Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome Back / How to Use a Stud Finder

Well I'm back. I apologize for the hiatus, but I've been on a blogging break. I had a nice winter vacation and now school is starting up again. Hopefully I'll soon be back in the swing of things and get some regular posts on here again.

I've built up a decent amount of ideas. Here are some posts to come:
- Cleaning the 'fogging' from your car's old headlights.
- More WD-40 tests.
- Cleaning my keyboard (I haven't done it once in a good five years).
- X-mas gift update.
- Roof snow removal.

Also, I'm going to start adding videos to my blog. I've figured out how to do it, but I'm afraid you'll have to put up with the poor video quality. I'll be taking the videos on my digital camera. It gets decent image quality, but low frame rates so quick motion will appear jumpy.

About a month ago I finally acquired a stud finder. Trust me, this is an essential handyman tool. Sure, you can find studs the old-fashioned way by knocking or tapping on a wall and trying to feel and hear the difference between a stud and empty space, but I've learned that roommates and neighbors (if you live in an apartment) find that method particularly annoying.

video

This stud finder was just $5 at the local home improvement store. It's about as cheap as they come (heck, the two-pack of 9-volt batteries were almost as expensive as it), but it gets the job done. As far as features go, this is plenty.

The tool has a series of lights that flash and blink as you approach the stud. When the top green light illuminates, you know that you've found the center of it. Check out the video; it works.

So do you have any more blog / video ideas for the new year?

1 comment :

Randy said...

I use another way to find studs, the old fashion way. Get a flashlight and shine it up the wall and look for nail hole shadows. Another way is to look for the upper nails in the baseboards.

Randy The Liberal Handyman