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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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Apple may release three Macs with custom co-processors in 2018, but which ones?

Apple is reportedly planning to release at least three new Mac laptops and desktops with its ‘T’ series of custom co-processors, according to a story in Bloomberg[1].

Speaking with ‘a person familiar with the plan,’ Bloomberg reports that – as follow-ups to the latest MacBook Pro[2] with Touch Bar and iMac Pro[3] – these updated Mac models with new co-processors will include fresh laptops and a new desktop.

These co-processors are, like those before them, likely to be ARM-based chips that carry out specific functions for Mac computers. For instance, the T1 co-processor inside the MacBook Pro[4] with Touch Bar manages everything about said Touch Bar, while the T2 co-processor handles power management and hardware-level security in the iMac Pro.

Bear in mind that Apple isn’t manufacturing these processors from scratch, but rather designing them using a license from a partner like ARM to then fabricate and produce elsewhere.

Which new Macs can we expect?

Based on previous reports and rumors, we can start to get a bead on exactly which new Mac laptops and desktops with fresh co-processors we’ll see in 2018. First, the aforementioned desktop is almost certainly the modular, ‘completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers’ that Apple itself brought up again[5] before the end of last year.

Next, we’ve already heard – albeit from a dodgy source at best – that Apple doesn’t plan to give a ‘major upgrade’ to its MacBook[6] laptops this year. Of course, that depends on whether you consider new co-processors a ‘major upgrade,’ not to mention whether this report has much merit to begin with.

The most recent report regarding new MacBooks – from the very same outlet – seems to completely contradict this, with word that Apple could phase out the 13-inch MacBook Air[7] to make room for a new, 13-inch entry-level laptop without the Touch Bar. Apple itself has hinted that the most affordable MacBook Pro is the stand-in for the all but defunct MacBook Air[8].

Where does that leave us? Apple itself has promised a new Mac Pro, and we may well see a new 13-inch laptop similarly priced to the MacBook Air to fill that void. 

All that’s left, then, are refreshes for the MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook[9] models, the former of which is sorely needed with models already outdated by the latest Intel 8th-generation processors. If the ‘at least three’ new Macs line from Bloomberg is to be taken to heart, the most likely to be skipped this year is the 12-inch MacBook, which isn’t as power-dependent as the MacBook Pro line.

At any rate, 2018 is already looking to be an exciting year for Mac and MacBook computers following a relative drought of updates and innovations for several years prior to late 2016.

  • At least one of these is bound to join the best Macs[10] of 2018


  1. ^ a story in Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com)
  2. ^ MacBook Pro (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ iMac Pro (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ MacBook Pro (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Apple itself brought up again (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ doesn’t plan to give a ‘major upgrade’ to its MacBook (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Apple could phase out the 13-inch MacBook Air (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ MacBook Air (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ MacBook (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ best Macs (www.techradar.com)

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Coolpad slashes prices for Cool 1 Dual, Note 5 and Note 5 Lite

Coolpad today announced a price cut on three smartphone models– Coolpad Cool 1, Coolpad Note 5 and Coolpad Note 5. The Coolpad Cool 1 comes int 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants, which has received a price cut of up to Rs 6000 and Rs 4000 respectively. The Coolpad Note 5 and Note 5 Lite are now less by up to Rs 4000.

The three phones with revised prices will go up on sale starting January 29. The final price of the phones are down to Rs 7999 for Coolpad Cool 1 Dual 3GB variant, Rs 8999 for Coolpad Cool 1 Dual 4GB variant, Rs 7,999 for the Note 5 and Rs 5999 for the Note 5 Lite. 

The Coolpad Cool 1 Dual has a 5.5-inch full HD display and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB storage. For optics, it has dual 13MP sensors on the back, and a 4000mAh battery. 

The Coolpad Note 5 also has 5.5-inch full HD display. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage. It has a 4010 mAh battery.

The Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a 5-inch HD display, a MediaTek MT6735 SoC coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage. It has a 2500mAh battery.

