03:01PM | 01/02/04
Member Since: 01/01/04
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My house is constructed entirely with steel studs. I have yet to find a reliable method of finding them.

My stud finder has settings for: 1)studs 2)eep studs, and metal (AC, also). The trouble is, all of them indicate incorrectly, and none indicate an end to a stud. The knocking method is defeated by the low mass of the studs, which don't give a distinct thud.

Even when I do find a stud, it's near impossible to drive a lag bolt into them. Approximately how much weight do they hold relative to a wood stub with the same fastener?

Thanks in advance...


03:05PM | 01/03/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Have you read the instructions for your tool?
Some of them need to be calibrated occasionally and this will tell you how.

Steel is easy because most of these operate as magnets and will turn toward steel
An alternative method would be to find a place where a refridgerator magnet will stick to the wall.

lags are made for wood. You need screws with sheetmetal threading to put in metal studs.


06:50AM | 01/10/04
Member Since: 09/25/03
47 lifetime posts
I have both a electronic and a mechanical stud finder. The mechanical one is shaped like a horseshoe and has a little arm in the middle with a magnet on one end. It works that when used over plaster, it picks up the nails used to hold the lathe and the magnet swings the arm so you can tell where they are. I'm betting something like this would work with drywall over steel studs.

[This message has been edited by hcbph (edited January 10, 2004).]



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