Stud Finders ?

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How many of you use these? 
I use to just knuckle it for years, but found my knocking failing me.

I had an old faithful stud finder that I used quit a bit,  but after doing an install I never found it.
I think I may have buried it on top of an upper wall cabinet that went to the ceiling.

I had to buy a new one and with all the new models it's pretty daunting on the best way to go.
I ended up getting the Zircon A200

I haven't used it yet,  (played a minute at home) seems ok though.

Just wondering what your thoughts are,  if you have one that actually works good.
What kind is it.

I'll give a short review of this after I have used it out on a few jobs.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

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I do. The newer ones are much better than the old ones were.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I have an older Zircon model that I use a lot. It can get tripped up on various things but I'm aware of the quirks and know what to expect. Would be in a world of hurt without one. May consider a newer one or some x-ray goggles for the ultimate solution.

I'be also purchased a cheap <$30 snake camera which saved my butt many times. 1/4" hole in the drywall and I can probe around to see what's what before I take action. It's nice that it uses a phone or tablet for the display and controls. You can get great HD video/stills, etc. with the processing power and just pay for  the simple camera hardware.  Sane deal with the better automotive code readers, no wasting money on cheap LCD readouts and all the diagnostic info is on the phone/tablet which is easily updated.
ive got one but doesn't work well on plaster walls.i never had one i liked much yet.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That's why it's so hard to buy a new one.  They all advertise as the latest greatest.....

I hate the old drill a hole every inch until you find it.  So rookyish...

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

I'm guessing I've had nearly ten of these critters over the last forty-five years. Just gave two away that were, um, okay (a bit better than the knuckles). My latest is my favorite:


Franklin Sensors FST1302 ProSensor T13

+1 for the Franklin. 

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

I pondered buying one a few times but get caught up in the reviews and pros and cons. Haven't pulled the trigger on one. Most of my house is plaster and wood lathe. Don't know how many of them will be that accurate with all of that in the wall. 
Have one, but not very good fall back to the knuckles.

Main Street to the Mountains

I have a Zircon HD70....it's a complete POS...

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

I have a Zircon HD70....it's a complete POS...
I've run mine past a few studs here at home and I can't say it's any better.  
I'll have to see when I'm on the job, and actually mark a spot and drive a screw or two.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

 I'll have to see when I'm on the job, and actually mark a spot and drive a screw or two. 
I'm betting you'll need your mouth washed out with soap...

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

I hope not. 
If it's that bad I won't swear,  might take me a minute or two to gather up the pieces though..
j/k  I learned not to throw stuff.  It usually breaks something else in the process.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Has anyone ever tried one of the sensors you see commercial for on YouTube where it connects to your phone to show you whats behind the wall (pipes, studs, wires and even a rat)?  I think it is called a Walabot.  It is supposed to be able to see 4 inches deep behind sheet rock.  I think it only works with Android phones.  
They look pretty impressive in the ads but I am skeptical that they work as well as they show.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

I have an old Zircon Stud Sensor Pro and I love it. It has a battery in it that has been in there at least 10 years and I just tried it and it works perfect. I bought a Zircon one at a garage sale in Arizona ( don't know the model) but it did not work worth a hoot! I find that they are not all reliable like the one I have...cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Has anyone ever tried one of the sensors you see commercial for on YouTube where it connects to your phone to show you whats behind the wall (pipes, studs, wires and even a rat)?  I think it is called a Walabot.  It is supposed to be able to see 4 inches deep behind sheet rock.  I think it only works with Android phones.  
They look pretty impressive in the ads but I am skeptical that they work as well as they show.  

After my failure to detect studs in my Jerry built house back in Richmond (before my last move) using the drill method,

being a gadget tragic, I had to try one,

Problem was that I didn't read the fine print...

not designed for a double brick house and I couldn't afford to buy another weatherboard house just to try it out.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

I love the StudPop nail finders. They’ll work even through tile over lath and plaster, and no worries about the batteries going dead, either!

May you have the day you deserve!

I totally thought this was a thread about my wife based on the title. 😜

I have that Zircon and find it just ok. I’m like pottz, haven’t found one I really like or that’s 100% reliable. Some rooms in my house are 24” some are standard. It gets annoying. Glad I don’t do installs in customer homes. 

Lincoln - "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Dave in AZ