In this edition of job tips, IBEW member Marshall shows how to locate wall studs without a stud finder. 

The only tools you need for this tip are two pieces of steel wool. 

Step 1: To locate studs, simply hold your steel wool close to your sheetrock and rub them together. This creates some small filings. 

Step 2: When sheetrock rockers first put sheetrock into a wall, the screw-heads become magnetized. Rubbing the steel wool against this allows the small filings to collect. 

Step 3: After finding the studs, simply brush off the filings and no marks will be left on the wall. 

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Kenny Cooper

IBEW International President Kenny Cooper has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was appointed International President in 2023. President Cooper creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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