Stop poking holes in your walls looking for a stud and learn how to use a stud finder in this video from Mr. Handyman:

How Does a Stud Finder Work?

There are three different types of stud finders:

1. Low-end stud finders use magnets or electricity to detect a stud. These stud finders detect the fasteners in the drywall and alert the user once the magnet is attracted to the metal fastener.

2. Stud finders that use electricity detect changes in the dielectric constant of the wall to find studs.

3. Modern stud finders use radar technology to find studs, pipes and even wires. These stud finders can find more than just studs and are more accurate, but they are also more expensive.

Don’t have a stud finder? Depending on the condition or location of the wall, you can use these tips to find a stud without a stud finder.


Having trouble finding a stud or not too confident about what to do once you find it? Mr. Handyman can help. Give us a call or request service online for guaranteed home repair and installation service you can count on.