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Sellncars 09-29-2006 12:26 AM

Best reasonable stud finder???
What is the best reasonable stud finder out there? I have a craftsman and it cant find a stud if it was right on it.

Big Dave 09-29-2006 09:11 AM

Probably your wife. She found you didn't she. Seriously though I just use my knuckle or if there is a receptacle, find out which side the stud is on and measure 16 inch increments from there.


joasis 09-29-2006 06:29 PM

I use a Zircon, and my wife says is it very accurate, since it doesn't go off when I am around....actually, it works, but get in the habit of doing like Dave says, and you can get on the mark without the gadgets.

mdshunk 09-29-2006 07:12 PM

I have had various stud finders over the years, and they all suck. The best stud finder is the one God put on your finger... your knuckle. I can find studs under plaster and lath. It does take a bit of practice. Lately, I've been using a cow magnet. It finds the lath nails or the drywall screws or nails. Cow magnets work super great with metal studs. It's the way to fly on them.

slickshift 09-29-2006 07:21 PM

I've had a few Zircons that worked well
I'd recommend the slightly fancier one that has the depth ("deep scan") switch and also checks for hot wires automatically (and by switch)

J187 10-02-2006 07:25 AM

If you use a stud finder the real secret is as follows

1. Allow the stud finder to calibrate when you first hit the button before moving it.
2. Move very slowly from side to side
3. do you absolute best to keep the stud finder flat and level against the wall.
4. Make numerous passes after it indicates a stud. The most common spot that the edge is indicated is probably pretty close to the edge.

Sellncars 10-03-2006 08:29 PM

Thank's for all the reply's guys. I may try a Zircon, then again, i may strengthen my knuckles.


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