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Our Favorite Stud Finders

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This simple tool can save so much aggravation. Amazon

A stud finder is an indispensable tool for home, apartment, and condo owners. Once upon a time, we had to hammer or knock on the wall with our fists to listen for where the studs exist beneath the drywall. Nowadays we’re much more precise. Take out all the guesswork and simply use a stud finder instead.

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 4 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Beam Finders Wall Detector Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood AC Wire Metal Studs Joist Detection

Do-it-yourselfers

The deep modes can find electric lines buried over two inches deep inside your walls. Amazon

Don’t wait to upgrade your surround sound. Get started with this multi-use stud finder. From hanging a painting to hanging a new flat-screen television, step one is finding the studs. When you can adequately anchor your hanging, you’re on your way to success. With four settings, you can not only locate your nearest stud, but also find metals, electric wires, and pipes. The LCD screen is easy to read and shows you exactly where your house’s systems sit in your home.

Franklin Sensors FS710PROProSensor 710+ Professional Stud Finder with Built-in Bubble Level & Ruler, Yellow

Pros’ pick

The 21 total square inch sensor has an ergonomically designed handle. Just push the button as you slide the tool along your wall. Amazon

If you need precise information, this advanced professional-grade tool delivers. From setting up shelves in the toy room to installing a closet organizer, a professional-grade stud finder comes in handy year after year. Triangulating data from 13 sensors, this premium stud finder gives you the exact location of your wall supports. Easy to hold and easy to use, this stud finder also has a bubble so you can use it as a manual level. It’s also got a handy ruler built in on the side to assist with quick measuring jobs.

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ProSensor 710 Franklin Sensors ProSensor 710 Precision Stud Finder Yellow

Just press the button

No guessing or sliding, this device practically eliminates errors. Amazon

This push-button technology makes it perfect for use in older homes with plaster, wallpapers, or heavily textured walls. Features of architecture that keep other stud finders from working adequately are no match – the advanced sensors are like eyes into your walls. This stud finder shows you the position of the framing features within. Handy for locating joists, and in bathrooms, corners, and areas with extra wooden reinforcement. Scanning to 1.5 inches all the time, you can rely on the LED lights to show you how to locate a stud.

CRAFTSMAN Stud Finder, 3/4-Inch Depth (CMHT77633)

Basic design

This starter device alerts you to electrified wires, too. Amazon

Use this simple tool to locate both studs and live electrical wires. Nearly 100 years ago, the original department store Sears created a premium line of tools, and this value stud finder is no exception. From finally hanging those family pictures to setting up the shelving unit in the garage, really all you need to start is a basic stud finder. Insert a 12-volt battery (not included) and press the button. It beeps while it calibrates, then as you move the tool across the wall, it beeps when you’re over the edge of the wall’s stud.

BOSCH Digital Multi-Scanner GMS120

Auto-calibration

In regular walls, it can find metal of three inches deep and live wires up to two inches inside your walls. Amazon

Don’t worry about resetting the scanning stud finder each time. This advanced tool self-calibrates all throughout the project. Easy to read, the LED screen tells you where the center of the stud is located. Even better, this multi-scanning stud finder glows green to indicate that space is clear of wood, metal, and live wires. It lights orange if you’re near something, and turns red to show there’s something in the sensor area. Find rebar and copper pipes, too. Looking for a powerful tool to locate items in concrete? This stud finder can look in ¾ of an inch deep to let you know.

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Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.

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