Bosch GLM 50 C
Works in all surfaces
None! Tends to break
When buying a new home, one of the ways to try and create added value is to create additional rooms. However, you can't just start knocking down walls and building new ones back up.
You first need to check behind the walls to see if there are any plumbing or electrical concerns e.g. You don't want to start drilling through a stud wall to hit a water pipe.
By using a stud wall detector, you can:
You don't have to be a home buyer like us. These types of devices are perfect for plumbers, joiners, home renovators, construction workers, electricians, DIY enthusiasts and so on.
How do we use it? We create additional rooms! Using a stud finder, this is easily assessed in two ways:
The first option is self explanatory and doesn’t require much discussion here. The only electrical tool you’ll need here is a digital measuring tape to get your sizing accurate. And yes, a standard old school measuring tape will probably suffice.
For the second way, you’ll need to invest in a stud finder for walls. Before knocking down any walls, you’ll need to determine where the studs are behind the paint and plasterboards. This is important as you don’t want to be smashing your sledgehammer into water pipes or AC wiring.
Advanced finders will be able to detect metal, electrical wiring, central heating pipes in addition to timber.
We have used ALL of the stud detectors below and feel like we’re in a good position to state which ones hit the mark.
This is one of these things that once you've got it, you realise you should have got one a long time ago.
The hardware takes a few seconds to turn on but once on, it works quickly and the interface is reasonably intuitive.
Bit expensive. I probably would not have paid full price but now I have used it the full price is worth the cost.
Overall rating : 4.5 / 5
Great gadget for DIY enthusiasts. It works great; big and clear led screen with audible beep.
It's OK. You will need to move the detector slowly across the wall to detect power cables.
It's a low coast item and upon first usage, I was worried that it looked and felt cheap.
Might be good enough to find the stud approximately, but nowhere near as accurate as it claims to be.
Very much like the WelQuic, it takes a bit of time and you'll need to move it slowly across the wall.
Reasonably priced, but should be a little more discounted to make it competitive.