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Old 04-06-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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What's everybody like for a quality stud finder these days.The old Zircon finally bit the dust.Was not bad but think there should be something better out there these days?
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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I bought a Franklen and it's pretty neat. Foolproof. 1, 2, 3 studs is obvious. I have yet to find something that really works on lath and plaster though.

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Or drywall I have switched to a magnet. Plaster, um, yea....
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I've used the magnet too but do some jobs where it would be nice to have one of the new ones that also locates wiring.Juist figured with todays technology there would be some really good ones out for a reasonable price.
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http://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Senso...in+stud+finder
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Never seen the Franklin.I'll check it out.Thanks for the tip.
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I just ordered the franklin, I'll post back in a few days when I get it.

Most of the reviews seem pretty good.


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My Zircon is still holding up well after 8 years... Though I have been using it less since I am getting better at the Tom Silva wall tap.
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These work remarkably well...
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I have the franklin, best stud finder I have ever had.
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These work remarkably well...
But, but, it doesn't have any flashing lights and make pretty little sounds...
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I have had fewer "false" readings, with the Franklin, than anything other than the magnet based ones.

Magnets .... sometimes, I'll spend a great deal of time, sliding them up down and all around ... trying to find that elusive screw (the fifties through seventies nailed drywall is even more difficult).

It ain't the holy grail, but that Franklin unit is the best that I've found.
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My knuckles, piano wire and a magnet.
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Thanks guys for the info.I'll order the Franklin based on what I've heard.
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Another plug for the Franklen: There's no wait for calibration. You don't have to start off a stud. You can start in the air, on a stud, off a stud. As you move it you watch the stud indicators move with the stud. Very easy to tell if it's reading accurately.

Also, I like the horizontal shape when looking for a stud between outlet and cabinet. I've only had it for a couple houses but so far so good.
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Have you checked out the Milwaukee Wall Scanner?

I got to play with it at a supply house, but never really used it.

Of course, it costs $400.00.
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I've been eyeballing the Milwaukee too. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I ever had to drill into a slab I put radiant heat into.
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been using the franklin for a good while now, and its been great. i like the fact it does not beep. :-)
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I was about to buy the Franklin when I noticed the CH Hanson magnetic one, on the same page. I bought the Hanson one. It works great. Obviously not on lath and plaster. Drywall and thincoat plaster it is good. I also never need batteries for it.

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