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Locating studs along your house walls or floor joists can be a pretty hard task. A mistake in finding a stud or joist could lead to a poorly drilled hole or could end up affecting your pipes or other house connections.
Well, if you are that person who has trouble trying to find a wall stud when hanging a shelf, picture or TV mount this is for you. There are various methods of locating studs on the wall. Most of the stud finders /sensors might be irregular in their sensing abilities and might end up giving wrong readings.
The main ways of locating studs are using stud detectors or by manually searching for the stud.
Using stud detectors
Using stud detectors to locate studs is usually one of the easiest ways to locate a stud on your wall. Using a stud detector eliminates errors that can be made whilst using a manual approach in locating a stud.
There are various types of stud detectors in the market. Here is a list of the type of stud detectors in the market.
- Electronic stud detectors
- Magnetic stud locators
- Radar stud finder
- Thermal imaging
Electronic Stud Finders
The electronic stud finders work by detecting density changes in a wall. These detect changes in wall density to a thickness of up to an inch or a little more.
The electronic stud finders work fine on thinner walls like wallboard-covered walls but might not give accurate results on thicker walls.
A major drawback to these types of stud finders is they detect not only studs but also things that register different densities. So, pipes or other items much denser than studs might give false results.
Best Electronic stud finders
How Electronic stud finders work
Magnetic Stud Finders
Magnetic stud detectors work by locating metal in the walling material; this is because magnets are attracted to metals.
The attraction of the magnets gets stronger near metals, so when at the strongest point, a metal is detected, and it could be a nail or metal fastener in the wall.
However, magnetic stud finders do have their limitations. Careless construction of the wall can leave behind nails or small metal objects that could be detected by the magnetic detector causing incorrect results.
Best Magnetic Stud finders
How magnetic stud finders work