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The first thing you will want to do is read through this entire guide and consult an engineer to make sure your wall will be safe to climb on and that your existing structure is suited to supporting the climbing wall. The writer of this guide is not an engineer.

When you are ready to get started, find the studs in the wall you have selected to use as the anchor for the climbing wall.

Grab the stud finder and start sweeping it back and forth accross the drywall until you find the studs. When you find the studs mark the center of them with a pencil. Take your time because finding the center of the studs is important if you want your wall to be stable. Mark at the base of the wall and about 4 feet up and 7 feet up.

When you have marked 6 or 8 vertical running studs, measure the distance between each stud. They should be close to 18 inches apart. If they are not, you are going to need another 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4" plywood. If they are, you are in luck! Take your chalk line and snap a line from the base to the 4 foot marks and from the 4 foot marks to the 7 foot marks. Be carefull with the chalk. Most of it is permanent and there is NO KNOWN WAY TO REMOVE IT. Do not spill it on the carpet. But if you do, DO NOT VACUME IT UP! The vacume will spread it and make it worse.

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