stud finder

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  1. pcdreams

    pcdreams Well-Known Member

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    We've got an old house with lathe and plaster walls. I'm wondering if a stud finder would work. I'm thinking not because I think they work by sound wave (bouncing sound off the wood)

    anyone know?
     
  2. fin29

    fin29 Well-Known Member

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    We've used them here with the same walls. Stud finders work by sensing the difference in the density of the areas it is moved over. When it's over a stud, the area is denser than when it isn't, and the difference shows up on the readout. Whether your wall board is plaster or sheetrock shouldn't matter. They are a little more sluggish to give you a readout, so you need to move the finder more slowly over the plaster wall while searching than you would with sheetrock.
     

  3. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    Or you could use a cheap stud finder which is simply a magnet on the end of a pointer. When the stud finder passes over a nail in the stud, the pointer will move which means that you are over a stud.
     
  4. Kirk

    Kirk Well-Known Member

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    the cheaper one will wrk on the walls but may not on ceilings if they used the wire mesh to help hold the plaster up
    Kirk
     
  5. flaswampratt

    flaswampratt Well-Known Member

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    .....or you could just ask my wife. After all, she did find me ;) .....
     
  6. cowgirlone

    cowgirlone Well-Known Member

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    flaswampratt, that's what I was thinking! Sounds like a dating service. :haha:
     
  7. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

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    A stud finder may or may not work depending on the thickness of the plaster.I usually back up my findings with a nail. If you want to prove to the Ms. how studly you are just run the stud finder across the fly of your pants. ( It may help to have a zipper).

    mikell
     
  8. Thumper/inOkla.

    Thumper/inOkla. Well-Known Member

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    I can point at the picture of my husband on the wall and say beep beep beep