Bosch Truvo Cable and Pipe Detector - Robert Dyas - £29.99
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Bosch Truvo Cable and Pipe Detector - Robert Dyas - £29.99

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Found 11th JanEdited by:"slowcyclist"
First post, so please forgive any newbie errors.

I almost ordered this from Screwfix at £39.99, which seems to be its usual price, but then saw that Robert Dyas currently have it listed on their website on offer at £29.99.

Free click and collect available, not sure what the postage prices are.
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These are great...

you buy them with the best intentions and then your hanging a mirror over a sink. You agree a position with your wife and then mark up the planned holes. You run you detector over to be sure, it beeps. It tells you there might be a water pipe, or a live wire. It can't be sure which and you're next to a sink with an adjacent shaver socket.

You try other places for the mirror but decide none of them work. You assume it's a false alarm and just a stud in the plasterboard wall and drill anyway...hoping you don't die of electric shock or cause a flood.

Great investment.
Great first post @slowcyclist I could have possibly electrocuted myself or flooded the house without one of these by now, think they are really useful to have
sigma4 m ago

Great first post @slowcyclist I could have possibly electrocuted myself or …Great first post @slowcyclist I could have possibly electrocuted myself or flooded the house without one of these by now, think they are really useful to have


I've successfully managed to drill or cut through water pipes, electricity cables and the TV aerial cable without using one of these, and the earache I get from the Mrs tends to be worse than having to repair the damage!
We've just moved into a new house and I have a seemingly ever-growing list of jobs to do, so I thought it was probably the right time to buy one.
Question is are they reliable? i wanted to buy a much fancier bosch model but after reading the reviews decided to save my money
Cuddl3s2 m ago

Question is are they reliable? i wanted to buy a much fancier bosch model …Question is are they reliable? i wanted to buy a much fancier bosch model but after reading the reviews decided to save my money


Good question, which I can't answer at the moment. This seems to get good reviews on Screwfix and the other websites I looked at, so worth a go I think.
Cuddl3s13 m ago

Question is are they reliable? i wanted to buy a much fancier bosch model …Question is are they reliable? i wanted to buy a much fancier bosch model but after reading the reviews decided to save my money


In my experience, if it doesn't beep you can be very confident it's safe. Problem is that it usually beeps where you want to drill.
slowcyclist14 m ago

Good question, which I can't answer at the moment. This seems to get good …Good question, which I can't answer at the moment. This seems to get good reviews on Screwfix and the other websites I looked at, so worth a go I think.


At one point found a Bosch GMS120 Professional for 45 pounds new off ebay but chickened out when i read the reviews for it on amazon (over 50% are negative). I would imagine this would be even worst than that one so take it with a pinch of salt.
I picked one of these up from Wickes for £20. I drilled and didn't hit anything. I guess it worked?
ro53ben30 m ago

These are great...you buy them with the best intentions and then your …These are great...you buy them with the best intentions and then your hanging a mirror over a sink. You agree a position with your wife and then mark up the planned holes. You run you detector over to be sure, it beeps. It tells you there might be a water pipe, or a live wire. It can't be sure which and you're next to a sink with an adjacent shaver socket. You try other places for the mirror but decide none of them work. You assume it's a false alarm and just a stud in the plasterboard wall and drill anyway...hoping you don't die of electric shock or cause a flood.Great investment.


This one has different beeps for live wires
I have this one myself, IIRC its a constant tone for metal and a beeping for live wires. Seemed really patchy at first, getting very spurious results, but then I put my other hand on the wall a foot or 2 away from where I was testing and it stabilised. God knows why! Anyway, I successfully put up 8 shelving units in a very old shop building using this and didn't hit a singe pipe/cable. That doesn't mean it didn't give me any false positives, I have no way of knowing that unless I drilled where it told me not to.
kpmatthews26 m ago

This one has different beeps for live wires


Yeah, mine does too. Both alarms usually go off. In a plasterboar environment, live wires are shielded in metal - looks like a pipe.
Very useful addition to your tool collection... Use mine mainly to test if cables are live as my usual tester broke, also when over boarding lath and plaster ceilings it managed to pick up the nails so I knew where the beams were. I would recommend... I haven't drilled through anything i shouldn't have yet...
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