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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looking for a stud finder to locate studs mostly behind drywall in residential setting. Anyone have any experience with these working well or not? Also will they work finding stud behind plywood and how thick can the drywall or plywood be for them to be effective? Mostly for adding hangers for heavy objects on walls where a drywall connection will not be strong enough.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just use my knuckle. Tap on the drywall and listen for a change of sound. You can narrow the stud location down by the sound changing. Works as good as most stud finders once you get the hang of it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:34 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Franklin Sensors... hands down the best you can find without a mortgage application here's an eval on them

https://toolguyd.com/precision-sensors-profinder-5000-stud-finder-review/

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have one. Most likely it is a cheap one ? Might of even been a gift ? Most of the time it seems to work good. Sometimes I make several tries because it acts weird but then it comes out of it and seems right. I keep a ruler handy and sort of see if it gets hits every 16" and acts normal. I also start by an outlet and check it as you normally have a stud there. When it goes weird I don't know if it is picking up wires or horizontal stringers or what ? it seems to beep everywhere ? I do find it useful.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote


A good magnet is about the best stud finder around. Locates the screw or nail heads under the mud and paint. Pretty well foolproof and cheap. Very Happy
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've had a Zircon brand for over twenty years, it works well for me. I have a newer Zircon one with a DEEPSCAN setting, but I've never needed to use that setting.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Scott 730 wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:20:48 09/14/1Cool
A good magnet is about the best stud finder around. Locates the screw or nail heads under the mud and paint. Pretty well foolproof and cheap. Very Happy


I should have added that cow magnets work very well.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have had good luck with Zircon's. The old magnetic ones are fine in some circumstances but will only work if there's indeed something magnetic for them to find. My lates Zircon also has electrical sensing ability, which has saved me from the good old "tap, tap, ZAP!!" on a number of occasions--it never ceases to amaze me the things you find behind walls, nor the number of crazy studding patterns used. Recently put up a TV mount in a mobile home where EVERY SINGLE STUD behind the wall it went on was at an angle, had been scabbed, or both! Took the Zircon and marked both edges of every mounting hole and got every one (as much as 3" difference in a foot of vertical travel!) anchored to solid wood on the first try--you won't do that with a magnetic sensor.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tried that,knuckles got sore before I got very far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

An electric razor can work pretty good too.I remember them working on sheetrock and plywood,but not so well on boards.Are electric razors still built the way they used to be? I just thought about that,I haven't shaved since 1978,and the last time I got a haircut they had just gone up to $1.25.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well.....my wife found me....... lol.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Look at the baseboard molding. Most of them are nailed to the studs.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Electric razors are all cordless now. Less chance of electrocutions when dropped into a sink of water if there is no 120 volt power cord connected to them.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

HELO,


I use these. They come in a pack of 50 for about $13. They are rated at 75# in 1/2 In. drywall.
I drill a little hole first, that way if a catch I stud, I just use a screw. I get them at Lowe's. They are also self drilling . There are different sizes and capacity too,

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Need a stud finder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am about as good knocking on wall as using finder.
 
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