The Best Stud Finders of 2022 (2022)

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Written by Geoffrey Morrison

Updated February 17, 2022

If you’re hanging pictures in your home or apartment that are heavy enough to require a wall stud, the easiest way to find one is with a stud finder. It will help you find wood and metal studs faster, and more accurately than tapping on the wall or hunting and guessing with a drill. Along with a tape measure and a level, it’s a core part of any new homeowner’s toolkit.

Which stud finder is best? Are electronic models worth the extra money? I spent over 30 hours researching and testing the best stud finders on different wall materials to find out. None were perfect, but some were clearly better than others. If you want a stud finder that’s accurate and easy to use, our favorite is the Zircon A150 (available at Amazon for $40.60).

If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive, the C.H. Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder (available at The Home Depot for $8.16) is small and virtually indestructible. It’s easy to use, hanging in place on the wall after you find a stud, so you can make a mark or use the built-in holder to hammer a nail.

These are the best stud finders we tested, ranked in order.

  1. Zircon A150
  2. Craftsman CMHT77623
  3. Tavool TH510
  4. Tavool TH250
  5. Stanley FMHT77407
  6. DeWalt DW0150
  7. C.H. Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder
  8. StudBuddy
  9. Hart 9PRO
  10. Ryobi ESF5001

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Best Overall

Zircon StudSensor A150

The Zircon A150 consistently did well in most of my tests. This consistent performance is the main reason I liked it. I also liked its bright red laser-like arrow that activates when you find the center of a stud. This, along with a display that shows you how close you are to a stud, with indications which direction to move, and an audible alert, make the Zircon very easy to use.

Physically, the A150 is easier to hold in your hand than some of the other models I tested, with a fairly narrow grip. Its single button is placed right under your thumb if you’re right-handed, and under your index finger if you’re a lefty. To aid in smooth sliding across walls, the back is equipped with two soft, felt pads.

When used on drywall, the A150 consistently found the stud. This is a pretty basic requirement, but some of the other models I tested struggled to clear even this simplest of bars. On more challenging surfaces, the A150 did as good or better than the other finders I tested, though it wasn’t able to consistently handle some of thicker materials. This was the case with all the testers and is admittedly asking more than what they were designed for.

If you have an older house with thick, dense walls, stud finder may not work. That said, on our wood-paneled wall test, the A150 was one of the few that was able to sense a stud fairly consistently. On the stucco test, it couldn’t find a stud, but neither could almost any of the other models I tested.

The only notable issue with the A150 is that the LCD display is very hard to see when it’s above your eye-line if you’re trying to find a stud high up on a wall, the display won’t be visible. However, you can still hear its alert, and the red light shines to indicate that you’ve found a stud is still visible.

The A150 requires but doesn’t come with, a single 9-volt battery. AmazonBasics has an inexpensive option.


  • Makes finding studs easy

  • Lights up and beeps when you find a stud

  • Slides well across walls


  • Screen hard to read when it’s above your line of sight

$40.60 from Amazon

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Best Value

C.H. Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder

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For most people, the C.H. Hanson is the only stud finder they’ll ever need. It’s compact, works great for most walls, and is very inexpensive. There’s even a built-in level, and the bottom has a holder for a nail. The magnets are very strong, which not only aids in detecting nails/hangers behind walls but also lets the Hanson stay in place on the wall by itself once you’ve found a stud.

Like all magnet-based stud finders, it does benefit from a bit of educated guessing before you try to find a stud. After all, it’s looking for metal—a nail or a hanger—not the wood stud itself. As such, if you’re sliding it horizontally looking for a stud, you could swipe right past a stud if you’re above or below its nails.

Physically, it’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. The rubberized exterior could allow it to survive a fall that would shatter any of the electronic finders I tested. There's no need to worry about batteries either, as it doesn’t use any. It will always be ready to work.

During drywall testing, the C.H. Hanson easily found the stud, giving a fairly strong tug when it was near metal. When it does this, you can release the finder and it just stays in place on the wall, like an excited dog that’s found something fascinating in a hole in your yard. With stud finder rooted in place, you’re free to mark the stud with a pencil or use the small bracket at the bottom of the finder to drill a hole, hammer a nail, etc.

On less common surfaces, like wood paneling or stucco, the C.H. Hanson faltered. As strong as they are, magnets still have their limitations. On stucco, it was one of the few finders that work at all, but it was a very weak pull, making it easy to miss its mark. With the wood-paneled wall, it was about the same. If I had an idea about where the stud would be (a good to know when using any stud finder), the magnet was just strong enough to offer some resistance to show where the stud was, under wood paneling or stucco, but it was very subtle. Even so, that was better than many of the stud finders I tested.

I like how small, simple, and battery-free the C.H. Hanson is. However, if you’re going into a DIY project without any experience, the Zircon is probably going to be easy for you to use, especially if you have non-standard walls.


  • Very strong magnets

  • Sturdy construction

  • Built-in level


  • Sometimes inaccurate on thicker walls

How We Tested Stud Finders

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The Tester

My name is Geoffrey Morrison. I’ve been reviewing all types of gear for nearly 20 years. I’m what I’d call a “reluctant DIYer” in that I know how to fix most things, but would much rather not. Some would call this “laziness,” but I call it… yeah, no, that’s a valid description.

I learned everything I know about home DIY from my dad, who is the opposite of lazy. Not only did he build the house he’s living in now, but he’s completely remodeled it as a retirement project. I’m not a fan of spending lots of money on gadgets that will be rarely used, but if it makes life easier or better, they’re worth it.

The Tests

The question of whether a stud finder can find a stud is difficult to answer. Some better questions would be: How well does it find studs andHow quickly. Not every wall is the same: Can a stud finder work on thicker walls, as some of them promise? In order to write this guide, these were a few of the questions that I needed to answer.

To find the best stud finder, I first had to narrow the field of products I needed to call in for testing. Stud finders are available in a wide range of prices. After doing some research, I found that most people are looking for a device that might get occasional use to hang shelves, heavy framed artwork, or flat-screened TVs. There’s a number of expensive professional-grade models out there, but I figured these were beyond what most people need. I set a price cap of $35. Doing so excluded expensive hardware that most people would only use occasionally, while still leaving me with a range of devices to choose from.

