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It can be made to work perfectly. But should it have to?
on 30 December 2013
It CAN BE over-sensitive. When testing it straight out of the box, with the sensitivity dial set according to the instructions (bog-standard for these devices, by the way), it was detecting live wires leading to a wall switch from several FEET away - but simply turning the sensitivity dial down a LITTLE - we're talking millimetres here - fixed that. And you do need a gentle touch on the dial - seriously.
I suppose, being scrupulously honest, that's a fault, but it's not one that makes it unusable and familiarising yourself with it gets past it. Had it worked as described it would have warranted 5 stars. My having to figure it out cost it 2. But, now I know how to make it work properly, judged solely on how effective it is, it should get 5.
For pipework and, presumably, other embedded metal, the instructions do actually apply and should be followed.
I DO have a gripe, though, with Black and Decker - there's no justification for a bubble pack that needs a Stanley knife to get into. Doesn't affect the product, though.