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handbanana 03-28-2007 08:12 PM

what's a good stud finder?
 
something affordable and reliable.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-28-2007 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by handbanana (Post 38771)
something affordable and reliable.

We use the Zircon line. They make a a basic that is around $10+ and a deep scanner basic in the $20+ range. They also make other advanced detection models.

Example:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...eywords=Zircon

(Local BIG HOME STORES...carry a selection of them)

yummy mummy 03-28-2007 10:07 PM

handbanana
 
Don't bother looking for them, they may not be worth the effort. :laughing:

Oh, you mean the wood kind under drywall.......................just take Atlantic's advice. :laughing:

AtlanticWBConst. 03-29-2007 04:17 AM

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Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 38795)
Don't bother looking for them, they may not be worth the effort. :laughing:

Oh, you mean the wood kind under drywall.......................just take Atlantic's advice. :laughing:


:rolleyes: When is your next show?

yummy mummy 03-29-2007 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 38823)
:rolleyes: When is your next show?


I'm on call ......:laughing: ....anytime I'm needed.

slickshift 03-29-2007 10:50 AM

Zircon is very good, even the $20 one function ones
I have a few Zircons myself

The Multi-scanners are worth a few extra bucks though
With a deep scan option (when regular scan isn't quite doing it), the metal detector (metal studs and conduit), and the AC (electrical hot wire) detector, I can recommend the step up for pros as well as DIYers

Especially with the automatic hot wire (AC) detector
It gives a few false positives, but it's always a good idea to stop and think before drilling into a wall
Usually you can work it and figure out what's a false positive

ron schenker 03-29-2007 04:48 PM

My wife was a studfinder... till she met me.

BTW, ditto on the Zircon

yummy mummy 03-29-2007 05:20 PM

ron
 
I like your sense of humour, stud.:laughing:

shapeshifter 03-31-2007 12:54 PM

I just purchased an entry level Zircon, it has a stud-finder and deep-scan options along with continuous AC scan. It is awesome and out-performs the other 3 that I bought previously.

J187 04-16-2007 08:56 AM

I have two zircons. One newer, the other older.

I think this is the newer one
http://www.absolutehome.com/assets/i...nsor-60386.jpg



This is the old

http://www.matadorcoupe.com/seebee65/stud_finder.jpg


The new one SUCKS! The old one works quite well. The new one finds phantom studs and barely ever finds studs that are really there. The old one is actually good for locating studs as well as the exact start and end of them.

handy man88 04-16-2007 12:18 PM

I have a Zircon, but the buttons don't seem that durable.

kashimama 05-22-2007 02:29 AM

for just a few projects, do you find this worth it? Better than tapping on the wall?

NateHanson 05-22-2007 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by J187 (Post 41146)
The new one SUCKS! The old one works quite well. The new one finds phantom studs and barely ever finds studs that are really there. The old one is actually good for locating studs as well as the exact start and end of them.

I have the same problems with my zircon finders. They rarely work better than tapping on the wall, and then guessing. Maybe we have duds? I can't imagine people saying these work well, unless their units are very different from the two I've bought (one just like your picture, and a larger, multi-function one that I bought when I thought my less-expensive one was on the fritz).

Sammy 05-22-2007 09:06 PM

The Zircon "Triscanner Pro Contractor" I have with the angled LED's [bout four years old and 30 dollars] works great...

If your looking for studs on planet Zircon.. Short of that I do better knocking a hole in the wall with a hammer and sticking my head in for look see. More false postitives than it is worth.

Most of my house is drywall with a thick mud/sandcoat which may be an issue but I have tried cardboarding an area to run it on to smooth things out etc and not much better.

Maybe I need to stand farther away from it while in use...........

kashimama 05-22-2007 10:42 PM

lol, Sammy. That's a good one. Maybe you shouldn't operate it at all if it just keeps finding you.


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