Wall Scanner Cable / Metal / Wood Detector

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  1. Bammer

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    Hi,
    Anybody got any ideas as to what Wall Scanner Cable / Metal / Wood Detector I should buy having a budget of about £60uk. I have seen the Bosch DMF 10 Zoom Wall Scanner Cable / Metal / Wood Detector but not too sure. Have a pot rack and magnetic knife rack to hang in the sculery-lol-so any help appreciated as to what is best to buy. The items will be hung on a gable end of a kit house (bungalow) which is not a traditional build but kit...so p/board and breeze wi harlin on the exterior
    Thanks in advance
     
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    This topic has been much discussed in DIYnot, as a search will reveal.

    A number of people recommend the Bosch DMF10; I have an earlier Bosch detector which works well. However, I'm baffled when I read a claim that a detector can find a timber stud: surely it's the metal fixings in the stud that they find? Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

    That said, if you're just trying to find studs I'd use the traditional method of tapping for differences in sound, probing with an awl, perhaps drilling trial holes if you need to. The studs should be equidistant, so once you've found one the rest aren't difficult to locate.

    If you're checking for cables or pipes under the surface, then a detector is a good thing to have, along with looking at where the electrical accessories etc. are fitted.

    Plasterboard and breeze block construction means you can drill anywhere (anywhere you're not going to drill through a cable) and use suitable fixings.
     
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    I have the Bosch DMF 10.
    It seems to be totally incapable of detecting wooden studs behind plasterboard.
    What it can do however, is detect the nails and hence find the studs that way.
    It is also quite sensitive in detecting cables in walls so it is not completely useless.

    Frank
     
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    Many thanks for the replies and the information. The sockets are just above the worktop and look to be feed in a loop. The only exception being the extractor isolator above the hood which should have been taken vertically from the cooker supply. So very little likelihood that cables on the wall that being drilled. Think I will go with the old traditional method as suggested as give the wall a few taps to located the studs and then measure out.
    Again, thanks
     
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    Hi have a look at this one from Zircon

    http://www.toolbank.com/p/C4007/ZIRZ62116

    CenterVision technology finds the centre of studs and joists in a single pass so this takes the guess work out of where the center of the stud is. It also detects metal and power Nice piece of kit!
     
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    It does indeed look good. Have you (or anyone else) tried the Zircon. I need to replace my detector and would be interested if it does "what it says on the tin"
     
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    I have ordered one today, the metalliscanner m40, from York tools.

    I will report back over the weekend as it is promised for tomorrow.
     
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    Cheers - I hope it turns out to be as good as promised.
     
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    It's here !

    I have given it a road test on my walls at home and it seems to be doing the business.

    This is a metal detector only and identifies studs by picking up on the nail heads.

    More after the weekend but first impressions are good. :)
     
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    Bilioustrumpstaine
    That's great. Thanks for the update and might well consider this from Santa as I have a few jobs from ma lady-lol.
    Regards
     
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    Good to hear it's as good as advertised. I'm putting in an order for the i520.
     
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    I bought the DMF 10 as it was going cheap on the bay. Does the job, detects studs OK, a little over sensitive to live wires though, could be a good thing though! :LOL:
     
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    Does anyone have any opinion after using the Zircon i520, or indeed the i700?
     

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