.

How to Use a Stud Finder

  1. Begin by placing the stud finder on the wall before powering it on. This will give you a more accurate reading for finding a wood stud.
  2. Turn on your stud finder and begin slowly sliding it to the right along the wall.
  3. Since Smarssen’s stud finder is a center-finding stud finder, you will be able to easily tell where the middle of your wood stud is located.
  4. Make a small mark on your wall with a pencil, indicating where the middle of the stud is.
  5. If you are hanging a large frame that will require two wood studs, continue moving your stud finder to the right until it alerts you of the second wood stud.
  6. Make your second mark with a pencil. You are now left with two accurate readings of where you can safely hang your heavy item!

With the easy tips listed above, hanging large mirrors or shelving will never be more simple. If you would like to learn more about our LCD stud finder, or would like to view any of our available products, visit our online store today. We know you will be satisfied with your product from Smarssen, which is why we are currently offering 10 percent off your first order. Simply use the promo code “SMARSSEN10” while checking out to receive 10 percent off immediately!