The first test was the simplest. When used on 10-year-old drywall of an interior wall in a wall in my home, could the stud finder actually find a stud? ~. I knew where the studs in the wall were before I started, so I could see what were false positives created by less accurate finders. I swept each device across the wall quickly, at first, then again more slowly, figuring this would be how most people would use them: A fast sweep to get a general idea and then, a slower one to narrow down precisely where the stud was. The better finders had no issues, but surprisingly several couldn’t even manage this basic test.

For the next stage of testing, I moved my tests from the interior of my home to the exterior stucco walls of my detached garage. Stucco, while less commonly found in modern homes, adds additional depth to any wall it’s applied to, making it more difficult for a stud finder to do its job. Several of the stud finders in my test group have a “deep” mode that’s claimed to better detect studs through thicker wall materials. Most of the stud finders did poorly on this test. Interestingly, two of the cheapest options did “ok.”

Lastly, one interior wall in my home has 1970s-era wood paneling that was there when I bought it. This puts an additional layer between the stud finder and the wall’s studs, but one that’s more “transparent” to their sensors compared to stucco. The better finders passed this test, but as you’d probably guess, weren’t quite as definite in their stud location predictions as they were with simple drywall.

I also took subjective considerations into account. This ranged from how smoothly each device moved over test surfaces, to how obvious they were when finding studs, either the pull from the magnets or any lights and sounds they produced. Related, I rated them on how easy they were to use and read, etc. For the most part, they were all pretty easy to use.

It’s worth noting that with all the finders that claim to find the center of a stud, “center” is a bit of a loose term. It’s best to think of that indication as “on the stud” more than the exact center. There’s a bit of wiggle room if you will, so if precision is required, best to make a few passes, average the results, then drill a small test hole.

Interestingly, most of the stud finders I tested did not come with batteries. So, make sure you have the required type on hand, or order some with your finder.

What You Should Know Before Buying A Stud Finder

How Does A Stud Finder Work?

The most important thing to know about stud finders is that they are not magic. They can not “see” through walls. As such, even the best stud finder on earth won’t be accurate 100% of the time on every type of wall. Other than borrowing a portable X-ray scanner, that’s just not possible. That said, some are better than others.

The two main types of stud finders are magnetic and electronic. The simple magnetic varieties, like the Studbuddy and CH Hanson we tested, use strong magnets that are attracted to the metal used in construction, like a nail or screw and some hangars. As such, they’re not sensing the studs per se, but metal pieces attached/embedded in them. This can make finding a stud a little challenging: it could be easy to sweep a wall horizontally and miss the nails in it completely, making it seem like there are no studs at all. If you moved the finder vertically a few inches and moved horizontally again, you might find every stud easily. If your building has metal studs, magnetic finders should work even better, but you’re going to need special screws and drill bits to hang anything.

Electronic stud finders emit a weak electrical field and sense variations in the field. The cheapest models can only detect the edges of a stud, the better models can locate the center. Since the difference in price is not that significant, I recommend spending the few dollars more on a center-detecting model. This method was, during testing, fairly precise. But again, stud finders aren’t magic— multiple sweeps of a wall to find a stud is always a good idea.

There could be a variety of reasons why you might have difficulty locating a stud., One of the more common issues you may encounter is that something else inside of a wall: like pipes, electrical conduit or ducts. is throwing off the sensing. Most electronic sensors stud finders can detect electricity and give a warning if it’s sensed. This wasn’t a big part of our testing but it is an added bonus. If you suspect there’s wiring and/or conduit or plumbing near where you’re drilling, obviously be careful! Some models also have a separate setting to detect metal studs. There are also more expensive stud finders that use radar, but they are very expensive and well outside the scope of this article.

How Do You Find A Stud In The Wall?

Finding a stud can be difficult without the proper tools. Before writing this guide, the stud finder in my house was a magnet on a string that my dad made for me. I love the DIY aspect, the simplicity, and the price: almost free. You can use this magnet-on-a-string method to find the braces and nails in or around the stud and then extrapolate where the stud must be.

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With magnetic finders especially, but really any stud finder, it’s best to start with a general idea where to look.

Electrical outlets and light switches are almost always found adjacent to studs, so measure 16-inches on either side and that’s generally where you’ll find the next stud. Trim pieces, like crown molding and baseboards, are often secured to studs. If you’re starting from the edge of a wall, the first stud away from the edge might be only 15.25-inches, then 16 from the center of that one for the rest of the wall (or until a window, another wall, etc). Sometimes studs might be 24-inches, center to center.

If you do get a hit, check other points on the wall up or down from that point to make sure you’re on a stud, not something else inside the wall.

You should know that, despite being called two-by-fours, modern studs are slightly smaller: 1.5 by 3.5 inches in size. If your house was built before the 1960s, it might have studs closer in size to their two-by-four name.

Older houses (built in the 1940s and earlier) may have plaster and lath walls instead of drywall. Plaster and lath will be more difficult to sense studs through than drywall, not least because the plaster alone could be upwards of one-inch thick. In my tests, the deeper the wall the worse all the stud finders I tested performed.

If you know, or suspect, that you have a plaster and lath wall, it’s worth considering a more expensive electronic tester that can sense deeper than the 1.5 inches deep maximum depth offered by the majority of the devices profiled in this guide. Zircon, the maker of our favorite tester, makes by our count eleventy quadrillion models all with nearly identical features and prices. Several more expensive models claim to sense to a deeper depth than the A150 we tested. We didn’t test them, but they’re a place to start looking if you have particularly deep or otherwise non-standard walls.

Most important, the adage of “measure twice, cut once,” is vital here too. Just because your stud finder swears it has found the center of a stud, drilling a small test hole to make sure it’s there is a good idea before you start drilling. Especially if the location is in a place where a miss would be obvious, catastrophic, or, in the presence of live electrical wiring, shockingly bad.

Can You Find A Stud Without A Stud Finder?

