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[Home Depot] Zircon Stud Sensor HD55 Stud Finder with Bonus Level - $17.98 YMMV

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[Home Depot] Zircon Stud Sensor HD55 Stud Finder with Bonus Level - $17.98 YMMV

I was in need for a stud finder and came across this on the Home Depot website. It looked like a good deal for a well-reviewed model.
Seems like a decent deal with a bonus leveler.

YMMV as stock is very limited throughout Canada.

I located 6 at Kitchener East store and it scanned for $17.98 which is HOTTER than the website price. I did purchase 2 of them.

This unit without leveler sells for $29.97 at Home Depot.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/zircon ... 1000837149

Thread from 2015 when this was $19.98...
home-depot-studsensor-hd55-stud-finder- ... a-1883807/

Good Luck !

Overview
Model # 66273 Store SKU # 1000837149

Stud Sensor HD55 deep-scanning stud finder boasts more design innovations by Zircon. Featuring an enhanced LCD display, it debuts a new Target Spotlight that illuminates on-screen when you've found the edge of a stud. Select from two stud scan modes to find the edges of wood and metal studs to securely anchor mirrors, shelves, and cabinets to the wall while also avoiding live AC electrical wiring.

Translucent base and illuminated "V" marker groove for more accurate marking of stud edge location
Enhanced LCD display with Target Spotlight indicates approaching stud edge and illuminates when stud edge is detected
Stud Scan mode locates the edges of wood or metal studs up to 19 mm deep
Rubber handle for non-slip grip
WireWarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded AC electrical wiring up to 51 mm deep
DeepScan mode doubles the scanning depth to 38 mm deep

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ignoring the level... , for people that are cheap,... I use a rare earth magnet as my stud finder. I just skim it along the wall until it grabs a screw/nail and thus I know where the stud is.

I find it faster than a stud finder and more reliable.

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Yes, I have utilized similar approach as I didn’t have one until now. There are times where this device can be much more useful.
raskal wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 9:17 pm
ignoring the level... , for people that are cheap,... I use a rare earth magnet as my stud finder. I just skim it along the wall until it grabs a screw/nail and thus I know where the stud is.

I find it faster than a stud finder and more reliable.

YMMV
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raskal wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 9:17 pm
ignoring the level... , for people that are cheap,... I use a rare earth magnet as my stud finder. I just skim it along the wall until it grabs a screw/nail and thus I know where the stud is.

I find it faster than a stud finder and more reliable.

YMMV
For the true RFDer, just knock on the wall and listen for the sound change of a stud. That's how my dad did it growing up and it was effective 100% of the time.
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I've had it with these things. I pick it up, and the damn thing won't stop beeping. Maybe it'll be more accurate for one of you more homely fella's, but I'm done with them. Its a curse I tells ya.
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If this works for you, then great! From my experience there are lots of false positives with these single sensor stud finders. I'd highly recommend a Franklin ProSensor with 13 sensors instead. They also have a blue branded version that sells at Costco for a fair price.
As Raskal mentioned, a magnet can help find where the drywall screws are, therefore where the studs are too. But won't work well if you're finding a stud through a tile or similar (i.e. mounting a shower caddy), will need a deep sensing stud finder instead.

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Like some of the above posters have said, most of the times these don't work. If you can't knock and find a stud, just use an earth magnet, you will have much better luck with that than these things.

Good luck to those who still want to give this a shot.
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Magnet is useless on drywall that was glued( nailless) to a stud.
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Apr 18th, 2019 11:18 pm
If this works for you, then great! From my experience there are lots of false positives with these single sensor stud finders. I'd highly recommend a Franklin ProSensor with 13 sensors instead. They also have a blue branded version that sells at Costco for a fair price.
As Raskal mentioned, a magnet can help find where the drywall screws are, therefore where the studs are too. But won't work well if you're finding a stud through a tile or similar (i.e. mounting a shower caddy), will need a deep sensing stud finder instead.


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I've used the hd55 to scan thru shower tiles with success.
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NO CARRIER wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 11:18 pm
If this works for you, then great! From my experience there are lots of false positives with these single sensor stud finders. I'd highly recommend a Franklin ProSensor with 13 sensors instead. They also have a blue branded version that sells at Costco for a fair price.
As Raskal mentioned, a magnet can help find where the drywall screws are, therefore where the studs are too. But won't work well if you're finding a stud through a tile or similar (i.e. mounting a shower caddy), will need a deep sensing stud finder instead.

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I recommend that as well. I picked it up back in Nov from costco and it is amazing. a single 2 x4 is about 3 LEDs across so you even know the exact centre of the stud.
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tetris wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 11:25 pm
Magnet is useless on drywall that was glued( nailless) to a stud.
Who's fully gluing drywall in Canada? I thought that was more of a southern States thing...
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raskal wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 9:17 pm
ignoring the level... , for people that are cheap,... I use a rare earth magnet as my stud finder. I just skim it along the wall until it grabs a screw/nail and thus I know where the stud is.

I find it faster than a stud finder and more reliable.

YMMV
Uhmmm, that isn’t a good solution for wooden studs lol.
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Sejad wrote:
Apr 19th, 2019 6:25 am
Uhmmm, that isn’t a good solution for wooden studs lol.
Sure it is. The magnet will find the drywall screws. Then search down and find the next one.
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cheapmeister wrote:
Apr 18th, 2019 11:42 pm
I've used the hd55 to scan thru shower tiles with success.
Didn't work for me at all searching through stone tiles above my fireplace when mounting my TV. Lots of false positives when there was a slight variation in the depth of the stone. So I returned it and got the The Franklin one with 13 sensors across found all the studs and cross bracing easily and shows where the exact centre of the stud is. All my lag bolts hit my studs and not worried about my 75 falling.
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Bought this years ago like $10.

Never. ****. Worked.

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