|Item Weight||3.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.6 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches|
|Item model number||03040|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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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. :)
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 2x4 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.Read more ›
First let me state the obvious: all this is is a rare earth magnet, packaged as a stud finder. It has 2 small rare earth magnets and a bubble level. But before going on the negatives, lets start with the positives:
- no battery required (pick it up and find the studs without looking for batteries
- it won't stop working due to an electronic failure, it will last forever
- It sticks to the "stud" so you can go find a pencil without worrying you'll forget where the stud was
- inexpensive, very portable
- When it finds a "stud" it's typically much faster than the electronic ones
- Doesn't find all the studs. I was looking to hang a TV on the wall, and this magnet did not find any studs in that entire portion of the wall. I looked careful, went up and down in the "S" pattern recommended multiple times. The electronic one I had in hand, found 4 studs in that same area, where this found none. I hung the tv without issues there. Even after finding the studs, I tried to go up and down on that same areas where the electronic one found them and this one just didn't pick anything up.
- So, this "magnet" is better termed as a "nail or screw finder" or a "metal finder". Since it doesn't measure densities or do any calculations, it won't find any studs unless there is a nail or screw.
Note: I am giving it 2.5 stars, because it does find some studs. Wherever it can find a nail or screw. It found around 70% of the studs I was trying to find in my house. The electronic one didn't fail.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great stud finder. Magnets are very strong. no batteries. Leveler spirit gauge handy but not a replacement for longer levels.Published 5 hours ago by unojo324
I love this stud finder. Comparing this to the electronic which I also have, This one I love the best because it actually catches the screws and where there is a screw there is a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gene
Hands down the best stud finder ever created. So inexpensive and works like a charm. This sticks to nail or screw heads buried in spackle which are in each stud. Read morePublished 3 days ago by shawn p gallagher
Worked better than expected. Magnetized right on the studs through the wall with a built in level. Great for the price. Was cheaper than home depot lol.Published 3 days ago by Joseph C
I mean it works. It's kinda weird but if you just need a cheap stud finder and dont plan on doing anything really serious than perfect item.Published 3 days ago by Alexisp