These smartphones will be available at discounted prices, exclusively on Amazon.in[1]. Apart from that Coolpad is also offering a 0% interest EMI on Cool 1 (3GB variant ), Note 5, Note 5 Lite and a discount of INR 500 on handset exchange only on Cool 1 ( 32GB) and Note 5 Lite. 


  1. ^ Amazon.in (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^  Reliance Jio reportedly in talks with HMD Global to launch 4G Nokia 3310  (www.techradar.com)

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Shocker: iPhone X2 tipped to only be minor upgrade over iPhone X

The iPhone X[1] marked a new milestone in Apple’s smartphone history, but for anyone hoping for an equally showstopping launch in 2018 it seems you’ll be out of luck.

Renowned Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has published his latest research note on what he reckons we can expect from the Cupertino, California based firm this year – and as far as the iPhone X2[2] goes (or iPhone[3] XI as it’ll more likely be styled), it’s minimal.

It’s not all bad news though, as he tips Apple to increase battery capacity by 10% in the iPhone XI, thanks to a new two-cell, L shape battery design.

For those yearning for more screen, Kuo also tips a larger version with a 6.5-inch screen (the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch display), which we would expect to be called the iPhone X2 Plus (or XI Plus) if it does exist.

This version wouldn’t only offer a larger display, but also 4GB of RAM and a 25% larger battery of around 3,300/3,400mAh.

An all new iPhone

While Apple’s flagship iPhone X series doesn’t appear that it will bring us anything particularly new to the table, Kuo does provide information on a potentially ‘all new iPhone’.

The device in question is said to feature a 6.1-inch LCD display with ultra-slim bezels of just 0.5mm.

It’s tipped to feature the TureDepth camera from the iPhone X, providing Face ID and Animoji support, and it could have a lower price tag than the X series. It’s claimed that this new iPhone won’t have a physical home button, nor will it feature Apple’s 3D Touch screen technology.

Kuo suggests it will be priced between $ 700 and $ 800, which would make it a similar price to the iPhone 8[4].

From MacRumors via PhoneArena[6][7]


  1. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ iPhone X2 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ iPhone (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ iPhone 8 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ iPhone XI: what we want to see (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ MacRumors (www.macrumors.com)
  7. ^ PhoneArena (www.phonearena.com)

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Nokia 7 Plus benchmarked with speedier chipset

The Nokia 7[1] was only launched in China, but elsewhere we might get something one better, as a phone going by the name Nokia 7 Plus has been spotted on Geekbench[2].

It’s seemingly the chipset that makes it a ‘Plus’, because it’s listed as having a Snapdragon 660 – a slight upgrade on the Snapdragon 630 in the standard Nokia 7.

The Nokia 7 Plus is also shown as having Android Oreo, while the original Nokia 7 is still on Android Nougat.

The only other spec revealed in the listing is 4GB of RAM, which wouldn’t be an upgrade, but it’s possible that some things that aren’t listed here will be changing.

The Nokia 7 Plus sounds like a slight upgrade on the Nokia 7. Credit: Geekbench

Headed for the mid-range

For reference, the standard Nokia 7 has a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 display, a 16MP camera, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a 3,000mAh battery, so we’d expect the Nokia 7 Plus will at least match all those specs.

Of course, one Geekbench listing isn’t conclusive evidence that the Nokia 7 Plus is even a real thing, but this isn’t the first time[3] we’ve heard of it, so there’s a fair chance it exists.

What we’re less sure of is whether it will be more widely available than the standard Nokia 7, but with HMD Global (the company behind the revived Nokia brand) seemingly having big plans[4] for MWC 2018[5], there’s a good chance we’ll find out there at the end of February.

  • The Nokia 9[6] could also be headed for MWC 2018

Via Phone Arena[7]


  1. ^ Nokia 7 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Geekbench (browser.geekbench.com)
  3. ^ isn’t the first time (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ big plans (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ MWC 2018 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Nokia 9 (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ Phone Arena (www.phonearena.com)

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