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Studs Finder

$27.99 $49.99
Studs Finder
Studs Finder
$27.99 $49.99

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

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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
  • Stud Scan Detection
  • Metal Scan Detection
  • Find the location of the stud
  • Calibrate the tool before every scan
  • Scan the wall
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