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I don’t know what took me so long it find this. Oh, I know. I didn’t know ‘this’ kind of powerful finding magnet existed. I was use to being frustrated by the always questionable(is it a stud or isn’t it) and unreliable high tech electronic ones, and at the other end, the low tech low power ‘floating magnet pointer’ kind.
Let me tell you the advantages from much OTJ experience. First, unlike the low power pointer kind, this one is much larger and there you can scan/cover an area much faster. Second, once you have located a stud nail its powerful magnet sticks to the nail providing an absolute positive ID, unlike an electronic one, and because it stays on the wall, it provides its own ‘marker’ until you are ready to attach your thingy. No marking on your wall.
Now, keep in mind once you have located a nail, if it is not where you want to attach something in the horizontal direction, measure in multiples of 16″ increments in either direction to find other studs along your wall. Then move the magnet, to that location to scan again to verify the closest stud to your desired location. Also, once you have located your horizontal location, be sure your vertical location point selected to drive a larger nail or screw is really a full length stud locating a nail above and below your vertical point using this magnet.
Bottom line: Its simple, can’t break, compact in your tool drawer, no marks(sticks to nail for reference point and is vinyl coated to protect wall while sliding/scanning), and can sub as a frig magnet. 🙂
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My father-in law was laughing and mentioned that electronic studfinders are unreliable and can’t distinguish a stud from a pipe. He mentioned how his father used a small magnet attached to a string and would use it to find the steel nails in the wall.
This little gadget works in much the same way, only the magnets in this devices are really strong and will stick to the wall when it finds a nail and it has a level so you know what is up and down.
If you own a home that has drywall, this little tool is is 100, no 1,000, times better than electronic studfinders.
The concept is simple, when drywall is applied, steel nails are used to nail it to the 2×4 studs underneath. These steel nails can be found with a strong magnet.
Just run this little gadget in a figure 8, box, or whatever little pattern gently over your wall and when it finds a steel nail, it’ll magnetize itself to the wall: you can feel when you’re close to the nail. Save $30 buy this instead – it’s much more reliable. Just make sure that when you find a nail, move the tool vertical line up and down in a against your wall so you find the “line” of nails (they should be spaced one every foot or two) – that way, you’re sure you have a stud and not some random nail in the wall — there should be multiple nails along the nail line: that’s where your stud will be. Not only that but construction guys will nail on the center of the stud. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just caught the edge of the stud with an electronic studfinder – frustrating.
Also, in the US standard construction places studs every 16 inches so you should be able to quickly determine where adjacent studs are. Just be careful, not all builders follow all practices and sometimes it’s impractical to put studs ever 16 inches.
Also, when sheet rock nails are applied, the contractors nail them to the center of the studs (the good contractors do) so you know you’ve found the exact center of the stud. Finding the center of a stud (or water pipe) with an electronic studfinder can be frustrating.
Oh on size – it’s small, maybe the size of a lighter but heavier because of the magnets.
Anyway – good luck on your projects.