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Old 04-06-2020, 02:45 PM   #1
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I have an old house and the thickness for the wall surfaces can be up to 1 - 1/4" thick on some walls. most typical is 3/4"

I'm looking for a stud find to do the job for a harry home owner and not a guy that is using it everyday.

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I got this one - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTFHOEI...9f5733bdec2220 because it had the best reviews and such. So far it's worked really well, unfortunately all our walls are 1/2" [floors are too, we used to find joists also) so I can't really speak to it's depth penetration :/
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I use little magnetic one. I always had bad luck with the other type. Not sure if it was me, the walls, or the finder. This just finds the nails used to attach drywall to the studs.

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IKK0OI..._rs5IEbQ2R4V50
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How do those magnetic ones work in walls with plaster over wire mesh lath?
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Over the years of a lot of remodeling work, I probably have 4 or 5 stud finders down in some drawer.

My general go-to was the Zircon as shown in above post. Over the years, the technology did get a lot better.

I just picked up (on sale) and used the one sold at Costco. It is vibrant green, and I can't find a name on it. I remember it's package advertized alot of depth.
I've only used once on very normal framing....it was very accurate and very simple to use. I think it was about 25-30 $.

If you have a Costco nearby, I would try that one....you can return it if it doesn't work. I think it will be my best.
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I always use a knuckle. It never requires batteries and is always available. And it has great accuracy.
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I got the one in the link below. Works even through the double drywall layer in the garage.


https://www.bjs.com/product/accufind...00000001323251
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Over the years of a lot of remodeling work, I probably have 4 or 5 stud finders down in some drawer.

My general go-to was the Zircon as shown in above post. Over the years, the technology did get a lot better.

I just picked up (on sale) and used the one sold at Costco. It is vibrant green, and I can't find a name on it. I remember it's package advertized alot of depth.
I've only used once on very normal framing....it was very accurate and very simple to use. I think it was about 25-30 $.

If you have a Costco nearby, I would try that one....you can return it if it doesn't work. I think it will be my best.
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I got the one in the link below. Works even through the double drywall layer in the garage.


https://www.bjs.com/product/accufind...00000001323251

That's the one I got from COSTCO that I like (don't know why mine is bright green.)
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I have 6, the Zircon above is very good, the BJs is made under other names, also very good, the latter goes deep! The Zircon I just got and so far very nice, I'll be using it tomorrow for a sheetrock ceiling repair. Another excellent one is the cheapest Zircon.
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I got the one in the link below. Works even through the double drywall layer in the garage.


https://www.bjs.com/product/accufind...00000001323251
ooo that one's sweet

I'm gonna have to Amazon one of them up here ASAP (*cough* end of April - thanks Coronavirus )
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That's the one I got from COSTCO that I like (don't know why mine is bright green.)
Perhaps a model sold by a number of different brands, each with their own color scheme?
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