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Looking for a good stud finder

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Looking for a good stud finder

Costco had it a little while ago, but I didn't need it then. Now I'm looking for a good one to keep it for a while.
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schade wrote: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/frank ... p.html#srp .. it usually comes on sale if you aren't in a hurry
+1, this Franklin Stud Sensor is the same as what Costco was selling in-store. I actually got mine from Canadian Tire because at the time their price was same? as Costco and I had some CT money to spend, so it was more convenient. It's been very accurate so far.
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Used the one from Costco several times, not very accurate. Stanley does better job.
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i've tried a few and the best i found is an old POS electric shaver. put it up against the wall, turn it on and you'll hear where the studs are
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denti72 wrote: i've tried a few and the best i found is an old POS electric shaver. put it up against the wall, turn it on and you'll hear where the studs are
How does that work?
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As long as you're not hard of hearing or tone deaf, the sound caused by the shaver's vibration (and you need one that vibrates) will be different. Just like in the old way how one would knock against the wall and listen for changes in the sound.

BTW, great idea, but I don't have an electric shaver.
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thriftshopper wrote: As long as you're not hard of hearing or tone deaf, the sound caused by the shaver's vibration (and you need one that vibrates) will be different. Just like in the old way how one would knock against the wall and listen for changes in the sound.

BTW, great idea, but I don't have an electric shaver.
this... as you get on a stud or closer to a stud, the tone would sound solid where as the empty cavity will sound hollow. its like tapping a watermellow :)
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Conversely you can always get a strong magnet (old speaker will do), wrap it in a thin cloth to protect the wall finish and look for nails/screws.
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Bought a Stanley one first and it was a piece of garbage. Returned it and bought the cheapest Zircon one, was on sale for $10. Works like a charm, had it for about 10yrs now.
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Buy a Stanley if you are looking for an accurate result
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Download an app for your iPhone call Metal Detector. You can use that as stud finder lol
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rcmpvet wrote: Conversely you can always get a strong magnet (old speaker will do), wrap it in a thin cloth to protect the wall finish and look for nails/screws.
Naw. Just get a finish nail and hammer it in a horizontal line until you hit a stud. Who cares if your wall has a bunch of holes in it? Face With Tears Of Joy
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denti72 wrote: i've tried a few and the best i found is an old POS electric shaver. put it up against the wall, turn it on and you'll hear where the studs are
I just use my psychic abilities to determine stud locations. Definitely more accurate than a POS shaver.
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schade wrote: http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/frank ... p.html#srp .. it usually comes on sale if you aren't in a hurry
I bought this when it was at Costco, and it is fantastic. I own many, and this is by far my favourite.
People need to realize the limitations of the tool. Plaster on lath, multi layered drywall assemblies, etc. are going to be problematic for any stud sensor. If you know basic construction techniques (16" centres for 2x4, 24" centres for 2x6 wall assemblies) then you can extrapolate once you find a stud.

Just a cautionary note; Stud sensors will also find the 3" ABS DVW (AKA the poop pipe) in a wall cavity. It is not something you want to put a screw into.

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