• on Education & Information
  • Published in issue 5/2010 on page 32
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Worry-free Drilling

A practical test of pipe and wire locators

Worry-free Drilling
All too often when you’re drilling holes in a wall, you hit an electrical conduit or (perhaps even worse) a water line, with the usual unpleasant consequences. A pipe and wire locator (called stud locator in the USA) can come in very handy for locating all sorts of things inside walls before you start drilling, including electrical wiring, pipes, and even joists or studs. We tested thirteen different models in the Elektor lab to see what they can (and can’t) do and how deep they can find studs, joists, pipes and wiring inside walls.
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