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Hi, I'm Bob Schmidt with HomeRemodelWorkshop

so you're thinking about going out and buying a stud finder

just like any other

tool there is an effective way to use it

I'll show you how, let's get to work.

there are a lot of different stud finders available on the market today

here's a seventy dollar model it comes with a dvd

it senses studs and hot electric and metal studs



pipes and stuff,

I don't really have much use for that one for what I do

here's a thirty dollar model

it has a .. deep scanner on it

and a stud finder setting also


maybe the deep scanner works better on plaster most jobs I'm on are drywall

so I really don't have much use for that one

and this is a ten dollar model it's pretty basic it it works well through


it'll find the stud that I want for what I want and uh... that's probably the

model I would pick

I actually have two stud finders that I use pretty much on a daily basis

here's my less expensive model

and the second one I have is a little bit more expensive

but it has a second feature in that it has a laser on it

so not only does it

find studs

but it will also will shoot me a level line across

for finding studs with my less expensive stud finder

the reason this is one of the stud finders that I selected was a) it has a

padded case anything with a case that is going to protect my tools

I'd much rather appreciate; b) it wasn't horribly expensive

but the thing I like the best about this

was it sells, not only is this a stud finder where it'll actually find a


but you can also take this handy dandy little dude here

stick in the middle

and with the flick of a button

it gives you a level line

which is great when you want to find studs along the line

to either put trim mold on or maybe mark the bottom of cabinets along with

a stud finder you really need to have a finish nail

and a hammer

I don't just trust a stud finder specifically to tell me the studs, stud

finders will sense a lot of other things in the wall

they'll sense pipes and heat ducts and

things that I really don't want to put nails or screws into for trims or cabinets

I always take my finish nail and I find a hard surface to put it on

and I'll tap the end of my finish nail

with my hammer

to get rid of that sharp point because I don't want to accidentally puncture a wire or a


now suspecting that there's a stud on either side of this box and noticing

that there is a defect

in one of the the filled nail holes down here, I'm suspecting that there's a stud

on the left side of this box

you always hold your stud finder off of where you think the stud is

press the button

until the light and the sensor and the sound goes off

you keep it pressed firmly against the wall

until it goes over and you start to watch the red light go up and

sure enough there's

a stud right where I suspected

you want to find both edges of the stud so that you can aim your screw for just the middle


believe it or not electrician's staple their wires right along side of those studs

so you don't want to graze a screw hanging a cabinet off and hit some electrical


so once you get your two rough marks

on the wall

as to where you think the beginning and the end of the stud are

always start somewhere in the center

and you can feel it, it's a soft, you don't want to drive it in real deep

you just want to get it in enough that you are sure and just keep walking it over

until you find the edge of the stud

right there it is, right there is the edge of the stud

now you know that a stud is typically an inch and a half wide and that's pretty

much the way it's marked

so what I would do is I would mark three-quarters of an inch back from this

side of the stud and that would be the center mark for where I'm either going

to nail trim up or

screw a cabinet screw

typically studs are sixteen inches apart in the wall

your tape is usually marked with a red mark that signifies these stud marks

once you find your first stud pull your tape out long and double check and make sure

that you have these studs at sixteen inch centers now no self-respecting plumber

with ever put a plumbing pipe this close to the surface of the drywall

and this tight against the stud

they will keep it tight against the stud but generally they are supposed to be halfway back in

the wall

so that when you're coming and trying to find it, that you don't get that stud but

it's not always like that so you got to be real careful again if you have a mark

that's a little bit wider than a normal stud you always start from the center

and work your way left

or right, now there are some places in your house where you can get some clues

that they're going to be plumbing pipes

if the wall just on the other side of where you're looking for studs happens

to be a bathroom

that should show up red flags be very cautious for plumbing pipes and drain


if you have any strange markings that are particularly wide really send your

nail in gently and listen for the sound of any metal

if you're looking for studs and you come up with two marks that are very close


be very cautious of that because that could mean a pipe

a sharp point of a pvc pipe

bottom line is when you run your nail in to test you'll hear a bouncing sound

there's nothing in this wall that you want to nail that can move, wires move heat

ducts move

it'll make different sounds,a pvc pipe that's why I blunted the end of this

I didn't want to put a

hole in a wire

or in a uh...

a heat duct or anything like that so

you find something like that

clearly mark it as do not nail, now if you come up with a particularly

large section that's saying is all stud

in all likelihood you have a heat duct

either you want to start on the left side

and see what you have or you want to start on the right side and see what you


if you hear a tinny sound


pretty much you figure to go to the other side, usually they're right adjacent

to a stud

then go to the other side and start from this side and go back

here we have a copper waterline

now as you can see as I come up to the copper waterline

it senses it

before I even get to it

and it will continue to sense it

until after I'm passed it

which gives you the impression

that there's a stud there, an inch and a half thick

and this is a piece of heat duct

the stud finder also

finds the heat duct

although if you run a nail in the heat duct

it's not going to flood your house or start an electrical fire

but it's definitely not going to hold up whatever you want the nail in there for.

So there you go, the stud finder, a very effective tool, put a little common

sense and make a little effort

and it's very handy to have around

and if you're a wife looking to buy one of these for her husband

I can pretty much guarantee he's going to go

see, there it works.

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