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    Stud finder

    Any recommendations for a accurate and economical Stud finder?

    I don't need one very often so I don't want to spend a bunch.
    Jesus was a Woodworker

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    Strong magnet salvaged from a harddrive.. Works as only as your wall covering used metal fasteners and is free. I hang it from a string and wave it back and forth in front of the wall while lifting it up and down - works surprisingly well.

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    What he said or a 8p finish nail. Drive into wall until you find a stud.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Strong magnet salvaged from a harddrive.. Works as only as your wall covering used metal fasteners and is free. I hang it from a string and wave it back and forth in front of the wall while lifting it up and down - works surprisingly well.
    Magnet and string worked flawlessly! Thanks

    Those Mooney boys sure are sharp!
    (Especially the Oregon Clan)
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    I could never get a stud finder to work properly...all they ever do is point straight at me.

    When I was installing artwork, my boss went through a couple of stud finders, including a high-buck Bosch model. Nothing worked as consistently well as a finishing nail and a row of holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Magnet and string worked flawlessly! Thanks

    Those Mooney boys sure are sharp!
    (Especially the Oregon Clan)
    You ain't telling me nothing I don't know

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    I immediately thought - hard drive magnet

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    The future is in your iPhone.
    http://www.flir.com/flirone/press/as...20Do_FINAL.pdf
    FLIR picks out the studs quite nicely. I'd love one, but 'less than $350' is a bit high.
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    Last edited by Ted Calver; 03-28-2014 at 02:31 AM.

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    Wow! Soon phones won't be able make phone calls. There will be too much other stuff they are busy doing.
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