Recommendation for strongest magnet?

Dec 2015
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I'm looking to buy a a magnet which can detect drywall screws in the wall studs and ceilings joists. The screws will be covered over by drywall joint compound and drywall tape. Could someone suggest a very strong magnet which could easily pickup the screws which are covered over by tape and drywall joint compound. I've heard of rare-earth or neodymium magnet magnets. Any help would be appreciated ?

Thanks
 
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MBW

Apr 2008
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Bedford, England
I wouldn't start from here

A good strong magnet would probably pick up any iron or steel screws and nails,
however there are commercially available devices that are specifically designed for this purpose.
They are basically small hand held metal detectors.
These have the advantage that they will also detect brass and copper.
 
Dec 2015
2
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A good strong magnet would probably pick up any iron or steel screws and nails,
however there are commercially available devices that are specifically designed for this purpose.
They are basically small hand held metal detectors.
These have the advantage that they will also detect brass and copper.
Hello and thank you for the reply. The "hand held metal detectors" your referring to would it be the hardware kind which are called magnetic stud detector/finder ? Please see link below

http://www.amazon.com/CH-Hanson-03040-Magnetic-Finder/dp/B000IKK0OI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450472179&sr=8-1&keywords=magnetic+stud+finder