Dirt simple stud finder

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  1. JohnP

    JohnP No more half measures Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Not bushcrafty, but very useful. I’ve been using this method for years and it really works. The newer, stronger magnets work even better. You will need one of those little magnets that are super strong, a piece of small cord 4 or 5 inches long, and painter’s tape. Tie the magnet to the cord. I use an anchor hitch, but I’m a knot snob. Hold the cord, letting the magnet dangle, and slowly sweep it across your wall. The magnet will snap onto any nailhead it comes into contact with. Put a little piece of tape there. Do more sweeps higher or lower. When you have three nail heads, three pieces of tape, you can use a straight edge or level to mark the stud line.

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    I’ve used some pretty fancy and expensive stud finders that didn’t work as well.

    JohnP
     
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  2. Jonah L. Archer

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    That....




    is brilliant!

    Thank you! :35:
     
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    cbrianroll Professional Tinkerer Supporter

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    I use this one, or a really powerful one if I'm looking for straps.... c-h-hanson-stud-finders-03040-64_1000.jpg
     
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    Awesome little hack there!

    Also, I'm sorry but I couldn't help but think of this...

     
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    I still use a hammer and finish nail.
     
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    That sir is beyond brilliant. after this I'm passing this onto a carpenter friend of mine. he will likely have the "duh why didnt i think of that too reaction!" i found myself on a dock once, fishing for bait fish to catch a meal. I looked down and saw piles of change lost between the boards. But within reach on top of the Styrofoam. my lady friend had a magnet as part of a necklace. ad fish line and you have a change getting tool. we went out for dinner after that. I've since added the odd one to paracord bracelets for that among other reasons. thanks for sharing.:dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Good tip young fellar, thanks. joe
     
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    Thanks for that. I have a very old stud finder that uses a 9V battery. It works ok. The hammer and finish nail method works too, but I hate putting holes in my walls. You probably have to stash that little swinging magnet in a pill bottle or something to keep tools and all kinds of metal crap from sticking to it in your toolbox. :)
     
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    Are those nails really made in Finland ?
     
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    Yes. I only use the best!
     
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    JohnP No more half measures Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    It’s usually stuck to the outside end of my toolbox. Those little magnets are strong.

    JohnP
     
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    Nice.

    After much frustration patching holes I broke down and spent $50 on a Franklin. Man, money well spent. A sensor based finder that actually works.
     
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    I still rap my knuckle along the wall and listen for the sound change ,my dad taught me that one .
     
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    ^^^This, also from Dad.
    Known as the Ca-knuckle...
     
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    How did you retrieve change with a magnet?
     
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    Different coins in Canada perhaps?
     
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    Different, yes. Magnetic, no.
     
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    Lots of our change is magnetic , thats thinking ahead , if you drop a dollar bill down a grate how do you get it back?
     
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