The right tools can make all the difference.
Affordable old school stud finders were little more than magnets and rudimentary metal detectors, relying mostly on metal nails and screws in the drywall to let you know when you had found a stud. But, new technology allows modern day stud detectors to sense the actual density of your wall and locate the edges of wood or metal studs behind walls, floors and ceilings. The Zircon Studsensor Deepscan, for example, offers a wider range of sensitivity with the ability to locate studs and joists up to 1.5-inches deep into the wall. Red and green LED indicator lights let you know when the device is calibrated and ready to scan, and when you've located a stud. For simple projects like hanging a shelf or heavy mirror on the wall, or more involved projects like installing a new light fixture, moving an electrical outlet or installing cabinets, a good stud sensor can make for a cleaner, more efficient job. The Zircon Studsensor Deepscan is priced at around $22 and you can find it at most builders supply centers like Rosenberg Builders Supply in Tillamook. Tool Talk's Rich Russell is a professional building contractor and owner of Russell Construction in Seaside.
- Published in: Coast Style Spring 2010
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