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August 29, 2014 / Zircon Corporation

Using Stud Finders on the Roof

Zircon Tool Pro

To Scan? Or Not to Scan? That is the Question.

I recently attended a large event for satellite dish installers who asked me for advice and tips on how to use Zircon® StudSensorTM or MultiScanner® stud finders on the roof to locate rafters. They were really surprised to hear that Zircon does not recommend these tools for outdoor use.  I hear the same reaction from solar panel installers.

At this new roof, we don’t see tar paper over the plywood yet because the construction workers are experimenting with a few different shingle patterns. At this new roof, we don’t see tar paper over the plywood yet because the construction workers are experimenting with a few different shingle patterns.

The reason is that stud finders are designed to scan through sheet materials, such as drywall or plywood that have a fairly smooth surface and consistent thickness and density. A typical asphalt shingle roof has a layer of wood based sheet material, usually plywood or chipboard, and normally with a layer of tar paper.

Then, the…

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