The best stud tool finder


It doesn't matter whether you're hanging a small Edge F […]

It doesn't matter whether you're hanging a small Edge Finder mirror or a huge flat screen TV, the best and safest way to do that is by securing the item to wall studs. The trouble homeowners often run into, however, is driving in a nail or screw and missing the stud completely. You'll likely eventually achieve success, but possibly after making several holes in your once-pristine wall. A stud finder helps you get it right on the first try. The best ones are accurate, can work on a variety of walls, and detect more than studs.

The ProSensor Precision Stud Finder, for instance,features an impressive 13 sensors and is our top choice. To learn more about the ProSensor and other stud finders, keep reading. Magnetic stud finders are the most affordable of the two styles, and they use a strong magnet to find nails that are embedded in the studs. The homeowner slides the stud finder around the wall until he feels a tug, which alerts him that something metal is at that location.

The downside is that the nails are not the actual studs, and they likely are not perfectly centered in the stud, so you still might have a miss or two. Also, the magnet will detect anything metal such as anchors, fasteners, pipes, conduit and wiring, not just nails, so you must be careful. Electronic stud finders measure the density of your wall.

Most need to be calibrated where you are certain there is no stud, then you slide the unit along, waiting for it to alert you that a stud has been found. Some models find just an edge, others use multiple sensors to indicate the center of the stud. All electronic stud finders require a battery to operate, and they can have inconsistent readings depending on the thickness and type of wall you are scanning.