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A tool which has three functions - a stud finder (for wood and metal studs); a metal detector and a hot unshielded AC electrical wiring detector. The tool provides both audio and LCD display indication.

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BATTERIES: Requires one 9 volt battery. To install the battery, open the battery door at the back of the unit. Attach a 9 volt battery to the connector. Put the battery into the compartment. Close the battery compartment door. When the battery is close to empty, the low battery icon will begin to flash. If the unit is to be stored for an extended period of time, remove the battery to prevent deterioration.

FEATURES: . Detects wood and metal studs through walls, floors and ceilings as deep as 38mm
. Detects rebar up to 50.8mm deep in concrete
. AC detector indicates the presence of hot unshielded AC wire.
. Provides both audio and a large LCD display indication
. Toggle switch to select detection of wood/metal studs (drywall depth up to 19mm for wood or 25mm for metal), deep wood/metal studs (drywall depth up to 38mm for wood or 51mm for metal), and metal rebar
. LCD bar graph readout (not for Deep metal mode)
. Automatic power off after two minutes when left unattended. The hourglass symbol will flash for 30 seconds before the power goes off.
. Low battery indicator.
. High impact casing for durability
. Soft touch rubber grip

OPERATION: 1. Press and release the ON/OFF button located on the left side to turn on the unit.
2. Select the desired mode by cycling the various modes with the MODE button on the front face of the unit. Each of the four available modes is explained below:
2.1 Toggle MODE switch to "METAL" to detect metal studs up to 19mm behind drywall.
2.2 Toggle to "WOOD" mode to detect wood studs up to 19mm behind drywall and metal studs up to 25mm behind drywall.
2.3 Toggle to "DEEP" mode to detect wood studs up to 38mm behind drywall and metal studs up to 51mm behind drywall.
2.4 Toggle to "DEEP METAL" to detect metal rebar up to 51mm deep in concrete.
3. All modes except DEEP METAL have sequential level indicators (bar graph) on the LCD display.
4. Calibrate the unit as per the instructions below.
5. When calibration is complete, slowly slide the unit across the wall to the right or left (this is called scanning). As the user begins to approach a stud, the sequential levels on the LCD will increase, and peak at the stud edge. The user should mark this spot to indicate the stud edge.
6. Continue scanning beyond the marked spot until the peak level disappears, then slide the unit in the reverse direction to locate the other edge of the stud. Mark this second spot. The centre of the stud is the middle between the two marks.
7. If no stud was found, the unit may have been placed over a stud or the drywall is too thick. The user should re-calibrate the unit by turning it on again approximately 100mm to the left or right of the previous location, or use DEEP mode for scanning the studs.
8. Press and release the ON/OFF button located on the left side to turn the unit off. The unit will retain the status of selected mode and AC function after the power has been turned off.

Note: DEEP METAL mode does not have any intermediate levels and will turn on all level segments simultaneously when metal is detected.

AC Electrical Wire Detection

1. Press the AC button (lightning symbol) to toggle the AC detection function on and off. The "AC" symbol will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that the AC detection is now active.
2. Sweep the unit against the wall. When hot, unshielded AC wiring presence is detected, the lightning symbol will be displayed and a high pitch sound will be generated.

When scanning over rough surfaces, place a piece of cardboard on the wall and scan through it to help slide the unit more smoothly over the surface.

METHOD OF USE: Calibration:
When the unit is first turned on or the detection mode is changed, the unit needs an initial calibration before use for about two seconds. Turn the unit on. Select the required mode. Turn the unit off. Hold the unit in a still position flat against the testing surface. Turn the unit on again and hold the position completely still until the bar graph on the LCD disappears and a beep sound is heard, indicating successful calibration. If the calibration fails, the LCD will display the error "Zebra" display. If this occurs, the user should turn the unit off, place the unit approximately 100mm to the left or right of the previous location and re-calibrate the unit by turning the unit back on.

SAFETY: Depending on the proximity of electrical wiring or pipes to the wall surface, the StudTech Pro may detect them in the same manner as wood or metal studs. Caution should always be used when nailing, cutting or drilling into walls, floor and ceiling that may contain these items. To avoid electrical wires, plumbing etc. remember that studs or joists are normally spaced 406mm or 610mm apart and are 38mm in width. Anything closer together of a different width may not be a stud, joist or rebar. Always turn off the power when working near electrical wires.

MAINTENANCE: If the unit is to be stored for an extended period of time, remove the battery to prevent deterioration.

WARRANTY: Two year warranty.

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