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    Looking for an accurate stud finder

    With the new house and detached workshop nearing completion, I am looking for recommendations for a stud finder that really works. I will have lots of things to hang and install. If you have one that works please pass along brand and model number. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Every time I use one I have to keep it at arms length... Otherwise, I interfere with its sensors.



    seriously, I have this one, work well enough.

    Zircon 1.5-in Scan Depth Pp3 (9v) Metal And Wood Stud Finder


    Item # 639230 Model # 66227



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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I have this dinosaur but they're still available at the BORGs and Amazon for about $25. I've never been comfortable using it and can't seem to locate studs accurately but that's probably just me-even when I know that they're about 16" OC I'm all over the wall.

    https://www.zircon.com/tools/studsensor-pro-sl-ac/

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    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.
    WHAT BOX?

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    If you have an Android phone and $80

    https://walabot.com/diy

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I use a fairly cheap/basic Zircon.

    It is pretty much spot on.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    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
    Go Hokies!!!

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Quote Originally Posted by Gotcha6 View Post
    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.
    and I thought I was the only one to use rare earth magnets to find the studs. It works very well for me.

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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 use this one also. I like that the leds show both edges of the stud at the same time. Resolution is a little coarse but if it finds both edges of the stud just aim for the center.
    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    I use a fairly cheap/basic Zircon.

    It is pretty much spot on.
    I use the same and it's been reliable.
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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE View Post
    I use this one also. I like that the leds show both edges of the stud at the same time. Resolution is a little coarse but if it finds both edges of the stud just aim for the center.
    I use this one also, it's super handy to have the location and the width available at the same time.
    There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    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!

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    I have the Zircon as well. Had it for years. Still works well.

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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE View Post
    I use this one also. I like that the leds show both edges of the stud at the same time. Resolution is a little coarse but if it finds both edges of the stud just aim for the center.
    I also use this one and like it for the reasons previously stated. I don't recall how much I paid for it, but it was less at Costco (I saw it at Costco yesterday but didn't notice the price) than at Amazon.
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    Re: Looking for an accurate stud finder

    picked up a zircom at HD for project few months ago, it has a center stud light that lights up when you are at the center of stud. Spent about $50 on it, well worth it. Not worth the headache of saving a few bucks when it comes to studfinders. Mine also finds electrical wires and has a deep depth scan mode. Sorry can't find the model right now.

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