For years, gas installers and home inspectors alike have relied on the venerable TIF 8800 combustible gas detector to find the smallest leaks in joints and fittings, but it’s a bit spendy for most homeowners. But with ExTech’s new EZ40 detector — which offers essentially the same features at half the price — it looks like ExTech has a solution for everyone.
It runs for around eight hours on three “C” batteries and features a 16″ gooseneck that makes sticking the sensor in tight spots pretty easy. It also touts “one-hand operaton” with a button to activate it and a rotary “background gas level” adjustment via a concentric thumb wheel.
The EZ40’s slimmer shape and $100 pricetag will probably make it the instrument of choice for those who need sensitive gas detection in the field — and the only real option for most homeowners.