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    The Tracker - Metal/Wood Detector - Who Made It - Do They Work?

    I found this bargain at a garage sale/give-away. I installed a 9V battery. Nothing seems to happen.

    Is it familiar to anyone?

    Thanks,
    John
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    https://gavshop.co.uk/homenet-tracke...tor-4117-p.asp

    Apparently it is a pipe, cable and joist detector
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    Thank you, John!

    I will check out the link and see what more I can learn.

    John

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    I read about the CH Hanson stud detector which depends only on rare earth magnets. I had some small 6 mm disks, so I cut about 15" of sewing thread and used a bit of Scotch Magic Mending tape (easy to clean off) to attach it to one end of the thread. I slowly lifted the thread and magnet up a wall 16" away from a corner, hoping to encounter a sheet-rock screw. The result is in the attached image. The magnet is hanging dead center at 16" from each edge of a 32" wide wall. I even know that I don't want to drive a hanger in exactly this spot, but a little up or down should work well.

    This has to be the cheapest stud finder out there, bar none.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Baum View Post
    I read about the CH Hanson stud detector which depends only on rare earth magnets. I had some small 6 mm disks, so I cut about 15" of sewing thread and used a bit of Scotch Magic Mending tape (easy to clean off) to attach it to one end of the thread. I slowly lifted the thread and magnet up a wall 16" away from a corner, hoping to encounter a sheet-rock screw. The result is in the attached image. The magnet is hanging dead center at 16" from each edge of a 32" wide wall. I even know that I don't want to drive a hanger in exactly this spot, but a little up or down should work well.

    This has to be the cheapest stud finder out there, bar none.

    John
    Assuming of course that the screw is actually in a stud. Then assuming that said screw is actually centered in the stud.

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    Some Refinements To My Simple Stud Finder To Improve Accuracy

    Thanks, Mike, for your response.

    I find that taking these added steps:

    1) Checking up and down the path of the 'putative' stud improves the accuracy of the stud location.

    2) Using the time-honored method of drilling a 1/16" hole 3/4" on either side of the magnetically found average distance lends further confidence that there is solid wood, i.e., a real stud, to which the sheet-rock is attached.

    Thanks again,
    John

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kees View Post
    Assuming of course that the screw is actually in a stud. Then assuming that said screw is actually centered in the stud.

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