We’re talking stud finders today, ladies and gents, but girls, don’t get too excited. I hate to disappoint, but nothing about these babies will alert you to the top-secret, undisclosed whereabouts of Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper or the like. While these handheld scanners will tell you exactly where the studs are, it leans much more toward the wood and metal types (you know, what your drywall is nailed to?) rather than the Hollywood variety.
Ever witnessed a “handy” person looking for studs using the old “knock along the wall until you hear a change in sound” routine? Word to the wise: never, ever, allow that joker to attempt to hang your gorgeous new Plasma screen. One’s knuckles may be a suitable stud-location system when you just want to hang a hefty picture, but when it comes to mounting a small fortune in electronics that weighs as much as a small person, think again. I don’t know your opinion on the matter, but personally, I think I could end up facing manslaughter charges if I lost a new flat screen because some well-meaning but knuckle-dependent installer missed the studs by half an inch when putting up my TV mount. A barrage of profanity from my general direction would be the least of that fool’s problems.
Lest I sound mean, let me assure you that I don’t intend to – I’m just trying to stress the importance of a accomplishing a task with a certain degree of precision – one that can only come from a high-tech gadget. When you can’t afford a mistake, spend a few extra dollars and get a tool that will guarantee success – in this case, the Greenlee Stud Sensor. Based on its readings, you’ll be able to miss studs when you need to, hit them when you need to, and avoid making contact with live AC lines at all times – all pluses in my book. Believe me: the small investment in a stud sensor is a lot less expensive than a new TV, a trip to the the hospital, or, in my hypothetical case, legal defense.