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Home improvement made easy: Five ways to find a wall stud

Looking to hang something on your wall? You’ll need to find a stud (and not the kind with broad shoulders and a square jaw). Studs are vertical 2-by-4-inch beams that make up the frame of your house.

They’re pretty much part of every structural feature in your home, from windows and doors to interior walls and exterior siding. Despite their essential role in building homes, studs are sometimes difficult to find. Locating studs will ensure the object you wish to hang will remain securely mounted on a wall.

Similarly, failing to accurately locate a stud will jeopardize your prized possessions and could lead to unnecessary hammering and potential structural damage. The bottom line is this: You’ll want to locate studs before you mount anything on your wall. In most homes, studs are easy enough to find with a tape measure, flashlight, and a shirt hanger.

Here’s our how-to guide to finding studs. We suggest using two or more options to double check your work. Think you’ll make a mistake?

Don’t worry, we’ve even provided an option for those of you who miss the stud on the first go.

Use a stud finder

Stud finders are the best way to consistently locate the center of studs. Ranging in price from £10 to £50, an electric stud finder will locate the center of any stud that that is covered by less than 1.5 inches of drywall. Electric stud finders work by detecting changes in your wall width.

Another (less expensive) option is a magnetic stud finder, which uses a small magnet to detect nails and screws. Beware: Magnetic stud finders are less effective. They’re essentially miniature metal detectors.

Metal pipes or copper wiring will easily trip up a magnetic stud finder. Similarly, using a smartphone app might be better than nothing, but it’s far from foolproof. That said, there are ways to deduce the location of your studs that are completely free.

Studs are sometimes located next to electrical outlets and light switches

Often times, locating studs is as easy as finding your electrical outlets and light switches.

Standard outlets and light switches are fastened to studs. Remove the outlet or switch cover, then look inside the electric fixture. You might spot the wooden vertical beams.

Next, draw a straight line from the outlet to your desired mount height. Usually, studs run from floor to ceiling. Take note: it’s best to double check with another stud-finding technique before nailing into the wall.

Once you find one stud, it’s easy to find the rest of them. The standard space between studs is 16 or 24 inches, although in some homes, the distance between studs is less regular.

Check by sound

Another effective method for locating studs is simply tapping along the wall itself. Tapping on a spot where a stud exists will produce a solid sound.

Every place where there isn’t a stud will produce a hollow sound. A good starting place is 16 inches from a corner. For better precision, use a tape measure and mark 12 inches, 16 inches, and 24 inches from the corner.

Tap the wall at each distance. You’ll hear a solid sound when you tap the part of the wall that is supported by a stud.

Use a flashlight

It’s also possible to locate studs by flashlight. Be careful, here.

This option is less reliable. Place a flashlight parallel to the wall. Look for small dimples or bows where screws are fastened into the drywall.

Any dimples in the walls will indicate where the drywall is fastened to the stud. A bright idea indeed.

Use a wire stud finder

If at first you miss, use a wire. It’s always good to transform your mistake into an opportunity.

If you miss a stud, this option can be a good alternative. Take a long wire (like a clothes hanger), and fashion it into a right angle. Then insert one side of your wire into the wall and spin the wire in a circle.

Note where the wire makes contact. That’s where the stud is located. That’s it!

Did you find your stud?

Do you have other stud-finding techniques?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Five high-tech meat thermometers to ensure properly cooked meals

For some people, there’s nothing scarier in the kitchen than the color pink. While you might underwhelm dinner guests by serving a steak that is too rare or too well-done, you can also make people extremely sick if you put undercooked chicken on their plate. That being the case, here are a few meat thermometers that will make sure your meat is perfectly cooked every time.

Sur La Table Dual Sensing Probe Thermometer and Timer (£29.95)

This meat thermometer is a no-frills model that is convenient, reliable, and straightforward, and that anyone can easily learn how to use.

Thanks to the dual-setting probe, you can program settings to measure both internal food temperature and also ambient oven temperature. When the oven reaches the desired temperature, a chime goes off to let you know. Then, another alarm will sound once the meat has reached the optimal temperature.

With this multitasking tool, you can take the guesswork out of the cooking process to ensure perfectly cooked meats every time. Buy one now from: Sur La Table

The Meater (£69)

Is opening up your grill and reading the temperature displayed on Sur La Table’s Round Steak Button Thermometer a little too much work for you?

