Walabot DIY: A Reliable Beam Finder
Whether you want to hang a new light fixture from above or mobile over your baby’s bed, it’s a good idea to use a reliable beam finder to prevent the risk of drilling unnecessary holes into the drywall of your ceiling.
Many beam finders are magnetic, which is fine if you’re working with metal studs and don’t need to know the exact location of a stud’s center. Most homes are made with wood studs, though, making a wood wall beam detector essential. That’s where Walabot DIY comes in. More than just a beam finder, this simple yet revolutionary tool makes a variety of common tasks easier, while helping you drill and cut safely.
How to Find a Beam in the Ceiling with Walabot DIY
To get started, you’ll need to set up your Walabot DIY. To do so, simply attach the device to the back of your compatible Android phone, and connect it via a micro USB cable. Next, open the accompanying app (you can go to Google Play and search “Walabot DIY” to download it for free). Now scan the ceiling with your phone to find the beam you’re looking for. Once Walabot DIY shows you the location on the ceiling, you’ll need to mark it with a pencil, so you know where to return when you’re ready to cut or drill. That’s it!
What Else Can Walabot DIY Do?
While Walabot DIY is often used as a beam finder, it offers many other functions that make it a useful addition to any toolbox. It works with drywall and concrete, and its radio frequency waves can penetrate through up to four inches of insulation. It’s also useful to load bearing wall and where you can find the support beam and how to tell if a wall is load bearing If you have a house with an unfinished basement for example and you want to find the beams, You should know, that usually beams are made of metal or wood. It is important to find the beam location since it’s a great indication where the house weight is located. If you find a wall directly above beams, or any walls precisely above these walls, you can understand that you found a load-bearing wall. Using different viewing modes Walabot DIY helps you see what’s inside walls, at different levels of specificity. Here’s a quick overview.
- Pan Mode – It’s best to start any scan with Walabot DIY in Pan Mode, to map the inside of your wall from one end to the other. This mode shows you in general how the wall’s beams, wires, and pipes are laid out in relation to one another. You can use the image generated in Pan Mode once and discard it, or you can save it for future reference.
- Images Mode – This is Walabot DIY’s real-time imaging feature. It uses clear graphics to tell you exactly what you’re looking at, whether that’s a wood stud, a pipe, an electric wire, or even pests such as mice or termites.
- Expert Mode – Walabot DIY’s Expert Mode shows images of raw signals sourced directly from the unit’s RF feed in real time. Besides functioning as a beam finder, it lets you see where stud edges are located so you can easily find their centers, and is useful for tracing electric wires and plumbing pipes.