A center stud finder starts similarly to an edge finder, but after detecting an edge, it will use multiple sensors to show you the center of the stud. Usually with a sound or a light.
First place the stud finder on the wall. Push the button and hold. This will calibrate the stud finder.
While still holding the button, slide across the wall horizontally until you find the edge.
Continue sliding in the same direction to find the center
Our favorite Center Stud Finder – Zircon’s StudSensor i65
Zircon’s StudSensor i65 OneStep quickly and easily locates the edges and center of wood and metal studs and joists behind walls, floors and ceilings. Patented CenterVision technology finds the center of studs in a single pass. Its easy-to-read display screen indicates directions, edges and center of studs, while WireWarning detection indicates the presence of live AC voltage.
Stud Scan mode locates the edges and center of wood or metal studs up to 3/4-Inch (19 mm) deep
DeepScan mode doubles the scanning depth to 1 1/2-Inch (38 mm)
LCD display indicates direction, edges and center of studs
Patented SpotLite Pointing System and audio tone signals when the stud center is reached
WireWarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical wiring up to 2-Inch (51 mm) deep
ACT (Auto Correcting Technology) automatically corrects common user errors, such as when scanning begins over a stud.
Additional Center Stud Finder
The Black & Decker BDL190S BullsEye Auto-leveling Interior Line Laser and Stud Sensor Combination Tool is an ideal tool for hanging pictures, detecting wood and metal studs, locating live A/C wires, and installing decorative items. Categorized as a class II laser, this laser level comes backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
BullsEye auto-leveling technology
Two tools in one to simplify hanging and mounting projects
Levels automatically for precise BullsEye results
Projects horizontal level line
Stud sensor detects wood and metal studs plus live A/C wires
LCD Display Easy To Read
The Stanley FMHT77407 FatMax Stud Sensor 300 featuring a backlit LCD screen which clearly displays all of the sensor’s readings, even in low light conditions. AC detection identifies live wires up to 2″ deep, along with Wood & Metal stud detection through up to 1-1/2″ deep surface material. Also features a deep metal scan what sense metal through up to 3″ of material. Its One Pass center-find technology is able to locate the stud center. This unit also features auto-calibration. The marking channel improves accuracy of marking-out readings. New ergonomic design, and soft grips provide comfort and control of the tool. Uses (1) 9v Battery, not included.
Backlit LCD screen clearly displays all of the sensor’s readings, even in low light conditions
Wood and metal stud detection through up to 1-1/2 ” deep surface material