The Walabot DIY Wall Scanner is essentially a glorified stud finder for Android phones. I've seen several online advertisements for it and I've been curious, but I wasn't willing to fork over $100 to find out. The price recently dropped from $100 to $50 and a couple of people in my company asked about it, so I ordered one to test it out. I made a video showing how it works, check it out: https://youtu.be/mxV3sofJm4s
I don't have any concrete at my home to test it on, but it worked pretty well on drywall. Not amazing, but pretty good. If you're only after a stud finder, I recommend buying a stud finder. That's a lot faster. Or you could just do what these people did and drill a million holes in your ceiling.
Haha, just kidding, don't do that.
If you have a need for the other features on this device, such as finding water lines and electrical wiring, it's a pretty cool tool. You can find the Walabot online here: https://walabot.com/diy
Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.
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Today I'll share my advice on how to become a home inspector. I blogged on this topic back in 2011, and again in 2016, but things change and it's time for another update. I'm writing this because I get a ton of phone calls and emails from people who want to get into the home inspection business. Instead of sharing the first thing that comes into my head during these conversations, I'm putting down all of the most frequently asked questions right here.
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I've given up all hope of trying to assess hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs during home inspections. It's a game. I've looked at dozens of roofs that were in fantastic condition, only to have roofing salespeople come behind me and insist that the roof had hail damage. When I find damage to a roof during a home inspection, I report it. But I don't go around with a microscope trying to determine what may or may not qualify for an insurance claim.