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Old 03-04-2008, 12:33 AM   #1
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well i know its late but i like to work in the nigh time..

o.k here is my issue. i have 2 different stud finders and never had a problem using them since i had them untill today.

the stud finder works like this.. it lights up green and then when it sense'* a stud the light turns from green to red to let you know you found the stud.

my problem is that when i try either stud finder they both work at first and start off green but within a inch of movement they immediatly turn red and stay red thru out the entire wall.

and this happens in mostly every wall in my house. and 2 of the walls just the light stays green and acts as if no studs are present in those 2 walls..

can some one explain this to me, the only thing i can think of is all my walls are brick or concrete,, or is it time for me to go and buy and try another stud finder..
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are you letting it calibrate before using?

i know with my bros, we had that problem if we didnt let it calibrate before trying to use it to find a stud
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how old is the house? I don't know much about construction at all, but if it'* an older house maybe it has plaster with lath boards?
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Maybe one wall is solid while one is hollow?

Or it might be that calibration thing. If you go for that no fun, logical answer.
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how old is the house? I don't know much about construction at all, but if it'* an older house maybe it has plaster with lath boards?
x2. My stud finder has a 'deep scan' mode just for plaster & lathe
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Don't forget to scan yourself to remind your wife your a stud






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have you replaced the batteries? low juice can to some odd things...
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I don't know if yours is like mine, but I have to hold it at the bottom so it works properly. I don't remember why, but the manual said that. So I have to put the finder on the wall, then push the button keeping my hand down low and then slide it across the wall.
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i figured out that the problem was that my stud finder was only able to read a certain depth and my walls were i was checking were 1 inch sheet rock over brick.

therefore my stud finders were fine they were just out dated..
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