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Johnson Level & Tool 160 Stud Finder Plus

4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Durable molded body
  • Durable acrylic vial for leveling
  • Reflective backing increases vial visibility
  • Strong magnetic indicator identifies ferrous metal objects in wall
  • The only stud finder with a vial
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Project Stud Finder Plus, Durable High Impact Plastic Base With Clear Acrylic Lens, Strong, Red Indicator Magnet, Acrylic Yellow Barrel Vial.

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The Johnson Level & Tool Stud Finder Plus is ideal for accurately hanging pictures, shelves, and more. The level has a built-in stud finder for locating metal studs. It is built for durability and easy use, with an ABS plastic molded base and clear acrylic lens, a strong, red indicator magnet, and convenient built-in vial. It is covered by a 1-year limited warranty.

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Product Dimensions 6 x 4 x 2 inches
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
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Manufacturer Johnson Level & Tool
ASIN B00004T808
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Item model number 160
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4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
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By J. Russell on May 21, 2005
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This type of stud finder is just a floating magnet looking to attract a stud nail used to attach sheetrock to your wall. The strength of the magnet used in the stud finder determines how well it works. This Johnson stud finder magnet is stronger(better) than most of this kind. But like all low end (non-electronic) stud finders, it requires understanding how it works to get the quickest results.

Sheetrock is nailed up and down each stud in your wall every 6 to 8 inches vertically. Studs are spaced horizontally in the wall every 16", sometime 24". The stud finder magnet will attract to one of these nails in a stud eventually and you will see it in the back and forth magnet behavior as you pass across a stud.

First move the stud finder slowly across the wall horizontally while carefully watching for a magnet movement. Since nails are randomly nailed up and down each stud, it is more likely to find a stud on your first pass(try) depending on how many studs you pass across. A stud is found when you see the magnet slowly move toward the direction you are moving, then move back from the direction you are moving as you pass over the stud nail head.

If this behavior is not observed after traveling at least 24 inches(longest spacing used between studs) from the point you started, raise or lower the stud finder about 4 inches and travel back in the opposite direction using the technique above. Repeat each 4" up or down until you see the magnet attract a stud nail.

Once you find a nail. Stop and move the stud finder slowly in the opposite direction until the magnet is perpendicular with the wall (pointed straight between you and the wall). Mark this stud and measure in 16 inch increments from this point to find the stud closest to where you want to be.
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While visiting my grown child and helping her and her husband get settled into their new house, I asked my son-in-law for his stud finder so I could install a TV bracket. He produced an electronic version, which proved to be totally useless (apparently because the studs for the installation backed up to wire mesh that held the ceramic tile on the wall). As a result, the electronic stud finder showed that the entire wall was a stud ( which, of course, proved to be a false reading).

So, I ordered this tride-and-true, simple (and cheap) version that I had used countless times in the past.

And, once agin, it didn't fail me!

Sometimes low tech simplicity is best, a message that has been missed by Home Depot, which no longer stocks this item.
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Bought this at local hardware store to replace my lost "stanley" magnetic stud finder. While this one works as well it's difficult to use. The pink looking indicator in the photo is closer to plain red and not nearly as easy to see as the "stanley" yellow one. It needs to be BRIGHT yellow or lime green. The plastic cover is also partially frosted which makes it harder to see. And did the designers of this tool ever give thought to the fact that the hand that uses it, also shades the working area of the tool the user is trying to see! So in conclusion it works, but, it could work better. Get a "Stanley".
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Purchased from Home Depot for less than $4! Much cheaper than the electronic finders, made here in the USA, and works like a charm! It does take a little extra work to find your first stud, but after that, finding any others you may need is a piece of cake. Using on a textured wall is a little tricky; I turned the magnet sideways so I could see it work against gravity when I was near a nail. Bonus: the magnet shows where the nails are, so you know where not to nail/drill...
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An item available for little over two bucks in local stores is sold on Amazon for much higher price.

Good product with average strength magnet so you need to be patient and slow moving the magnet otherwise you may overshoot the stud screws.
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Not sure what else to say than inexpensive and effective. I've ALWAYS used electronic stud finders and they work pretty good if the batteries are strong and the unit is not too beat up. Then again, if you're pretty sure the drywall you're going into was put up right, with drywall screws going up and down the stud, well... this is great! You have to interpolate the stud position from finding these screws and hoping that the original drywall hanger wasn't a madman and poor shot, but generally you'll get the stud if the drywall is attached to it.

If you can get this with free-shipping doing the "add-on" deal, I'd pick one up if you ever need a reliable stud finder for finding studs behind your drywall. That's really the ONLY thing this does, but it does so on par with electronic versions on that task (again assuming the original drywall hanger properly screwed into that stud and wasn't all over the place, but mark a few and draw a line and that's likely your stud position).
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Thank goodness I found this little number. It has made my life so much easier! Great product!
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It got me through my project that I was working on, but it was actually kind of a pain to try and find nails in my wall. For the dirt cheap price, it was fine, but I would probably pony up a few more bucks and get a little better one. I would still recommend it if you just need to get by one a simple job or two over the next while. It is still a decent product. Don't let an average score scare you away. It isn't cheap in the sense that it will fall apart on you, it's just a little work to use it is all. It actually is a decent quality.
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