Then check out the Meater. This next-gen meat thermometer was one of the hottest items on Indiegogo in 2015 when nearly 10,000 people pledged more than £1 million to make it happen. The Meater is essentially a wireless thermometer that constantly monitors your food’s temperature as it cooks.

The thermometer also connects to a smartphone app, so you can check your food’s progress simply by glancing at your phone. The Meater knows the proper temperature for everything from beef to chicken, and will automatically alert you when your meal is properly cooked. Read more here. Buy one now from:

The Meater

Lynx Smart Grill (£7,000)

While products like the Meater actually measure the internal temperature of your meat, the Lynx Smart Grill ensures that you have perfectly cooked food in a different way. With the combination of precise cooking temperatures and programmed recipes, the Lynx Smart Grill consistently provides perfectly cooked meals. The Lynx Smart Grill practically does the cooking for you.

Once you tell the grill what you’re cooking via the connected smartphone app, the grill adjusts the temperature, sets the timer, and starts cooking. When you’re cooking something that requires human intervention, say, like flipping a burger, the Lynx will alert you when it’s time. If you choose the right recipe, select the correct meat size, and flip when the grill tells you to flip, the Lynx Smart Grill should give you something that is perfectly safe to consume.

Those who are a little paranoid about raw meat, however, still might want to use a meat thermometer before taking their first bite. Read our full review here. Buy one now from: Lynx

Weber iGrill 2 (£100)

The Weber iGrill 2 aims to take some of the stress out of grilling.

Forget the days of jumping in and out of conversations as you hover around the grill to make sure nothing is burning. With this device, you can get real-time temperature updates on your phone or the magnetic display that attaches to your grill. The Weber iGrill 2 also sports 200 hours of battery life and will keep talking to your phone via Bluetooth as long as your within its 150-foot range.

You can even set custom temperature alarms and timers on the iGrill app, and if you’re a true grilling nerd, you can graph your cooking data. Buy one now from: Weber

ThermoWorks ThermoPop (£29+)

The biggest problem with smart thermometers such as the Weber iGrill 2 or the Meater — both of which provide real-time temperatures while you’re cooking — is that the number of pieces of meat you can monitor is limited by the number of thermometers you have on hand.

While the ThermoPop may require a little extra work, this device is relatively inexpensive, reliable, and easy to use. The digital thermometer can determine the internal temperature of your meat within a single degree in just a few seconds. It also features a rotating display, which makes it easy to read at any angle.

While ThermoWorks makes a top-of-the-line meat thermometer that boasts 0.1-degree precision, aka the Thermapen, the ThemoPop is more than enough to prevent backyard cooks from serving raw meat.

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Smart home tech is booming, but we’re far from the age of The Jetsons

It’s amazing that George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson were so thin in the cartoon, The Jetsons.

After all, with moving walkways inside their homes (including inside their showers!), an appliance that churned out multi-course meals with the push of a button, and Rosie the Robot handling all the chores, none of the family members hardly had to move a muscle. The futuristic cartoon that debuted in 1962 featured all kinds of time-saving home hacks and a whimsical idea of what life could look like in the year 2062. While we still have 46 years to go until then (hopefully during that waiting period, someone will have invented a car that folds up into a suitcase), our homes are already looking more and more futuristic, thanks to the rapidly increasing availability of smart home technology.

More people will embrace connected homes — perhaps even your Uncle Marv, who’s still rocking a Blackberry. There are now smart locks on our front doors that we can control from anywhere. We can buy refrigerators that can order us more milk when we’re running low.

And we have beds that adjust based on our sleeping patterns. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, we saw even more futuristic gadgets for the home, including a TV that rolls up like a poster, a mirror that talks to us, a laundry folding machine, and a queen-sized bed that rocks us to sleep. Are we officially entering the futuristic age depicted in shows and films like The Jetsons or Back to The Future II?

Maybe in some ways, but smart home technology is in its infancy and there’s still room for growth. One thing’s for sure: While robots like Rosie might be a bit far into the future, there are now thousands of home devices on the market that are “smart,” meaning that they connect to some sort of app or hub and can talk to us and each other.

