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I've gone through a few stud finders and settled on the fact that stud finders just don't work very well.
Then I bought this and the same magnetic stud finder as backup. It changed my mind, it's damn near 100% consistent.
The Franklin ones have been a life changer for me, they even work with my lath and plaster walls. It has multiple lights so it shows you the while width of the stud.
Most of the time I use the CH Hanson mentioned by u/mikeperr or a rare earth magnet on a string and swing it like a pendulum.
If you are really into it and insist on determining the precise edge of every piece of framing (and fire blocking) the one gizmo I know works most of the time is the Franklin 710. I just never had any consistent luck with those zircon things.
Get a new stud detector. Even if you spend $50, I guarantee you it will pay off in saving your sanity by getting one like this or even better that senses any electrical or plumbing behind the wall: [link]
Which one did you buy? I have a Franklin 710 and this thing is worth every penny. I had just about given up ever being able to accurately find framing through lath and plaster, but then I got one of these.
This is a neat trick for when you don't have a studfinder on site! Piano wire doesn't need batteries and doesn't break when dropped.
But when I can have one, this guy on Amazon is plenty accurate for me. It uses multiple sensors and makes it pretty easy to center on the stud (because the multiple sensors let you see the entire width of the stud at once).
Less work than the "trial and error" process with the pin, and I don't have to paint afterwards.
It’s not cheap but it’s the best one I’ve ever used. I wish I would have found it years ago.
ProSensor 710 Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder Yellow [link]
as a side suggestion...invest in a good stud finder if you think you'll use it again in the future. this type is a million times easier to use:
you can also use your hand and knock on the wall. takes a bit of practice but you can tell by the sound where the stud is at least to help you narrow it down.
Hands down the best studfinder I've ever used but it's a bit spendy...
Skips the calibration step altogether because it uses 11 sensors all lined up in a row. It won't detect power though.
After remodeling my office when Covid started, I probably put 5+ holes in the wall trying to hang a tv mount with a crappy HD stud finder that kept giving me false positives. My wife hasn’t laughed so hard before. Like it wasn’t even close and no, there weren’t wires it was detecting since I ended up cutting a large enough hole for outlets later on. I tossed that POS and got this stud finder. It’s simple but very reliable. Pricey but I haven’t put any holes in the wall that didn’t hit a stud.
I have this stud finder (6 yrs), so happy with it, have bought as gifts for others. Every other one I've ever used has been garbage compared to this one. [link]
And... this stud finder is a close second, it’s simplicity is deadly accurate. It’s what I keep at the house when my work bag is not with me. The cost makes you want to puke a bit, but, this and a magnet all I need
its fine, just find your studs and make sure to screw into those. This is the only stud finder that has ever worked for me looking through drywall and plaster to find the studs.
A magnet is also a good way, but more time consuming
Get a Franklin prosensor 710, or it’s Kirkland equivalent (from Costco). [link]
If the paneling is not directly adhered to the brick, there is some kind of blocking or studs in the cavity.
Some good suggestions in here so far. I agree you're probably fine.
Fyi the best settling stud finders are pretty hit or miss. If you want more confidence try a Franklin. It's not magic but multitudes better than what people usually buy.
If this is your first home, I would suggest getting one of these [link] instead of a basic stud finder.
There is apparently a Kirkland version for less at Costco, but I don't have one to confirm. Along with a level, or a couple levels are tools that get used the most in the first few months of moving in (hanging pictures, etc). I know not exactly the question...
As for corded vs cordless, I have three oscillating saws two of which are cordless. If it is anything but a quick job, I always grab the corded one. It was significantly less expensive (Harbor Freight). The big cordless one is a Makita that uses the same batteries as my drill/impact driver. I still pick the corded one 90% of the time. Running out of power when you are nearly finished is infuriating.
My studfinder is shit. My old boss had a seriously nice one for about $60 that had ~12 LED's that would light up in succession around a stud (mine was $15 and had a wildly inaccurate single LED).
Still, find an outlet, measure 16" from one side and start knocking. Then punch a bunch of skinny nails through in 1/4" increments wherever it feels solid. If you're gonna mount a TV in your apartment, a few tiny nailholes (especially in a row that are super easy to spackle over) aren't gonna ruin your deposit. Then pull 16" from that nailhole and there should be another stud. I've hung 6 tv's in the last 5 years, it's not rocket science.
Edit: it's actually only $50 on Amazon ProSensor 710 Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder Yellow [link]
I have one of these and it works very well, Costco sells the same thing in blue for about $40. Not the cheapest thing out there but I'm happy with it. Just keep in mind if you have thick plaster or double drywall and stud finder is probably going to have trouble.
