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kcrossley2 03-17-2007 09:12 PM

Who makes the best stud sensor?
The last stud sensor I bought was basically junk. I've finally decided to purchase a descent stud sensor. Now all I need is a little advice. Which brand/model should I purchase. BTW, detecting A/C is definitely a plus and something that I'd like this device to do.

fhivinylwindows 03-17-2007 09:40 PM


I use the multi sensors, the AC detection is a must!

AtlanticWBConst. 03-17-2007 10:20 PM

There are alot of brands out there, but I 2nd that vote....

BigJimmy 03-18-2007 11:06 AM

Zircon, without a doubt. Although I have upgraded to the super-cool top o' the line model with built in display and coffee maker, every time I cannot find it, I reach for my older, stripped-down model and am amazed at how great it works (which is why I've never parted with it).

The new one shows you where the center of the stud is, not the edges. Being the skeptic that I am, I tried my friend's out before buying my own. I actually screwed a scrap 2x4 to some scrap sheet rock and to my suprise, it was dead nuts accurate.

My house is vintage 1911 and the Zircon behaves quite well on plaster walls, even with some minor undulations. In fact, my attic is filled with vermiculite (don't go there) and believe it or not, the Zircon is capable of distinguishing the difference in density between the ceiling joists and insulation, even through plaster! Granted its operation in this instance is somewhat better than marginal but under the circumstances, that's pretty good!

So all in all, I really cant stand Zircon products.:brows:

Brik 03-19-2007 09:09 AM

NOT Craftsman. I bought one of their fancy ones and it was junk. Returned it and bought a $5 Stanley and it works just fine.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-19-2007 09:23 AM


Originally Posted by Brik (Post 37534)
NOT Craftsman. I bought one of their fancy ones and it was junk. Returned it and bought a $5 Stanley and it works just fine.

So true. Had one about 5 years ended up in little pieces after about 1 hour of frustrating use....

fhivinylwindows 03-19-2007 11:31 AM

The key feature on the Zircon is the AC detection. After cutting a few live wires "that did not belong" where I was cutting I knew I needed one.

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