How to Use Different Types of Stud Finders | DIY Home Improvement

How to Use Different Types of Stud Finders | DIY Home Improvement


Hey guys, today I wanted to do a review
of the stud finders that I purchased. I’ve been using them for a little while
now and I’m pretty happy with these overall. The one that I’m really happy
with is this CH Hanson stud finder. It’s very simple. No batteries, has one
rare-earth magnet in it, and I’m going to demonstrate this for you now. You’ll see that this thing is awesome. I use it for everything and it’s pretty simple. This other one I have here is pretty good. I lost this at one point.
I had to buy another one. It was in my garage; I don’t know where it is now, but you have to look out with this one. It can attach to something metal because
the magnet is so strong and then it’s hiding somewhere. I have two of these, I just don’t know where the other one is now. I also have this Franklin sensor product too. This is pretty good. Is it as good as the CH Hanson? I like the CH Hanson personally, but this did do the job when I couldn’t find my rare earth stud finder. I’m going to demonstrate those for you right now. So you can see the screws here. So that’s where the studs are. However, if this was spackled and painted, you wouldn’t be able to see these screws. The reason why I’m doing it here right now is just to show you what the reasons are for using a stud finder and what they pick up behind the wall. This one here has a bunch of lights across the top bar and when it senses the stud- or there could be a conduit in the wall.
This particular one will pick up the conduit. I’m gonna push the button. There’s a button here you push and it’ll hold it. So right now no lights are lit because it doesn’t sense any-oh! See this is the stud right here. So it senses right there, there’s the stud. As you keep moving it those lights keep moving with it. So it’s picking something else up over here. It could be wire. It could be many different things. So you can get false positives out of these tools. This one particularly. So I just wanted to
show that to you but, if I was to use this, I would use the three light. Two lights is indicating something. There’s still something there. It’s going to three now so I don’t know what’s there. But I know that there’s another stun here and it’s picking something up over here. This gives you an idea of how this works. So if you were going to put something here, you would pick the center light between
the two. That’s saying that’s your stud running right up there. You can see the screws that are screwed into the studs. It’s a great tool, it does work, but it picks up other things in the wall for example, I’m assuming it’s picking up this electrical copper line in that wall. So when you go over to a wall that has spackle and it’s finished and it’s painted and you don’t know where these screws are, this is going to pick up the electric wiring or the conduit or the BX that’s in the wall or a plumbing pipe it it’s copper. So the other one that I have here is the Hanson stud finder. This has two rare earth magnets in it. This thing is amazing. I love this stud finder. This is my favorite. It also has a level on it so once you find the stud you can then level this off. Then you can do your vertical line if you wanted to. So you’ll see here that it will not stick to the wall. There’s nothing here so I’m gonna go around here. So there’s something in this wall because it wants to stick to it. It’s not 100% but it’s something in this wall. There is some type of duct or conduit.
Something’s in here. Anyway, I’ll go around but once I hit a screw…look at that. It picks that screw up. It doesn’t matter if it’s in sheetrock, spackle, or there’s paint over it. That is the best stud finder there is. In my opinion. I love this thing. There’s no batteries to change, it’s just a big magnet. It’s really, really strong. I’m gonna move to another wall in a moment. As you can see, this Franklin sensor, which is still a good
stud finder, but it’s not as good as a CH Hanson. It’s 10 bucks on Amazon. If you have Prime it doesn’t cost you anything to deliver it. So I highly recommend the CH Hanson stud finder. It’s awesome. Now I’m gonna go show you using it on a spackled wall. So you see here I have a wall that is totally spackled. So I don’t know where the screws are and I’m gonna demonstrate to you using the CH Hanson first. So found the screw there. If you want to
confirm that that is the stud, even though we can see here the spackle joint (but we can’t see the screw), you should pick up another one. There’s the other one. So approximately 12 inches. That’s a little bit more. Usually the standard is 12 inches on center is where they screw off sheetrock. So you can see that, but if it was over here it’s not picking anything up. So it definitely picks up here. This is the other one, the Franklin Sensor. I’m going to start here and you’ll see that… it’s picking the stud up. They both work well and this one, like I said before, it’s the center light that’s your mark to pick up the stud. They’re both great tools. I suggest you have both. But if you had to pick one, I would pick CH Hanson, this little unit. It’s fantastic. I use this one first; it’s the first one I grab when I’m going to use a stud finder. This I use as a backup or if this is questionable. Depends on the application; where I’m working. Some areas you can’t get this into. If you’re working and you’re hanging curtains or things like that it’s hard to use this unit. This goes everywhere. It’s a very simple. That’s my review on this. Thanks for watching. If you like what you saw here please subscribe, like, and share my videos. Hit the bell so you get notified of new content. If you have a question put it down below. We’ll respond back to you. I do read these questions and statements. Thanks again for watching.

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