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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

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    I use the Franklin ProSensor 710. Its about double the price of most other stud finders but it works well imo.

    https://www.amazon.com/ProSensor-710...ds=stud+sensor
    This one looks good and has great reviews. A good possibility!

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Magnets (rare Earth is best) work well even with old houses with lath since lath is nailed to the studs. I never met a stud finder that worked as well as magnets.
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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

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    I just use a 3/4" dia. rare earth magnet I got from Northern. I put it in a layer of tape and start swinging it on the face of the wall. It is very powerful and when it gets over a nail or screw head it will stick.
    My method as well. My magnet has a hole through the middle so instead of tape, I tied a loop of light string through it.
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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    +1 for the Zircon, works like a champ
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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Quote Originally Posted by VTHokie View Post
    I use the Franklin ProSensor 710. Its about double the price of most other stud finders but it works well imo.

    https://www.amazon.com/ProSensor-710...ds=stud+sensor
    I have the blue one. I got it at Costco for a lot less (~$25.00?) as I recall. They don't show it online so I'm not sure.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Does my wife count?

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Not if you're having to ask!

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

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    As others have said, rare earth magnets work better than anything. Something simple like the CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder won't find a wood stud... but almost instantly finds the nails and screws that fastened the drywall to it.

    I have a good Zircon and a Stanley, but neither are ever used since I discovered this CH Hanson device with 90 rotating level, line hanger, and two magnets. No batteries required and it's cheaper, too!
    I use the CH Hanson as well. It's very powerful.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I went with the Franklin ProSensor 710 and it came with the Hanson magnetic stud finder. Thanks for the replies. It really helped.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    For drywall, most of the time you can locate the studs by shining a flashlight across the surface (flashlight laying flat on the wall). It highlights all the irregularities, so its usually easy to spot many of the nail or screw heads. Works better on walls that have been there for a few seasons. For those that only have the magnetic type, its a good trick to have in your arsenal when you run into drywall that has been hung using aluminum nails (like my house in Florida was, which is how I discovered this method).

    If you can easily see the nail head even without side lighting, be suspect that it may not have hit a stud. I have also been fooled by a line of nails that just barely caught the edge of the stud.

    I now have a Zircon i500. Another thing I like about it is its ability to find where the energized wires are run behind the wall board.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I use a combination. I start with a Zircon and make a few marks then use a Stanley magnetic finder to slide up and down to confirm. I hold the magnetic one vertically so when it finds the screw it flips out straight. Then turn it horizontal to find the exact location for the screw head. sometimes the drywall guys will miss the stud or be just on an edge so confirming with the electronic one makes sure you know the center.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Finding screws with a magnet is probably a good method. The downside is there is an underlying assumption that the guy who put those screws in hit the stud (and ideally the screws are in the center of the stud). Again, it probably works fine, but there is a built in potential flaw with that method. I'll have to give it a try sometime as I have yet to find a stud finder that is perfect either.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Saw one last night at a restaurant we were in. Could attract a stud from 300 miles away with accuracy guaranteed.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Well I brought the Franklin ProSensor 710 to my new house (being built) and tested it (before the painters come today) and it is spot on. So I'm comfortable with it being accurate for when I hang cabinets and lumber racks in the new workshop and all kinds of stuff in the new house. Thanks for the input.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I did not know that Walabot device existed (and don't have an $80 need for it) but it is pretty cool if it works as advertised (although I could see it causing some issues if my wife was looking over my shoulder while I was using it and a mouse (or worse, a snake) appeared on the monitor).

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