0952: "Stud Finder"

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0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby What'sInAName » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:14 am UTC

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Alt-text: According to every stud finder I've tried to use, my walls contain a rapidly shifting network of hundreds and hundreds of studs.

http://xkcd.com/952/


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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby katamariqueen » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:16 am UTC

Badum, Tch.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby myoilu » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:23 am UTC

The best is when you find out the studs in your wall are incorrectly spaced, and that your contractor wasn't as "certified" as he said he was.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby ysth » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:24 am UTC

I read the comic, didn't get it, laughed at the hovertext, stared and thought, and finally got it.

Badum, tch indeed.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby rpgamer » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:26 am UTC

ysth wrote:I read the comic, didn't get it, laughed at the hovertext, stared and thought, and finally got it.

Badum, tch indeed.

Yep. Took me a couple minutes, too. One of those times I feel silly for not catching it sooner.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby jpk » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:31 am UTC

rpgamer wrote:
ysth wrote:I read the comic, didn't get it, laughed at the hovertext, stared and thought, and finally got it.

Badum, tch indeed.

Yep. Took me a couple minutes, too. One of those times I feel silly for not catching it sooner.


I'm scared to grep "studfinder" on the internets. I'm pretty sure I know what would come back, and it's not my cup of meat. So to speak.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Angrist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:36 am UTC

So, how's that business of finding proper fathers for all those future Kentucky Derby winners going?

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby darknut » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:40 am UTC

"lost your stud finder finder well you're in luck i've been working on this new gadget that-"

"SHUT THE HELL UP!"
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby neoliminal » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:43 am UTC

"Of course you can't find one, your looking on the wrong side of the wall..."
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Dinoguy1000 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:44 am UTC

I've played with stud finders from time to time, always rather unsuccessfully (though maybe having a layer of slats under a layer of plaster under a layer of sheetrock (it's an *old* house) didn't really help matters).
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:48 am UTC

I get the basic idea of what he's hinting at, but the punchline is still sort of being elusive. It's like finding a carcass that you can't determine to be either Chupacabra or Cayote.

hm...

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Dinoguy1000 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:54 am UTC

For the record, the punch line is that Normal Guy can't find his stud finder, so BHG mentions his new product, a stud finder finder (or would, except Normal Guy is smart enough to cut him off there).

I can't help but feel this should be behind a spoiler tag. ._.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby GusPatsy » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:56 am UTC

Dinoguy1000 wrote:I've played with stud finders from time to time, always rather unsuccessfully (though maybe having a layer of slats under a layer of plaster under a layer of sheetrock (it's an *old* house) didn't really help matters).


I've had the same issue, I suspect Randall is probably dealing with old plaster and lath construction too.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:01 am UTC

I don't know what I would do with one if I found one. Like a dog chasing cars...
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby macrophage » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:07 am UTC

I always put the stud finder on my chest and say, "found one".

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby NotAllThere » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:07 am UTC

jpk wrote:I'm scared to grep "studfinder" on the internets. I'm pretty sure I know what would come back, and it's not my cup of meat. So to speak.


For the faint of heart, here's the wikipedia article.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby boblehest » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:10 am UTC

darknut wrote:"lost your stud finder finder well you're in luck i've been working on this new gadget that-"

"SHUT THE HELL UP!"

I'm sorry to inform you that you did not get it.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby slaxor » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:11 am UTC

Actually, a studfinder-finder sounds like just the thing he'd need right then.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:15 am UTC

Since he won't be able to find any studs, he will have to spend the night alone?

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby jpk » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:16 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:
jpk wrote:I'm scared to grep "studfinder" on the internets. I'm pretty sure I know what would come back, and it's not my cup of meat. So to speak.


For the faint of heart, here's the wikipedia article.


Thank you. I do in fact know what a stud finder is, but thanks anyway. Thanks especially because of this:
This tool article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.


I just bet that this is inserted automatically into articles using... wait for it... a stub finder.
I bet I could search out the code for it, too. Or I could write a specialized program for detecting such code....

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby mstone » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:19 am UTC

An old stagehand joke is the companion device to the stud finder: one that helps you trace power lines bured in a wall and locate the junction boxes.

If girls can have a stud finder, guys should have a hot box detector.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Daedalus733 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:55 am UTC

boblehest wrote:
darknut wrote:"lost your stud finder finder well you're in luck i've been working on this new gadget that-"

"SHUT THE HELL UP!"

I'm sorry to inform you that you did not get it.


It seems to me that he got it. The joke was an implied "stud finder finder", which he continued, implying a "stud finder finder finder".