In theory, any magnet will work placed on the end of a string will work for this DIY hack. However, the stronger the magnet, the better. All magnet-based finders seek out the braces and nails your wall’s studs, not the studs themselves. It’s possible, if you’re doing a quick sweep across horizontally across a wall, to miss these pieces of metal. The weaker the magnet in use, the more likely you are to miss the metal and, as in turn, the stud you’re looking for. In order for your magnet on a string to be most effective, start by seeking out an easy metal landmark, like an electrical outlet or window ledge. In 16-inch horizontal intervals (the amount of space between wall studs), sweep the magnet vertically in order to find the metal associated with the stud.

Now, let's talk about smartphone apps.

By far the biggest shock in my testing was that free mobile apps that claim to find studs can actually find studs. Using sensors already in your phone, they should be able to find a stud about as well as any of the magnet-based finders. This praise comes with a big caveat: your phone. I tested with a Pixel 4 Android handset, which at the time of this writing, is considered to be a powerful, flagship device. If you have an older, or lower-end phone, your results may vary. Still, since it’s free, it can’t hurt to try.

I tested four apps on the Google Play store that had good ratings, but are no longer available. Two, despite coming from “different” companies, were clearly the same and had a mediocre interface. Another let out a piercing shriek non-stop while it was active. I’ve never deleted an app so quickly. The one that annoyed me least and actually had an interesting interface had no resemblance to what the images looked like in the app store, and one of them was clearly stolen from Walabot So this is a mild endorsement, at best.

What's a Walabot, you ask? Well, it's a flat plastic wall-scanning device that connects to an Android smartphone—iPhone users need not apply. As it's not a traditional stud finder and costs well above the price gap I put in place for this guide, I didn't call it in for testing. However, it's worth mentioning here as, thanks to an enormous marketing budget, it’s seemingly everywhere. Fakespot, a website that rates the quality of user reviews on Amazon, gives the Walabot an “F,” meaning it determines that the vast majority of the product’s nearly 1,000 reviews are fake. For simple stud finding, which is what we were looking for in this guide, the Walabot is more than most people need to spend.

Other Stud Finders We Tested

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Craftsman CMHT77623

I thought that the Craftsman might be our winner. Its design is a bit on the larger side, but it was still flat enough to fit in my back pocket. Most notable are its multiple LED arrows, which offer a simple and accurate way to find a stud. The pushbutton center marker was also simple to use. It looks more rugged than it feels. However, none of the electronic stud finders I tested were particularly rugged. The Craftsman was one of the few stud finders I tested that felt like it might survive a head-height fall onto concrete.

Like most of the electronic models I tested, the Craftsman didn’t handle wood-paneled walls well, but it did narrow down the area where the stud might be. The Craftsman is also the only electronic stud finder I tested that claimed to sense to a depth of three inches. If you suspect you have plaster and lath walls, it could be a good option. However, walls of this thickness were beyond the scope of testing that I undertook for this guide.


  • LED arrows are easy to read quickly Performs nearly as well as our winner Wall marker button makes marking stud locations easy


  • Flat, but large

$31.48 from Amazon

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Tavool TH510

The Tavool 510's performance was pretty much the same as that of its sibling, the Tavool TH250. Both were able to find studs quickly, with minimal false positives. Despite being more expensive than the TH250, the TH510 preformed worse on the wood panel test. Neither were of the Tavool stud finders were great in this area, but the TH250 was more on the side of usable than the TH510.


  • Elaborate LCD screen makes mode selection easy


  • Performs basically the same as the cheaper TH250

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Tavool TH250

The Tavool TH250 one of Amazon’s top sellers at the time that this guide was written—a bit suspect from a company that’s not exactly well-known. However, after using it, my suspicions were put to bed: its performance was excellent, finding the studs quickly, accurately, and repeatedly. Our Best Overall pick, the Zircon A150, is available for around the same price as the TH250, and proved more reliable. That said, the TH250 did a great job overall.


  • Easy-to-understand display

  • Passable performance

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  • Questionable build quality

  • Brand is not well-known

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Stanley FMHT0-77407 FatMax S300

With its iconic rugged, yellow and black asthetic The Stanley FMHT77407 was the most professional-looking of the stud finders tested I tested for this guide. That it comes bearing Stanely's FatMax branding provides the FMHT77407 with the street cred that professional and ametuer putterers drool over. Unfortunately, looks and branding can sometimes be decieving: While the FMHT77407 might look tough, It's constructed using inexpensive plastic—felt it had the same chance of surviving a tumble to a contrete floor as the other stud finders I tested. Additionally, while its performance was acceptable, it wasn't quite as accurate as some of the other models I tested.


  • Rubber grips Bright display


  • Inconsistent stud finding results

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DeWalt DW0150

The DeWalt DW0150 looks similar to the Craftsman 7623, boasting the same flat-but-wide design. Instead liked that instead of a pushbutton to mark the wall when you find a stud, it comes with a hole in its center that allows you mark the stud with a a pencil or hammer a nail into. Unfortunately, the DW0150 has far fewer LEDs than the aforementioned Craftsman, making it more difficult to get an accurate reading of exactly where the stud you're looking for is located.


  • Hole in center to tap nails through or mark walls


  • Flat, hard-to-handle design

  • Low LEDs count makes it more difficult to use

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The StudBuddy

During testing, the StudBuddy's performance was similar to that of our value pick, the C.H. Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder... but not similar enough to recommend it. the magnets employed by the StudBuddy aren't quite as strong as those in the C.H. Hanson, making homing in on a stud a little bit more difficult.

Additionally, the StudyBuddy is larger than the C.H. Hanson, making it more difficult to handle. I also found that it wasn't able to slide over walls as I'd have liked.


  • Can easily fit in a pocket

  • Hangs on wall when it finds a stud

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  • Weak magnets make it less effective than other models tested

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Hart Professional Stud Finder

While it glides nicely across surfaces and comes with enough led lights, that pinpointing a stud should have been a cinch, the Hart 9Pro provided me with oddly inconsistent results: lots of false positives and false negatives. Sometimes it would miss a stud entirely, ands then insist one was present inside of a wall where I knew there wasn't. I tried the Hart on a different walls in my home and found that its performance was still inconsistent. What’s more its build quality felt super cheap.


