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Black&decker bdl153s stud finder i try to calibrate but it goes of all the time i read i just need to place on wall press in button until just the red bottom light and light on stud is on move it a fraction it goes of i know it isn't working as know matter where i put it it goes off as i can see these studs to make sure it is working can you help please is there other way to calibrate do i release the button for it to work

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I just bought one too and instructions need deciphering. Select wood or metal with selector switch. Put unit flat against wall. Press and hold on/off button on left. (It looks like it must be kept pressed in at all times to be 'on' and when released it's 'off). The unit with calibrate and give a beep back and lower red LED will stay on. Move unit slowly left/right and more red LEDs light up until green is on. This is 1st edge. Mark it with pencil. Move unit along until Green is off and down to single LED. Then move it back in opp. direction until Green is on again. This is 2nd edge. Attached is a scan of page from Instruction Manual. Quality is lowish as attachment limit here is 150kb.e4edea4.jpg

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How to use stud finder


While holding the stud finder on a spot on the wall where you assume there is no stud... press the button and hold and stay still for 10 or 15 seconds to calibrate. Then while still pressing the button start sliding sideways until the lights indicate the thickest point. You can use a pencil to mark the beginning and end. The center of that is the center of the stud. Measure 3/4 of an inch left and right of it to know it's sides.

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How to operate a stud finder


Hi There,

Sometimes the LED type readouts on stud finders aren't as intuitive as one would hope. This will help clear up what you are seeing.

There are usually four LED's and a button on the device. The LED's indicate an increased density in wall, but increased from what? Each time the unit is used it needs to go through a short calibration to get a frame of reference.

This is the procedure:

  • Place the unit flat against the wall.
  • Press and hold the button.
  • The LED will come on for a second or two then go out.
  • Slowly move the unit laterally until the LEDs come on again. You're getting near a stud.
  • When they top out (all four lit), that is the beginning of the stud. Mark it.
  • When they start to go back down, that is the end of the stud. Mark there too. The stud should be between the marks.
That's about it.

It beats knocking on the wall or drilling test holes.

Best regards
Mike

on Jun 09, 2010 | Measuring Tools & Sensors

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Red light doesn't go off on stanley studfinder


Hi Laurie,

I think you might have confused the calibration set up in the first step of the directions. This must be done each time the unit is powered on, placed on a different wall, or whenever it is providing ambiguous indications. For you convenience, I have pasted the operation manual below. You should download and review the entire manual - free of charge here.

1) Hold the Stud Sensor 50 flat against the surface making firm contact.

2) Press in and hold the activation button. The green
and red LED's will light. When the red LED goes off,
the unit is calibrated
. Keep holding the activation button
during all of the following procedures.
Note: While calibrating, the Stud Sensor 50 must not
be placed directly over a stud, dense material such as
metal, or over a wet or newly painted area, or it will not
properly calibrate. If the Red LED stays lit, move to
a different location and try again.


2) Slide the Stud Sensor 50 slowly across the surface
in a straight line. As it detects a stud edge, the red LED
will go on.
Use the handy pencil notch located at the top of the
unit to mark the stud edge.

3) Repeat the above steps from the other side of
the stud. Coming from the opposite direction, mark
the other edge of the stud. The midpoint of the two
marks indicates the stud center.

Cautions on Operating
The proximity of electrical wiring or pipes to the surface
of the wall may cause the Stud Sensor 50 to detect
them as studs. You should always use caution when
nailing, cutting or drilling in walls, ceilings and floors
that may contain these items. Always remember that
studs or joists are normally spaced 16 inches or 24
inches apart and are 1-1/2 inches in width. To avoid
surprises be aware that anything closer together or of a different width may not be a stud.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Aug 18, 2012 | Stanley 77-050 Stud Sensor 50

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I have plaster walls in an old house the stud finder just keeps beeping how does this thing work?


Your stud finder keeps beeping because old plaster walls have lath boards behind the plaster that are attached to the studs and running horizontally. Try adjusting the sensitivity of the stud finder by placing it on the wall and turning the sensitivity down until it just stops beeping. Then move it back and forth in a wide enough arc to be sure that you have crossed a stud, turning up the sensitivity ever so slightly until you get a tone when you cross a stud. Hope this works out for you.

May 08, 2011 | Stanley Garden

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I need calibration instructions


This unit is self calibrating. There is no method for manually calibrating this tool. Just hold the sensor flat against the wall and depress the button. After a few seconds the unit is calibrated and you can begin sliding it smoothly across your wall to detect studs and wires.