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We can expect the number of these products to not only increase but also become smarter, more futuristic, and more affordable, experts say. That means that more people will embrace connected homes — perhaps even your Uncle Marv, who’s still rocking a Blackberry.

“There’s been years of snowball effect, and in the last year we’ve seen a lot of acceleration in popularity,” Alex Hawkinson, CEO of Samsung SmartThings, told Digital Trends. “It’s moved from the early adopter to the mainstream phase.”

Alexa, start my bath

Picture this: You walk up to your front door after work, and sensors in your smart lock recognize you and automatically unlock to let you in. You walk inside and say, “Alexa, I’m home,” and your lights turn on, your favorite music begins playing, and your door automatically re-locks behind you. You walk into your kitchen and say, “Alexa, show me recipes with ingredients that are in my fridge.” When your fridge shows a list on the display screen, you select “lasagna,” and then tell the fridge to send the recipe to the oven, which automatically begins pre-heating.

Before starting the meal prep, you ask Alexa to turn on your faucet so that you can wash your hands.

After eating, you head to the bathroom, where you tell your mirror to turn on the lights and start your bath. Water begins running at exactly the right temperature and automatically stops at exactly the right time — all based on the settings you created in an app on your phone. You slip into bed and say, “Alexa, good night,” and she turns off the lights for you and sets an alarm for 6 a.m.

Think this is just a hypothetical scenario? Nope. All of this technology exists now, thanks in part to the rise of artificial intelligence voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri, which can not only take directives from you, but also respond, offering cooking advice or even telling you how to spell “Mississippi.”

Grandma and grandpa’s ability to operate their homes with their voices could mean they remain independent longer. These small but mighty voices are not-so-quietly taking over the smart home technology space, connecting your devices to you and each other. Consequentially they also make it extremely easy for your child to add cookies to your shopping list or request Disney songs, over and over.

But unintended purchases and repeats of “Let It Go” aside, these voice assistants are creating an appealing reason for people to buy into smart home technology in the first place, according to experts. If you can control the lights in your home with just your voice, why wouldn’t you? “For a long time, having a smart home meant you had to unlock your phone, open up an app, and press a button within that app just to turn on a light.

At that point you might as well just have gotten off the couch and turned off the light yourself,” Jonathan Richardson, smart home spokesperson at Amazon, told Digital Trends. “With the introduction of Alexa and hands-free voice in the home, we think customers are seeing now more than ever that smart home isn’t as complicated as many people once thought.”

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Many people apparently agree with this — the Amazon Echo Dot (£50) and rival Google Home Mini (£50), both on sale for £30 a pop over the holidays — were hugely popular gifts last Christmas. And according to a recent study, almost half of all adults in the United States say they plan to buy a smart speaker in 2018. These devices are serving as a bit of a “gateway drug” to other smart home devices.

You buy a Google Home Mini, and then realize that you can turn on the TV or play music just by telling your device to turn them on. Then you think, “what else can I do with this thing?”

Grandpa, it’s called a Google Home Mini

It’s not just about smart speakers though. Many smart home devices are now coming on the market at a price point that is making a lot of people say, “Why not?” Once they get their hands on one device, say some light bulbs or a smart plug, and connect them, it snowballs from there.

Customers then realize they can do more than just turn on their lights from their phones. “People start with something simple,” Hawkinson told Digital Trends. “You put that idea in someone’s mind and it grows from there.” We can now buy refrigerators that can order us more milk when we’re running low.

Consumers then buy more items, companies make more connected stuff, and it all goes in a circle. Case in point: Richardson said that more than 4,000 devices are now Amazon Alexa compatible, while Hawkinson said that there are more than 370 smart home devices that now work with the SmartThings hub. That number is growing due to both consumer demand and company creativity.

“When we first got started, it would cost £500,” for a customer to get up and running, Hawkinson said. “Now we’re getting to the point where the technology is just built in, and the cost of products have gone down as well. Today, you can get set up for £100.” That means we’ll likely continue to see smart home technology adaptation move into the mainstream and become part of everyday life, not just a SB© toy for geeks.

Your parents, grandparents, and even children will be getting in on the action. The SB© toy, pet, parenting, and health and wellness industries are creating smart home technologies that can help their customers. For example, allowing the elderly to operate their homes with their voices could mean they remain independent longer.