  • Slides across a wall the best of any finder we tested


  • Too many false positives and negatives

  • Questionable build quality

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Ryobi ESF5001 LED Whole Stud Detector

I liked the angular design of the Ryobi: it felt good in my hand, no matter how I held it, which isn’t the case with some of the other stud finders I tested. However, it wasn’t able to find the stud in my bathroom test, which all of the other stud finders in this guide could.


  • Sleek design

  • Works easily in either hand


  • Doesn’t find studs particularly well

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The Best Stud Finders of 2022? ›

Top 5 Stud Finders
  • Best Accuracy: Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710+ Professional Stud Finder.
  • Best Grip: Zircon Stud Finder.
  • Best Laser: BLACK+DECKER Line Laser.
  • Best For Metal Scanning: VIVREAL Stud Finder Wall Scanner.
  • Best Multipurpose: Tavool Stud Finder Wall Scanner.

What is the easiest stud finder to use? ›

If you're the type of person that's willing to spend a little more to save time and get better results, the Franklin ProSensor T6 is the best stud finder for home use. Its small profile is easy enough to store in a drawer or toolbox until you need it, and its whole-stud detection meets the needs of full-time Pros.

Are there any reliable stud finders? ›

For an accurate and quick stud finder, we recommend the Franklin Sensors 710 Precision Stud Finder. It can detect more than one stud at once, and the deep scan mode allows you to detect studs in thick walls.

Is a stud finder worth it? ›

In the end, you need a good stud finder. While the knuckle-knock test works a majority of the time on simple drywall, a good stud finder gives you more precision. It also saves your knuckles for more important tasks like gripping a hammer drill!

Do magnetic stud finders work? ›

Do magnetic stud finders work? Yes, magnetic stud finders can help you find nails or screws that have been driven into a stud. The trick with magnetic ones, though, is that they can detect any metal in the wall, whether it's driven into a stud or not.

What should I look for in a stud finder? ›

The Electronic Stud Finder

This popular type of stud finder can precisely and accurately spot not just studs but also things like wiring, fasteners, stud edges and other useful information on the elements behind the wall you want to hit or avoid hitting before putting a nail anywhere in the wall.

Are all stud finders the same? ›

Stud finders fall into two basic categories based on the method they use to detect studs, either magnetic or electronic. One's not inherently better than the other; instead, each one offers different benefits for different situations.

Is the Walabot any good? ›

After setup the walabot actually does as promised but in image mode it's a little glitchy showing the image sometimes lags. However in expert mode the app and walabot work much smoother and accurate in position where the wire or stud is. I think buyer's expectations were too high because of the commercial and pricing.

What does AC on a stud finder mean? ›

AC Scan is a dedicated Scan mode on certain MultiScanner ® tools that enables the user to narrow the location of live AC (using the interactive calibration technique). With AC Scan, the display changes to indicate when the tool is moving towards or away from the live electricity.

Can you use a stud finder on the ceiling? ›

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How far apart are studs? ›

The general spacing for wall studs is 16 inches on center, but they can be 24 inches.

Will a stud finder detect pipes? ›

A stud-finder uses a sensor to locate wires or pipes behind the plasterboard. Place the stud-finder on the wall and press the activating button. Slowly slide it in one direction until the indicator light glows and there is a beeping sound. Most stud-finders will locate pipes and electrical cables as well as timber.

Can an iPhone be a stud finder? ›

The iPhone beeps when its magnetometer, in the upper right of the phone, is near metal. Stud Find is an iPhone application that uses the device's built-in magnetometer to find metal studs, screws, nails and anything metallic in a wall. The iPhone's three-axis magnetometer is an instrument that measures magnetic forces.

How do you find the exact center of a stud? ›

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How do I find screws in drywall? ›

Run a magnet up and down the length of the stud, starting several inches in from the edge of the stud. Next, move over 16 to 24 inches to the next stud to find the next row of screws. Move the magnet slowly along the wall until you find the screws you want.

Will a stud finder block a radar gun? ›

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Will stud finder work through plywood? ›

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.

How do you avoid drilling wires? ›

Investing in professional equipment, such as a cable avoidance tool, is the safest option to avoid wires. However, if you don't have access to this, most wiring runs horizontally 6 inches or 12 inches above the receptacle, so avoid these areas. If it is possible, only drill shallow holes.

How do you find a stud without a stud finder? ›

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What is deep scan on stud finder? ›

StudScan Mode locates the edges of wood and metal studs up to 3/4 in. ( 19 mm) deep. DeepScan® Mode doubles the scanning depth to locate the edges of wood and metal studs up to 1 1/2 in. ( 38 mm) WireWarning® Detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded AC electrical wiring up to 2 in. (

Can you use a stud finder on the ceiling? ›

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Stud finders help you detect where studs are in your wall.. Electronic stud finders actively detect differences in wall density to find studs.. Combine a stud finder with a cross-line laser to mark the entire length of the stud or to hit the same height across multiple studs.. Finds metal or wood studs Detects live AC Simple one-button operation Constantly auto-calibrates Detects stud centers. Magnetic stud finders get us back to where it all began—using a magnet to feel where nails or screws are in the stud.. Stud find and laser level in one Auto-leveling up to 5º Detects wood and metal studs Detects live AC. ;-) As we considered the best electronic wall stud finder options, we wanted to focus on the ability to accurately detect AC and studs.. Finds metal or wood studs Detects live AC Simple one-button operation Constantly auto-calibrates Detects stud centers

Dissatisfied customers said that this product provided inaccurate readings.. In addition to choosing between magnetic and electronic stud finders, think about each product’s battery life and additional features.. Multisensor/Instant: This is a relatively new type of stud finder that scans an entire wall at once to give you the location of all of the studs.. Because this type of stud finder requires multiple readings, it tends to be more accurate than the other electronic types.. Some electronic stud finders can detect live electric cables and different types of metal in addition to finding studs.. If this doesn’t work, you may have to purchase a new stud finder .. The This Old House Reviews Team focuses on creating in-depth product and service review content to help inform your purchasing decision for just about any item or resource that you might need for your home.

