Following an unfortunate incident where I drilled through a cable, I am looking for a slightly better detector than the zircon stud detector that I was using at the time (before you ask - I did have it set to AC rather than wood and the cable was only just below the surface)!
I thought Zircons were supposed to be the best for stud detection but IME it hasn't been very useful.
What do you recommend for voltage (domestic AC) detection and what about metal detection for avoiding pipes? Are the brand names more reliable than the no-names?
What about these no contact voltage pens? Are they any good for finding wires in walls?