How to Punch a F@#king Hole in a Wall

Wall Punch Graphic3. KNOW WHERE TO PUNCH
To increase the chance punching in a spot that will not cause you great harm, you need to know a couple things about wiring.

According to building codes, every set of light switches and electrical outlets in your home must be anchored to the side of a stud. Because most electricians are right-handed, the stud usually runs up the left side of the switch or outlet. If there’s a “gang box” of three or more light switches, you can be certain that there’s no framing above it. (Code also dictates that the wires feeding the box be stapled to the stud, so there’s no chance of punching them.)

Likewise, anywhere you see a single outlet in the middle of a wall, you know you have a foot-wide, punchhability zone on either side. In the photo, the light switch is on the right of a stud, and the outlet is on the left of a stud. The Xs mark the sweet spots. And that’s how you punch a hole in the wall.

Why Do People Punch Holes in Walls?

The short answer is anger. Anger can be caused by many things, including feeling overwhelmed or powerless. In these moments, some people feel like their only choice is to release their emotions in whatever way they can—and for some, punching a wall is how they do it. It can be an effective way to let out anger and frustration quickly and with minimal effort.

However, punching walls isn’t recommended because it doesn’t solve anything long-term. Additionally, physical violence against yourself or your environment can lead to further emotional distress or even cause physical injuries from which you may need medical attention. If you’re considering taking out your aggression on a wall, look for better ways to relieve your stress.

Alternatives to Punching Holes in Walls

If your instinct is telling you that punching holes in walls isn’t the best idea, there are several alternatives available. Depending on the root cause of your anger and frustration, there are potentially many solutions available beyond resorting to physical violence against yourself or your environment. Here are a few ideas:
• Talk it out with someone—a friend or family member—who will listen without judgment;
• Take up an activity like woodworking or martial arts where you can channel your negative energy into something productive;
• Identify ways to take action on what’s causing the anger; • Take time for self-care (e.g., exercise, get enough sleep, meditate).