Stud Finder -Any recommendations?

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    Apr 02, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    I am in the process of anchoring an anchor and need to find the stud in my 2nd bedroom wall, any good tool stud finder that anyone can recommend.
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    Apr 02, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    No. I have never found one that worked better than just tapping the wall with my knuckle. All of them I have bought were useless.
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    Apr 02, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    If this is only going to be a one time need, than whatever a neighbor or friend happens to have in their garage that you can borrow for a day.




  • Timbales

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    Apr 02, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    if you find a stud, you don't need an anchor?

    what are you hanging?
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Apr 02, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    I have this bad boy that also shoots out "laser beams" on the sides to keep things level:

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    Its stud sensing ability is great...beeps like crazy whenever I touch it! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 02, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    uombroca saidI am in the process of anchoring an anchor and need to find the stud in my 2nd bedroom wall, any good tool stud finder that anyone can recommend.


    (Ignoring the obvious joke here)

    I have tried the tapping test but I only trust it as a final verification, not a sure-fire way to find the stud. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have a Black and Decker stud finder that came with my drill and it works okay, but you have to be dragging it relatively close to a nail for it to work. It also seems to have a wide range in which it "senses." Perhaps whoever sheetrocked my apartment did a shoddy job, but so far my best bet has been to look for the imprint of the nails at wall corners or along the walls and measuring 16" away from those, then doing the tap test and using the stud finder to confirm.

    I will second what another poster said - if you found a stud, you might not need an anchor.

    Good luck.
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    Apr 02, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, this is what I am trying to hang- for my TRX

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    The instructions noted to find a stud to anchor it.

    I do not have any neighbors close by I live in a condo, but will check all the suggestions, especially the one of renting one.
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    Apr 02, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    SwimBIkeRun949 saidI have this bad boy that also shoots out "laser beams" on the sides to keep things level:

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    Its stud sensing ability is great...beeps like crazy whenever I touch it! icon_smile.gif


    This looks, sweet..since I am homeowner, it is always good to have will check at Lowe's and the price...thanks.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Apr 02, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    My Black & Decker works great and it's a cheapy. I can't remember but I don't think they are really expensive.

    You should know that studs are generally exactly 16" apart, so when you find one measure 16" in either direction and see you sense another one in those locations. If so, then that is verification that you properly located the stud you want to drill before you actually drill a hole in the wall.

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    Apr 02, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    Maybe there's an app for that.
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    From the pic it looks like you're trying to find ceiling joists, yes?
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    Look on Amazon.com
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    This thread disappoints me.

    I thought it was going to be about this kind of stud:
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    Hamburglar saidThis thread disappoints me.

    I thought it was going to be about this kind of stud:
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    He'd be the stud doing the screwing and..er, nevermind. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    uombroca saidI am in the process of anchoring an anchor and need to find the stud in my 2nd bedroom wall, any good tool stud finder that anyone can recommend.

    I used to have one by Sears Craftsman that was fairly accurate, and I believe Stanley and Black & Decker make some, too. Of course they work by detecting the metal of the drywall nails into the framing.

    I would still do a "tap test" as Caslon recommends, to double-check. In the US, the modern construction stud framing interval is 16 inches for wall spans, as someone mentioned. Once you've located 1 stud (upright beam) you can estimate the others by measurement. Exceptions occur around window & door framing.

    Another exception is garage and other non-residential framing, and some mobile homes, which may be up to 24 inches. But if your 2nd bedroom wasn't converted from some other purpose, like a former garage, which I assume is not the case with your condo, the interval should be 16".
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    Apr 02, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    If you have an electric razor turn it on and put it against the wall. It will make a different sound when you are over the stud.
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    Apr 02, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    Use a compass to pick up on the metal?
  • Joeyphx444

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    Apr 02, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    Hamburglar saidThis thread disappoints me.

    I thought it was going to be about this kind of stud:
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    yah me too icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 02, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    forgive me for my entirely serious post:
    sorry for my lack of gay wit. I am a new first time homebuyer and doing lots of renovations.


    i just bought one this weekend. It's worked great for me and relatively cheap...

    I've read mixed reviews on it but have found it great! got it from Lowes for $19 i think.

    Zircon StudSensor e50 Stud Finder


    it has two settings and can find a DEEP STUD!

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    Apr 03, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    What I Iearned with stud finders..If the drywall is not installed correctly.( like only attatched with a few screws and nails and not tight up against the studs)..The finder wont work at all. I have a room in my house from a previous owner installed the drywall and only used a few screws spaced far apart. That makes the drywall not flush with studs and stud finder wont locate them. Allot of very old homes, the studs arent spaced evenly either. Your best bet, is locate the nails on the baseboards and use them for a mark with a level to mark studs.
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    If you live in a condo (high rise), chances are the ceiling is a solid concrete block. You don't need to locate the stud. You may need a drill instead.
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    EliStark said
    uombroca saidwhat do I do to find the stud in my ... bedroom...,



    I have tried the tapping test....


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    I´d tap this one. icon_rolleyes.gif I think if you tap them hard enough then you can find plenty in your bedroom. Or at least i do
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    Apr 26, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    hungup8 saidforgive me for my entirely serious post:
    sorry for my lack of gay wit. I am a new first time homebuyer and doing lots of renovations.




    No problem! It's important to be able to find the joists and studs, in order to properly anchor slings and shackle points. icon_wink.gif
  • kappy2

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    Apr 26, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    use your knuckle and they are about 14 to 16 inches apart
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    Apr 26, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    hungup8 saidforgive me for my entirely serious post:
    sorry for my lack of gay wit. I am a new first time homebuyer and doing lots of renovations.




    No problem! It's important to be able to find the joists and studs, in order to properly anchor slings and shackle points. icon_wink.gif


    Slings and shackles? I´m liking this more and more.

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