Smart baby monitors can help alleviate new parents’ fears on whether their newborns are sleeping on their backs. There are even robots that exist to keep your pet company while you’re at work.

OK Google, call 911

So, with smart home gadgets becoming increasingly affordable, are we all on our way to having our own home robots? Maybe someday, but they won’t be mainstream anytime soon.

We’ll likely have to wait several years before we see these things outside of a tech showroom floor with any regularity. One thing we’re more likely to see is an increase of smart wearable technology that monitor our health. We’re already seeing several devices that monitor our sleep.

Soon, Hawkinson said, there could be devices that alerts us if something is wrong with our bodies, before we’re even aware of it. Such technology could even go so far as to communicate those things not just with you, but with other devices that can help you during an emergency. “What if you’ll know in advance if you’re at risk for a heart attack?” Hawkinson said. “I think that smart home devices can significantly improve that equation because it can tell if people need help.”

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Beyond wearables and other smart devices, the future of smart home will also likely include the ability to move into a ready-made home with all the smart technology already built in.

This technology has the ability to not only control your lights and heating for you, but also learn from your movements and automatically make changes accordingly — something that the characters from The Jetsons never got to benefit from. Companies like Kirio are already working on building homes with all the bells and whistles built in. As with any technology, it’s difficult to know what we might see in smart homes 20 years from now — anything is possible.

But we can deduce that whatever exists now will like be implemented into devices that aren’t already “smart.” Considering that smart air conditioners, sprinkler systems, planter boxes, coffee makers, wine racks, and even water bottles already exist, manufacturers will be clamoring to add smart tech to just about anything you can think of — whether we think we need it or not. For Hawkinson, one thing is for sure. “For the laundry folding machine, I know I’ll be the first in line to buy one of those.

I don’t care if it’s the size of a garage.”

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Comcast Xfinity Home adds new voice commands just in time for the Super Bowl

Comcast signaled its intent to move further into the smart home market earlier this month when it announced at CES 2018 that 15 million customers currently leasing an Xfinity gateway would soon receive a firmware update to turn it into a smart hub. Now, with the Super Bowl just around the corner, the company has added new voice commands to its recently redesigned X1 voice remote to make your viewing experience during the big game an even better one. The new features aren’t exactly specific to the Super Bowl, but Comcast couldn’t have picked a better time to roll them out.

One of the simpler new commands lets fans adjust their lights based on which team they’re rooting for: “Xfinity Home, make lights green” for Philadelphia Eagles fans, or “Xfinity Home, make lights blue” for New England Patriots fans. Another new feature lets you keep an eye out for the pizza guy without ever needing to take your eyes off the game. Saying “Xfinity Home, show me front door camera” will cause a view from your camera to pop up on your screen, meaning you’ll only have to get up from the couch when it’s actually time to grab the pizza.

You can now ask questions like “Xfinity Home, what is the temperature?” via the X1 remote as well. Another example would come after everyone goes home for the night, and you want to check the alarm. All you need to do is ask “Xfinity Home, is the alarm on?” Answers to this and any other of the supported questions will be immediately displayed on your TV.

So far, six companies have partnered with Comcast via the X1 voice commands database. As mentioned earlier, Philips Hue lights are supported, as are Caseta/Lutron lights, the Sengled Element Touch light bulb, and GE in-wall and plug-in switches and dimmers. Nest and Zen thermostats are also supported.

Comcast plans to add more commands and hardware partners moving forward.

If this interests you, but you’re not a Comcast customer, be sure to check out our guide to Comcast Xfinity TV to find out everything the service has to offer.

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The best treadmills for your home gym

  1. The best treadmills for your home gym  Business Insider
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Product material: steel tube spray paint Running board size:95x36CM Folding size:115x28x50cm Bearing:110KG

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1 x treadmill Decoration is not included.

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  • – Anti-Slip Running Surface: Comfortable and safe to walk on
  • -Folding Design: The treadmill does not occupy too much space
  • – Portable Treadmill: Can use in the home atany time, exercise, aerobic training
  • – By walking forward, you make the belt move. The faster you walk, the faster the belt runs
  • – The treadmill Specifications: Its running surface is 93 x 36 cm; Running board size: 95x36CM; Folding size: 115x28x50cm

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