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Old 08-13-2019, 12:22 PM   #1
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Wood finder, any reliable one's you recommend?


hello, im trying to attach a pull up bar to the ceiling in my garage, so im looking for a reliable wood finder tool.

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Old 08-13-2019, 12:34 PM   #2
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I have some "normal" stud finders that had a hard time finding studs through double dry wall in the garage. Bought this one that works great:

https://www.bjs.com/product/accufind...00000001323251
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Do you gave access to the ceiling joists from above?

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I highly recommend the Franklin sensor

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I second the Franklin. And the one ZTMAN linked looks like a Franklin made over, so it MAY be as good....and half the cost.
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Get a magnet and move it around until it sticks to a drywall screw. Measure over about 16” to locate another one. Home Depot sells strong rare earth magnets.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/MASTER-M...46HD/202526367
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None of them are reliable. Some are less unreliable than others, though. The Franklin, in my limited experience, is the least unreliable of those I've tried.
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Get a magnet and move it around until it sticks to a drywall screw. Measure over about 16 to locate another one. Home Depot sells strong rare earth magnets.
Normally that's a great suggestion. The only catch is that a lot of garages are double 1/2" and the second layer is often screwed a little willy nilly and so you might find a screw that is just screwing two sheets together and isn't hitting a stud. The magnet method will still probably work, just don't take the first screw as gospel and verify that stud location with a couple more screws.
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I don't bother with stud finders. If you sight along the drywall you can see where slight variations in the drywall show that studs are there. Knocking on the wall can narrow that down. Then use a hammer and a very thin nail to tap into the wall and find the exact edges of the stud. For a pull up bar you want the lag in the exact center of the stud not off on one side where it might be breaking out of the surface of the stud where you can't see it. It's easy to Spackle up the holes from the nail. The stud finders might be OK for a towel rack but do you want to have the pull up bar suddenly pull out of the ceiling and dump you on the concrete floor?
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I use a standard ICEPICK , to poke the drywall, until I find the exact stud center, then mark this, and measure over 16" , to verify that I have them.

Then a little spackle to fill the holes, sand and prime.

You now have a way to decide where in the area that you want to mount the BAR Anchor bolts.




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Another way to check for stud locations is to remove the baseboards. Most times the damn drywallers don't go down to the floor and they miss covering the bottom screw.

Of course, if you are not doing work that requires you to remove the baseboards, then, Never Mind...

Ed's ice pick trick works pretty good, although I use these Monkey/Gorilla Picture Hooks.
They leave a very small hole and some times, if I do it right, I don't have to do anything to mask it.



I have also used @tmittelstaedt 's idea. It works a lot of the time. And the knock knock trick, but with my hearing, it is always suspect. I have several different stud finders. Some work better than others on different walls. Go figure.

I am tempted to try the Wallabot. Has anyone tried it yet? Any thoughts?
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With 2x4 walls the first joist might be at 12" from the inside of the outside wall

with 2x6 walls the first joist might be at 10" from the inside of the outside wall.
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To protect yourself and others when carrying an icepick, in your tool pouch.

Take a piece of 12 gauge wire for the electric work, remove about 8 inches of one of the wires sheathes, and slide it over your icepick, this will cover the point, and leave a tail that is softer than the point, so you won't poke something not intended. like your thumb, or hand while grabbing another nearby tool.


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My tape measure is the first tool to get me in the general area. Using electric box is also also a general locator as the vast majority are nailed to one side or the other of a stud / joist.



When it comes to test pokes I prefer to use a heavy duty T pin sold it fabric stores everywhere. They will bend so buy a big pak. the holes are tiny and easy to hide. Left in place they make measuring to the next stud or joist more easy and accurate.
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To protect yourself and others when carrying an icepick, in your tool pouch.

Take a piece of 12 gauge wire for the electric work, remove about 8 inches of one of the wires sheathes, and slide it over your icepick, this will cover the point, and leave a tail that is softer than the point, so you won't poke something not intended. like your thumb, or hand while grabbing another nearby tool.


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