Will it leave marks on my walls?

While I seldom get complaints about this, it can happen especially if you have flat paint on your walls and their color is much lighter or darker than the color of your StudPoP®. So in the event that it does happen, simply put some clear tape on the face of the StudPoP®. Or just use your fingers to create a very slight gap between the face of the StudPoP and the wall.  People sometimes say that I should’ve put felt on the face, but that would create problems for textured surfaces.

What’s the best way to use it on textured walls or ceilings?

You need to increase the size of the face of the StudPoP® so that it doesn’t get snagged by all the surface roughness.  A good way to do this would be to get a paper plate and cut out a 3″ to 6″ circle, depending on how course the texture is. Then take this circle and stick it to the face of the StudPoP® using thin double sided tape.  Now proceed as per instructions

It works on lath? Really?

Yes…but only if the lath is made out of wood.  If your lath is wire mesh (metal), then you’re out of luck because the popper will continuously stand out straight due to the attraction of the metal meshing.

What makes the StudPoP® any better than all the other magnetic stud finders?

All of the other magnetic stud finders are just magnets housed in plastic.  The StudPoP® is much more than just a magnet.  It is a precision engineered moving magnet system that is able to clearly notify you both audibly and visually when it has found a metal fastener and it is these fasteners that are screwed or nailed directly into real studs!  So if you find a screw or nail then you’ve found your stud. Additionally, since the magnet in the StudPoP® is bigger and stronger than all of the competition, it is able to find metal fasteners even if they are 1/2″ deep!  None of the other magnetic stud finders can make this claim.  The StudPoP® is the only stud finder that you need for any kind of construction.

What makes the StudPoP® better than the electronic stud finders?

No batteries, no calibration, works on any kind of wall or ceiling and will never give you a false positive.  It’s virtually unbreakable and it fits nicely in your pocket.

 How many come in a package?


So it really works on any kind of construction?  Sounds too good to be true.

I do home repairs for a living.  That’s why I’ve spent years inventing a better stud finder.   I take the StudPoP® everywhere I go just to make sure that it works…and it always does!  It works on any kind of sheetrock—no matter how many layers.  It works on 150 year old lath* and plaster and 65 year old plaster board.  Textured walls and ceilings**.  Tile over sheetrock.  Marble over sheetrock.  Metal studs.

*Wood lath only.  Metal mesh lath will drive the StudPoP bonkers!

**Sheetrock ceilings only

Can’t I just use a strong magnet?

Short answer: YES <but> only if the metal fastener is very close to the surface…close enough for you to feel the tug.   This limits you to sheetrock and maybe tile — as long as you’re able to feel the very slight pull.  And good luck finding that magnet the next time you need it ; )


 So it really isn’t a “stud finder”.  It’s a metal finder.  Isn’t that false advertising?

I hear this one all the time.  Truth is, there’s really no such thing as a stud finder that actually can sniff out wood (termites, carpenter ants and wood peckers excluded).  The electronic ones are looking for density changes in the wall which they use to figure out what “looks like” a stud.  But it could just as easily be a drain pipe.  So they’re not looking for actual wood anymore than a magnet is.  But at least a magnet is looking for something tangible; i.e. a screw or a nail that is actually connected to or pointing to an actual stud.  A magnet will (almost) never “tell” you there’s a stud where there isn’t one.  If you find a screw, then it is very likely that it is screwed into something…most likely a stud.  On the other hand, the electronic stud finders are notorious for giving false readings, telling you there’s a stud when there isn’t.

Will it get faked out by all the metal that’s in the wall?

This is another common misconception*.  Copper pipes don’t attract magnets and iron pipes are too far away to be detected.  Metal conduit is also too far away.  But rub the StudPoP® over a steel stud and it will not only tell you that it’s found a stud, it will also be able to tell you where the screws are!

*Metal mesh lath WILL force the StudPoP’s popper to stand out straight over the entire wall.