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I'd love to get a borescope, but I've never used one. Should I try to find a place to rent one first(does such a place even exist?), or should I bite the bullet and buy one. What features should I be looking for?

Specifically I want one to be able to examine inside walls in preparation for running wire, typically cat6, coax, or romex.

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Here's a list of companies that rent them. Sorry, can't help you with the feature list. –  Niall C. Nov 24 '10 at 13:59
    
If you live in the US you could check to see if Lowe's or Home Depot's rental departments have them (I don't know). –  Dennis Williamson Nov 24 '10 at 22:34
    
Note that any future answers that are product recommendations will be removed per the community on topic policy. –  BMitch Jan 16 at 2:30

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This one has really good reviews on Amazon, for what it's worth. It comes with 3 attachments: a hook, a mirror, and a magnet, all of which sound like nice things to have. There are also extension cables available for going longer distances inside the wall (the included cable is 3 feet). Here's a pic: borescope

The price seems really reasonable at $160 (as of Nov. 2010). My guess is that if you went to rent one, you'd be limited to more commercial-grade models and that if you wanted to keep it for a few days you'd be looking at something close to that just in rental charges.

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I've seen this (or similar models) for around $100 on sale. It would be hard to justify paying for a rental unit at that price point. –  James Van Huis Nov 24 '10 at 19:17

Harbor Freight has one for US$159.99 (right now it's on sale for $119.99). It's in-store only, but here is the page on their site. I don't have any experience with it so I can't make a recommendation.

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http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=965

$60 - plug it into a laptop - can take pictures

I never run wires without using this first

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$49 on Jan 16, 2014. Claims USB 1.1. –  Les Jan 16 at 13:41

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