Let’s face it, some DIY projects will require extra precautionary measures to ensure that the work goes as smoothly as planned and avoid any hazards along the way — this includes drilling into walls that might or might not have pipes, studs, and wirings embedded inside.
Normally, you’ll have to get experts take a look at your walls for any safety hazards that might be present before drilling into it to mount your flat screen smart tv, hang frames, mirrors and paintings, install shelves, or knock of a wall entirely. It’s a dead serious task and it used to be impossible for noobs to perform such projects until digital wall scanners came about.
A wall scanner is a non-invasive handheld device that can detect studs, copper and plastic water pipes, as well as electric wirings.It’s a perfect tool for beginners and intermediate users alike and decreases errors in detection and increases accuracy with proper use. It’s not an x-ray machine that can tell you exactly what’s behind your walls but it’s a great indicator of what materials you’re dealing with.It’s undoubtedly anindispensable tool for any contractor in the construction industry — from plumbers to electricians, and installers who need to drill holes into walls from time to time.
In this article, we’ll provide you with the simplest guide on how to find water pipes with the use of a wall scanner.
- The first thing you’ll need to do is to turn the scanner on and set it to the construction type (what material your wall is made of): wood stud, steel stud, or concrete. Setting the tool to your wall type does not limit you to scanning that material alone; it just allows for a more accurate pre-map scan.
- Pre-scan the surface by simply sliding the handheld device across the wall in one direction. Make sure to not lift it off the surface during this step for more accurate results.
- During the pre-scan the computer “figures out” what’s wall, what’s wall with something behind it, and what that something is. The good thing about wall scanners is that, they will let you know if you’re going to slow or too fast.
- At the end of the pre-scan, reverse the direction and slide the unit back across the wall. Some high end walls scanners provide you with graphical images that represent the material behind the wall at that location through an LCD screen.
When using this device, it’s quite important to perform multiple scans at different heights to get the most out of each use. We’ve all encountered pipes, wires, and duct work that does not run the full height of the wall and running a single scan at one elevation may lead you to miss these items.
Tip: When running the wall scanner on walls near a faucet or a tap, you’ll most likely detect water pipes.