Zircon Press Release

Zircon Extends Line with StudSensor Pro SL-AC.

Important WireWarning® detection Feature Now Available on Low Priced Unit

SS Pro SL-ACCAMPBELL, Calif. July 14, 2003 — Zircon Corporation, manufacturer of the original electronic StudSensor™, announces the latest model in its full line of sensing and scanning products. The new StudSensor Pro SL-AC adds WireWarning® detection – the ability to continuously detect unshielded hot electrical wires while scanning for studs, an important safety concern on any job.

Whatever the project – from hanging pictures and shelves to anchoring heavy objects for stability and safety – attaching to a stud or joist is crucial. Zircon's full line of StudSensors can handle the job quickly, easily and accurately, with no mess and no guesswork. With its all new ergonomic industrial design, the Pro SL-AC efficiently locates wood and metal studs through drywall and other common interior surfaces while automatically scanning for AC voltage.

In Stud Scan mode, the unit scans to a depth of 3/4 inch, but with a quick movement of the new, convenient slide switch, users can turn on Zircon's patented DeepScan® mode and reach depths up to 1-1/2 inches. Like all genuine Zircon® StudSensor tools, the Pro SL-AC features TruCal® technology, which provides instant and accurate one-touch calibration each time it is used, ensuring accuracy for each and every job.

The Pro SL-AC also incorporates Zircon's exclusive, patented SpotLite® Pointing System that projects a beam of light when stud or joist edges are located. There is also an audio indicator that sounds at the edge. Using the dual scan and mark procedure, users can easily pinpoint the center of studs – the best and safest place to anchor their valuable possessions.

The new Pro SL-AC joins the industry's only complete line of sensors and scanners. They offer a full range of features – many exclusive to Zircon and protected by patents, like DeepScan® mode, TruCal® instant calibration and the SpotLite® Pointing System.

"The new StudSensor Pro SL-AC represents Zircon's ongoing commitment to providing the ultimate in utility, flexibility and safety within its product line," said Zircon's President Charles Stauss. "Since the first StudSensor was introduced in 1981, Zircon has defined the category with a full range of offerings to fit every need and budget. Continuous WireWarning® detection adds another level of security for everyone from novice DIYers to professionals."

Suggested retail pricing for the StudSensor Pro SL-AC is $28.95. Other Zircon® stud finders range upward or downward, depending upon individual features, with the entry-level iSensor® available for less than ten dollars and the four-function MultiScanner® at about $50. All come with a limited, one-year warranty. The StudSensor Pro SL-AC will be available at leading home centers, hardware stores and professional outlets. It will be shown at this year's National Hardware Show and is scheduled to ship in September. To locate a store, call 1-800-245-9265.

Silicon Valley-based Zircon is dedicated to delivering innovative, easy-to-use technology to the world's toolboxes. Founded in 1975, the company uses patented technology to design, develop, manufacture, and market one-of-a-kind hand tools that perform critical, everyday jobs, saving users time and money. Zircon's products include the StudSensor family, the original and best-selling line of stud and joist finders, and a full line of electronic scanning, measuring, and leveling tools for almost every job. For more information about Zircon's family of products, call 1-800-245-9265 or visit the web site at www.zircon.com.

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