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I have a model no. 77-500 stud finder will this stud finder locate studs behind a fibro wall

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SOURCE: How to operate the Stanley Stud Finder

Hi Gene,

  • 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.
  • When they top out, that is the beginning of the stud.
  • When they start to go back down, that is the end of the stud.
That's about it..

Best regards
Mike

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

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SOURCE: my stanley stud sensor 200

Without knowing what room you are using it in it could be a underlayment of wire mesh that you are reading. If it is an older home this was used often as a backing for plaster instead of lath.Thank you.

Posted on Jun 06, 2011

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