Tip & How-To about Measuring Tools & Sensors
If you don't have the cash to shell out for a new stud finder, or just don't feel like heading to the store for a single item, try this little trick instead. Get a strong magnet, the stronger the better, and gently run it over the wall you want to find the studs in. Your magnet will be attracted to the metal screws, showing you right where your studs are. If you have a weak magnet, then tie it on a string and hold it by that. You'll see the reaction rather then feel it. If your using an old neodymium magnet from a scavenged hard drive, you'll feel the very obvious tug whenever it reaches something metal.
A little searching showed I'm not the first person to think of this, but it's not a trick that's been broadcast very much. Most of the time a search for "finding a stud without a stud finder" will get you results that tell you to tap the wall and listen for the echo. That trick doesn't work with all walls, or even all studs. So next time, grab a magnet.
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