A stud finder that actually works

I have a terrible track record with buying electronic stud finders: they never work. It never fails. I run an electronic stud finder over the wall and it lights up and beeps, telling me that it just found a stud. Then, after marking the exact spot it said there was a stud, I drill into it, only to discover there’s no stud.

My electronic stud finder just lied to me.

I installed some floating shelves last weekend and I was extremely irritated at the false-positives my stupid electronic stud finder, the Zircon StudSensor e50, was giving me. I decided I would look this week for something better. I was willing to spend any amount of money on a new stud finder as long as I was confident it would actually work.81AKYY0VQeL._SL1500_My research narrowed on the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder. Not only is it the greatest, most accurate stud finder I’ve ever owned, it was also the cheapest one I’ve ever bought. I paid less than nine bucks for it on Amazon.

The CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder is much different from the electronic stud finders I’ve used before. For one thing, it’s not electronic. It doesn’t use sensors or even a battery. It uses two powerful rare earth magnets that doesn’t need electric power.

Instead of looking for a stud, it looks for screws or nails that are embedded into a stud. Find a screw or a nail and you are going to find a stud. You run the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder over the wall in a lazy “S” pattern and when it finds a screw, you know it. Instead of lighting up or beeping, it pulls strongly to the screw or the nail.

The pull is so strong that you can take your hand off the tool and it stays on the wall. The powerful rare earth magnets keep the tool fixed exactly to the spot on the wall where the screw or nail is. Not only does this prove there is a stud behind that exact spot, you don’t even have to mark the spot with a pencil.

The CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder will be the last stud finder I ever buy.

It felt good throwing my old electronic stud sensor into the trash. I hope it ends up in a landfill next to a used adult diaper and a VHS copy of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

I just love the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder. It’s the best nine bucks I’ve ever spent.

Buy the CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder on Amazon

Amazon to start charging Maryland sales tax

If you live in the state of Maryland and purchase something from Amazon, an extra six percent will be added to your purchase price and funneled to Maryland in the form of a sales tax. This change goes into effect beginning today.

Until now, Amazon did not collect Maryland sales tax because they did not have a physical presence in the state. That’s about to change. Amazon is in the process of converting an old General Motors plant in Baltimore into one of its massive distribution centers. The new facility is not scheduled to open until next spring, but they will start collecting Maryland sales tax from Maryland residents beginning today.

I wonder how much taxes Amazon is paying to state and local governments for its new facility in Baltimore. Usually, when a business like Amazon comes into a location, it’s showered with tax incentives intended to attract them into establishing a presence. The idea is that they will hire lots of people who will then in turn pay taxes and spend their paychecks, thus stimulating the economy.

When I moved here to Maryland in 1994, twenty years ago, it was to work in a new gigantic Wal-Mart photo finishing lab that was being constructed in nearby Williamsport. The state and county essentially gave the land to Wal-Mart to build the facility. They also provided tax incentives for the next twenty years. After a few years, Wal-Mart sold all their large photo labs to Fujicolor. The lab closed in 2008, resulting in 125 people losing their job.

Personally I hate that I will now have to pay Maryland six percent of everything I buy from Amazon. I feel like they’ve done nothing to deserve it. I also feel like I pay Maryland enough without having to also pay a tax for the stuff I buy from Amazon. Oh well, what can I do about it, join the TEA Party?

Gre Hernandez

I don’t think so. I’d rather just pay the stupid six percent tax.