C.H. Hanson Stud 4 Sure Magnetic Stud Finder
Update: Looks like we were wrong on this being a new item. As you can read in the comments, Reader Randy has owned one for three years now. What we thought was new is actually a redesign of their original Stud Finder, with an added level.
C.H. Hanson, one of our favorite tool manufacturers has recently hit the market with an interesting new stud finder called the Stud 4 Sure. Instead of using electronic magic like all of the other stud finders, this one simply has magnets that locate the nails and screws in the studs. This way there is no battery and no need for calibration. It's also much smaller than a standard stud finder and probably a lot more tool bag friendly.
Our guess is that there will be times when this might not work such as on a wall that has metal lath or anytime stainless nails, which are non-magnetic, are used. Other than those pretty rare circumstances, we think this is probably a great and reliable way to locate studs.
The Stud 4 Sure costs about $11 which is about half the price of the basic Zircon stud finder that everyone owns.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 12, 2009 5:18 AM
This is not new at all. I've owned this stud finder for about 3 years now. I just bought another one a few months ago and they updated the design of it (same size just added some black rubber and built a level into it). In fact if you order that one from Amazon it will come in the newer design. I liked the older design better, but the newer works just the same.