Stud finders:
Common myths

12 years ago, I began my journey to invent a new kind of stud finder… something that I would want to use.

My goal was to come up with something that was super easy to use and accurate. 

This obviously meant no batteries and no calibration.  But more importantly, my new “mouse trap” had to give the user an immediate, unambiguous indication as to where the stud was.  No more second guessing and false positives.

I needed to put an end to the frustration that people associated with stud finders.

Fast forward to today in 2020, I’ve sold over 100,000 StudPoPs on the internet.  95 out of 100 of customers agree that StudPoP is the most accurate and easiest to use stud finder of any kind… magnetic or electronic. 

We all know that there’s a ton of misinformation on the internet about almost any subject.  Here are some of the more common misconceptions about stud finders…especially the ones that claim that magnetic stud finders are a “poor man’s” stud finder.  Read the reviews.  9 out of 10 StudPoP users say that it is way better than their electronic stud finder.

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.