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Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

JenniferDunmill
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Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

I bought an Ozito stud finder recommended by the Bunnings assistant to locate metal pipes and any electricals that might be behind this plastered wall in the kitchen (the apartment complex is built from large clay bricks). However, when I set it to deep or metal, it beeps as if there is metal located in the entire/whole wall, which doesn't seem right to me. I do understand that there would be some electrical running through certain areas of the walls. On the exterior of the wall, there is a set of external stairs and there is a handrail with a few metal supports connected to the wall. 

Any ideas about why this could be happening?IMG_20200829_183744.jpgIMG20200829182711.jpg

MitchellMc
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Re: Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @JenniferDunmill. It's fabulous to have you join us and many thanks for your question.

 

Can I please confirm that you have calibrated the unit to the wall type as per step 3 in the product manual. I ask because an uncalibrated unit will signal detection constantly as you have described. If you have completed the calibration step I would be more than happy to contact Ozito tomorrow for you to find a solution to the issue.

 

Please let me know if that solves your issue.

 

Mitchell

 

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MitchellMc
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Re: Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

Hi @JenniferDunmill,

 

I'm just checking into to see if you had a chance to run that calibration and if the unit is now functioning correctly for you.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

 

Mitchell

 

 

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JenniferDunmill
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Re: Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

Hi Mitchell,

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I followed the instructions to calibrate the unit on an area that wouldn't contain the target material and continued to hold the button as I moved the device along the wall.

Several people have told me that they don't work on masonry walls, in which case I the device shouldn't have been recommended by the sales person.

I think I will return it to the store.

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MitchellMc
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Re: Studfinder locating metal all over the wall. Want to drill and put up shelves and spice racks.

Hi @JenniferDunmill,

 

I apologise that the Ozito stud detector is not suitable for masonry walls and that it was incorrectly recommended to you. Might I suggest the Bosch Universal Detect Wall Scanner which is appropriate for detection of studs, metals and live wires up 10 cm depth in plasterboard, brick and concrete walls.

 

Mitchell

 

 

 

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