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CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder

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The Stud 4 Sure is a stud finder that uses powerful rare earth magnets to pinpoint the exact location of screws or nails in a stud. The tool doesn’t require batteries and never needs calibration. By keeping the tool free of moving or electronic parts, the Stud 4 Sure is easy to use and fits easily into any tool pouch. Just place the stud finder on the wall and sweep in an "S" pattern to locate any metal fastener. The rare earth magnets are strong enough to allow Stud 4 Sure to hang hands-free on a wall, eliminating the need for pencil markings. The ergonomically designed, China made product is guaranteed to last a lifetime of being tossed, dropped, and banged around.

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Positively locates nails and screws with powerful "neodymium" magnets. The magnetic stud finder works like magic. It sticks to the wall leaving your hands free--no batteries, no calibration, no lights, no hassle. It works on wood or metal studs, and uses multiple industrial strength magnets to “Field Vector” the stud. This is the last stud finder you will ever buy. Simply slide the flat surface of the magnetic stud finder slowly across a wall in a circular or "S" motion until you feel a strong pull to a nail head or screw. Once you have the magnetic stud finder directly above a nail head or screw, let it go and it sticks to the wall.

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Part Number 03040
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.6 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
Item model number 03040
Size 1 Pack
Color Multi
Material magnet
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B000IKK0OI
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4.6 out of 5 stars 6,342 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #26 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available August 28, 2007

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By J. Russell on March 2, 2008
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I agree with all the high praise for this low tech simple and highly effective approach to the age old stud finding task.

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. :)
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A few years ago, I was installing some new pantry shelving. I went and bought one of the best electronic studfinders in the market and proceeded to make my installation. A month or two later, I noticed that there was discoloration on my pantry wall....I had drilled my pantry shelfing into a sink pipe from upstairs!!!! I had to remove drywall, fix the pipe, and redo the shelving -- horrible experience.

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.
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After using a variety of "stud finding" tools, I've finally ended my search. Short of high tech instrumentation not available to the general public, this stud finder is as good as it gets. It's amazing how we spend a lot of money on battery powered stud finders with all sorts of lights and sounds, when all you really need is this boring yellow magnet.
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Our house has lath and plaster walls that are covered by Sheetrock. It has always been very difficult to locate studs for hanging heavy items because of the thickness of the walls. The electronic studfinders are undependable. This one works astonishingly well. Just hold it somewhat loosely and move it around in a sort of figure-eight motion. When it finds a stud, it pulls out of your hand and hangs on the wall. You can double check it by trying the same process a foot or two lower. Great product!
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I tested this unit side by side with an electronic stud finder, and found out some important things that anyone purchasing this should know.

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:

Pros:
- 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

Cons:
- 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.
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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.
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