Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 4 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Beam Finders Wall Detector Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood AC Wire Metal Studs Joist Detection
I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with Studs Finder my entire adult life. I’ve lived in various Chicago locations, as an owner and as a renter, many of which have had plaster-and-lath walls. Most stud finders gave me false positives despite manufacturer claims of compatibility with this kind of construction.
Even occasional use on painted drywall was sketchy— seemingly indicating a stud during one pass, then not in subsequent passes. After becoming frustrated, I’d usually resort to the knuckle-rapping method instead, with roughly equal success.
I recently moved into a gut-rehab rental with new drywall. Since it had been a few years since I’d struggled with a stud finder, I figured I’d give them a try again, thinking that maybe the technology had improved since my last go-around.
This stud finder’s reviews showed promise, and the price was great, so I wouldn’t be out a lot of cash if it disappointed me.
I was pleasantly surprised! Once calibrated, I have has yet to receive a false positive. I’ve even passed it across areas I knew wires were, as a test, and the stud finder reported current each time. It seems to take multiple rounds of calibration before I can get reproducible readings.
I guess this may be user error, though the calibration instructions are pretty straightforward. (Disclaimer: I’ve not yet used it with metal studs.)
My experiences with this model have given me hope that stud finders can be useful after all.Promised Review By Michael