DIY – How to Locate Cables, Pipes and Studs
December 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
The walls in our home look far more attractive when we put up a nice shelf and place ornaments on them. The look great with pictures and paintings and small rooms can be made to appear bigger by hanging a mirror or two.
The problem is that we all know that behind the walls lie cables, pipes and studs. If you’re hanging a mirror or picture, for example, and you have plaster board walls, then it may be useful to drill into the stud work to provide a more stable anchor point (providing it’s in the place where you want to hang your mirror or picture).
On a more gruesome note the spot where you want to fit your shelf may have cables lurking behind and drilling into a live cable can cause serious injury or even death.
Finally there’s the water pipes – the last thing you really want to do it drill into one of these as water can cause a massive amount of damage and could end up costing you a lot of time and money in redecorating.
The solution? Buy a Pipe Detector or better still a Multi-Purpose Detector. To help you, we’ve written a very useful guide with some tips for using a detector and sign that will visually tell you if there is something behind the wall you don’t want to drill into.
DIY can be dangerous so work safely and learn how to spot hazards. See our DIY Security and Safety section for more useful information.