The accuracy of using an instrument is greatly depended on how well and perfectly you are using that tool. Instead of any wrong procedure, you might not get the actual result at all.
The procedure of using a stud finder is not a rocket science. The steps are easy to understand and perform. The large display will show you the result so there is no waste of energy by calculating. So, let’s have the lesson of how to use a stud finder of different models.
What can you do with a Stud Finder?
A stud finder is normally used to scan and find studs inside the wall. They can detect any metal or non-metal inside by scanning the area for a fixed depth. They can also measure the dimension especially the width of the stud by finding the edges of the stud.
A stud finder can also be used to find pipes, electrical live wire and even to find microchip inside a wall or even inside your dog or any other pet. You can also scan any wooden wall or surface to find nails and any other studs inside. You can also use a stud finder as a metal detector as well.
How to Use a Stud Finder?
Though the procedure of using a stud finder of a different model or different company is almost same, rather here we discussed of some of the popular models of stud finder that will help you to understand the whole process easier.
Stanley Stud Finder
Stanly Stud finder is a popular and one of the best stud finders among all. The process to use this stud finder is almost same as other stud finders. To use this one, at first place the tool on the wall you want to scan. Thee are some button on the side of the tool and a grip to hold the tool.
Press the power button and you will see some indicators and signs on the display. Then hold the stud finder with your hand on the grips and slightly move this one over the wall. While you are sliding, have a close look on the display.
While the stud finder finds any stud inside the wall, it will eventually make a sound and LIT the LED light in the top of the body. Then you will be sure that there is a stud inside the wall. If you continuing sliding, then after a moment you will find that the tool is stopped making sound and the LED is also off.
That means there is no more stud then. Thus, you can also measure the width of the stud. Again, from the display, you can also see some information that will help you to analyze the stud more precisely.
Zircon Stud Finder
Using zircon stud finder is almost the same as the Stanley stud finder. The structure of this tool is almost the same, the difference is there are two led on top of the body. One is a green color that indicates the calibration and the other is red LED that is on the front edge of the body. This front red LED will help you to determine the exact edge point of the stud.
At first, you need to hold the stud finder and place on the wall. On the tool and press the power button several times until you see that the green LED is on. That means the tool is calibrated with that portion of the wall.
After that slowly slide the stud finder towards a direction. When you hear a beep, stop there are with a marker put a point there. The front led will show the straight line of the point. It’s better to put the point on the red light line.
Again, slide the tool something more, when the beep stops, put another point on the LED light line. The distance between these two points indicates the two edges of the stud. The middle point of these two points in the middle of the stud and distance of these points is the width of the stud.
Magnetic Stud Finder
A magnetic stud finder is a cheaper stud finder and doesn’t require any battery. It is small in size and very easy to use compared to the other stud finders. There is a strong magnet inside the case of the stud finder and it will be attracted if there is any kind of magnetic stud like a nail, hook, steel and so on.
As there are no button or indicator, just put the magnetic stud finder on the wall and hold it with your hands. If you are not facing any force towards the wall that means there is no stud inside that portion. Then slowly slide the stud finder over the towards any direction.
If at any point you found that the magnetic stud finder is stuck strongly with the wall and you are facing a force that you can’t easily move the tool from that point, then it is confirmed that there is a metal stud inside that portion of the wall. You can mark that point with a pencil or a marker.
If the force continued for an area, then that means the stud is not a nail, but a metal plate. You can mark the edges from where you can measure the dimension of the stud. There is a level indicator as well on the stud finder from what you can know the level of the surface in perspective of the ground.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
While using the stud finder, there will arise a lot of questions that you must know to perfectly using the stud finder. Here are the answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Q. Is it needed to calibrate a magnetic stud finder?
Ans: No, there is no need to calibrate a magnetic stud finder. A magnetic stud finder has no battery and uses no digital sensors. They have a strong magnet and thus they scan for metal studs. That’s why it is not needed to calibrate a magnetic stud finder.
Q. Can I find AC Electrical live wire with a stud finder?
Ans: You can scan for AC Electrical live wire with a stud finder, but for that, you need to be sure that your stud finder has the sensor to found the electrical live wire. Not all the stud finders have this facility.
Q. How depth can I scan with the stud finder?
Ans: It depends on the range of the stud finder that you need to ensure before buying. Normally a stud finder can scan 1-2inch of the wall while of the stud finder can scan up to 5-8 inch.
Q. Can I know the depth of the stud inside the wall?
Ans: Yes, with some of the best stud finder, you can also know the depth of the stud inside the wall in the display.
Q. What should I do if the stud finder malfunctioning?
Ans: If you found that your stud finder is malfunctioning, then put the stud finder on a wall where you are sure that there are no stud and then press and hold the power button (on press the power button several times on some models) until it beeps a sound. That means the tool is calibrated in perspective of that portion of the wall.
Stud finder being an important tool for household and professional works, the procedure of using this tool should be well learned by you before using it. To get the best output, you need to use this by following the accurate method.
You also need to calibrate the tool when needed. With perfect accuracy, you can save time and money and your work will be more efficient as well.