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Need a stud finder

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hydro70guy

09-14-2018 07:26:58




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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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old bc

09-14-2018 22:20:50




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
This is the one I have and it works well
with drywall.



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Stephen Newell

09-14-2018 17:18:42




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  

Someone makes one that practically X-Rays the wall. For drywall I think a Franklin stud finder is the best. It shows you where the stud actually is. A lot of them you can tell if you are on the center or right or left of the stud.



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David G

09-14-2018 15:54:00




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
I am about as good knocking on wall as using finder.



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guido

09-14-2018 13:17:09




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  

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,

Guido.

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jgayman

09-14-2018 16:42:24




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to guido, 09-14-2018 13:17:09  
>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,

Guido.

I've been using these as well although I'm using the metal version. I do the same thing with drilling a small exploratory hole first. I do not rely on the self drilling feature on these as I've had problems with them cratering the hole in wall board. So what I do now is break off the little blade from the tip and use a drill bit to pre-drill a hole the diameter of the body. They go in much smoother and no cracking the wall board.

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Guido

09-14-2018 19:10:08




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to jgayman, 09-14-2018 16:42:24  
Hello jgayman,

Yep, got them too! They are cheap enough, if one breaks while drilling, I just toss it. Beats looking for a stud any day,

Guido.



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Mark-IA

09-14-2018 10:16:04




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
Look at the baseboard molding. Most of them are nailed to the studs.



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Grandpa love

09-14-2018 10:11:52




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
Well.....my wife found me....... lol.



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TimV

09-14-2018 09:06:20




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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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Scott 730

09-14-2018 08:29:01




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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I should have added that cow magnets work very well.



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ss55

09-14-2018 08:21:18




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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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Scott 730

09-14-2018 08:20:48




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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. :D



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Mike M

09-14-2018 07:36:21




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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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jniolon

09-14-2018 07:34:11




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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/

john



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MSD

09-14-2018 07:33:34




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to hydro70guy, 09-14-2018 07:26:58  
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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oldsarge

09-14-2018 09:35:01




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to MSD, 09-14-2018 07:33:34  
Tried that,knuckles got sore before I got very far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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keith true

09-14-2018 09:47:28




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to oldsarge, 09-14-2018 09:35:01  
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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ss55

09-14-2018 10:33:45




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 Re: Need a stud finder in reply to keith true, 09-14-2018 09:47:28  
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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