|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
I have had no problems with this. It can take a little patience, but I can't imagine a better stud finder for the price.Published 5 hours ago by James Biscuit Houck
I have had several stud finders, and most are unimpressive to say the least. Except for the Franklin Prosensor 710, that one isn't bad. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by James Friend
I was skeptical about using a magnetic stud finder, but was pleasantly surprised of how easy and relatively effortless it was to use. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Brian Wood
This thing is incredible. I had a friend use his expensive electric stud finder and tested this alongside it and this one found every single stud. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Michael Speiser
I was looking for the cheapest stud finder one could buy because I had just dropped $100 on a drill. My first bet was on a Ryobi Phone Works stud finder and it was total crap. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
We just bought a new house and I got this for my husband to hang things with. It is a wonderful little gadget. My husband sings its praises every time he uses it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by LAF
It's great as a stud finder. Does the job without the bells and whistles. I just can't for the life of me figure out how anyone thought the level in the middle of it would help... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Laura