Work with 4 scanning modes up to 2.4” max.. Stud finders can be used to electronically help you to find studs and other things behind the wall covering that you cannot see with your eyes in the walls.. For what purpose/s would you need a stud finder?. You’d want a model that gives you as accurate a reading as possible.. This Zircon stud sensor scans up to depths of 3”, including metal, and detects both studs and other hidden wall elements with the help of 4 flexible scanning modes.. CHECK CURRENT PRICECHECK CURRENT PRICECHECK CURRENT PRICE Verdict:Top radar detectorBest value electronicMost affordableNumber of modes/ sensors: 7 modes3 modes3 modes4 modes3 sensors4 modes4 modes3 modes7 modes5 modes6 modes4 modes4 modes4 modes5 modes5 modes4 modes3 modes Scan depth (wood): 6 inches1.5 inches4 inches2 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches3/4 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.2 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches1.5 inches Scan depth (live wire: 3 1/8 inches2 inches 4 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches1.5 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches2.36 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches2 inches1.5 inches Scan depth (metal): 6 inches3 inches4 inches2 inches4 3/4 inches3 inches1.5 inches4 inches2 2/5 inches4.75 inches2.36 inches4 inches1.77 inches2 1/4 inches2.36 inches2.36 inches2.4 inches1.5 inches Display: Depth, location, mode, width, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthLocation, image scan, modeLocation, mode, detection strengthLocation, mode, detection strength Location, detection strength, widthLocation, detection strength, widthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strengthLocation, mode, direction strengthMode, location, detection strengthLocation, mode, direction strengthMode, location, detection strengthMode, location, detection strength Materials detected: Plastic, pipes, metal, wiresWood, metal, wire studsStuds, pipes, wirePipes, live wires, wood, metal studsWood studs, metal, live wirePipes, live wires, wood, metal studsPipes, live wires, wood, metal studsWood, metal, wire studsStud, joist, wires, pipes, moisture, and air tempWood, metal, wire, moistureWood metal.. #1 Best magnetic stud finder

They understand that jobs are going to come up that require some wall hanging… and instead of hammering nails into a wall looking for a stud, they’d rather have a reliable stud finder on hand.. These models cover the spectrum between single-use “find a stud and hang a picture” stud finders to decked-out scanners that can peer through 6″ of concrete wall.. The perfect stud finder for at-home jobs that need a quick stud location, this unit specializes in finding metal studs and the metal within studs.. The ProSensor boasts, first and foremost, excellent accuracy when it comes to finding studs and stud locations, so you have little to worry about when it comes to securely mounting or hanging from the stud center.. A LED lights up when the finder is over the stud, and its extra-wide sensors make finding stud locations much easier than other models.. The magnets contained in the stud finders would locate metal behind existing walls and signal to the operator that a stud was nearby.. More modern electronic stud finders utilize electrical signals to determine the location of studs in a wall.. Magnetic units will detect the metal in the studs, whereas electronic and ultrasonic units can detect shifts in density between studs and empty wall cavities while they also detect the metal present.. Stud finder sensors break down further based on the size of the sensor, and its effectiveness in finding parts of the stud itself.. Factors like wall depth, the thickness of the material used for the wall, and the sensor type can affect how a stud finder operates, and manufacturers have built stud finder sensors that can mitigate these obstacles.. Tapping on walls to determine stud location is going to require that you know exactly how a hollow wall will sound and that you have a good idea of how studs are spaced.

Now, tracking wall studs is easy using a stud finder device.. There are many stud finder devices available.. With the most advanced sensors to find studs with four scanning modes.. Dimensions – 6.49 x 2.75 x 1.1 inches, 5.4 ounces Technology – Advanced Sensors Technology Scanning Depth – stud mode – 1.2 inches, metal mode – 1.57, deep mode – 1.77 inches, AC and electrical lines – 2.36 inches Can Work On – wood, beams, metals, joists, and wires Power Source – one 9-volt battery Special Features – 4 scanning modes, upgraded LCD, automatic calibration, ergonomic grip. Offers 4 scanning modes with no need to calibrate your device.. The Line Laser stud finder can detect wood, metals like studs and pipes, and AC wires deep in your wall.. Can Work On – metal, wood, and live AC wiring Power Source – 9V battery Special Features – LCD, audio warning, auto-calibration, ergonomic design. With 5-in-1 wall detection features.. Calibrate the stud finder before every use.

This electrical/static energy that the stud finder detects with a ‘Capacitor plate.’ This detects changes in an electrostatic field, in this instance, the difference in density between plasterboard and a thicker and more dense wood (The stud).. The CH Hanson 03040 stud finder is a perfect entry-level stud finder.. This stud finder is very cheap Effective at locating nails or screws It’s good value for money if you need to find a screw or a nail behind a stud wall.. This particular Zircon stud finder seems to be very good as a middle-market product meaning it’s excellent and accurate but not precise AS as other stud finders that are slightly more pricy.. It can detect studs and perform its job well, but it’s not going to give you as accurate a reading as a more pricey but more sensitive Zircon or other stud finders.. Slightly higher on the price range Can’t detect live wires (although the wires still light up as if they were studs, but it can’t tell the difference between a stud and a live wire). You can find a stud without a stud finder, but it won’t be anywhere near as accurate.

But some stud finders have other features, too, like deep scanning and AC wire detection.. If your stud finder seems to be picking up things between the studs, it could be detecting metal or plastic plumbing components, electrical boxes or wiring, or metal ductwork.. Then we scanned the wall with each of the stud finders.. All functioned as expected when it came to detecting the studs, but we quickly found that a number of them designed to pick up the location of live AC wiring simply didn’t.. Clockwise, from top left : The StudBuddy Magnetic Stud Finder; plumbing and electrical features in our test wall; locating a live wire running up the side of a stud.. Accurately finds stud center Two detection modes. Craftsman’s center-finding unit has LEDs to indicate scan status and guide you to the center of the stud—orange ones light up when you’re over the stud, and red ones indicate when you hit the center.. For most modes, that’s 3 inches, but in deep scan, it shows up to 6 inches.. It features four scan modes: three for specific objects (wood, metal, live AC wiring) plus one for deep scanning—all work fairly well.