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I have a 9-volt Strait-Line Stud Finder with 3 red LEDs and 1 green LED at the top end to mark the Stud Edge. I would appreciate it if I could receive step-by-step instructions on how to use the stud...


I suspect there are several models but I have one model. 1) Turn on the unit (if the green light is blinking replace the battery). 2) Calibrate the unit by holding it flat against the wall for 5 seconds until the red light goes off and the beep stops. Make sure you do not move the unit during the calibration or position the unit over a stud (try a spot 6-12" away from the corner of the wall - most studs are on 16" or 24" centers and the wood/metal stud is 1 1/2" thick). If the unit keeps beeping or the red light doesn't go off during the calibration, move the unit sideways 5-8" in case you are above a water pipe or other reason for "too deep a surface" for the unit.

3) Do not lift the unit off the wall or you will need to recalibrate it. Slide the unit across the wall. When the upper red light comes on and the beeping starts, that marks one edge of the object in the wall (stud). Continue until the red light goes off and the beeping stops. Mark the other edge of the stud by moving the stud finder in the opposite direction and marking when the red light comes on and the beeping starts. The center of the two marks is the center of the stud for securing anything to the wall.

If the beep persists over a 6" range, I'd check if you have any old cast-iron pipes or a door/window that was relocated in that wall. Repeating the test in a few places vertically along that spot of the wall will tell you there is a consistent large object in that location. Neither a filled in window or door will run the entire length of the wall but you could be finding the headers (the vertical framing of the opening would probably be ~4-6" wide (double or triple stud depening on the needs of the house design)).

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(on another stud-finder that I borrow, you press the buttons on the right and left side to turn it on. Calibrate by holding it to the wall for a short while and then slide it across the wall. Note when the top red led lights and the beep starts. Repeat in reverse to find the other side of the stud.)

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How do I know when i am on the stud


These usually need to be calibrated in a stud-less section of the wall so that the LED just goes out. Slide the finder over the wall slowly until the light turns on--that is the first edge. Continue moving and the LED should go out--that is the second edge. These two points should be marked lightly with a pencil and the midpoint between the marks locates the center of the stud. Note that these tools will respond to wiring in the wall the same way. Hope this helps!

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I have a BDS 300 sensor and have lost instructions


I just bought one too and instructions need deciphering. Select wood or metal with selector switch. Put unit flat against wall. Press and hold on/off button on left. (It looks like it must be kept pressed in at all times to be 'on' and when released it's 'off). The unit with calibrate and give a beep back and lower red LED will stay on. Move unit slowly left/right and more red LEDs light up until green is on. This is 1st edge. Mark it with pencil. Move unit along until Green is off and down to single LED. Then move it back in opp. direction until Green is on again. This is 2nd edge. Attached is a scan of page from Instruction Manual. Quality is lowish as attachment limit here is 150kb.e4edea4.jpg

Aug 18, 2009 | Black & Decker Measuring Tools & Sensors

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Lost instructions to Ryobi EMTP006 stud finder, I don't remember how to use.


1st press and hold the yellow button on the side until " on " is displayed. THEN after 3 seconds unit calbrated and ready to scan. bar graph and audio indicates edge.

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Skil 2100daf angle finder


I was trying to reset the zero on my angle finder. It's a Powerfist Digital Angle Finder, the same as the Skil 2100.

After turning the unit on, if I press the Miter and Hold button together and hold them, the unit goes into 'calibration' mode. (The display flashes 0.0). If you do nothing, it will always stay in this mode forever after that.

You can then reset your unit - it takes time however and patience.

With the aid of a large protractor, draw angles on a large sheet of paper (I used a couple of 11 X 17" pages) from 0 degrees all the way up to 220 degrees.

Turn on your angle finder and make sure the numbers are flashing 0.0. This will be your 0 degree reading. Hold the finder closed and press the Hold button once.

The display will now read 10 degrees. Open up the finder until it matches your 10 degree marks on your paper and press the Hold button again.

The display will now read 20 degrees. Open up the finder until it matches your 20 degree marks and press the Hold button again.

Continue setting your angles in this fashion up 'til you reach 220 degrees. The next button press will close the calibration cycle and the numbers will stop flashing.

Your unit is re-calibrated. Now, if it's off - you've only yourself to blame.

Good luck!

Apr 23, 2009 | Skil 2100DAF Digital Angle Finder

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