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rshimp
Locating wood studs behind wood shingles
rshimp

Hi, new to the forum. I am a sign contractor and have to hang a sign on a wall with wooden shingles. Behind the shingles is a plywood (maybe osb) wall. I need to find the studs behind the plywood wall, that is covered in with the wooden shingles.
I have a lot of experience using stud finders with drywall. Have not tried that yet.
Doesn't seem like the tapping hammer method on the shingles would be effective to locate the studs.
No nail lines to follow like in drywall interior or like a board and batten exterior type wall.
Any suggestions on how to find the studs?
Thanks, Roy

dj1
Re: Locating wood studs behind wood shingles
dj1

I've never tried this, but maybe it could work: remove 2 or 3 shingles from the TOP row. Using a long drill bit, search for a stud - you might have to drill many times, but later you can cover the holes with tar and paper. When you find one stud, it will be somewhat easier to find the other ones. Then fill the holes and re-install the shingles.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Locating wood studs behind wood shingles
Mastercarpentry

Lay a narrow strip if plywood across the shingles. Hold it tightly against the house and tap with a hammer moving your holding hand along equally to where you're hitting. When you think you've got it, mark the spot and repeat the process to the left and right at least once, preferably more. Now take your tape and hold it along those marks trying to 'average' them and if they're all close to 16" OC give or take 1/8" or so you will hit close enough to center stud to avoid problems by averaging them.

You can also try your electronic stud finder, but it may register pipes in the wall being further away than normal, so do similarly and find the average of 16" centers to verify. Of course this presumes the studs are 16" OC which in many old plaster-walled houses they aren't. Instead of pulling a shingle I'd rather test-drive a 6d or 8d galvanized or stainless finish nail and 'feel' for the stud while driving it. If it doesn't hit, simply drive it up and leave it to maintain waterproofing. If it hits drive it up anyway- levering against a shingle to pull it out may break the shingle.

If you can easily find the studs inside, measure carefully over to a feature you can find outside like a door or window jamb. Find the same spot outside and go.

Phil

llmotoll
Re: Locating wood studs behind wood shingles
llmotoll

description reads "wall with wooden shingles". Would this be on a mansard roof on front of a commercial building or a multi-story flat roof type home?
When you say "shingles" in lieu of siding makes me think mansard and rafters 2' OC

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