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    Parsi is right. Any hardware store probably has them.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stud_finder
    In fact, Cat Dancer covered the topic a few days ago in this thread:

    There are tools called "stud finders" you can buy at a hardware store. You can buy one for around $5...up to $30, depending on their sophistication...that you need to use to find the studs -- the upright beams used in walls. There is a magnet in them which will locate the nails used in the construction of the wall. The beams are usually set about 16 inches apart, measuring from the center of the board to the center of the next board. After you've found a couple, you can then measure to find the rest. Screw the grab bar (thicker than a towel rack, built to hold your weight, built to be pulled on) into the studs. They usually come with 5 screws. The grab bars are usually set at about 36 inches high, but you can set them at whatever height you want...usually somewhere around the height of your clenched hand, when standing. (As if your hand was holding on to the bar). The grab bars come in various lengths, from 2 feet (24 inches) on up. Most of mine are 36 inches...but it depends on where you're putting it, and how much wall space you have.
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    I was going to be a smart Aleck and ask what kind of stud they wanted found, Dog? Horse? Otherwise? When I'm at the hardware store and I walk past a stud finder, I'd pick it up to go on a short search for studs...

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    After quite a bit of use, this tub support is holding up nicely. It's not wobbly and it makes getting in and out of the bathtub ever so much easier. It also makes scouring the bathtub easier because I can hang onto it with my left arm while reaching in with my right and have better balance.I've been wondering why I've found this bathtub so difficult ever since moving here 7 years ago. The bathtub in the previous place was almost identical. Finally I realized that this one is "reversed." The faucets are on the left. The previous bathtub had faucets on the right. It's a totally different type of turn for anyone getting in or out of the tub.
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