There are two main types of stud finder, electronic and magnetic stud finder.. So, the first product on our list is the stud finder from Black+Decker.. It has a digital screen making it easier for the user to know when they are detecting a stud.. This stud finder includes batteries and a 2-year warranty as well.. A large portion of stud finders detect the edge of studs, but this brand actually detects the center of the stud.. This does include a pretty wide digital screen which makes it easier for you to know what mode you are working in and where you have landed on the stud in the wall.. The next product is one of the nicest choices for those who are looking to buy the right stud finding to find the stud in their houses.. The device also detects the center of the stud and includes a digital screen making it easier to see and know when you are detecting something.. Here is a stud finder that is used to detect metal screens inside of a wall.. The product also comes with an easy to read digital screen that can help with detecting the center of the stud.. There are 2 types of stud finder, the magnetic stud finder, and the electronic stud finder.. The magnetic stud finder is the old-style stud finder, and if you choose it, it does not work well like the other one which is the electronic one.. A: A magnetic stud finder is a device that uses magnets to find where the exact location of the stud is.. A: An electronic stud finder is a device that uses a sensor and radar to scan the wall, and detect where the exact location of the stud is.. So from this list, the best wall scanner or best stud finder to us would be the BLACK+DECKER Line Laser, Auto-leveling with Stud Sensor because it checks all the boxes, and we have established trust with the brand already.

The biggest benefit of a stud finder is that you can easily find the studs behind your walls.. If you’re looking for a reliable stud finder that is proven to last, the CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder is a good way to go.. $60 and up: The most expensive stud finders tend to be whole stud finders, though there are some decked-out electronic models nowadays.. Some stud finders can find more than just metal in the stud.. Capable of identifying the center of the stud, you can class this electronic model as a whole stud finder.. Accurately find the center of your studs with this stud finder that uses Multi-Sense Technology.. Then tap on the spot where the stud finder indicates there is a stud.. Magnetic stud finders cannot tell the difference between the nail in a stud to the rebar in your foundation.. A: Assuming your stud finder is equipped with depth measurement and is capable of locating the center point and edges of the stud, it should be very accurate.

Check Price on Amazon ➞ Pros 3 different in-wall sensing modes Map large wall areas and save the data 4-inch scanning depth Radar scanning technology Android smartphone compatible. It offers four scanning modes for different functions.. You also get a metal scan for locating larger metal objects and an AC scan for finding live AC electrical wires at depths of up to 2 inches.. Cons The laser leveling feature is more reliable than the stud finding feature. Stud finders work to find studs in your walls.. But, the lack of electronic components make these magnetic finders more durable, reliable, and less likely to give false positives.. Electronic Stud Finders Electronic stud finders work through a system of sensors that detect changes in the electrical conductivity of the wall.. As a result, these electronic models can often penetrate further into the wall than a magnetic stud finder, but this comes at the cost of reliability.

It is an electronic device that ensures you can enjoy excellent detection for convenient working.. This ensures the user can enjoy an easy time when using the device.. Pros Large lit display Automatic calibration Ergonomic grip High accuracy detection. Check Price on Amazon Merece wall stud detector is one of the great devices for safety and accuracy.. The compact and comfortable device is designed to ensure user enjoy a fantastic experience.. Check Price on Amazon Scanning for studs and other installations behind the wall is now easy.. Consequently, it is now possible to enjoy easy detection of wood, metal studs and other installed fittings.. Check Price on Amazon Vivreal wall scanner is a handy and vital device to have for DIY projects.. With the ability to detect edges and centre of a stud, there is the ease of using the device.. Check Price on Amazon Jaxwq stud detector is one of the reliable device when working on different walls.. The powerful scanning mode ensures that detection of pipes, wood, metal and other solid objects is easy.. The ability to display the stud positions and alarm enables the device to be handy and reliable.. With the ability to detect objects as deep as 1.5 inches, the device is excellent for most interior walls.. Powered by 9 Volts battery, the device is highly accurate to detect AC wires and different kind of studs.. Check Price on Amazon Marsian wall scanner helps you to locate studs and other solid points behind the wall.

#PreviewProductScore1 Franklin Sensors FS710PROProSensor 710+ Professional…Buy on Amazon 2 Zircon MultiScanner A250c Electronic Wall…Buy on Amazon 3 Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner…Buy on Amazon 4 CRAFTSMAN Stud Finder, 3/4-Inch Depth…Buy on Amazon 5 Tavool Stud Finder Sensor Wall…Buy on Amazon 6 ProSensor T13 Professional Stud Finder…Buy on Amazon 7 ProSensor 710 Franklin Sensors ProSensor…Buy on Amazon 8 WALABOT DIY 2 – Advanced…Buy on Amazon 9 Stud Finder Wall Scanner, 5…Buy on Amazon 10 The StudBuddy Magnetic Stud FinderBuy on Amazon. Ergonomically designed grip allows a comfortable hold on the tool for any size hand, at any angle ACT (Auto Correcting Technology) automatically corrects common user errors, i.e. when scanning begins over a stud, as the Signal Strength Indicator help distinguish shallower targets from deeper ones One fully charged 9V battery, not included, is required for the stud scanner to run at optimal performance to help you easily find studs, metal and live AC wiring while avoiding electrical hazards. (50 mm) deep, which helps you avoid drilling or hammering into a water pipe or electrical wire.Whether you are a professional, homeowner or a DIY enthusiast, you can find great use in it EASY TO READLCD DISPLAY +SOULD WARNING HELPS FIND STUD CENTER AND STUD DEGES EASILY – Displaying the Desired Stud Center As Well As the Precise Position of the Stud – The Tavool digital stud detector features large LCD display together with the big sound warning to detect the accurate location of the objects.. The fast detection saves users time greatly WHY RECOMMEND TAVOOL STUD FINDER TO YOU: Tavool has been dedicated to Research and develop stud finders for many years, and we have a professional team and mature productions process.. WORKS ON WALLPAPER & FABRIC: The stud finder has a depth range of 3/4-inch through drywall and works on surfaces covered in wallpaper and fabric LOCATE STUD EDGES: The stud finder wall scanner has the edge detection to locate Stud Edges of Both Wood and Metal Stud DURABILITY: The wood/metal stud finder has Shock-Resistant & Water-Resistant body for durability and long life. Metal mode detects pipe , rebar, aluminum and copper up to 1.57 inches.Deep mode detects wood and metal parts located up to 1.77 inches while 85~240 volt AC current for voltage and live electrical lines up to 2.36 inches Upgrade Design of LCD Screen – Displaying the Desired Stud Material As Well As the Precise Position of the Stud – The Tavool digital stud scanner features large LCD display together with the big sound to detect the accurate location of stud metal Ac wires.. The wood beam finder will flash once it has picked up the edge of a stud.The ergonomic design of this wall stud finder makes it comfortable to hold from any angle Professional Design with Top Quality – Tavool has been dedicated to Research and develop stud finders for many years, and we have a professional team and mature productions process.. It finds wood studs, metal studs and the ProSensor T13 stud finder auto-selects the most accurate mode for changes in material or depth.. It displays the center and edges of studs simultaneously, shows double studs and irregular configurations found in older homes that other stud finders cannot detect.

