What are Wall Studs and Joists?

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“Hi I’m Eric and this is a Zircon Tip Minute.

Today we’re going to talk about the difference between studs in the wall and joists in the floor and why you may need to find them.

Wall studs are support beams in your home’s walls, they’re typically 16 to 24 inches apart. Areas that need extra support have what are known as double or triple studs.

You need to find studs in order to securely hang pictures, mirrors, shelves and more on the wall.

Joists are the support beams in your floor and ceiling. You need to find these if you want to hang light fixtures, ceiling fans or fix squeaky floors. Because floors and ceilings have extra layers of material, rather than just a sheet of drywall, you normally need a deep scanning stud finder that can scan up to 1 ½ inches deep.

Studs are not always made of wood, in some commercial and industrial buildings studs and joists can be made of metal instead.

For more information please see our next video ‘Why you Need a Stud Sensor’.”

Eric, aka the Zircon Tip Guy and host of Zircon Tip Minutes on YouTube, shares essential tips about construction, general DIY, and your favorite Zircon tools that you can use in your DIY and home improvement projects. Drop him a line or post a comment on his YouTube page.