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How to Use a Finish Nail to Find a Stud
Use a Finish Nail to Find a Stud

Use a Finish Nail to Find a Stud

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If you're still having trouble finding the stud, drive a finish nail into the wall in the general location where you expect to find a stud. You may have to punch several holes before you hit solid wood. The value of using a finish nail (which is very narrow) is that it's easy to spackle over and hide again. Or, if you're hanging a cabinet, there's really no need to cover up the holes.

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