Thanks I could use a better stud finder than my current dollar store one. However, due to tax and I'm not looking to buying more to reach $25 for free shipping, I'm better buying from the 3rd party, Gatzies.
You might get more use out of plain neodymium magnets[ebay.com]. Wrap in painters tape if you need help handling them. 10mm x 1mm are pretty comfortable to use and still pretty cheap.
When the magnets find a nail, they're pretty much doing the same basic thing as this stud finder. Except bulk neodymium magnets are cheaper, more compact to store (but be careful regardless), and have more flexible creative uses.
To use, just hold one or a stack loosely whole you barely brush it against your wall (to minimize scraping your wall). Plant additional magnets by finding metal straight up/down from the last one you placed. If you think you've found a stud, use a level or plumb bob to mark a vertical line that seems to be the best fit for all the magnets near that vertical line. Double check by trying to place more magnets or using a non-magnetic stud finder.
To remove, slide magnets off whatever metal they found, and as you make a pile of removed magnets, use that to peel off the others.
Last edited by mangodrink; 03-27-2013 at 12:36 AM..
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