The GRIP is the latest entry into the StudPoP® family of products. It too is suitable for both professionals and DIYers since it has the same "deep scan" capabilities as the other 2 products. While it is noticeably smaller than the "Original", it is still able to find the screws or metal fasteners in seconds...as long as you follow the directions ; )
If you've been frustrated by your electronic stud finder, get ready for a big surprise. StudPoPs have no batteries, need no calibration, work on any kind of wall or ceiling and will never give you a false positive. All products are virtually unbreakable. But the most important difference is that StudPoPs are so much FUN to use!
All of the other magnetic stud finders are just magnets housed in plastic. They are only as good as your ability to "feel" a tug from a nearby nail or screw. StudPoPs are totally different. All of our products are precision engineered with a moving magnet system that is able to clearly notify you both audibly and visually when a metal fastener is found. There's no guessing whether or not that "tug" is a screw or just a lump on the wall. The secret is in the popper. It tells YOU when it's found metal in the wall.
Both the "Original" and the "OTL" use magnets that are 1" diameter and 1/8" thick. The GRIP's magnet is .75" diameter and is also 1/8" thick.
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.
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 thin tile — as long as you’re able to feel the very slight pull. But good luck finding that magnet the next time you need it. Just sayin'
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 stand out straight over the entire wall due to the attraction of the metal meshing.
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.
I do home repairs for a living. That’s why I spent years inventing a better stud finder. I take my StudPoPs everywhere I go just to make sure that they always work. They work on any kind of sheetrock—no matter how many layers. They also work on 150 year old lath* and plaster and 65 year old plaster board. Textured walls and ceilings**. Tile over sheetrock. Marble over sheetrock. Wood or metal studs.
*Wood lath only. Metal mesh lath will make the magnet's popper stand out straight over the entire wall.
**Sheetrock ceilings only
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 coarse 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
Maybe it's just me but whenever I walk into a store, I am always drawn towards products that are displayed in various colors. It could be magic markers, candy, paper clips or thumb tacks. They just catch my eye. So when I was designing my first StudPoP product, I couldn't wait to produce them in lots (and lots) of colors. Since I recycle all of my left over plastic, the colors have varied greatly over the years. Some cool. Some not so cool. Now a days, I mostly make all poppers in red, yellow, green or blue. The housings are usually blackish...because that is what you get if you mix red, yellow, green and blue together.
Good news!!! I've added additional listings on Amazon so that you can now select one of the four colors. But since these are new listings, they can't show the 950+ reviews that are on the "Original" listing. But don't worry. These are the same product.