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  1. Pete E
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    Pete E DIY

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    Had one of these years ago, and it was pretty worthless. It seemed to give some indication of buried pipe work, but only if it was relatively shallow...I never did get it to work on wooden studs under plasterboard...

    So have they improved or still a just a gimmick?
     
  2. Madocks
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    Madocks Electrician's Arms

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    Mine is the bosch, hit and miss, works a lot better finding metalic items, cables, pipes etc.

    But cant rely on it for wood
     
  3. Spoon
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    I have a Velleman one and it worked on finding wooden plinths above my sons bedroom ceiling.
     
  4. PEG
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    PEG Trusted Advisor

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    My missus used one,and it worked fine...
     
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  5. Spoon
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    Was she trying to find your wood???
     
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  6. Pete E
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    Just curious, but how do they detect wooden studs? Are the actually picking up the associated nails ect in them?
     
  7. Spoon
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    Its a density thing. You have a dial for 'stud' and another dial for 'metal' & 'voltage'
    Flick the switch onto 'stud', put the detector against the ceiling where you thing there isn't a joist and set the dial so the lights are not activated. Then just move the detector slowly until the lights/beeper sounds. Mark the point.
    Then start again from the other side of the joist and mark that point. The middle of the points should be the centre of your joist.
    Test with a very small hole.
     
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  9. mydigitalhome
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    No unhappy with most that I have tried save your money for something else.
     
  10. Gavin John Hyde
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    Just pay the work experience lad to go round with a hammer and nail, you will soon know if he has hit a live cable or water pipe.
     
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  11. Pete E
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    Pete E DIY

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    One of the most vivid memories of my childhood was a council worker sticking a pick into the back boiler while supposedly removing the fire grate.

    It wasn't so much the accident that sticks out but the language used by my dear old mum as she chased the pair of incompetents out of the house!:)
     
  12. dmxtothemax
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    Many claim to detect wood
    But like anything else
    You get what you pay for
    Buy one for 5 quid off e bay
    And it won't be reliable
    How ever better quality ones do work.
     
  13. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    She found the "stud" and divorced you?
     
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  14. JK-Electrical
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    JK-Electrical Politically Incorrect Electrician's Arms

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    The Zircon Multiscanner I520 Onestep that I bought back in 2014 has served me well. What I particularly like about this stud detector is its ability to accurately pin-point the exact centre of a stud or joist. It also detects metal and AC. Recommended!
     
  15. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    errrrr but you can see where the stud is about 6" further up or am I missing something? :D:p
     
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