> Get these magnetic stud finders, rather than wasting money on an electronic stud finder. I own like 4 electronic stud finders, and none of them work as well as these.
This electronic stud finder is quite possibly the best one I've ever used: [link]
If you're willing to spend some money and you think you'll have more use for a good stud finder that actually works, get one of these.
I went through several finders in my 1940 brick colonial before finally trying the Franklin. I love that thing. It's not magic, but it finds so many studs that no others could. Just the way it lets you visualize the object it's detecting is immensely helpful in quickly determining whether you've got a false positive.
I can't promise you it'll help you sort out that wood paneling wall. But if any finder can detect the studs, it's the Franklin.
I heard you buy a bag of grub killer and spread it in your yard.
>What common things?
Get a stud finder like this there's a knockoff blue version you can get at Costco too.
>should I insulate it and is that difficult to do?
Insulating is easy. It's putting up all the drywall and prepping it for painting that's a pain in the ass.
>Is it expensive to replace a door?
Depends on your definition of expensive. I'd say 4-600. A general contractor or a handyman with experience in doors could help.
Tap on the wall with your knuckle and listen for the difference in sound, good stud finders can be had for fairly cheap as well.
By this stud finder, it is well worth it the money. There are a huge variety of options on hanging canvases, it might be worth a trip to a frame store to get suggestions on the size.
YMMV but I have one of these, and while it definitely will magnetize itself to a screw you have to have faith that the people who put up your drywall got all the screws nicely into the middle of the stud. The people who built my house definitely didnt. The studs arent all perfectly 16 inches on centre either. After using this while mounting a large tv and putting a bunch of unnecessary holes in our walls to find the studs we bought a sensor one it made sense for us to pay the extra for peace of mind because we were renovating and hanging a bunch of heavy things though
In my opinion it really depends what you plan on doing with them. Some examples would be if you think you might ever work on automobiles then sockets, screw drivers, wrenches, a creeper, and some alcohol would be appropriate. If you see yourself doing more around the house sort of work you should focus on outdoor tools like a good quality square nose/round nose shovel, a wheelbarrow, maybe a pick axe or hoe, an extension or A-frame ladder, and some pruning equipment. For a general rule I always think it's worth asking yourself if you're going to be using a tool often or not before purchasing because most one or two use tools can be the cheaper alternatives rather than going all out and getting the Snap-on sets. Something I've recently found to be extremely helpful in my project life is this stud finder. It's the first one I actually seem to get accurate and consistent results from so you might add that to your list if you can find it at a store where you have a gift card. Also I've found that garage and tool organizers are very much worth the money for me. Lastly the battery power tool sets have come a long way and I chose to go with the Dewalt lithium impact gun, as well as their drill and led light and they've all been great. Anyway, hope that gives you some ideas.
I use one like shown here...
It works great! By that, I mean it actually works. I've gone through a few different Zircon (and similar) single sensor versions and have never had good luck. To the extent that they work at all, I usually have to make several passes and then average the results together. The Franklin unit works SO MUCH better (unless Zircon like units have drastically improved in the last 10 years).
I bought this stud finder that TIBAL posted about and it rules.
The Franklin is the best stud finder money can buy, hands down! I have turned so many of my carpenters and subs on to these things; they just work, every time. You can find them for $55 or $60cdn in stores, Amazon is expensive for them.
Use a stud finder that doesn’t rely on ferromagnetism.
Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder [link]
A few years ago, I switched to this type... makes it easier (both to find studs, and find the stud finder):
Shop around though, I paid less than $50
Save yourself the headaches and money. Do it right the first time.
Franklin sensors do the best stud finder IMO. I got the wider one ( [link] ) but the one at Bunnings also looks ok. [link]
This stud finder is the only one ive found reliable through plaster and drywall
Get one of these at Costco for ~$30 (their version is blue). Not only does it find studs instantly without having to move it around, but it shows you how thick they are.
Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 is hands down the best.
Buy a [link]
The stud finder you are using detects the change in density, which can be the edge of a stud or various other things. If you have textured walls, just moving it over the surface can give you a false positive. The prosensor checks across the entire width and gives you a visual indication of the where the stud is. There is apparently one at Cosco (Kirkland branded) that runs about $35.
The thing is life changing, particularly if you are moving to a new place.
I use a Franklin
Which is very similar. Best and easiest stud finder I've ever used.
Only problem is that it is always going off whenever I walk by. :). Lol.