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Noughmad » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:06 am UTC

I know this isn't the point of this comic, but did anyone notice BHG is acting like Google? I mean, you ask him a question, and he responds with advertisements.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby AUS » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:39 am UTC

Personally I thought the guy stole his stud finder. But then what you guys are saying would make his reaction smarter.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Eebster the Great » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:51 am UTC

boblehest wrote:
darknut wrote:"lost your stud finder finder well you're in luck i've been working on this new gadget that-"

"SHUT THE HELL UP!"

I'm sorry to inform you that you did not get it.

It seems you are the one who didn't get it.

The joke had nothing to do with the double-meaning of "stud."


Also, this joke reminds me of "Radar detector detectors," which are devices that cops use to catch people using radar detectors in jurisdictions where they are illegal.

But most decent radar detectors now come equipped with radar detector detector detectors, which will detect active radar detector detectors in the vicinity and automatically shut off the radar detector if one is detected.

Police are now actively working on ways to detect radar detector detector detectors, so you can expect radar detector detector detector detectors to be out pretty soon if they aren't already.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby johnnywooibr » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:18 am UTC

Is it just me, or is he going to attempt to hang a picture with some nails and a screwdriver? Wouldn't be my tool of choice...

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:19 am UTC

who uses a screw to hang a picture, and not a nail? and if he's using a screw, why not use plaster screws and forgo any need for a studfinder? i have full shelves held up by plaster screws alone, i'm sure they could hold a picture.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby musashi1600 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:33 am UTC

Can't the guy just knock on the wall to figure out where the studs are? It's easy to tell the difference between the sound of knocking on a hollow space and the sound of knocking on a stud.
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:35 am UTC

musashi1600 wrote:Can't the guy just knock on the wall to figure out where the studs are? It's easy to tell the difference between the sound of knocking on a hollow space and the sound of knocking on a stud.



what is this? 1976?

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby The Moomin » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:09 am UTC

myoilu wrote:The best is when you find out the studs in your wall are incorrectly spaced, and that your contractor wasn't as "certified" as he said he was.


Surely that's the worst part when you find that your house is incorrectly constructed and falls around your ears?
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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby MonkeyBoy » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:27 am UTC

I've never understood why anyone would bother buying a dedicated stud finder. Doesn't everyone have a collection of small neodymium magnets around, which work just as well?

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Pudabudigada » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:36 am UTC

MonkeyBoy wrote:I've never understood why anyone would bother buying a dedicated stud finder. Doesn't everyone have a collection of small neodymium magnets around, which work just as well?


Not on wood held together with dowel...

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby Theogrin » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:53 am UTC

"And so, in a final flourish, we've added in a quantum vector collector inspector detector reflecter projector connector ejecter!"

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby udqbpn » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:12 am UTC

Time travel party, B6/5, now. Don't forget to dress like a time traveler. Elevator algorithms welcome.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby sharpnova » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:36 am UTC

One of the weaker comics I'd say. The meaning isn't very obvious. And even when you get it.. you're not sure, since it doesn't seem to fit very well.

A stud finder finder I'm assuming? Even when I thought of that I still wasn't sure. Especially since the alt text had nothing to do with this particular punchline.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby jonadab » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:10 pm UTC

Doesn't everyone have a collection of small neodymium magnets around, which work just as well?


In the first place, it's mostly just geeks that have rare earth magnets laying around. Most of the population has either ferrite core refrigerator magnets of the variety that are barely better than medieval lodestones, or, worse, those ones that are manufactured in sheets and will only stick to the refrigerator if you put fewer than three sheets of paper under them; otherwise they fall right off.

In the second place, two by fours are generally made from fast-growth pine, which is not particularly magnetic.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby rabidmuskrat » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:39 pm UTC

I don't know if the hover text could be any more spot on. It makes me hate using stud finders.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby BrianB » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:42 pm UTC

musashi1600 wrote:Can't the guy just knock on the wall to figure out where the studs are? It's easy to tell the difference between the sound of knocking on a hollow space and the sound of knocking on a stud.


Apparently he's not a REAL MAN, but one of those wimpy men who thinks that by trying to do home improvement projects himself will make him more manly.

You know the type...

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby seedy » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:47 pm UTC

jonadab wrote:
In the second place, two by fours are generally made from fast-growth pine, which is not particularly magnetic.


The idea is to find the screws holding the drywall to the studs, not the wood itself. Rare earth magnets are very good at this; they'll actually stick to the wall where there's a screwhead.

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Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Postby goddessartemis » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:53 pm UTC

macrophage wrote:I always put the stud finder on my chest and say, "found one".

You and every other guy.


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