BEST OVERALL: Zircon MultiScanner A200 Stud Finder BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Craftsman Stud Finder, 3/4-Inch Depth BEST FOR DIYers: Vivreal Stud Finder BEST FOR PROS: Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder BEST MULTIPURPOSE: Bosch GMS120 Digital Multi-Scanner BEST WITH LASER LEVEL: Black+Decker Line Laser, Stud Finder BEST MAGNETIC: CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder. As you slide any such stud finder over a wall, it’s magnetically interested in any spot immediately above a nail or screw—you’ll really really feel it pulling in that course, and it’s possible you’ll even see the stud finder stick!. CONS Digital stud finders usually value greater than magnetic stud finders.. To pinpoint the placement of a stud, an digital stud finder makes use of sensors that detect a mass behind the wall.. Some digital stud finders allow you to preview a digital map of the stud beneath the wall on an LED display; others function LED lights throughout the highest that blink when the finder is handed over a stud—each present a dependable solution to pinpoint a stud.. For many who want to seek out the middle of a stud, both for securely hanging art work or chopping the drywall alongside the stud’s centerline, the Zircon Stud Finder shines.. The Zircon stud finder additionally did a wonderful job of detecting reside wires, and whereas I didn’t have any metallic studs to scan for, the stud finder detected metal rebar in a concrete planter.. Sort: Digital Middle or edge detection: Each Detects: Wooden studs, metallic studs, electrical wire (reside). On first use, I used to be a bit of stunned the Vivreal Stud Finder didn’t detect the stud behind the check wall.. As I moved the stud finder towards the stud, a sequence of traces appeared on the outer edges of the display to point the sting of a stud was detected, and the phrases “Stud discovered” appeared on the display.. This magnetic stud finder is super-portable and designed to detect both metallic studs or the metallic fasteners within the studs, making it among the many finest choices for many who must find studs with out worrying about batteries operating down.. The small CH Hanson magnetic stud finder is a superb backup for an digital stud finder, and if carrying house in a instrument field or instrument belt is at a premium, it gained’t take up a variety of room.. Sort: Magnetic Middle or edge detection: Detects nail in studs Modes: Nail detection in wooden studs. Any of the stud finders that earned a spot on this lineup are effectively suited to serving to DIYers and execs pinpoint the placement of studs hidden behind drywall, however our greatest total choose, the Zircon stud finder, ticks all of the containers.. Digital stud finders can usually detect a stud via ceramic tiles, particularly if the instrument comes with deep mode.

Electronic stud finders detect the changes behind a wall to find a stud.. Some electronic models can also detect other metal objects and live wires.. Magnetic stud finder.. This product helps find the edges of wood or metal studs behind a wall.. What does a stud finder detect?. A magnetic finder detects metal fasteners behind a wall, while an electronic one can locate stud edges, metal objects and live wires.. When used properly, stud finders can accurately detect studs behind walls.

Check Price on Amazon Zircon is an electronic stud sensor that scans and detects the edges of metal and wood studs alerting you live wires.. It is a great stud finder that can help you locate studs and prevent accidents when mounting a TV, installing the garage shelf or hanging cabinets.. This stud finder locates metal and wood studs up to 0.75 inches deep while the deep scan locates up to 1.5 inches deep.. This stud finder will for sure be a great product for any project indoors or outdoors helping find studs with ease.. This stud finder uses the accurate detector technology to locate wood studs 19mm deep; metal studs 300mm deep and livewire presence up to 2 inches deep.. It is a versatile choice capable of detecting live wires 3” deep, metal studs 38mm deep and pipes or metal rebar at 76mm deep.. It is a functional stud finder that will quickly locate edges of pipes, metal studs and joists behind walls.. It probes deep to find metal studs, wooden studs, and AC livewires preventing hazards in time.. The stud finder works in two modes of thick scan and studs can locating wooden and metal studs 0.75 inches deep.. Tacklife stud finder can enable you to locate studs accurately and prevent hazards while working.. Check Price on Amazon The aom is a 4-in-1 stud finder that quickly locates edges of pipes, joists, wooden beams, wood, metal, and AC live wires.. It accurately detects wooden studs to depths of 0.75 inches and metal studs at depths of 1.5 inches.

