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Forum topic by wilschroter posted 02-13-2019 09:53 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2019 09:53 PM

I’ve used tons of stud finders and have had fairly poor luck with them. Is there a solid go to that folks have found? Willing to spend a bit for a super reliable unit.

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#1 posted 02-13-2019 10:11 PM

I’m not sure which is the best. All of the ones that I have used work adequately on sheet rock walls. Lathe and plaster, not so much.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-13-2019 10:16 PM

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#3 posted 02-13-2019 11:15 PM

I gave up on those years ago. They are all junk in my opinion. Now I just use a magnet to find the nail/screw heads in the drywall. Or measure off a receptacle, corner, etc.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#4 posted 02-13-2019 11:23 PM

I just rely on the knuckle of my middle finger, knocking on the wall until I hear the solid sound, and then go back and forth across it to narrow down the middle of the solid region. Works 95% of the time for me.

-- Pete -- Bark less, Wag more, and SHOW COMPASSION to everyone you meet.

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#5 posted 02-14-2019 12:04 AM

I’ve been using this one last few years and it has worked surprisingly well. The series of lights will stay lit as you slide the unit along the wall where the studs are located.

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#6 posted 02-14-2019 12:18 AM

Do Tell!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 02-14-2019 12:55 AM

I tap lightly on the wall with a sledge hammer. That seems to work fairly well for finding the studs…

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#8 posted 02-14-2019 01:06 AM

+1 on what JRsgarage posted. I have the same one and it is excellent. I think I got it at Costco. I think it was around 20 or 30 bucks.

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#9 posted 02-14-2019 01:14 AM

If I was going to buy a stud sensor, I would purchase a “walobot” which is a bit of hardware that attaches to your phone and used in conjunction with an app. It not only sees studs, but wiring, plumbing and even a mouse in the wall, as demonstrated by a video..
This was a crowd-funded device which appears to be gaining in popularity with carpenters and do-it-yourselfers.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 02-14-2019 01:20 AM

I have a 20 something year old Zircon stud sensor that works adequately well, but when I’m not too sure it’s telling me the truth, I go the extra step of pushing a straight pin (the kind a tailor uses to temporarily hold a seam together while sewing) through the dry wall. If I hit the stud, i win. If I miss the stud, the hole is pretty much invisible and I still win.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#11 posted 02-14-2019 01:21 AM

I use a cheap one for normal wood stud walls in fairly new construction. When i get strange behavior, or am looking for joists in ceilings, i tap lightly with a keyhole saw until i can fit my hand in. All others i have tried are pretty useless for anything except the standard drywall over normal studs with nothing else in the way. Throw conduit, pipe protectors, fireblock, furring strips, or any of the other boobie traps that builders like to install to mess with homeowners and they are all pretty useless. More an exercise in frustration.

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#12 posted 02-14-2019 03:05 AM

My Wife. She found me! ....... Oh, c’mon! Somebody had to say it!!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#13 posted 02-14-2019 04:06 AM

MSquared, Maybe her batteries were low at the time. LOL Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#14 posted 02-14-2019 04:30 AM

I have this one and love it….

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#15 posted 02-14-2019 11:55 AM

I have a couple of Zircons that are quite old, but work most of the time. I recently picked up this Franklin model at Menards and it’s been 100% (so far).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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