Originally posted by Bill Addiss:
Anybody use a studfinder? what type?
How about the new 'chubby' rulers?
I use a Gardner Bender stud finder. It usually comes in handy but sometimes doesn't indicate a stud or joist when I know there is one.
This happened last week - I was preparing to cut a hole in a bathroom wall to add a box and GFCI receptacle. The studfinder didn't indicate anything but I knew there was a stud in the area because I was in the attic and saw 2 nail heads in the top plate.
I picked a spot for the box that I thought would be ideal for the receptacle. Then, I drilled a series of small holes to make sure there was not a stud. Finally, I marked a box outline and cut the drywall with a keyhole saw. Guess what, there was a copper pipe running horizontally where my box was going! It was approx. 1 1/4" diameter and appeared to be a vent connection from the sink drain to the main vent that ran in the wall behind the toilet. It was only 2" behind the drywall so I didn't have clearance for my box. I had to cut a new hole.