Last update on 2022-07-27 / Affiliate links / Images, Product Titles, and Product Highlights from Amazon Product Advertising API. One downside of buying a new product in 2020 is that there are no reviews yet.. The advantage of buying an older model is that there are plenty of reviews, making them easier to compare with other products in their category.. 1. best stud finder amazon with high quality Do you want to purchase the best stud finder amazon 2021 with high quality?. When it comes to buying products, everyone wants something that will last.. The pros of buying an expensive product are that it has better quality and lasts longer than a cheap one Buying an expensive product is an excellent investment for the future.. When you buy a more expensive item, you pay for better quality and more outstanding durability- which means the product will last longer.. The warranty and return policy of the best stud finder amazon is excellent The warranty and return policy of the best stud finder amazon in 2022 are excellent.. 4. best stud finder amazon easy to use and install A product that is easy to use and install is a must.. Products with clear origin, clear origin It is essential to know where your products come from.. The last thing anyone wants is to buy a product that could potentially harm them, finding out about the origin.. Most of the best stud finder amazon have high prices The best stud finder amazon are the ones with high prices.. It doesn't mean that people should never buy an expensive product; however, they might think twice before spending money on something unnecessary if someone is on a budget.

This instant stud locator has a total of 13 sensors for fast and accurate detection, does not require calibration, can detect multiple studs simultaneously, displays both the center and edges of studs at the same time, and can detect both wood and metal behind your drywall.. Best Stud Finder Overall. 21-inch sensor range 13 sensors Detects studs instantly (no calibration) Displays both edges and center of studs Can detect wood and metal Built-in bubble level. The Precision Sensor ProFinder is a perfect example of what instant stud finders have to offer.. 13 sensors 1.7-inch max detection depth 7-inch LED display No calibration required Displays stud center and edges simultaneously Detects wood and metal. The LCD on this device is large, easy to read, and can display both the location of the edge and the center of studs, whilst also giving a reading of their exact depth inside the wall.. While this device may lack the speed and pinpoint accuracy of some of its pricier competitors, it’s still a great choice for buyers simply keen to avoid pipes, live wires, or other metals when drilling into their wall, or for jobs where being a millimeter or two off target won’t be the end of the world.. Tavool Stud Finder This simple, easy-to-use stud finder offers outstanding accuracy and can detect a variety of material types up to a depth of 2.36 inches.. This device can accurately locate wood, metal, rebar, and live wiring behind walls, floors, and ceilings up to a depth of 2.36 inches.. Unlike most other stud finders in the sub-$50 price range, moreover, the Tavool scanner provides the location of both the edge and the center of the object or material detected, making it far easier to drill holes accurately first time round.. After selecting the desired scanning mode, you simply place the device against the wall to calibrate and then the direction of the detected object will be indicated by both the large, intuitive LCD display and by an alarm that beeps faster and louder the closer you are to the object.. CH Hanson Magnetic Stud Finder This simple, easy-to-use stud finder offers outstanding accuracy and can detect all metals up to a depth of 2.36 inches in your walls.. If you’re in search of an accurate tool to locate the framing studs behind your walls when renovating or adding new furnishings to the walls of your home, these top-rated stud finders are a great choice.

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The best tool for detecting studs or metallic items in a wall is a stud finder.. 5 scanning modes (stud scan 12 mm deep, stud scan 25 mm deep, stud scan 38 mm deep, metal scan and AC scan), Muti-sense technology, LCD screen, Audio Alarm, Auto calibration function, Ergonomic anti-slip handle. Just place the finder on a wall surface and sweep it across the wall in an S-shaped pattern until you feel the device magnet attract to a hidden object, which indicates you’ve found the object location.. Minimise False Positives The device's four scanning modes include the stud scan (0.75 inches/19 millimetres deep), deep scan (1.5 in./38 mm), metal scan (2.36 in./60 mm), and AC wire scan (2 in./50 mm).. One of them is a stud finder and its main purpose is to detect the framing studs located behind a wall surface.. As the name suggests, a magnetic tool uses magnets to locate metal in the walling material (screws and nails) while an electric one measures the wall density in order to detect studs.. For example, mechanical models can easily detect metal objects in walls, with that these finders are not capable of detecting objects at the depth of more than 3/4 inches, as a rule.. While magnetic finders use stationary or moving magnets to detect metal objects, the electric or electronic ones use special sensors that detect changes in the dielectric constant of the wall.. Q: Do magnetic stud finders differ from each other?A: While all magnetic finders share the same principle of operation, which is the attraction of the magnet or magnets to metal objects in the wall, the implementations differ.. There are magnetic finders that have secured magnets that do not move inside the finder and there are models with a magnet suspended in an enclosure inside the device case and is free to move in response to in-wall metal objects.. Q: Is there a difference between the electric finders?A: The electric stud finders can be divided into three main categories: edge finders, centre finders, instant finders.. Q: What objects can I locate using a stud finder?A: As we mentioned, the primary function of a stud finder is to detect studs, fasteners and metalware in the wall.. Though magnetic stud finders are designed to locate such object, electric finders may offer a wider range of detectable objects.

The best stud finder overall Pros : Instant detection without sliding, wide design for precision readings, can identify multiple studs. Any decent stud finder is going to ultimately locate a wall stud, but usually not without an annoying process of calibration and sliding the thing back and forth along the wall, usually with a few false positives before you're confident you have indeed found a stud and approximated the location of its center.. Hanson Stud 4 Sure Magnetic Stud Finder is sticking to your wall, there's one under there.. Some wooden studs have relatively little metal hardware stuck through them, so you may miss a piece of framing if you don't move the stud finder up and down and side to side.. Hanson Stud 4 Sure Magnetic Stud Finder , though.. The Ryobi LED Whole Stud Detector uses seven LED lights that do indeed help indicate an entire stud's span as only the lights above the stud illuminate.. It finds wooden studs quite well, of course, and will not only identify the center of a stud but also uses an arrow to show which direction to move the unit if you've gone past a stud.. As a stud finder, it easily locates wooden and metal studs and it even has an AC detection function, too.. Electric stud finders vs. magnetic stud finders Electric stud finders: Electric stud finders rely on the dielectric constant of various materials, detecting the density of the surface in close proximity to their sensor plate.. Magnetic stud finders : Magnetic stud finders literally just magnetize themselves to the metal behind the drywall, whether to metal studs or to the screws, nails, bolts, and other materials in a wooden beam.


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