Field Installation and Service Manual IMS102 - Page 12
Locating and Marking the Exact Stud Centers at
Cabinets must be anchored to studs in order to retain the strength needed to last for years. This is especially
true for wall cabinets that must hang from the wall supporting their own weight as well as the weight of the items
they will hold.
It is critical that cabinet anchors are driven into the center of the stud for this reason, where it will retain the
This task is more diffi cult now since many builders are adopting stud placements of 24” instead of the traditional
16” on center (O/C) for walls where cabinets will be installed.
Utilize a stud sensor tool that
can accurately determine the edges
and center of a stud.
Locate the stud slightly above the
Wall Cabinet Index Line or below the
Base Cabinet Index Line.
Once the center is determined, trans-
fer the line where it is visible when a
cabinet is in position and label it as a
If you cannot determine the edges accurate-
ly, test a stud location with a small nail and hammer
to confi rm where the edges of the stud actually are.
This technique should only be used to accurately
locate the edges once a stud is found. Do not use a
hammer and nail to initially locate a stud.
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Section 1: IMS 102