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Old 01-28-2009, 07:24 AM
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:16 AM
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Cut through a sewer line today. I didn't call USA first, so it was on my tab. Fortunately I only had to put a concrete collar around the break.

I think sonde is sound in french, but I am not familiar with a device called "sonde". Does it pick up a transmitted sound down any pipe?

Another use of a five gallon bucket, haul concrete up small hill to make a collar around broken sewer pipe.
Sondes are small, self contained transmitters used to trace the path of non-metallic pipes and locate blockage in a line. Sondes are inserted into a pipe or duct by means of a push rod and the location found by means of a receiver.

Actually I have done the same kind of thing using a valve solenoid on the end of a fish tape. Just hook up two long wires to the solenoid, tape it to the fish tape (or a small pipe), and shove it down the pipe you are tracking. Hook it up to your 521 locator and follow the "hot spot". I've found the location of damaged sleeves and pipes underneath concrete and asphalt using this method.

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Old 01-28-2009, 11:33 AM
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Sondes are small, self contained transmitters used to trace the path of non-metallic pipes and locate blockage in a line. Sondes are inserted into a pipe or duct by means of a push rod and the location found by means of a receiver.

Actually I have done the same kind of thing using a valve solenoid on the end of a fish tape. Just hook up two long wires to the solenoid, tape it to the fish tape (or a small pipe), and shove it down the pipe you are tracking. Hook it up to your 521 locator and follow the "hot spot". I've found the location of damaged sleeves and pipes underneath concrete and asphalt using this method.
That's a great idea I never thought of. There are a few situations where I had to have roto rotor out with their camera, the "solenoid on a stick" would have worked. I probably would not have done this on the job yesterday. Public sewer line and all.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:26 PM
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I found these little sondes that can go into very small pipes. I may have to pick one up to see how it would work with the 521 locator.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:39 PM
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I found these little sondes that can go into very small pipes. I may have to pick one up to see how it would work with the 521 locator.
At $230.00 you best not lose it in the mud.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:14 PM
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At $230.00 you best not lose it in the mud.
Or in the poop! They actually sell flushable sondes that are used to locate buried septic tanks!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:59 PM
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:05 PM
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I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:45 PM
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I came across some literature about the PE2003 Pulsar A frame. I don't recall this being discussed on the forum. Any pros/cons to this tool?
It's a great tool to have when dealing with shorted or broken field wires that you might not be to follow with a 521. I've tried it in areas that a 521 gets whited-out (around power, etc) and had some luck.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:01 PM
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Pulser

I have one that is tricky to locate faults with. Depending on the type of damage to the wire, you can spend all day looking for that bubble in the insulation on a wire that was damaged by lightning, dig it up & repair it, go on down the line and find another spot at the next twist or turn in the wire....... Better to unload the old Burkeen B30 and put in another. The pulser does have some uses though. I think I paid $750 for mine ten years ago.
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