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Anybody heard of Walabot?

Anybody heard of this thing?

https://walabot.com/diy?utm_expid=.r...walabot.com%2F

Not counting that there's not a iOS version yet, if this really works, it could be the best thing since sliced bread.
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Guess I will have to live without it. They don't have one for my flip phone. I don't think it will be very long before they would have a self contained device.
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Guess I will have to live without it. They don't have one for my flip phone. I don't think it will be very long before they would have a self contained device.
+1 for flip phones mate! All my friends get pissy with me for not having a smart phone but I just hate the darned things. People tend to get sucked into them.

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Well.... It's a method. Personally I've always just used a hammer and nail

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Well.... It's a method. Personally I've always just used a hammer and nail
That has it's drawbacks when you put a screw or nail in a wall and hear a hissing noise. I've put screws into pipes before. Then I had some siding on my house you could get shocked after it had been rained on. I finally got a volt meter and went nail head by nail head until I found one with 120 volts on it. I dug the nail out and had no more problem.
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That has it's drawbacks when you put a screw or nail in a wall and hear a hissing noise. I've put screws into pipes before. Then I had some siding on my house you could get shocked after it had been rained on. I finally got a volt meter and went nail head by nail head until I found one with 120 volts on it. I dug the nail out and had no more problem.
I have run into something similar before but it was refrigerant lines. A few have been amazing and left fingers pointing it all directions, and I usually ended up being the one that got hosed. I have seen units run for over a year before they leaked out enough Freon to notice anything, whoever drove the nail or screw is long gone, the home builder made warranty, as did I but if you want to keep a good reputation you just have to take one in the shorts sometimes

That is why I got out of resi as soon as I could
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I have a stud finder from Home Depot that works really well. It also detects electrical wires in a wall. A buddy of mine always uses armored BX cable for internal wiring, because you can pierce Romex when hanging a picture on a wall.

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If you check the reviews on Amazon they are mixed, also the lack of an iOS model is telling that it is not yet ready for prime time, apparently it does not just work without a lot of calibration.

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I have a stud finder from Home Depot that works really well. It also detects electrical wires in a wall. A buddy of mine always uses armored BX cable for internal wiring, because you can pierce Romex when hanging a picture on a wall.
Can you post a link or make/brand/model?
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I had been thinking of getting a Franklin stud finder. With most stud finders you don't know if you have the stud or you are on one side of it or the other. With the Franklin you can tell exactly where the stud is.
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Is there any type of stud finder that can detect a stud that under plaster and lathe?
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That has it's drawbacks when you put a screw or nail in a wall and hear a hissing noise. I've put screws into pipes before. Then I had some siding on my house you could get shocked after it had been rained on. I finally got a volt meter and went nail head by nail head until I found one with 120 volts on it. I dug the nail out and had no more problem.
That was a cool solution to the problem, I'll have to file that one away for future reference.

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Is there any type of stud finder that can detect a stud that under plaster and lathe?
The walls in my home are lathe and plaster. The home was built in the late 1950s.

I have a Zircon HD900 stud finder. It does not work very well at finding studs in the walls, but it is the best I have found so far. To be honest, it takes me a lot of time to find studs with it, but I can make it work. You have to be smart and keep sweeping the wall at different heights. There will be a lot of false positives and false negatives, but over time, you can figure out where the studs are.

Hopefully somebody can suggest something better for lathe and plaster walls, but in the meantime, it works for me.
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I have one of the Zircon models, don't remember which one off hand but it works very well through sheetrock. The electrical sense feature is an added bonus, you can tell which side of a stud the wiring is attached to.
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