General FAQs

All other magnetic stud finders are just magnets wrapped in plastic. They leave it up to you to "feel" a tug from a nearby nail or screw.  On anything other than sheetrock, that tug will be too weak to feel.  It could just as well be a bump on the wall.

It doesn't matter how many magnets that they have, they will never be able to compete with the sensitivity of a StudPoP.   StudPoPs have a "popper" that is attached to an intelligent moving magnet system that is delicately balanced between gravity and the wall.  Even the slightest pull from hidden metal fasteners will cause the magnet to move the popper.  This clearly notifies you both audibly and visually when a metal fastener is found. Only StudPoPs can tell YOU the exact spot where they've found the metal fasteners that hold the wall board to the studs in the wall.

 

Unlike electronic stud finders, StudPoPs have no batteries, need no calibration, work on any kind of wall or ceiling and will never give you a false positive. All of our products are virtually unbreakable. But the most important difference is that StudPoPs are actually FUN to use!  

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 ; )

I hear this one all the time. Truth is, there’s really no such thing as a stud finder that is actually able to look for wood. 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. They work on 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

PLEASE NOTE that StudPoPs will only stick to sheetrock (drywall).  When you're using it on construction types that have thick plaster and/or tile, there will be too much distance between the metal fastener and the StudPoP.

**NOTE that the "On the LEVEL" is too heavy to stick to any surface.  You'll need to use the push pin to hold it in place.

The GRIP is the latest entry into the StudPoP® family of products. It has the same "deep scan" capabilities as the other 2 products. While it is a bit smaller than the "Original", it is still able to find the screws or metal fasteners in seconds...as long as you follow the directions...that is...don't just rub it all over the wall randomly.  You have to follow a clear back and forth and down pattern so that you don't miss any of the wall that you are scanning.

**Yes but it will only stick to sheetrock (drywall).  When you're using it on construction types that have thick plaster and/or tile, there will be too much distance between the metal fastener and the StudPoP.

**NOTE that the "On the LEVEL" is too heavy to stick to any surface.  You'll need to use the push pin to hold it in place.

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.

**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.

**NOTE that performance on a wood lath ceiling may not be reliable because the weight of the popper is working against you. A simple trick is to push the popper up slightly with your finger to reduce the distance between the magnet and the metal fastener.  This doesn't work all of the time but it's worth trying.

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.

If the surface is very rough you might 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.  Stick the circle to the face of the StudPoP® using thin double sided tape. Now proceed as per instructions

Myth FAQs

I know.  They're "metal finders."  I hear this one all the time. Truth is, there’s really no such thing as a stud finder that is actually able to find wood. 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. They’re not looking for actual wood anymore than a magnet is.  But the big advantage of a magnet is that it is looking for something meaningful; 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. You're not going to find a metal fastener that's screwed into a pipe.  It'll be screwed into something structural. 

On the other hand, the electronic stud finders are notorious for giving false readings, telling you it's found a stud---until you drill a hole and find out that it's something that "looks" like a stud.

Don't be fooled by all the hype.
While the overall accuracy of electronic stud finders is very good on hollow walled sheetrock, as soon as the wall becomes denser and thicker, the accuracy goes down. It's sort of like removing your glasses. Edges look blurry. Likewise these stud finders can't "see" the studs clearly and will indicate that the edges are offset from their true location.  Chances are that you'll never know this because you'll still hit the stud---and just "think" that you're in the center : (

But the StudPoP's popper will ALWAYS lift up directly over the heads of the metal fasteners. It is not affected by wall thickness or density. This is the StudPoP® difference. It is unlike anything else that's out there.

So don't be fooled by their supposed "edge finding technology". It has no meaningful value beyond simple sheetrock.

The StudPoP® always knows exactly where the screw or nail is.
ALWAYS.

So the next time that you push that little button on your key chain to locate your car in a huge parking lot, remember that you're not really finding your car...you're just finding the "beeper". Is that right? Think about it.
How could a little magnet gizmo work as good (or better) than their super-sophisticated radar detection device. Well that's what they'd like you to believe. Read the StudPoP® reviews and you'll find loads of people who say that our magnetic stud finders are far more accurate than their $50-$100 electronic models. It's true: )
Take a StudPoP® and a competitor's product and stick them to your refrigerator. Now pull each of them off of the fridge. You may conclude that since it's easier to pull the StudPoP® off the refrigerator then the StudPoP's magnet is weaker and thus less effective. Now use each of these products to find studs on walls of various types of construction. Which one is better at telling you when it's found a metal fastener? Hint: it has NOTHING to do with the "strength" of the magnet. What really matters is how they each use that strength. The competition can only hope that you feel the pull of its magnet's attraction to the screw. Whereas due to the design of the StudPoP's "popper", it is able to both magnify the strength of the magnet and notify the user by its movement when it is directly over a screw.
That is correct. But magnets are attracted to the metal fasteners that hold the wallboard to the studs. Find the fasteners and you've probably also found the wood (or metal) stud that they're screwed into.
Another useless feature.This is just a side effect of the way the electronic units work. They all have a sensitive receiver that is used to detect the reflected ultrasonic waves. This receiver unintentionally picks up electrical noise from wires in the wall. Someone in marketing decided to call this a "feature". True story.
You should NEVER trust that there's no electricity in the wall no matter what your tester says. The only wires that it will detect are LIVE wires and not all wires in the wall are going to be live. For example, if there's wiring coming out of a wall switch and the switch is "off", your tester won't detect it and you could screw right through the center of that wire without a single spark...until that switch gets turned on. Then BAM! That's why we have fire insurance.
The advantage of a magnetic stud finder is that it will always point you towards an actual stud and actual studs will never have wires on their surface. Remember, magnets are looking for metal fasteners that are NEVER going to be anywhere near wires of any kind.