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johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 13, 2018 - 08:55pm PT
No, I don't swing that way. Looking for a good tool to locate wall studs for hanging stuff from. All the stud finders I've used in the past sucked. Anyone know of a good one?
xCon

Social climber
909
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:14pm PT
they've been hit and miss for me but a guy I work with has one that says it can find pipes too and its always been accurate on the framing

a flashlight held against the wall shining along it will often reveal where a stud or two are
zBrown

Ice climber
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:22pm PT
Some thermal cameras claim to do this and more.

Termites, rats, leaks etc

They sound kind of fun

BJ

climber
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:34pm PT
An IR camera would work much of the year. A good rare-earth magnet hanging from a string will easily finf the GWB fasteners.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Thanks. I'm pretty good at finding them by tapping on the wall until there is a solid response. Kinda like banging pins. Just wondered if there was a good tool for the job.
ground chuck

Ice climber
Olympia
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:53pm PT
Maria Shriver?

hammer and nail. once you figure 16 or 18, your wired.

or go under the house and tap on all the 2 x 4's till you hear a response from above. 1 tap means you missed it, 2 taps means you are inhaling rat sh#t. 3 taps means go to the hardware store and spend the $3.99.

kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Jun 13, 2018 - 09:54pm PT
This might be helpful:

Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Jun 14, 2018 - 03:20am PT
I agree w’BJ ^^^ about the rare earth magnet.
I worked as a Trim carpenter and had a small piece wood with a 1/2” magnet embedded.
Found it much more reliable and convenient. It “sticks” to the underlying fasteners.
zardoz

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 14, 2018 - 03:37am PT
I had one of those ultrasonic ones as shown in the video. It was pretty great. You can find the edges of both sides of the studs. The other day I used the rare earth magnet kind and it also was half decent. This was for finding a stud in a popcorn ceiling, which would be a pain for the ultrasonic one as it works best when flush with the drywall.
otisdog

Social climber
Sierra Madre, Ca.
Jun 14, 2018 - 06:08am PT
Back in the day, I used to be pretty good at finding them by punching holes in walls...
zBrown

Ice climber
Jun 14, 2018 - 06:11am PT


EDIT:

I'm more interested in termites and fun, but $400 doesn't seem that bad. I haven't checked out the quality at $400 yet.

clifff

Mountain climber
golden, rollin hills of California
Jun 14, 2018 - 06:22am PT
A magnet on a string will swing toward and stick to the nail or screw in the stud.
xCon

Social climber
909
Jun 14, 2018 - 06:35am PT
and then if that fastener is in the middle of the stud your all good...
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Jun 14, 2018 - 10:38am PT
I've found this variety very helpful, it's wide enough to find both edges of the stud. It's become standard equipment for cabinet installation.
Credit: Off White
SomebodyAnybody

Big Wall climber
Torrance
Jun 14, 2018 - 11:01am PT
When my daughter flew the nest, I bought her a set of Ryobi cordless tools - very cheap, a couple hundred for about 8 or 9 18v tools and storage duffle for all of it. She's not working construction just using one here and there to hang a picture or put together some ikea. You get a lot of stuff for the money. A stud finder was included, which to my surprise, worked perfectly. Cheap option to try
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jun 14, 2018 - 11:41am PT
The ultrasonic stud finders work well on drywall, not so good on older walls such as plaster over board and lath and plaster.
steve s

Trad climber
eldo
Jun 14, 2018 - 03:12pm PT
A good strong magnet passed back and forth in some resemblance of a pattern works way better than any fancy electric stud finder. Pretty much all I use for n many years of trim carpentry. Also knowledge of common layout in framing and your best guess at what them old timers were thinking. What were they thinking anyhoot?
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jun 14, 2018 - 03:20pm PT
Another vote for the one like OffWhite posted. My brother bought me one, I was a skeptic. He likes to be right...
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